Happy Cinco de Mayo! The holiday celebrates the Mexican army’s victory over France at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. It’s a day of celebration centered around honoring Mexican culture and heritage, and includes festivities, colorful drinks, and—of course—delicious Cinco de Mayo recipes.
Celebrating with Cinco de Mayo recipes is an absolute must for this festive holiday. While many options include animal products (which have a higher carbon footprint than plant-based options), these dishes are incredibly versatile, making it easy to make planet-friendly swaps. Sometimes that means choosing beans over beef, and other times that means choosing more sustainable animal proteins (like chicken and ethically-sourced fish).
Here are some delicious Cinco de Mayo recipes to try, including enchiladas, nachos, dips, and more. Aside from being packed with flavor, they’re also better options for Mother Earth. So, who’s ready to celebrate?
13 Planet-Friendly Cinco de Mayo Recipes
Chilaquiles—a traditional Mexican breakfast dish—typically involves salsa, crema, and cheese. This plant-based version uses almond crema, is loaded with veggies, and is topped with a vegan queso.
Out of all the different meat options, chicken has one of the lowest carbon footprints. When you’re buying it, pay close attention to the labels to ensure it’s produced as sustainably and ethically as possible. Want a meatless version instead? Swap in crumbled tofu.
A twist on your average guacamole, this Cinco de Mayo recipe is loaded with everything summer has to offer. Serve it with a bowl of tortilla chips and enjoy.
Fajitas are so easy to make plant-based. Just leave out the meat! This option uses meaty and flavorful portobello mushrooms instead.
Sweet mango blends perfectly with spicy jalapeño, zesty onion, and lime juice in this easy-to-make salsa.
Earthy, fresh, and flavorful, this recipe can be made with or without meat. Enjoy is as an entrée or a hearty side.
These fun and colorful quinoa-stuffed peppers are entirely vegan and gluten-free. Aside from being easy to make, they’re also super nutritious: The quinoa filling is loaded with protein and fiber.
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There’s no meat needed in these cauliflower tacos that are loaded with pan-fried Halloumi cheese and a spicy avocado basil salsa.
You’d never guess these nachos are entirely vegan. The tortilla chips are topped with dairy-free queso and sour cream, black beans, pico de gallo, and more.
10. Vegan Burrito
Stuffed with a black bean and corn sofrito mix, rice, guacamole, and crisp shredded lettuce, you’ll want to make this flavor-packed burrito every single day.
11. Baja Fish Tacos
Fish tacos typically use flakey white fish, like cod, halibut, or tilapia. Before buying one of those varieties, use this guide that will help you choose the most sustainable option.
This quesadilla is loaded with flavor, all thanks to the variety of vegetables stuffed inside. It’s also a great way to use up produce that’s about go bad. What doesn’t taste good with a tortilla and cheese?
Last but not least on our list of Cinco de Mayo recipes, these tostada stacks include both animal and plant protein: chicken and white beans. Grab a crispy tortilla, add your toppings and a drizzle of cilantro lime sauce, and you’re good to go.