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When my husband and I moved to a new city, we realized that we didn't have any friends or know any great local hotspots. Instead of biding away our time in our cramped little apartment, we decided to get out in the city and try some new restaurants. This simple practice helped us to develop quite a long list of great local restaurants, and we even decided to set up a blog dedicated to great eating. This website contains all kinds of articles about food, cooking, and eating, so that you can become a fun foodie like us. Check out this blog for a little fun.

A Vegetarian's Guide To Enjoying Mexican Restaurants

If you consume a vegetarian diet and have limited exposure to Mexican cuisine, you may not realize that its rich flavors and diverse ingredients provide an array of tasty options for vegetarians. Even if a Mexican restaurant isn't specifically vegetarian, there are typically plenty of meatless choices to satisfy your palate. Here's what you need to know: 

Navigating the Menu

When you first glance at a Mexican restaurant's menu, you might see a lot of meat-centric dishes. However, many traditional Mexican dishes can be easily adapted to a vegetarian diet.

Tacos, for instance, are incredibly versatile. You can fill them with a variety of plant-based ingredients like grilled vegetables, beans, cheese, or avocado. Similarly, enchiladas and chiles rellenos can often be ordered with cheese or vegetable fillings. Don't be afraid to ask your server if the kitchen can simply omit the meat from traditional menu staples.

When ordering, don't hesitate to ask your server about vegetarian options or substitutions. Most restaurants will be more than willing to accommodate your dietary needs.

Discovering Authentic Vegetarian Dishes

Mexican cuisine boasts a wide range of inherently vegetarian dishes that are both delicious and satisfying. Consider starting with a classic appetizer like guacamole—a creamy blend of ripe avocados, lime, and spices—or chiles toreados—spicy sautéed peppers.

For your main dish, explore options like chiles en nogada, a stuffed poblano pepper dish, or a hearty vegetable tamale, a traditional Mesoamerican dish made of masa (corn dough) filled with vegetables, wrapped in a corn husk, and steamed to perfection.

Enjoying the Sides

Don't forget about the side dishes, which can be a highlight of the Mexican culinary experience for vegetarians. Refried beans, Mexican rice, and elote (grilled corn on the cob topped with cheese and spices) are all flavorful, satisfying options.

Indulging in Sweet Treats

Cap off your meal with a traditional Mexican dessert. Many are vegetarian-friendly, like flan, a creamy caramel custard, or churros, fried dough pastries often served with a side of chocolate for dipping.

Savoring Mexican Beverages

Complement your meal with a refreshing Mexican beverage. Agua fresca (a light fruit drink) or horchata (a sweet drink made from rice) are both excellent non-alcoholic choices. If you prefer something with a kick, a margarita or a glass of Mexican wine can be a delightful addition to your meal.

Visiting a Mexican restaurant as a vegetarian can be a culinary adventure. By exploring the menu, asking about vegetarian options, and embracing the diverse flavors of Mexican cuisine, you can enjoy a satisfying, meat-free dining experience.

Visit a local Mexican restaurant to learn more.