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vegan taquitos being dipped in green goddess dressing

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Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • If I had to pick my favorite cuisine, it would definitely be Mexican. I even opted for a taco and nachos bar as the catering at my wedding! Rest assured, if you appreciate Mexican flavors, you will be making this recipe for weeks to come.
  • It doesn’t take a long time to prep, and the results are unbelievable! If you’re expecting company or simply want to treat yourself, why not make a batch of vegan taquitos?
  • One of the reasons Mexican dishes are great is because they are naturally quite balanced. You have plenty of carbs, protein, and fiber, along with a healthy dose of fats.
  • Are you transitioning to plant-based eating? Are you learning to cook for the first time? This recipe for vegan taquitos is a great staple to have in your arsenal. It teaches you some fundamental techniques and flavor combinations.
  • All things considered, this is a budget-friendly recipe that can be easily scaled up to feed a larger family.
vegan taquitos served with a side of green goddess dressing and drizzled with vegan yogurt and topped with pico de gallo

What Are Taquitos?

Taquitos are a popular Mexican dish consisting of rolled-up tortillas filled with various ingredients, typically meat, cheese, and sometimes beans or vegetables. The filled tortillas are then usually deep-fried until they become crispy.

The name “taquito” is the diminutive form of the Spanish word taco. Taquitos are often served as a snack, appetizer, or part of a meal and are enjoyed for their crunchy texture and flavorful fillings.

In addition to being deep-fried, taquitos can also be baked or pan-fried for a slightly different texture. The dish has become popular not only in Mexico but also in various other parts of the world, with regional variations and adaptations to suit different tastes.

Vegetarianism in Mexican Cuisine

Mexican cuisine has a rich tradition of vegetarian and vegan dishes that are deeply rooted in the country’s culinary history. Many traditional Mexican recipes are naturally plant-based or can be easily adapted to suit a vegetarian or vegan diet.

For instance, tamales, a traditional Mexican dish made of masa (a dough made from corn) filled with various ingredients, can be prepared with vegetarian fillings such as beans and vegetables. Similarly, tacos and burritos can have vegan or vegetarian fillings without sacrificing the flavor.

mexican spice blend

Spice Up Your Life

This recipe relies on spices, salt, and lime juice to truly make the flavors pop. Each component adds an important note to the overall dish.

  • Chili powder is a spice blend made from ground chili peppers. Originating from Mexico, it adds a robust and complex flavor to dishes. Chili powder imparts a warm and slightly spicy flavor to food, with varying levels of heat depending on the types of chili peppers used in the blend.
  • Lime juice is a common ingredient in many Mexican and East Asian dishes, providing a burst of citrusy brightness. In this vegan taquitos recipe, Its acidity cuts through the richness of beans and balances the overall taste.
  • Cumin is a spice derived from the dried seeds of the Cuminum cyminum plant, native to the Eastern Mediterranean and South Asia. Widely used in Mexican cooking, it has a distinct and warm flavor with nutty and slightly citrusy undertones.
  • Paprika is a spice made from dried and ground peppers, often sweet or mild varieties. While it has roots in Central Mexico, it gained popularity in Hungarian cuisine. It comes in various forms, including sweet, hot, and smoked.
  • Garlic Powder is a dehydrated and ground form of garlic, a pungent bulb widely cultivated and used in various global cuisines. Garlic powder imparts a concentrated garlic flavor to dishes, with a milder taste compared to fresh garlic.
  • Salt, a fundamental mineral, has been a crucial ingredient in culinary traditions worldwide. Whether sourced from sea or land, it enhances the natural flavors of food.
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How to Make This Recipe

Start by preheating the oven to 425F.

Add the diced onion and minced garlic to a pan with a tablespoon of olive oil. Saute on medium until the onion starts turning translucent. This should take about three minutes. 

Next, add tomato, jalapeño, frozen corn, grated tofu and black beans to the same pan. Stir in all the spices and saute until fragrant (5 minutes or so). Finally, combine this mixture with vegan yogurt, lime juice, and salsa. 

Lay your tortillas on a flat kitchen surface and divide the filling between them. Distribute it along the middle, then roll the mini tortillas to encase the filling.

Transfer your vegan taquitos to a baking dish, and cook in the oven for 12-15 minutes. You’ll know your taquitos are ready when the outside turns crispy and browned.

The best way to serve these is with my vegan goddess dressing. You can also drizzle some vegan yogurt on top and add pico de gallo. 

vegan taquitos being dipped in green goddess dressing

Hack It!

  • Pico de gallo is super easy to make at home. Just mix diced tomatoes, onions, peppers, cilantro, salt and lime juice. Alternatively, you can find some at a local Mexican place or even a deli counter sometimes.
  • Every person has a different tolerance level when it comes to spice. Don’t worry, you can still enjoy these vegan taquitos if you prefer milder dishes. Just omit or reduce the amount of chili powder and jalapeño as desired.
  • For dishes like this one, I like to use coconut yogurt. It is so thick and creamy, and typically it’s easy to find an unsweetened version. However, feel free to use soy, oat or almond yogurt.
  • This recipe is naturally gluten-free because it uses corn tortillas. That said, you can use flour tortillas, sweet potato tortillas, or oat tortillas. Just beware that the texture of your taquitos might be different as a result.
  • If you have a soy allergy, you can sub tofu for seitan or oyster mushrooms. Both of these make a great vegan alternative to meat and blend well with other ingredients.
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vegan taquitos being dipped in green goddess dressing

The Recipe: Vegan Taquitos

A delicious and wholesome recipe featuring classic Mexican flavors and providing all the nutrients you need in a meal.
5 from 18 ratings

Ingredients

  • 1 red onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 roma tomato, diced
  • 1 jalapeno, diced
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 1 block extra firm tofu, grated
  • 15 oz black beans, canned, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup vegan yogurt, unsweetened
  • 1 lime juiced
  • ½ cup salsa
  • 12 small corn tortillas

Spice blend

  • 2 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt

To serve

Instructions 

  • Preheat the oven to 425F.
  • Add the onion and garlic to a pan over medium heat, with a tablespoon of olive oil, if desired. Saute until the onion is translucent, approximately 3 minutes. 
  • Add the tomato, jalapeño, corn, grated tofu and black beans to the pan, along with the spices. Saute until fragrant, approximately 5 minutes.
  • Add in the vegan yogurt, lime juice, and salsa, and mix until everything is combined. 
  • Divide the filling into the centre of the mini tortillas, then roll into your “taquitos”. 
  • Transfer to a casserole dish, and bake for 12 to 15 minutes, until browned. Serve with vegan goddess dressing, vegan yogurt for drizzling, and pico de gallo optional. 
Calories: 163kcal, Carbohydrates: 28.9g, Protein: 8.7g, Fat: 2.4g, Saturated Fat: 0.4g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 0.5g, Sodium: 324.4mg, Potassium: 363.1mg, Fiber: 6.2g, Sugar: 2.7g, Vitamin A: 537IU, Vitamin C: 7.8mg, Calcium: 82.9mg, Iron: 2.2mg