Mexican Recipes for Lent

Growing up Catholic, Fridays meant Meatless Fridays even when it wasn’t the Lenten season. Every Friday we all gathered at our grandma’s house for lunch or dinner for her famous red enchiladas montadas (stacked). Check out the recipe in Latina Magazine.

Although we have not committed to that tradition year round, we still give up meat on Fridays during Lent. Following is a collection of our favorite Lent recipes which make me long for Lenten Fridays early in the week.

If you take part in Lent, remember you don’t have to substitute sabor during this time of reflection.

Enchiladas Verdes (Green Enchiladas)
(Substitute meat with cheese)
Freshly roasted green chile sauce over soft fried corn tortillas and topped with a mountain of cheese.

Frijoles de la Olla
A fresh pot of pinto beans is always welcomed as a side dish.

Refried Bean and Guacamole Tostadas
A dollop of guacamole spread over a crunchy corn tostada makes this the ideal go to meal in a hurry. If you have beans try frying them and spreading them over the other tostada. These two compliment each other like two peas in a pod.

Chiles Rellenos de Camarones y Queso (Cheese and Shrimp Stuffed Poblanos)
Chile rellenos perfected with shrimp and this ooey gooey cheese drizzle. Make plenty because no one eats just one.

Black Bean Salad
An easy go-to healthy and fresh cold salad. It can be used as a side dish or an appetizer served with corn chips. My kids lovvve this salad.

Elote en Vaso (Corn in a Cup)
Street food in a cup. The lime juice, cheese, crema, and corn are a surprisingly little treat any time of day.

Capirotada (Mexican Bread Pudding)
And our favorite dessert during Lent — This bread pudding tastes amazing warm or cold. The sweet notes of the piloncillo with the cinnamon give it its signature aroma.

Do you practice meatless Fridays during Lent?

Written by Yvette & Veronica / Photos by Jeanine

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  1. Thanks so much for posting this. I think I’ve got all 7 Fridays of Lent covered! 😀 Those chile rellenos (mmm, my faves!) look amazing!!

  2. In my house we love flautas de papa during this time

  3. Just the type of post I was looking for! Thanks for the awesome meal ideas. Yesterday i ate fish(sticks) for the 5 time in my life. Needless to say i wasn’t happy but i wasn’t going to against my beliefs and eat meat 🙂

  4. I’ll take the green enchiladas please! It all looks wonderful Yvette. Really nice to see you yesterday.

  5. I’m always looking for good meat-free meals, and all of these sound wonderful!

  6. This is great!! My fiancé is Mexican and am always looking for awesome authentic recipes to make for him! Even though we’re working the Fish Fry at our church every Friday, these will be great recipes to use anytime! Especially the Chile Rellenos! His favorite! Thank you!!

  7. Lizzy Brito Aguilar Reply

    What a great picture of my tia! Love your blog!

  8. I love ALL the recipes you’ve posted for Lent Season…would you happen to have one for Tortas de Camaron with nopales?? Please share if you do…I’d like to make them for this coming Friday. 🙂 Thanks

  9. We are not religious folks but do love mexican food and respect others who do the religious thing.I love chile rellenos and was raised just north of the mexican border so love most things mexican.Make my own pinto beans and freeze them after they are cooked so I can make homemade soups plus other things with them.

  10. My mother use to make a soup mostly water base with tomatoes and garlic onions and then make a breaded potato and shrimp fried to add also added fresh ciliantro to the soup me and my sisters have been searching for the recipe and would appreciate your help if possible I have a culinary back ground and feel I could make the soup/dish just want to see if anyone could help me to make this more authentic! We’re from south central Texas! Thanks!

  11. Putting it up in my house menu…Friday is the day fro this

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