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Dairy Free Mexican Food

Dairy Free Mexican Food

Mexican cuisine is celebrated for its flavor intensity, vibrant colors, and variety of ingredients. While many traditional dishes include cheese and other dairy products, there is an abundance of options for those who prefer a dairy-free diet. Here we present five delicious recipes that showcase the richness of Mexican food without the need for dairy.

1. Jackfruit Tacos al Pastor

jackfruit tacos al pastor

A vegan take on the classic taco al pastor. Jackfruit, with its meat-like texture, is the perfect substitute, absorbing the flavors wonderfully.


  • 2 cans of jackfruit in water, drained
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon of achiote paste
  • 2 teaspoons of chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon of ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon of dried oregano
  • 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar
  • Juice of 1 orange
  • Salt to taste
  • Corn tortillas
  • Fresh pineapple, cilantro, and onion for serving

Preparation Process

  1. Mix the achiote, chili powder, cumin, oregano, vinegar, orange juice, and salt in a bowl. Add the jackfruit and marinate for at least one hour.
  2. In a skillet, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the marinated jackfruit and cook until well browned.
  3. Serve on warm corn tortillas and garnish with pineapple, cilantro, and chopped onion.

2. Nopal Salad

Nopal Salad

Nopal is not only a traditional Mexican ingredient but also very healthy. This salad is fresh, easy to prepare, and perfect for any occasion.


  • 4 large nopales, cleaned and cut into strips
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/2 red onion, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup of fresh cilantro, chopped
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Preparation Process

  1. Boil the nopales in water until soft. Drain and rinse with cold water.
  2. In a bowl, mix the nopales with the tomatoes, onion, cilantro, lime juice, salt, and pepper.
  3. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before serving.

3. Cauliflower Ceviche

A vegan version of the classic ceviche, using cauliflower instead of fish. It’s a light and refreshing option.


  • 1 head of cauliflower, cut into small florets
  • Juice of 4 limes
  • 1 large tomato, chopped
  • 1/4 of a red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 serrano chili, deseeded and chopped
  • 1/4 cup of fresh cilantro, chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Avocado for serving

Preparation Process

  1. Blanch the cauliflower in boiling water for 2 minutes. Drain and cool with ice water.
  2. Mix the cauliflower with lime juice, tomato, onion, chili, cilantro, salt, and pepper. Let marinate in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour.
  3. Serve cold, garnished with avocado.

4. Aztec Soup

aztec soup

This traditional soup can be easily adapted for a dairy-free diet, maintaining its authentic and comforting flavor.


  • 1 liter of vegetable broth
  • 2 ripe tomatoes, roasted
  • 1 onion, roasted
  • 2 cloves of garlic, roasted
  • 1 pasilla chili, roasted and deseeded
  • Corn tortillas, cut into strips and fried
  • Avocado, lime, and cilantro for serving

Preparation Process

  1. Blend the tomatoes, onion, garlic, and chili with a bit of broth until smooth.
  2. Pour the mixture into a pot and add the rest of the broth. Simmer on low heat for 20 minutes.
  3. Serve the soup hot with fried tortilla strips, avocado, a squeeze of lime juice, and cilantro to taste.

5. Coconut Milk Rice Pudding

Coconut Milk Rice Pudding

A classic dessert with a dairy-free twist, using coconut milk to give it an exotic and creamy flavor.


  • 1 cup of rice, washed
  • 1 can of coconut milk
  • 3 cups of water
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • Ground cinnamon for serving

Preparation Process

  1. In a pot, combine the rice, coconut milk, water, sugar, and cinnamon stick. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the rice is soft and creamy.
  2. Remove the cinnamon stick and serve the rice pudding warm or cold, sprinkled with ground cinnamon.

These recipes demonstrate that Mexican food can be just as delicious and satisfying without the need for dairy. Explore these dishes to discover new flavors and textures that will surely enrich your culinary repertoire.




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