Just say yes to inspired vegetarian Mexican recipes

One great thing about Mexican food is that it can be made quickly and easily at home and still tastes so delicious that people will think it took you hours to make. A few simple tricks with ingredients and techniques make it easy to adapt to vegetarian and vegan diets (and the meat eaters at your table will never miss the meat) . Whether you’re cooking for a Taco-free Monday, Tuesday, or just because you’re in the mood for a Mexican meal, these recipes have flavor and texture. And some can be done in an hour or less.

Wes Avila Corn Tortillas Drought Friendly Plant tacos are made with sweet potatoes, which gives them a subtle orange color and soft, almost creamy texture. The toasted salsa ingredients provide a strong smoky flavor to complement the grilled (or roasted) vegetable filling.

Mushrooms and black beans give Jonathan Melendez’s quesadillas a chewy almost meaty treat – a perfect accompaniment to rich, melted cheese. Quick and easy to make, they’re perfect for a weeknight meal.

Jackfruit has the texture of shredded pork in Jocelyn Ramirez’s vegetarian Carnitas Tacos. Loaded with a tortilla and laden with salsa, the jackfruit could easily be mistaken for a pork chop.

Perfect for warmer weather, French Laundry’s founding chef Sally Schmitt’s Tomatillo Tortilla Soup swapped tomatoes for tomatoes and included more citrus for a lighter, brighter tortilla thick soup.

One of the secrets to preparing the filling for Tacos al Hongo 1986 Tacos is not to use any salt while marinating the mushrooms so they become crispy like french fries. The other trick is to then coat those crispy mushrooms in salsa macha, which infuses them with aromatic, peppery, and heaty flavors. Sesame seeds are used in place of nuts for a better taste.

Genevieve Ko’s Vegan Chilaquiles get their rich flavor from the combination of fresh and dried mushrooms. You can pre-make burnt salsa verde, cheese veggie crema, and vegan queso for a quick brunch or dinner combo.

Spices like pickled blueberries, vadouvan-spiced almonds, and avocado leaf powder add flavor and texture to Ray Garcia’s version of inspired Esquites. Manzano chiles give off a gentle heat and enhance the color and flavor of the deep golden corn sauce.

Bright buttercream adds freshness to this cheese veggie quesadillas chock full of mushrooms and black beans.

Time25 minutes

yieldsServer 4

Jocelyn Ramirez of LA-based catering company Todo Verde shares the secret of vegan carnitas in her cookbook, “La Vide Verde.” Made with jackfruit, this recipe is very easy.

Time45 mins

yieldsServes 4 to 6

Tomatillo Tortilla Soup

Time45 mins

yieldsServer 4

Jorge Alvarez-Tostado grinds mushrooms for his tacos al hongo until they’re crisp like chips, then soaks them in a jar of salsa macha.

Time35 minutes

yieldsServer 4

These chilaquiles develop deep, rich flavors from both fresh and dried mushrooms.

Time20 minutes

yieldsServes 6 to 8

Yams in the masa make the tortillas orange. Grilled eggplant, haricot vert, green onions, cannellini beans and peas are dotted with sherry vinegar to bring out the flavors.

Time3 o’clock

yieldsMaking 24 Tet cakes

This spiky sweet corn casserole is topped with a sample of pickled blueberries and vadouvan-spiced almonds, avocado leaf powder, grated goat cheese, and fresh herbs.

Time1 hour 30 minutes

yieldsServe 8 to 10

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Russell Falcon

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