The Easy Vegetarian Recipes For Beginners – With A Taste Of Mexico!

The Easy Vegetarian Recipes For Beginners – With A Taste Of Mexico!

What’s better than easy, right? If your family is anything like mine, we are always looking for healthy, yet delicious, and just as important – QUICK & EASY meals to prepare!

For all of our recipes, we always try to buy quality ingredients. If organic is available, we attempt to make that our first choice. In some cases, such as in our Mexican dishes, we buy a lot of prepackaged tortilla chips, which aren’t always organic ingredients, and even some of our other items, at times, such as sour cream isn’t either! But, like most families, we do the best we can to eat healthy.

The first recipe I am sharing is something I threw together in my younger days. The kids just loved it! I called it “Frito Casserole”, because I used Frito brand corn chips back then! I’ve always enjoyed Mexican style food, and being a mom, I needed “delicious and quick” on the list.

Through the  years, I just kind of added new ideas to my family’s dinner menu, which I am going to share 5 of them with you now. So, here are the easy vegetarian recipes for beginners – with a taste of Mexico!


With A Taste Of Mexico



1. Frito Casserole

Mexican Tortilla ChipsBAKE:  375°          TIME:  25 minutes

Things You Will Need:
Bag of Regular Corn Chips, Refried Beans, Taco Seasoning, Water, Mexican Style Cheese, Lettuce, Tomatoes, Onion, and Salsa (opt)




Mix Together:

2 cans (16 oz) Refried Beans
2 pkgs Taco Seasoning
¾ cup Water
1 cup Cheddar Cheese

In A 13×9 Bake Dish:

Pour corn chips in, to cover bottom of dish.
Top with Bean mixture.
Cover and bake at 375° for 25 minutes.
Remove from oven; let cool for 10-15 minutes.

Top It!

You can top it with all your favorite ingredients like – lettuce, tomato, onions, and cheese.
Serve warm.



2. Bean BurritosMexican Food Burritos Recipe Ingredients


Things You Will Need:

Large Burrito Shells, Refried Beans, Taco Seasoning, Water, Sour Cream, Lettuce or Spinach Leaves, Tomatoes, and Shredded Cheddar or Mexican Style Cheese.

In A Saucepan Mix Together:

2 cans (16 oz) Refried Beans
2 pkgs Taco Seasoning
Water (just enough to thin out refried beans)

Heat, just until beans start to bubble.


Container of Sour Cream (16 oz)
Rinse Lettuce or Spinach Leaves thoroughly
Dice or cube a Large Tomato
Dice or cube a Small Onion (optional)

How To Build And Wrap Your Burrito:

Give your shell a large dollop of sour cream in center; spread it out to make a line.
Add bean mixture on top of sour cream
Add shredded cheese
Add lettuce, tomato, and onion

Fold in ends of shell; then take one of the sides that are left and fold it over and tuck it under ingredients, then roll. the rest of the way.



3. Cream Cheese Bean Dip w/ Tortilla ChipsMexican Cream Cheese Bean Dip

BAKE: 350°          TIME: 25 minutes

Things You Will Need:
Bag of Tortilla Chips, Sour Cream, Cream Cheese, Taco Seasoning, Refried Beans, Cheddar Style Cheese and Salsa (opt)




Mix Together:
1 cup Sour Cream
½ pkg (4 oz) Cream Cheese – softened
1 pkg Taco Seasoning
1 can (16 oz) Refried Beans
1 cup Mexican, Taco, or Cheddar Cheese
2-3 Tablespoons Salsa (optional)

Scoop into either a small iron skillet or an 8×8 baking dish.
Place into a 350° oven for 25 minutes.
Serve hot and enjoy!



4. Refried Beans and Cheese (as a side)


Things You Will Need:

Refried Beans, Taco Seasoning Packet, Taco Sauce, Mexican Style or Cheddar Cheese

In A Small Saucepan – Mix Together:

1 can (16 oz) Refried Beans
1 pkg Taco Seasoning

Heat, just until beans start to bubble.


Divide into 4 small side dishes.
Top with taco sauce, as desired and shredded cheese



5. Tortilla Apple Pie Cups

Mexican Tortilla Apple Pie Cups DessertBAKE: 400°          TIME: 8 minutes

Things You Will Need:

Large Flour Tortilla Shells, Butter, Sugar, Cinnamon, Apple Pie Filling, Whipped Cream, Carmel Sauce (opt), and a 6-cup muffin pan




Making The Pie Cups:

3 Tortilla Shells
Butter (softened)
2 Tablespoons Sugar + 1 Tablespoon Cinnamon mixed together

Brush tortillas with butter
Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar mixture.
Stack and cut tortillas into fours.

In 6-cup muffin pan, line each cup with two pieces of cinnamon tortilla
Divide apple pie filling among the 6 tortilla lined cups
Bake at 400° for 8 minutes; let cool.


Top with whipped cream and caramel sauce (optional).
Serve warm or completely cooled.


So there you have it – Some of our family recipes; from our home to yours!


I sure hope you and your family enjoy the easy vegetarian recipes for beginners, as much as my family and I have.
Feel free to share the link so family and friends can enjoy these great tasting recipes too.


Share Thoughts Comments Questions

Please take a minute to share your thoughts, ideas, and comments below. I’d love to hear about your recipe experiences! :o) Paula

12 thoughts on “The Easy Vegetarian Recipes For Beginners – With A Taste Of Mexico!”

    • Hahaha…Thank you Eric for sharing your thoughts on the apple pie cups! I like simple and easy, and these recipes are delicious. Definitely quick and easy. Thanks for stopping in. Hope to see you again soon. – Paula :o)

  • Definitely my wife will love these vegetarian mexican recipes. Specially the tortilla apple pie cups! My wife is a newbie vegan. Thanks for sharing this recipe, Paula!

    • Hi Christian and thanks so much for stopping in and checking out the recipes! When I decided to begin a lifestyle change, I started tweaking meals that I’d been preparing for my family for many years. These that I’ve shared with you are among our favorites. Hope you and the wife enjoy the apple pie cup and all the other recipes for years to come! Thanks again and hope to see you again soon. :o) – Paula

  • I’m not vegan, but I am very open to cooking vegan dishes at home. I’m always looking for healthy recipes to cook for my family. These recipes look AMAZING! I love the Mexican flare you put on these recipes. I can only imagine that they are very tasty and quick to make. I can’t wait to try them!

    • Hi Bailey and thanks so much for your comment! I’m super excited to be sharing these particular recipes because they are actually at the top of my kids’ favorites. Once you’ve tried them, you will have to let us know how you and your family liked them!! Hope to see you soon Bailey! Can’t wait for the follow up :o) – Paula

  • Yum, yum, yum!

    The cream cheese bean dip with tortilla made my mouth start watering for food. Is there a substitute for sour cream or cheese?

    Thank you for sharing your family recipe with us,

    • Hello Udoh! I’d like to thank you for popping in to see our recipes! They are ALL certainly delicious. Because these are basically vegetarian recipes, I haven’t really ventured out to find replacement ingredients for the sour cream or the cheese, as these two products are mostly what keeps me from going vegan all the way – Oh the cheese!! There are indeed options out there. Its mostly about finding what works for you and your taste buds. Thanks so much for commenting and let me know if you decided to try any of the recipes, and if you found something delicious to use as a replacement. I’d love to hear about it!!! Thanks again. – Paula

  • I sure love how simple these recipes are. I really appreciate simple and delicious recipes that are not the same old same old. I’m really loving the bean burritos! Will have to try the tortilla apple pie cups. Yum!

    • Thank you Linda! Glad to see you here at the garden; checking out the newly posted recipes! These are definitely some of the most simplistic recipes you will find. Sure to be a huge hit with about anyone who likes the Mexican flare – even the kids and teens too! Mine have just loved these meals. Let us know how you’ve like the recipes and thanks so much for sharing your excitement to experience the quick and easy ideas! :o) – Paula

  • Wow! These recipes look amazing. Mexican is one of my favorite cuisines. These recipes are simple and easily adaptable. What I mean by this is that I would make make my own version of re fried beans and my own taco seasoning. One of the steps I have taken on my healthy food life-style is to cut out as much processed food as I can, from my diet. It takes a lot of preparation, but for me the results have been worth it. I especially want to try the Apple Pie Tortilla recipe. It looks like just what I need when I want to satisfy my sweet tooth and yet make a healthy food choice. Thanks for sharing!

    • Lovin’ your comment Kathy! These recipes are truly awesome and have been a part of my family menu for many years. As for the refried beans and seasoning, if we don’t do our own (which at times we do), then we purchase organic, non gmo products from our local co-op. What a blessing to have that close by. We too love Mexican cuisine, but also Italian as well :o). I’m glad you like the recipes and I hope you get the opportunity to put them to the test. If so, please let us know how the family enjoyed them. Again, thank you for stopping and sharing your experience here at the garden. We look forward to seeing you again soon :o)! – Paula

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