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7 Must Try Food in Mexico City – Vegetarian!

Mexico City has become increasingly popular as more and more people are traveling to this overwhelming, fascinating, and unforgettable global destination. With its quaint streets, which serves a variety of food items and fresh ingredients, Mexican food is a feast for taste buds.

It is worth to mention that three of Mexico City‘s restaurants are recognized among the world’s top 50. I will not be surprised if you add a few more regional restaurants to the list! As a vegetarian, I have struggled to find great food while traveling but in Mexico City, it is all about how good you have researched about what you can eat as vegetarian.
Here is the list of top 7 meat-free vegan mexican food options you must try in Mexico City.

Vegan Tacos

Vegan Tacos, for the most part, are a staple here and is dominated by meat options. On-street stands, one can simply request for cheese (queso) or potatoes (papas) as a filling instead of regular meat options. La Roma and Condesa area of Mexico City is famous for tourists and visitors who majorly ask for vegetarian options.

Where – Tacos Gus, Forever Vegano (can get on Uber Eats, Por Siempre
What to Eat – Cactus tacos, bean tacos, cheese(queso) tacos, potatoes tacos
Price- $30- $40

Vegetarian-Tacos
Vegetarian-Tacos

Chocolate and pastries

The thing I enjoyed the most is chocolates and pastries which are served at insanely cheap rates in some of the bakeries and supermarkets. For vegans, La Condesa and La Roma neighborhoods are probably the best places to hangout to devour these delicacies. Milkella, in the Casa Quimera complex mentioned above, is a particularly good place for yummy vegan cookies. Make an afternoon of it by grabbing an inventive fruit juice from the Naat juice stand, some tacos from the vegan taqueria and then top it off with a cookie (or two or three!).

Where- Milkella, Naat juice stand
What to Eat- Vegan Icecream, Cookies

Chocolates and Cookies

Nachos

Who doesn’t like Nachos! And when you are getting most authentic nachos present in the entire universe, you must go for it. Temictli in
Condesa neighborhood serves super saucy vegan nachos, which are super filling, and can vary in tastiness. They have exceptional service and other dishes are also super tasty, however, the food is a bit expensive.

Where- Temictli
What- Nachos, Vegan Burger

Vegan Nachos and Guacamole

Tortas de Chilaquiles and Gorditas

When it comes to Mexican breakfast, traditionally Mexican prefer Chilaquiles. These are triangular deep-fried tortillas swimming in a red or green spicy sauce and topped with sour cream, cheese, and some fresh onion. One can get a vegetarian version of this.

Where- Don Andres Vegan Food & Coffee (best breakfast in the Condesa area)
What – Pancakes, huevos llanero, Tortas de Chilaquiles, Gorditas

Huevos Rancheros

One morning, I was looking for a healthy breakfast and avoiding tacos which I was devouring throughout the trip throughout the day. Settling myself in Café El Popular in Centro Historico, as I cruised through the menu, ecstasy hit me as I found out they serve Huevos Rancheros. Last time I heard about this blast of breakfast when I was watching
Planet Food. The recipe consists of some simple constituents – eggs, fresh vegetables, tortillas, beans, cheese and a bit of Mexican secret sauces ( at least secret to me).
The great thing about huevos rancheros is that you can always modify it to meet your cravings and suit your taste buds.

Where – Café El Popular
What- Huevos Rancheros, Cactus, Enchiladas and Tamales

Fajitas- vegetariano

They say, where there is a will, there is a way. And finding vegetarian fajitas with portobellos mushrooms and poblano and bell peppers made me happiest during this trip.
If you don’t like mushrooms, simply omit them and still you can ask the sellers to make you vegetarian fajitas without any carnitas (
braised or roasted pork served shredded in small pieces, often as a filling in tacos, burritos). For a vegetarian version opt for black beans and other veggies which are available. You can ask the vendor for corn tortillas to make them gluten free if you want that.

Fajitas and Nachos with Salsa Verde, Salsa Roja and Guac
Fajitas and Nachos with Salsa Verde, Salsa Roja and Guac

Ensalada de nopales and Cornmeal-battered nopales with smoked paprika

Oh Yeah!! You would say, that sounds like Salad? Well, yes it is. The catch is that it is an authentic Mexican cactus leaves salad, as it is called in Spanish. And you may not find it in our regular Mexican restaurants in US. But Nopales are a staple in the Mexican cuisine and wildly used in salsas and salads.
It takes time to make this Salad but the cactus is washed and cut into small rectangles. It is then placed in a container with water and salt, this is to remove the mud and other coatings. They are generally sold fresh and spiced up according to the taste of the customers. I would recommend to go ahead with Cornmeal-battered nopales with smoked paprika.



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