The ULTIMATE Vegan Mexican Food Guide

Posted by  peta2 staff

OK, let’s cut the bullsh*t: Vegan Mexican food exists, and it’s super-easy to find. Just follow these tips:

1. Fast-Food Runs

At 9 a.m.:

Cereal is for boring, serious people. Mexican food is for warriors—or just very hungry people.

Hit up Del Taco on your way to class and pick something from the following vegan breakfast options:

At 1 p.m.:

Need a pick-me-up? Hit up the happiest place on Earth: CHIPOTLE!

Make ANYTHING on the menu vegan by asking your server to hold the cheese and sour cream. Oh, and if you live near a location serving tofu-based Sofritas, then by all means, do yourself a favor and get one!

At 2 a.m.:

Sooooo, the party was awesome, but now you’re starving and nothing in the entire world sounds better than Mexican food (no judging, we’ve all been there). Hit up Taco Bell and choose one of these options:

2. Eating Out

Don’t panic when eating out at a Mexican restaurant. Just follow these easy tips:

  • If you can, call the restaurant ahead of time and ask if its beans contain lard. If they don’t, you will most likely be able to make anything on the menu vegan by substituting beans for meat and asking your waiter to hold the cheese and sour cream.


  • Potatoes are your best friend. Make a bomb meal by asking if the chef can make potato tacos and top them off with vegetables and a ton of guac.
  • Guac, salsa, and chips. That’s all we really need in life.

3. Street Food

No time to stop by a restaurant? Chances are, there’s Mexican food available right on your street. Try these ideas:

  • Stop by the fruit cart and get a bag of super-fresh fruit topped with chili powder and lime juice. Oh, heaven!

Street fruit with chili powder

  • White corn on the cob with chili powder and lime juice will make you cry out of joy. Get home and add some Veganaise for extra beautifulness. More Mexican street food finds:

Instagram vegan food collage

  • Ask the taco stand if its beans are lard-free and get your grub on.

4. Dessert


Vegan Mexican candy.

Have a Mexican market near you? Try Barritas Marinelas, which are perfect little pastries with a pineapple or strawberry filling.

5. Eating In

If you just got up from a siesta and don’t feel like going out, try these delicious vegan options:

grocery store vegan mexican options

These are vegan, too:

Make some vegan carne asada flautas with Gardein’s Beefless Tips


… and a bomb quesadilla with GO Veggie!’s Mexican Style Shreds.

Need some more inspiration? Check out our fave recipes:

free recipes mexican

And don’t forget:

salsa packets



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  • 805 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]


    The ingrediants for the beans on their website says it included ‘beef type flavoring’!! What is that?
    ngredient Statement
    Beans: Pinto Beans, Water, Seasoning (Salt, Maltodextrin, Soybean Oil, Beef Type Flavor (Autolyzed Yeast Extract, Maltodextrin, Natural Flavor, Torula Yeast, Partially Hydrogenated Cottonseed And Soybean Oils, Gum Arabic), Soy Sauce Powder, Natural Smoke Flavor, Caramel Color, Contains Less Than 2%: Silicon Dioxide (Added To Prevent Caking)), – OR* -, Pinto Beans, Salt, Contains 2% or Less of, Onions, Maltodextrin, Garlic, Natural Flavor (Contains Tortula Yeast), Yeast Extract, Spices, Lactic Acid, Calcium Lactate, Palm Oil, *Will Contain Either One Of The Ingredient Statements, Depending Upon Regional Suppliers

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      800 days ago

      VN:F [1.9.22_1171]


      Beef type flavoring is an artificial beef flavoring. Totally vegan!

  • Profile photo of choreokitty

    1025 days ago

    VN:F [1.9.22_1171]


    Don’t most places put sour cream in their guacamole?

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      1018 days ago

      VN:F [1.9.22_1171]


      Nope, but you can always ask to be sure. 🙂

  • 1029 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]


    Finally!!! 😀

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    1037 days ago

    VN:F [1.9.22_1171]


    omg just what I needed 😀 Thanks Peta2 for considering the mexican vegans too 🙂

  • Profile photo of CarolineS

    1080 days ago

    VN:F [1.9.22_1171]


    AWESOME BLOG POST! 😀 So happy to see my favorite candies on here ♥ I just ate a Pelon Pelo Rico!

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    1086 days ago

    VN:F [1.9.22_1171]


    Mmmm I’m hungry now 🙂