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6 Vegan Mexican Cookbooks That’ll Add Flavor to Your Life

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When you think of Mexican food, what comes to mind? Spicy, meaty tacos and cheesy enchiladas? Well, that’s part of it, but there’s so much more.

Yes, it’s easy to make flavorful Mexican cuisine plant-based. In fact, it’s so easy, you’ll be whipping up these recipes in no time.

From breakfast to tortas to soups and salads to tamales and yum! Is your mouth watering yet?

This cookbook roundup brings you the best Mexican Cookbooks available. So, you can skip the agonizing decision-making, and get right to your molcajete. Adventure awaits! Bien viaje!

Mexican Recipe Cookbooks You Need to Check Out

‘The Taco Cleanse’ by Wes Allison, Stephanie Bogdanich, Molly R. Frisinger, and Jessica Morris

The Taco Cleanse: The Tortilla-Based Diet Proven to Change Your Life

The Taco Cleanse Team is a powerhouse of wit and expertise. Self-labeled Taco Scientists Wes Allison, Stephanie Bogdanish, Molly R. Frisinger, and Jessica Morris put their collective heads – and extreme love of tacos – together to bring you this delightful tongue-in-cheek guide to everything you can stuff in a tortilla.

It isn’t often you’ll laugh out loud while reading a cookbook. You will with this one. It’s such a fun read, and the recipes are ‘seriously tasty.’ Tacos for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and every time between? Si, por favor!

With an entertaining introduction to all things taco, The Taco Cleanse guides you deep into the heart of tacos.

Starting with ‘What is a Taco?’ to ‘Finding Specialty Ingredients’ all the way to ‘Living A Taco-Based Life.’ This book is a wild and delicious ride from start to finish.

While I love everything I made during my Taco Cleanse, these are some of the stand outs:

  • Tater Tot-cho Tacos
  • Enlightened Soy Curls al Pastor
  • Barbacoa Mushrooms
  • Comforting Seitan Guisada

With all this good humor, delectable dishes, and mouth-watering photos, it’s a no-brainer.

It’s one of the best cookbooks out there for new and seasoned eaters alike. It was the first vegan cookbook I ever purchased, and it’s one I refer to often.

I even pack it in my backpack when I travel. It’s that good. Looking for something to give your skeptical meat loving, taco smashing friends? Look no further.

‘¡Salud! Vegan Mexican Cookbook’ by Eddie Garza

¡Salud! Vegan Mexican Cookbook: 150 Mouthwatering Recipes from Tamales to Churros

Eddie Garza is a renowned speaker, writer, and leader in Latino health.

He works across the country with school districts and universities to implement plant-based meal options. He is best known for leading the movement to reform food systems in Latin communities.

In !Salud!, Eddie brings Mexican cuisine back to its plant-based roots.

What, you say? Plant. Based. Roots. You bet. Before the Spanish conquistadores, the indigenous people subsisted on corn, chiles, squash, and other native produce.

The recetas within these pages take us back to the beginnings, with some modern twists for good measure.

I love the complex simplicity of Mexican food, and here are a few of Eddie’s recipes that exemplify this concept:

  • Amaranth Granola with Oats and Mexican Chocolate
  • Grilled Nopal Salad
  • Baja Burritos with Mango Salsa
  • Rajas con Crema

The hearty flavors of Mexico are as varied as its landscape. Eddie walks you through how to navigate the plant-based cocina. The ingredients, the tools, and best of all, the food! Disfruta!

‘Vegan Tacos’ by Jason Wyrick

Vegan Tacos: Authentic and Inspired Recipes for Mexico's Favorite Street Food

Jason Wyrick is the executive chef of The Vegan Taste and author/co-author of several best-selling books. He was the first culinary instructor in the Le Cordon Bleu program through the Scottsdale Culinary Institute.

Needless to say, he knows food. And, through his very personal introduction, he knows Mexico and tacos pretty well, too.

If you thought you learned everything you needed to know about tacos already, sit back and hold on tight. Jason is about to teach you so much more!

Think tacos are just crunchy shells with faux meat stuffed inside?

Think Taco Bell is the resident expert on the tasty hand-held staple?

Think again. Jason’s Vegan Tacos is part history, part culture, part cookbook – and it’s muy authentico!

So many delicious and unique versions of favorites in this book. My mouth is watering just thinking about them.

  • Hash Brown and Black Bean Tacos with Tomatillo Salsa
  • BBQ Sweet Potato and Chile Peanut Tacos
  • Mole Tacos with Seared Zucchini, Wilted Chard, and Pepitas
  • Pineapple and Banana Dessert Tacos

Cookbooks from cultures outside of our own give us such a multi-faceted look at the world around us.

It’s one of my favorite ways to teach my kiddos about other places, through food and the history of that food. It’s something that is often lacking in a regular school day.

Mundane, bland food in the cafeteria, and little to no food experience in the classroom. We can learn a lot about culture and history through food. And it tastes so good!

Vegan Tacos is an excellent example of this and should be in every taco loving household.

‘Vegan Mexico: Soul-Satisfying Regional Recipes from Tamales to Tostadas’ by Jason Wyrick

Vegan Mexico: Soul-Satisfying Regional Recipes from Tamales to Tostadas

Jason Wyrick does it again! He had me from the cover photo. I’m a sucker for elotes, and the way to my heart is through authentic Mexican street corn. Yep. It’s true.

This book delves deep into Mexican cuisine, beyond the basics. It’s a jaunt through the varied regions of Mexico, and the food that has evolved therein.

Every region has its specialties, and Jason puts them here in their best vegan versions.

Cooking food from this book is a like going on a virtual vacation, only the food is real, and you get to eat it! My favorite part of traveling is eating (and the beach…eating ON the beach! Yes!) and my fam travels to Mexico a lot.

Since going plant-based, my eating adventures have intensified!

Soul Satisfying isn’t a hyperbole. These recipes are the real deal.

  • Mexican Street Corn and Street Corn Salsa
  • Potato and Chorizo Sandwich
  • Huastecas-Style Chorizo and Cactus Enchiladas
  • Tamales in Peanut-Tequila Mole

Vegan Mexico is a gastronomical fiesta. Every region has its own flavors, its own history, its own heart and soul.

With Jason’s help, you can recreate that experience without ever leaving home. Jason’s cookbooks are a necessity for every kitchen.

‘Viva Vegan!’ by Terry Hope Romero

Viva Vegan!: 200 Authentic and Fabulous Recipes for Latin Food Lovers

Terry Hope Romero is co-author of several best-selling books with Isa Chandra Moscowitz. She and Isa collaborate on books, television shows, radio programs, and public appearances.

They are part of the iconic Veganomicon team, the Holy Bible (so-to-speak) of vegan cooking. Terry has written several beautiful cookbooks of her own, including this homage to her Latin heritage.

This is a massive cookbook. 200 recipes with deep creative roots in Latin culture. This is more than a mere ‘Mexican cookbook.’

This is a cookbook of the Latin culture. That may seem like an impossible, insurmountable amount of recipes to wade through. You don’t have to wade, you need to open your mouth, and eat your way through this book.

Latin food is more than salsa and enchiladas. Your local restaurante is just a smidgen of what exists in the mundo.

  • Tostones with Avocado and Palm Ceviche
  • Tofu Chicharrones
  • Spicy Tortilla Casserole with Roasted Poblanos
  • Red Chile-Seitan Tamales

Terry brings so many tantalizing flavors of the vibrant Latin culture, and presents them in this essential volume.

If you love the explosion of Latin sabor, but are intimidated by the sheer expanse of options, this is the book for you.

‘Vegan: The Essential Mexican Cookbook for Vegans’ by High Cedar Press

Vegan: The Essential Mexican Cookbook for Vegans

High Cedar Press is the umbrella company under which Zoe Hazon publishes her extensive collection of vegan cookbooks.

If you’re looking for a way to veganize your favorite food, chances are one of High Cedar Press’ cookbooks can help you.

Mexican food is my favorite food in the universe. It hasn’t always been, though. I once thought Mexican food was a crunchy taco shell and some ground beef with lots of cheese on top!

Not much in the way of flavor or substance. Then I went to Baja. My first taste of street tacos had me hooked for life. Viva Mexico!

Since that first taste, I’ve changed my lifestyle to a plant-based one. But my adoration of all foods Mexican hasn’t changed a bit.

In fact, it has intensified. Yet, eating plant-based in Mexico is super easy! And, eating plant-based Mexican inspired food at home is even easier.

Essential Mexican is a wonderful resource for quick and satisfying meals like these:

  • Tempeh Tequila Taco Sliders
  • Three-bean Quinoa Chili
  • Calabacitas con Elote
  • Chilaquiles with Lentils

Zoe’s Essential Mexican is chock full of delicious twists on recipes, focusing on simplicity.

All the ingredients can be found in even the smallest grocery store and come together in four steps or less.

This is the cookbook for a quick sampling of all that Mexican cuisine has to offer.

Wrapping Up

As you may not have already known, Mexican food is more than tacos and burritos.

Its complex flavors and textures have been tantalizing palates for centuries. Don’t let that intimidate you, though.

These cookbooks have been curated to make creating traditional dishes easy as uno, dos, tres!

They may even inspire you to put your own twist on the favorites you find. It’s your adventure.

Even if you never travel further than your local grocery store, you can experience part of the culture and history of our neighbors through food.

Let these books be your guide to a world of flavors, limited only by your imagination.


Michelle M. VanGurp

I'm a mom of two tweens. It's important to find food that satisfies our hunger and also fits into our busy lives. I love to find and share food that's easy, delicious, and plant-based. Writing about cooking is a dream come true.

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