We're finally back from a blissful six days in Cabo San Lucas, and I had hoped to come back and regale you with plenty of posts about all the fabulous Mexican food we had there. Sadly I have to report that it was extremely difficult, darn near impossible, to be a happy vegan in Cabo.
Who would have thought it would be so difficult to find, say, a simple plate of rice and beans, in Mexico?! Surprisingly, it was incredibly difficult. Cabo, while it can boast some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, is not very veg-friendly. Maybe it's the bad influence of all the American tourists there, but what didn't include some kind of meat/seafood came laden with heaps of cheese. Countless times we specifically ordered things "sin queso" only to be served something with a small mound of cheese on top. Or hidden within. It was frustrating.
The only saving grace was that our hotel suite had a full kitchen, so we made a trip to Wal-Mart (I know, the horror!) to buy some supplies so we could cook. In addition to finding papayas the size of footballs, we bought plenty of mangos (they seemed to be smaller, but sweeter, there), avocados, tortillas, and even found, in their one and only nod to vegetarians, some soy chorizo.
Fresh papaya and mango... if only every morning could be so sweet.
What to do with soy chorizo? Make breakfast tacos of course! I was actually introduced to the magical wonders of breakfast tacos while visiting my cousin T in Austin, Texas. Breakfast tacos are GENIUS. And simple. All you need to do is warm up some corn tortillas, then top with a spoonful of some warmed refried beans (having carefully read the ingredients to make sure they don't have any animal fat or lard), then a spoonful of the crumbled up soy chorizo that you've sauteed with a tiny bit of olive oil. Top with a few slices of ripe avocado, and some hot salsa... there you have it. The breakfast of champions.
Breakfast tacos. Make these. You'll love them.
Our breakfast spot
One restaurant we found that was particularly charming was this Mi Casa, just a short walk from our hotel. Yet again, we ordered some tortillas and beans, with emphasis on NO CHEESE, but were served a large plate of black beans with heaps of cheese on top. We sighed, took a long drink from our bottles of Pacifico, and scraped it off the top. Thank god for chips and guacamole.
Anyway, what this restaurant lacked in vegan-friendliness it made up for in color and charm. If only we could get them to make something with soy chorizo.
Avenida Cabo San Lucas, corner of Lazaro Cardenas
Cabo San Lucas