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Top 11 Favorite Vegetarian and Vegan Cinco de Mayo Party Ideas

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What's a Cinco de Mayo party without some fabulous food? Being vegetarian doesn't mean giving up on some great appetizers, drinks and dishes to celebrate this Mexican holiday. Read on for some great dips, and even a Mexican-inspired dessert!

1. Easy Vegetarian Fajitas

Make vegetarian fajitas with just a few simple ingredients and a few Mexican spices. Serve wrapped in a flour tortilla and topped with a spoonful of sour cream. Try making vegetarian fajtias with vegetables, seitan or any other mock meat. Here's a few easy vegetarian fajita recipes to try:
  • Mushroom fajitas
  • Easy seitan fajitas (pictured)
  • Pineapple and tempeh fajitas
  • "Steak strips" meat-free fajitas
  • Vegetarian fajitas with chicken substitute and fresh cilantro
  • 2. Homemade Guacamole

    No Cinco de Mayo party would be complete without some homemade guacamole. And, since there's so many variations, perhaps you'd better plan on having two. Whichever guacamole recipe you try, be sure you are using a good quality avocado, because guacamole is all about the flavor of the avocado. Serve in a bowl next to your chili "cheese" dip and chips! Here's a few of my favorite ways to prepare homemade guacamole:
  • Black Bean Guacamole
  • Guacamole with Jalapeno Peppers (pictured)
  • Chipotle Guacamole with Sour Cream
  • Authentic Mexican Guacamole with Crema
  • 3. Fried Plantains or Plantain Chips

    Fried plantains are a popular snack or breakfast treat in many parts of the world, but especially in Mexico and Latin America, so add them to your Cinco de Mayo party menu! Or, try this recipe for plantain chips from About.com's Guide to Mexican Food, Chelsie. These light and crispy chips can be used much like tortilla chips and are a sweet and slightly salty alternative to regular chips. Make sure to plan a dip for your plantain chips!

    4. 30 Second Chili "Cheese" Dip

    With just two pre-made ingredients, this recipe is super easy and super yummy, which are two of my favorite qualities in a recipe! Serve with in bowl with a plateful of corn tortilla chips for a quick, though not exactly authentic, appetizer. See also: Easy Cheesy Crock Pot Bean Dip

    5. Green Chile and Cheese Flautas

    With just a few store-bought ingredients, you can whip up tehse little homemade vegetarian green chile and cheese flautas in no time at all. Perfect for a Cinco de Mayo appetizer or even as an entree. This recipe and photo comes from About.com's resident Mexican food expert, Chelsie.

    6. Margaritas!

    What's a Cinco de Mayo party without margartias? Here's a few twists to the traditional mixes, which vegans in particular might enjoy:
  • Coconut mango margaritas
  • Grapefruit margaritas
  • Avocado Margaritas (pictured)
  • Low-carb, sugar-free margaritas
  • Pomeganite passion fruit margaritas
  • 7. Mexican Chocolate Cake

    Inspired by Mexican Hot Chocolate, made famous by the movie "Chocolat", this vegan recipe uses both cinnamon and cayenne to get a spicy chocolate flavor. Yum!

    8. Beverage: Agua Fresca

    What's a party without drinks? This non-alcoholic agua fresca (fruuit water) recipe is light and refreshing - perfect for an afternoon spritzer or for the kids and teens at your party.

    9. More Vegetarian and Vegan Mexican Recipes

    Not finding exactly what you're looking for? Check out lots more vegetarian and vegan Mexican food recipes here.

    10. More Vegetarian Party Foods and Appetizers

    If your party needs a little something extra that you're not finding here on this list of vegetarian Cinco de Mayo foods, try scrolling through this collection of dozens of vegetarian and vegan appetizers, hors d' oeuvres and party food ideas, from a greasy vegetarian hot wings recipe to a more elegant balsamic and basil bruschetta and everything in between.

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