Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a plate of sizzling vegetarian fajitas.
When I stopped eating meat three years ago, I worried I would miss my favorite meals, especially around holidays. I was relieved to discover that rather than giving up the dishes I love, I only needed to adapt my recetas, as I demonstrate in Meatless Monday: Sweet Potato Tacos Recipe.
Fajitas easily convert into a meatless meal by replacing the carne with a hearty vegetable.
Eggplant Mushroom Fajitas Recipe
- 1 onion, sliced
- 1/2 eggplant, chopped into strips
- 4 oz mushrooms, sliced
- 1 green bell pepper, sliced
- 1 red bell pepper, sliced
- 1 jalepeño, chopped
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- Saute onion in olive oil on low heat for 2-3 minutes.
- Add eggplant and cook until soft, 5 minutes.
- Add mushrooms. Cook an additional 2-3 minutes.
- Add bell peppers and jalepenos. Cover and cook 5 minutes.
- Warm tortillas, fill and serve!
Fajitas may be named for the cut of meat, but much of the sabor in this dish comes from the sweet onions and peppers. With mushrooms and eggplant adding texture, you won't miss the carne.
This dish is as healthy as it is delicioso. Bell peppers are rich in vitamins and antioxidants, onions provide fiber and minerals, and mushrooms are packed with potassium. Increase the nutritional value even further by using 100% whole wheat tortillas.
Don't remember your abuelita making fajitas in México?
You probably don’t remember your abuelos celebrating el Cinco in Mexico, either.
This commemoration of the Mexican army's victory over the occupying French in 1862 is celebrated in Puebla, but is a minor holiday in much of the country. Rather, the day has more importance for Americans celebrating their Mexican heritage--making Tex-Mex fajitas the perfect veggie option for your Cinco de Mayo celebration.
Read a criticism of the drinking culture around this holiday in another TWLC Cinco post: "Cinco de Mayo: Celebrating Mexico or another Excuse to 'Darty?'"
Down to celebrate Mexican heritage through food more often?
You don't need Cinco de Mayo to savor meatless Mexican recipes. Just turn up the mariachi music in your cocina and throw veggies in your skillet to cook up savory fajitas on Meatless Monday or any day you want to skip the meat.
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A teacher by day, The Wise Latina Club’s Natalie Wagner Fierro is the co-founder of the Institute for Student Health. She equally loves food (cooking or dining in Washington’s restaurants) and burning calories by distance running, practicing yoga, and archery. Click here to read more about and connect with Natalie.What are your favorite Mexican or Tex-Mex dishes?