Here at One Green Planet, we love Mexican food. After all, some of our favorite dishes of all time have spawned from Mexican cuisine. From monster burritos we have to use two hands to hold, guac (no further elaboration needed), and of course, tacos (we celebrate every Tuesday). While there are likely at least a dozen Mexican eateries in your local vicinity to score some Mexican fare, you can also make all of your restaurant favorites right at home. Doubtful? Don’t be. It’s all about assembling an authentic ingredient arsenal. And nowadays, you can buy all sorts of Mexican essentials, even if you’re looking for dairy-free and meatless versions. From meatless beef crumbles to plant-based cheeses, dairy-free salsas, and healthy alternatives to tortillas and chips, this list has everything you need to make a delicious Mexican meal. Check it out!
Food for Life Ezekiel Sprouted Tortillas
A Mexican ingredient arsenal begins with a good tortilla. After all, tacos, burritos, and quesadillas would simply be a pile of food if it wasn’t for the tortilla. While corn and flour tortillas are the most popular in Mexican restaurants, Food for Life Ezekiel Sprouted Tortillas are much healthier. These tortillas are made from organic sprouted wheat, filtered water, organic sesame seeds, organic sprouted soybeans, organic sprouted barley, organic sprouted millet, organic sprouted lentils, organic sprouted spelt, and sea salt. Each tortilla provides six grams of protein and five grams of fiber. Reviewers all seem to agree that these tortillas are extremely healthy and have a wonderful taste. Some have reported that these tortillas are stiff and they have had difficulty folding them into wraps or burritos. However, as one Amazon reviewer pointed out, to soften these tortillas, you simply have to wet each side with a bit of water and warm them in the microwave. If you’d like to try them out yourself, you can get 12 packs (eight tortillas in each pack) for $80. Share the bulk pack with friends and family or freeze them for long-term use. That’s less than $1 per tortilla!
Make your Mexican fare a little healthier with Amy’s Salsa. This salsa has no MSG, no trans fat, no preservatives, and no unpronounceable ingredients and fillers. It comes in mild, medium, and black bean and corn. This particular Amazon posting is for the Medium variety, which is made from organic tomatoes, organic onions, jalapeño peppers, organic cilantro, organic lime juice, sea salt, organic garlic, and spices. Reviewers are saying that this salsa is fresh-tasting, zesty, and nicely textured. You can get one 14.7-ounce jar for a little over $5.50.
Bob’s Red Mill Textured Vegetable Protein
Looking for a ground beef replacement? Consider checking out Bob’s Red Mill Textured Vegetable Protein. It is a gluten-free product consisting of soy protein crumbles. Bob’s Red Mill shares that like blocks of tofu, these soy protein crumbles can be added to virtually any dish since they absorb the flavors you are already cooking with. They also have four grams of fiber, 12 grams of protein, and zero grams of fat per serving. Reviewers report using this product to make veggie burger patties, chili, and even meatloaf. And of course, it’s a great taco filling! You can get four 10-ounce packages of this textured vegetable protein for a little over $15.
Harvest Eating Seasoning
Flavoring a Mexican dish begins before the ingredients even hit the pan, through spice rubs and seasonings. Harvest Eating Seasoning is an organic blend of herbs and spices, including garlic, onion, black pepper, thyme, parsley, sage, orange peel, paprika, sea salt, bell pepper, cumin, and red pepper. While many seasoning blends on the market contain MSG, Harvest Eating does not, a detail that does not go unnoticed by reviewers. Although the packaging of this seasoning says “grilled chicken,” meaning it is recommended for use as a spice rub for grilled chicken and other meats, reviewers have been using this for more than barbecuing meats. As one reviewer shares, it also adds a nice flavor to veggies and dressings. You can get one three-ounce package for $11.
Follow Your Heart Mozzarella Shreds
Dairy-free mozzarella cheese is the vegan product closest in taste to Oaxaca cheese, a white semi-hard cheese popular in Mexican cuisine. Follow Your Heart Mozzarella Shreds, for example, are made primarily from filtered water, palm fruit oil, and modified food starch. In addition to being dairy-free, this product is gluten-free, soy-free, cholesterol-free, and kosher. Follow Your Heart uses only sustainably grown palm oil and suggests using these shreds anywhere you would use regular mozzarella. One package has eight servings and each serving (one ounce) is 90 calories. You can get eight bags for a little under $60.
Conchita Guava Paste
Sweet but acidic, guava fruits come in many shapes and sizes and are often used in Mexican desserts. Guava paste, like Conchita Guava Paste, which is compressed into a loaf, is often served as a dessert with a smooth cheese and crackers or used creatively in savory dishes. Reviewers are reporting that this guava paste is delicious, fresh-tasting, and consistent. People have been adding this product to desserts, serving it with crackers and cheese as an hors d’oeuvre, or in as a sweet touch in empanadas. You can get a pack of three 14-ounce packages for a little less than $6.50.
La Sabrozita Homestyle Tomatillo Salsa Verde
La Sabrozita Homestyle Tomatillo Salsa Verde is a Mexican salsa made primarily from water, tomatillo, jalapeño pepper, onion, and salt. Reviewers are describing this salsa as “limey,” very spicy, and one of the best green salsas on the market, if not the best. 93 percent of reviewers gave this product a 5-star rating. Reviewers have been using this sauce on tacos, enchiladas, veggies, and even drizzling it on sour cream and other dips for a spicy kick. To try it out yourself, you can get a pack of four 35-ounce bottles for $32.
Beyond Meat Chicken Strips
Similarly to the company’s Beast Veggie Burger, Beyond Meat Chicken Strips, combine soy and pea protein to create a remarkably realistic meat alternative. These strips are formulated to cook, crisp, and taste like grilled chicken (char marks and all). Whether they succeed at that endeavor or not is something you’ll have to try out for yourself, but with over 20 grams of protein per serving, these babies sure do pack the protein like meat! In regards to the taste of this product, reviews are pretty mixed. Some are not impressed with the flavor while others rave about it. There seems to be one consensus, though: spices are a must. To try it out for yourself, you can get eight 12-ounce bags for a little over $53.
Arriba! Mango Agave Fire Roasted Salsa
Arriba! Mango Agave Salsa is a nice alternative to the heavily-processed salsas available on the market today. This gluten-free and fat-free product is made primarily from roasted fresh tomatoes, fresh mango, agave nectar, dark brown sugar, roasted Serrano pepper, salt, and lemon juice. Reviewers are reporting that this salsa is “fiery” and very fresh-tasting. You can get a pack of four 16-ounce jars for about $26.
Hernan Mole Poblano
Mole poblano is a thick, rich, chocolate-tinged sauce made famous by Mexico. Hernan Mole Poblano is a Mexican-made product that is made primarily from cocoa, a mix of chile peppers – ancho, mulato, pasilla, chipotle – raisins, almonds, peanuts, walnuts, sesame seeds, and corn tortilla. To enjoy this sauce, you must mix it with broth or water. Reviewers are reporting that the texture of this sauce is “perfect” and that the flavor is “incredibly rich.” One reviewer even commented that they are from Mexico and that it is “very close” to the traditional kind. To try it out for yourself, you can get one 7.2-ounce jar for $9.
Nacho Mom’s Vegan Queso
Nacho Mom’s Vegan Queso is a healthier alternative to processed nacho dip. Made primarily of tomatoes, green chilies, and nutritional yeast, this cheese is free of fat, soy, and nuts, and the whole jar is only 120 calories. Reviewers are raving about this dip, saying that this product is great on nachos and Latin fare, has amazing texture, and “tastes like the real deal.” Don’t expect this dip to taste like a healthy vegan dip, though, as reviewers have pointed out, Nacho Mom’s is trying to emulate cheesy dips like Tostito’s, which aren’t the most natural-tasting products either. If this is the kind of cheese you’re looking for you can get this four pack – two “Ultimate Queso,” one “Fire-Roasted,” and one “Hatch Chile” – for $30.
Simply Organic Adobo Seasoning
Adobo seasoning exists in many forms in Mexico, the Caribbean, and, with the same name but different flavors, in the Philippines. Simply Organic Adobo Seasoning is an organic and kosher product that contains sea salt, garlic, onion, black pepper, oregano, bay leaf, and turmeric. While many commercial adobo seasonings contain MSG, Simply Organic does not. Almost all of the reviewers give this product five stars and are reporting that this seasoning has great flavor, is versatile, and may just be the “best adobo seasoning on the market.” You can get one 4.41-ounce bottle for about $7.50.
Daiya Cheddar-Style Shreds
Have multiple allergies but still want to melt cheese on top of your tacos or nacho mountain? There’s a good chance you’ll still be able to enjoy Daiya Cheddar-Style Shreds. This cheese alternative is not only free of dairy, but of casein, whey, lactose, soy, and gluten. It is made primarily from filtered water, tapioca flour, non-GMO canola oil, and pea protein. Reviewers have been using these shreds in tofu scrambles, pizza, burritos, mac and cheese, and sprinkled over roasted veggies. While you could technically sprinkle these shreds on cold dishes like salads, most of the reviewers are raving about this cheese’s melting capabilities, saying they don’t taste particularly amazing out of the bag but melt wonderfully. To try these out for yourself, you can get one eight-ounce bag for a little over $4.
Cranky Rooster Chipotle Pepper Sauce
Chipotle is a smoke-dried jalapeño. It is a chili used primarily in Mexican and Mexican-inspired cuisines, such as Mexican-American, Tex-Mex, and southwestern dishes. Cranky Rooster Chipotle Crushed Pepper Sauce is a gluten-free and kosher sauce that is made from chipotle pepper, water, salt, carrots, onion, lemon juice, garlic, habanero pepper, passion fruit, acetic acid, xantham gum, and citric acid. Cranky Rooster describes the spiciness level of this sauce as “medium-high.” Reviewers report that this sauce is thick and chunky (there are chunks of carrots and onion in it), is not watery like other hot sauces on the market, and “enhances any dish.” You can get a set of two 5-ounce containers for $16.
Late July Chia and Quinoa Tortilla Chips
Tortilla chips are a delicious part of Mexican cuisine. Not only are they great for dipping in salsas and piling high and drizzling in nacho cheese, but they are super helpful for scooping out leftover filling once you’re done with your burrito. While most tortilla chips are made with solely GMO corn, Late July Chia and Quinoa Tortilla Chips are a healthier alternative. These non-GMO and gluten-free chips are made from organic whole ground corn, organic expeller pressed sunflower oil and/or organic expeller pressed safflower oil, organic chia seeds, organic quinoa, and sea salt. Reviewers are reporting that these chips are great quality, fresh-tasting, and definitely healthier than some of the other salt-encrusted tortilla chips on the market. You can get a pack of nine bags for a little more than $35.
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