36 healthy plant-based recipes to help you create one amazing and tasty vegan Cinco de Mayo fiesta. You and your guests can enjoy festive Mexican food like tacos, enchiladas, nachos, and more!
I’ve rounded up the best vegan recipes so you can cook as little or as much as you want for Cinco de Mayo. There are vegan tacos, burritos, salads, drinks, and more.
For veggie lovers like us, Cinco de Mayo is a great time to gather the family around a veggie-filled table and break out the chips and salsa. This amazing list of vegan recipes includes a range of creative plant-based party food for a tasty, meat-free feast.
Whether you’re in the mood for guacamole, tacos, or margaritas, I’ve got you covered with these delicious, healthy, and easy-to-make vegan recipes.
What is Cinco de Mayo?
I love Cinco de Mayo! The food, festivities, parades, and community. But, the meaning is much deeper than just eating. The 5th of May celebrates the Mexican army’s victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War on May 5, 1862.
While it is a relatively minor holiday in Mexico, in the United States, Cinco de Mayo has evolved into a commemoration of Mexican culture and heritage, particularly in areas with large Mexican-American populations.
Food for a Cinco de Mayo Fiesta & Celebration
Mexican food is perfect for parties, especially plant-based parties. There are so many flavors, spices, and fresh ingredients that are dairy-free and gluten-free. If you’re a fan of rice, potatoes, corn, and beans then get ready for some delicious Latino cuisine that will blow your mind.
36 Plant-based Cinco de Mayo Dishes
Here are 36 vegan recipes for a plant-based Cinco de Mayo feast for vegans and meat eaters alike. Una fiesta irresistible con estas recetas saludables y deliciosas!Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with these delicious vegan recipes.
Sauces, Dips, Tortilla Chips, and Bites
Sauces, dips, and tortillas chips are the most important food for any large gathering. This delicious list of oil-free dips and chips will satisfy anyone!
Cheesy Vegan Nacho Fries
Crispy baked oil-free french fries and creamy vegan queso come together to make these delicious vegan nacho fries. The ultimate comfort food, this recipe is sure to be a hit for the big game day, party, or any family gathering.
Healthy Homemade Tortilla Chips (Baked, Oil-free)
Healthy homemade tortilla chips baked to crunchy perfection and completely oil-free! Just 1 ingredient and 15 minutes are all you need.
The Best Vegan 7-layer Dip
The Best Vegan 7 Layer Dip! Made with my Unfried Refried Beans, Cauliflower Mushroom Walnut Taco Meat, Easy Vegan Tofu Sour Cream & Game Day Cheese Dip! It’s healthy, whole and totally vegan.
Vegan Cream Cheese and Sausage Dip (3 Ingredients)
Cream cheese and sausage dip has been around for decades. But this vegan version is sure to make meat lovers smile and be the hit of the party. It’s so simple to make and requires just 3 ingredients. Oil-free, dairy-free, and absolutely delicious!
Classic Pico de Gallo
This pico de gallo recipe is fresh, delicious, and easy to make! You’ll need only 5 ingredients to make this classic Mexican dip—tomato, onion, cilantro, jalapeño, and fresh lime juice.
The Best Vegan Cheese Dip
The best and easiest vegan queso recipe ever! It’s creamy, cheesy, indulgent, and tastes so much like the real thing! Made with cashews, nutritional yeast, diced tomatoes, and green chilies, no one will ever guess it’s vegan, dairy-free, and healthy. This recipe is based on this solid 5-Ingredient Vegan Queso recipe from Nora Cooks.
Roasted Sweet Potato Bites with Guacamole
If you’re looking for the perfect mix of sweet and savory these sweet potato bites with guacamole are amazing! Just be sure and omit the oil before roasting.
Easy Vegan Chipotle Aioli
Easy Vegan Chipotle Aioli! This vegan chipotle sauce is spicy, smoky, creamy, tangy, and absolutely delicious. It’s so easy and requires just 6 ingredients and 5 minutes to make.
Avocado Cilantro Lime Dressings
Creamy, quick, and tangy–this vegan Cilantro-Lime Avocado Dressing makes the perfect topping for salads, tacos, or roasted veggies. Not only is this dressing sugar-free and oil-free, but it comes together in minutes. Don’t be surprised if your guests throw a parade in your honor for this one.
Vegan tacos, tamales, and other main dishes
A big selection of enchiladas, tacos, and more all plant-based and ultra-delicious!
Vegan Corn Tortillas
Learn how to make corn tortillas from scratch that taste soft, tender, and authentically delicious. After this, you’ll never want to buy them from the store again.
Crunchy Baked Taco Shells
Crunchy baked taco shells that are easy to make, healthy, low-fat, and delicious! These things crisp up like a dream with NO OIL and NO DEEP FRYING!
Butternut Squash Black Bean Enchiladas (Vegan, Oil-Free)
This hearty butternut squash black bean enchilada recipe is so easy to make, vegan, and oil-free. The perfect plant-based comfort food for fall.
Vegan Mexican Tortilla Roll Ups
These Mexican tortilla roll-ups are vegan and make a great easy snack or appetizer. They’re super quick to make and perfect to throw together before having guests over.
Red Quinoa Enchiladas Rojas
Dried Ancho chilies bring authentic flavor to this plant-based Mexican entrée. Healthy, gluten-free red quinoa provides the base for the hearty filling. This makes the perfect vegan dinner for a crowd – they’ll be begging for more!
BBQ Jackfruit Tacos
This is actually my BBQ Jackfruit sandwich, but simply swap out the bread for some corn tortillas and you have got one amazing taco!
Oil-Free Vegan Tamales
Tamales take a bit of time to put together but they are well worth it, especially these from Chuck at Brand New Vegan. They’re filled with sweet potatoes, beans, and spices all wrapped up in traditional corn husks.
The BEST Vegan Taco Meat is made with cauliflower, mushrooms, walnuts, and spices. It’s so easy to make and ready in only 20 minutes. The perfect vegan ‘meat’ substitute.
Instant Pot Vegetarian Tortilla Soup
Instant Pot vegetarian tortilla soup takes a few pantry staple ingredients and turns them into a hearty vegetarian meal. This recipe takes just minutes of prep and makes a tasty lunch or dinner!
Crunchy Mashed Potato Tacos (Vegan)
Mashed Potato Tacos are the ultimate vegan comfort food! Tortillas filled with Mexican-spiced mashed potatoes, crunchy potato chips, and vegan sour cream. Oil-free, gluten-free, and plant-based.
Easy Vegan Bean Burritos
This homemade vegan bean burrito is easy to make in only 15 minutes or less! It’s such a healthy, satisfying, and filling lunch or dinner idea full of delicious Mexican flavors and exciting textures.
Chipotle Chickpea Tacos
These Chipotle Chickpea Tacos are everything you want in a taco – meaty, spicy, smoky and a freaking flavor bomb! Five ingredients, ready in less than 15 minutes, and absolutely delicious.
Hearty and healthy Mexican-inspired salads that are sure to please everyone.
Easy Vegan Mexican Street Corn Salad Recipe
This vegan Mexican street corn salad recipe is healthy, easy to make, and a perfect summer side dish for potlucks and picnics! Sweet corn, creamy cashew dressing, and savory spices combined. Smoky, creamy, and just 30 minutes required.
Easy Three-Bean Salad
Easy and delicious classic Three Bean Salad. It’s made with chickpeas, red kidney beans, cannellini beans, cucumber, celery, a few simple spices, and a delicious oil-free
sweet and tangy dressing.
Refreshing Watermelon Salad with Tofu Feta and Cucumber
This refreshing Watermelon Cucumber Salad with tofu feta and fresh basil goes great with the summer heat. Healthy, easy, and vegan, it’s the perfect summer side dish.
Chipotle Chickpea Kale Salad With Tahini Dressing
This delicious vegan chickpea kale salad is so easy to make and ready in 20 minutes. It’s made with spicy chipotle chickpeas, kale, avocado, and topped with a creamy garlicky tahini dressing.
A plant-based diet doesn’t mean you have to forego dessert. This assortment of sweet and drinks are perfect for celebrating the 5th of May!
Mexican Hot Chocolate Cookies
These Mexican Hot Chocolate cookies are literally a mug of hot cocoa in cookie form. Cozy cookies that have a nice crisp outside and a gooey, soft center.
Healthy Avocado Chocolate Pudding
This Avocado Chocolate Pudding is so easy to make, requires FIVE ingredients, and only 5 minutes. It’s rich, creamy, and incredibly decadent. You’ll never taste the avocado and it’s kid approved!
Chili Chocolate Mousse
This rich and decadent vegan chocolate mousse recipe makes for a lovely treat to indulge in when the need for chocolate hits. This recipe is dairy-free, gluten-grain-free (naturally), refined sugar-free, and uses no added oils. Can easily be made raw by using a raw liquid sweetener of your choice and cacao powder.
Vegan Tres Leches Cake
This light and fluffy Vegan Tres Leches Cake is a super easy and absolutely delicious dessert. It’s oil-free, but remember, it’s still dessert so enjoy it sparingly. This simple cake recipe is easy to bake!
Mexican Chocolate Doughnuts
These doughnuts are fluffy, slightly moist, and have an incredible Mexican chocolate flavor. Mexican chocolate is known for its distinct spicy cinnamon and ginger flavors.
No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie
Easy Vegan No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie. Made with non-dairy chocolate chips, and natural peanut butter, and resting in a delicious nut crust. Rich, dark, creamy, smooth, and absolutely delicious. 8 simple ingredients and no baking.
No Bake Coconut Margarita Bites (Vegan, Paleo)
No Bake Coconut Margarita Bites! Easy to make no-bake coconut margarita treats in dessert bite form! These bites are naturally gluten-free, paleo-friendly, and vegan! Bites that actually taste like a frozen margarita with natural lime and coconut flavors. So refreshing any time of year!
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What an awesome collection of recioes for Cinco de Mayo! Look forward to trying them all! Thanks for curating these in one handy collection. Shane! 🇲🇽🌮