Want to cut down your meat consumption but love Mexican food too much?
Going vegan can be challenging especially when most of the beloved Mexican dishes like tacos are meat heavy. Luckily, some restaurants are adapting their menu options to offer much more than just roasted veggies. Fort Worth is home to a few places with a wide selection of Mexican food to choose from for those who prefer plant-based meals.
Whether you’re craving the classic black bean taco or wished someone made vegan al pastor, here are three great places to try.
11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
301 S Sylvania Avenue
Mariachi’s Dine-In probably has the best vegan tacos in Texas. They have an extensive vegan menu that goes beyond the roasted veggie tacos option. While some places focus on imitating the texture of meat, Mariachi’s Dine-In instead makes sure their vegan meats have flavor. If you’ve missed eating al pastor tacos, this small restaurant tucked in the corner of a gas station is the perfect spot. Other vegan meat options include asada, chorizo and Hickory Chik-in Vegano.
But tacos aren't the only thing you could try here, there’s also breakfast burritos, tortas and even seasonal items such as pozole during the holidays. If you go, try a new item on their menu, the jackfruit birria tacos.
What makes this vegan spot great is that both meat lovers and vegans can enjoy the food. And yes vegan items are cooked on a separate grill.
BELENTY'S LOVE MEXICAN VEGAN RESTAURANT
8 a.m. to 8 p.m. | Fridays-Saturdays 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
3516 Bluebonnet Circle
Fort Worth gained a new Mexican vegan food restaurant in August. While the restaurant is new to the area, Belenty's Love Mexican Vegan Restaurant has been serving their dishes in Granbury since 2018. Owner Belen Hernandez prides herself in preparing healthy dishes for her customers.
Start your day with Belenty's breakfast options. Some of their morning items consist of potatoes a la Mexicana tacos, migas burrito and vegan chilaquiles plate. Swap out your daily coffee for one of their freshly made smoothies.
A popular item at this new restaurant is the portobello asada tacos plate, made with portobello mushrooms, cilantro, onions, avocado and a tofu cream sauce.
SALSA LIMÓN MUSEO
9 a.m. to 11 p.m.
925 University Drive
While most Salsa Limón locations offer vegetarian alternatives, Museo is the only one that has vegan options to choose from. The vegan “eco” fillings at Museo include the potato and cabbage combination or the black beans and avocado.
These “eco” fillings can be ordered on tacos, on a burrito or on the Molca Bowl, which includes black beans, onion, cilantro, cabbage and rice. While technically rice is a meatless option, according to their menu it is not considered vegan since it is cooked with chicken broth. Alter any dish that includes rice by subbing it with more black beans, cabbage, avocado or potato. And in true Texas fashion, add some chips and salsa to your order to complete your meal.