Tortitas de Verduras

Tortitas de verduras, also known as Mexican veggie patties, are small pieces of vegetables coated in a vegan egg batter and eaten as a side for Chiles rellenos or any other authentic Mexican dishes. They are typically fried in a little oil and then coated in a tomato salsa.

vegan tortitas de verduras on a plate with beans.

Tortitas de Verduras

I love to make tortitas de portobello mushroom and calabacita (zucchini). These are some of the most satisfying tortitas to make and are the perfect side dish to eat with freshly boiled beans, soups, or any Mexican dish really. They are commonly made during lent (cuaresma) when catholics eat less meat. 

I made a vegan “egg batter” using chickpea flour to make these vegan and allergen-free. The chickpea batter adds extra protein, fiber, and flavor. For best results, make sure to read the tips and recommendations section below!

Tips and Recommendations

Vegetables

  • You can truly use any kind of vegetables to make these tortitas de verduras as long as you use small 2-inch pieces but these are my favorites:
  • Portobello mushrooms
  • Zucchini slices
  • Cauliflower florets
  • Potato and cheese (mashed potatoes mixed with cheese)
vegan tortitas de verduras on a tortilla like a taco..

Batter

I use chickpea flour because I love the texture and it boosts the amount of protein in this recipe but you can also use white flour as a substitute. Kala Namak is optional but it does give the batter a more egg-like taste. This is the same batter that I use to make chiles rellenos and it does not dissapoint. See image below for consistency of batter:

Cooking method

For best results, pan fry with a moderate amount of oil as instructed. You can modify by using less oil or air frying. However, I will say that air-fried tortitas are not as pretty nor as crispy on the outside. The batter tends to shrivel up and retain its moisture when air-fried. I have never tried baking them in the oven but could possible work!

vegan tortitas de verduras on a plate with beans.

Serve Tortitas de Verduras with:

Chile Relleno Recipe

Frijoles de la Olla (Homemade Beans)

Mexican Zucchini (Calabacitas a la Mexicana)

Lentil Soup

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vegan tortitas de verduras on a plate with beans.

Tortitas de Verduras


  • Author: Anna Rios
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 10
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 20 tortitas 1x
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

Tortitas de verduras, also known as Mexican veggie patties, are small pieces of vegetables coated in a vegan egg batter and eaten as a side for Chiles rellenos or any other authentic Mexican dishes. They are typically fried in a little oil and then coated in a tomato salsa.


Ingredients

Scale
  • 2 cups of portobello chucks (or vegetable of choice)
  • 23 tbsp avocado oil

Batter:

  • 1 cup and 2 tbsp chickpea flour
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp Kala Namak (black salt)
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp low sodium soy sauce or tamari
  • 1 cup water
  • Pinch of salt

Instructions

  1. Break portobello mushroom or vegetable of choice into 2-inch chunks using your hands
  2. Add all dry batter ingredients to a mixing bowl and mix well.
  3. Add water, soy sauce and incorporate well using a whisk. Whisk well until you create a smooth batter.
  4. Heat a medium pan with oil. Dip each veggie chunk into the batter. Hold over batter for a few seconds to let excess batter drip off. Place in hot oil for about 5 minutes on each side until golden crispy.
  5. After both sides are golden, place on a plate lined with paper towels to absorb any excess oil.
  6. Serve as a side for your favorite Mexican dish or as a taco filling and enjoy

Notes

*best when fresh. Refrigerate for up to 5 days or freeze for 2 months.

  • Category: sides
  • Method: Stove
  • Cuisine: Mexican

Keywords: tortitas de verdura, vegan mexican recipes, vegan mexican side dishes


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