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I didn’t need the statistics to tell me that a high percentage of people in the US love Mexican food. I know I’m not the only one looking for new recipes for taco night. Traditionally, Mexican food isn’t vegan, but there are many delicious recipes available, with new ideas popping up every day.
I spent a little time looking through the arsenal and curated some incredible vegan Mexican recipes to share with the world. You’ll find Mexican breakfast, burritos, soups, enchiladas, fajitas, taquitos & flautas, tamales, side dishes, and classic traditional dishes. I’ve made sure they’re all vegan or have vegan alternatives. Let’s dig in!
Mexican Breakfast Dishes
These recipes swap out or use vegan-alternatives to eggs, as many traditional Mexican breakfast dishes include egg. Follow along for some new and exciting vegan Mexican breakfast ideas!
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This vegan huevos rancheros or ranch-style eggs breakfast uses tofu as the protein and includes an amazing spice blend, red pepper, tomatoes, black beans, white onion, and the directions for an incredible homemade tortilla. You can jazz it up with some guacamole, dairy-free sour cream, or salsa.
Sweet Potato Breakfast Hash
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This one-skillet breakfast is easy to make and guaranteed to fill you up. The flavor combination of sweet and savory is delightful. I like to spice mine up with some extra jalapenos. I love that the creator included various customizable options, like alternative potato varieties, vegan meat, mushrooms, and greens.
Vegan Breakfast Tacos
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This flavorful Mexican tofu scramble combines avocado, pico de gallo, radishes, and cilantro, wrapping them in a toasty tortilla! I like to swap out the radishes and add fajita veggies. Black or refried beans are hearty options, too!
Mexican Egg Casserole
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The addition of taco seasoning and chipotle chili powder to this vegan egg casserole really makes for an authentic Mexican flavor. All you’ll need is the taco seasoning mix, some spices, chili powder, tofu, roasted potatoes, peppers, onions, vegan cheese, and a few other basic ingredients to get this thing cooking in the oven.
Traditional burritos are typically full of simple yet delicious ingredients. You’ll find flour tortillas, refried beans, a type of protein, a sprinkle of cheese, and some sort of salsa. Of course, different regions usually include various ingredients.
Making burritos with a vegan twist is easier than you might think, and they taste just as incredible! I’ll add – jackfruit makes an excellent substitute for carnitas.
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These mega-burritos are stuffed with sweet potatoes, a walnut-cauliflower taco meat, salsa, avocado, and vegan queso. The sweet potatoes add a rich sweet flavor, but you could always swap it out or add other ingredients. Bell peppers, spinach, mushrooms, and zucchini are good alternatives.
“Beefy” Vegan Burrito
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Frozen burritos were a lot of kids’ choice of a cheap afternoon snack or lunch back in my day. This vegan “beefy” bean burrito recipe might bring on a bit of nostalgia for many people. The flour tortillas are stuffed with a spicy blend of crumbled seitan and vegan refried beans. It only takes 35 minutes to make; serve it with a side of Mexican rice and enjoy.
BBQ Jackfruit Burrito
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This smoky, tangy jackfruit can take any variety of burritos to the next level. The homemade BBQ sauce is awesome and should be sold by the jar. I love that Rosa includes three cooking methods for the BBQ jackfruit; you can use an Instapot, the oven, or the stovetop. Your whole family will love this BBQ Jackfruit burrito recipe!
Easy Vegan Burritos
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This easy vegan burrito recipe is always calling my name. It’s super easy to make, and the main ingredients consist of seasoned walnut meat, Mexican rice, beans, vegan cheese, guacamole, and salsa. Keep this one simple kids!
Taco night is about to get even better. Crispy cauliflower tacos, beef alternatives, and Jamaican jerk recipes lie in wait for your eyes to see and tastebuds to anticipate!
Easy Quinoa Taco Meat Tacos
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While quinoa doesn’t look as much like meat compared to walnut meat, when cooked correctly, it can provide a similar texture. You’ll only need nine ingredients for these easy breezy tacos. Include your favorite toppings and enjoy!
Jamaican Jerk Vegan Tacos
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These jerk-spiced jackfruit tacos are as beautiful as they are delicious. That mango avocado salsa brightens things up and adds a hint of sweetness to compliment the heat. If you want a salsa that’s a little sweeter, you could go for a mango pineapple salsa.
Crispy Tofu Tacos
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It’s ingenious that the recipe creator used quinoa crispies to add even more crunch; it’s a level-up for the tofu texture. There’s a lot of fantastic flavor going on for a taco with so few ingredients, but they pair incredibly well. Find your new favorite vegan protein in these crispy tofu tacos!
5-Ingredient Vegan Tacos
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All you need is five ingredients and one pot to make these simple yet satisfying tacos. I love when dishes are quick, easy, and affordable. As long as it’s tasty and healthy, I’m down to try it.
Crispy Cauliflower Tacos
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The cauliflower is breaded and roasted, adding a delightful crunch. You can fill these crispy cauliflower tacos with your favorites, top it off with vegan cheese and a dollop of dairy-free sour cream, and you’re in for a treat.
Mexican cuisine is famous for its vibrant flavors and bold spices, and its soups are no exception! From hearty pozole to simple tortilla soup, vegan Mexican soups are a delicious way to enjoy the country’s diverse culinary heritage. Whether you’re craving something spicy, tangy, or savory, these vegan recipes will warm your soul.
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This spicy pozole is healthy, delicious, and only takes 30 minutes. The soup includes hominy, poblano peppers, dried oregano, green chilies, and kidney beans. Pozole is all about the toppings, even though it’s a soup! Radishes, red cabbage, corn tortillas, avocado, cilantro, and limes are common topping choices.
Simple Tortilla Soup
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Sopa Azteca, or tortilla soup, is traditionally made with broth, onion, garlic, roasted tomatoes, chilies, and tortillas. This vegan version uses jackfruit and vegetable broth. It’s smoky, savory, and subtly spicy. It’s easy to make and works as an entree or side.
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Debra created this rich veggie soup, and it’s possible to have it on the table within thirty minutes. She shares her key tricks to boost the flavors so that it tastes like it’s been cooking on low for hours.
Traditionally, enchiladas contain some type of protein. Jackfruit and tofu take the place of meat in these vegan enchilada recipes. You could always stick with vegetables and use beans as your protein – the choice is yours, but no matter what you choose, you can guarentee they’ll be great!
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These enchiladas verde are stuffed with a colorful combination of veggies, drenched in green enchilada sauce, and topped with smoky cashew crema. I could easily add a side of rice and beans to the mix and call it a day.
Black Bean and “Beef” Enchiladas
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Who doesn’t love delicious dishes made in under an hour? Vegan ground beef or an alternative, sweet potatoes and black beans, are rolled in a flour tortilla. Top these savory enchiladas off with a spicy red enchilada sauce, sliced jalapenos, cilantro, and a generous helping of vegan cheese.
Smoky Jackfruit Enchiladas
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There isn’t anything about these smoky jackfruit enchiladas that I don’t love; from the flash-fried tortillas to the jackfruit and black bean filling, it’s all good. The white sauce is delicious, the tomato salsa is refreshing, and the entire dish is worth every ounce of effort- which isn’t too much.
Fajitas are all about delicious bell peppers, sweet onions, and the perfect seasoning, wrapped into a nice little tortilla. I enjoy the fajita veggies on top of rice and beans. Sounds simple enough, doesn’t it?
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Say hello to these colorful and flavorful vegan rainbow fajitas! Roll them up and get ready for a party in your mouth!
This recipe includes both roasted and fresh veggies, kidney beans, avocado to add a soft texture, the acidity of pickled onions, lime juice, and of course the undisputed ingredient of Mexican cuisine: jalapeños – a little heat always makes it better.
Easy Sheet Pan Fajitas
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Why have I never considered making my fajitas on a sheet pan before? You don’t have to stand over the stove, and the food is equally delicious. I love the addition of mushrooms and asparagus, it gives the dish a rich meaty texture.
Easy Vegan ‘Chicken’ Fajitas
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Using soy curls in this recipe as a chicken replacement was a great idea. Soy curls provide the look and texture of chicken, and their neutral flavor allows the curls to soak up all of the Mexican spice flavors. You only need a few ingredients for these vegan ‘chicken’ fajitas – soy curls, peppers, onions, and the spice blend. Cook it in the oven or on the grill; either way, these fajitas will be delicious.
Portobello Mushroom Fajitas
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Portobello mushroom fajitas make an excellent substitute for any meat-based fajitas. This recipe includes a spice that’s outstanding, and the mushrooms will satisfy vegans and non-vegans alike. That dollop of guacamole on top adds a rich and creamy texture… and now I’m hungry.
Vegan Steak Fajitas
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The flavor profile of this vegan steak fajita recipe is on point, but if you like to turn up the heat as I do, you may want to add a bit more cayenne. I love that the author includes the recipe for her vegan steak! It looks amazing.
Taquitos & Falutas
Fresh, homemade taquitos incredibly supersede the expectations of those found in gas station convenience stores. Vegan flautas can be filled with fajita veggies, vegan chicken alternatives, jackfruit, and anything your taste buds desire.
Crispy Baked Vegan Taquitos
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These crispy baked taquitos are easy to make. They’re stuffed with a hearty vegetable blend and vegan cheese. They work well as a snack, entree, or a side. It takes 25 minutes to prep and 20 to cook, so in less than an hour, you’ll have a crispy and scrumptious snack.
Vegan Chicken Floutas Ahogadas
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Floutas and taquitos are very similar; they’re both stuffed with filling and taste incredible. However, floutas are a bit shorter and skinnier than taquitos, and generally are made with flour tortillas. The creator of this vegan ‘chicken’ flauta recipe uses vegan chicken strips. The vegan sour crema, avocado crema, and tomatillo verde sauce are all made fresh. Could it get any better?
Black Bean Flautas
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This recipe is simple and quick to make, but it tastes like it took hours. You only need six ingredients and a handful of seasonings to get started on these black bean flautas. You can cook these black bean beauties on the stovetop, in the oven, or using an air fryer.
I love nachos. You can take so many avenues with them, and they’re almost always a hit at the table. Below, you’ll find an array of different nacho styles to try!
Vegan Potato Nachos
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When we think of nachos, potatoes aren’t usually in the equation, but they should be! The seasoning is simple yet full of flavor. Speaking of full, it’s easy to get your belly full with these potato nachos. It’s definitely worth adding to Taco Night’s menu. The toppings are interchangeable, making it easy to enjoy the dish exactly how you prefer.
Loaded BBQ Jackfruit Nachos
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You could serve this dish to meat-eaters without a question of whether that was chicken. I love that you can cover the nachos, store them for a couple of days, toss them in the oven to reheat, and enjoy them all over again….. if they don’t get devoured before that. These loaded BBQ jackfruit nachos are sure to be your next big hit!
Buffalo Chicken Nachos
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This easy sheet pan vegan buffalo chicken nachos recipe is worth keeping in your recipe box. You won’t need much time, as it only takes a total of ten minutes from start to finish. Once the nachos are served, I like to top them with cold ingredients like tomatoes, avocado, guacamole, and salsa. They’re not needed to make the dish delicious, but I love the combination.
I can eat way too many tamales if they’re made right. Okay, even when they’re made wrong – they can just taste so delicious.
You will have to put in a little work and some effort here, but the result is a delicious corn-based dough with a great filling. It’s not too complex, but the flavors aren’t quite simple, either.
Jackfruit Carnitas Tamales
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Tamales require more work than some of these other dishes. The hour and 15 minutes it takes to create these bad boys is worth every minute, but they’ll disappear much faster. The jackfruit carnitas is a total game-changer. Top it off with a little guacamole and salsa for an extra pinch of flavor!
“Beefy” Vegan Tamales
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These beefy vegan tamales are moist but not greasy! The “meaty” filling is made using lentils, walnuts, and pecans.
Vegan Birria Tamales
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Birria has recently blown up in popularity; leaving vegans without an idea of why it’s become so big. Well, wonder no longer vegan friends, as this vegan birria tamale recipe will give you a taste of what everyone has been raving about.
My oh my, how I love a good torta. The culinary term ‘torta’ varies depending on the cuisine; it can refer to cakes, flatbreads, pies, omelets, or sandwiches – in Mexican cuisine, a torta is a sandwich.
While that might sound basic, tortas are sandwiches on such a flavorful and elevated level. I’ll let you take a peek at the recipes yourself; I’m not giving anything away on this one, friends.
Jackfruit Tortas Ahogadas
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I love tortas and sandwiches in general, but these jackfruit tortas ahogadas (drowned sandwiches) are loaded with flavor, you’ll want to have plenty of napkins on hand, along with a healthy appetite. The jackfruit carnitas look, smell, and taste just like traditional carnitas; it’s unbelievable.
Simple Avocado and Black Bean Torta
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This simple vegan torta recipe is packed with protein, fiber, and flavor. Oh, how I love flavor! You only need nine ingredients, and they’re customizable to please everyone’s palate! Consider trying with vegan refried beans, cabbage slaw, red bell pepper, onion, radishes, guacamole, & more!
BBQ Seitan Rib Vegan Torta
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Seitan ribs smothered in bbq sauce, tossed on a torta bun, and topped with avocado, pickled hot peppers, pickled onions, refried beans, and salsa. I don’t know about you, but that sounds like the perfect lunch idea!
Veggie Tortas w/ Cauliflower Walnut Meat
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I think these veggie tortas look incredibly beautiful. The colors are so bright and pleasant on the eyes. But we’re here to talk about taste. The cauliflower-walnut meat is perfectly blended with chorizo spice, nutritional yeast, and salt, which provides a chorizo-like texture. Not to mention the incredible flavor.
Things don’t get much simpler than a quesadilla. All you need is a tortilla, usually flour, your preferred filling, and a cheesy dairy-free cheese option, and you’re all set. I like to dip mine in guacamole, salsa or something like a vegan sour cream.
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Several years ago, the idea of a cheese-less quesadilla would’ve been slightly off-putting. However, this cheese-less quesadilla recipe is the bomb. The avocado adds a creamy texture, the mushrooms are meaty and earthy, and the flavor combination is over the top good.
Smoky Black Bean Quesadilla
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After a long day, these decadent, smoky black bean quesadillas hit the comfort zone. They’re quick and easy to make, with a smoky flavor and rich, creamy vegan cheese sauce.
Easy Vegan Quesadilla
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How is such a simple dish so tasty? The cashew cheese sauce works incredibly well with the cremini mushrooms and spinach. This is one classy vegan quesadilla.
Classic Mexican Dishes
Here’s where things get traditional in the way of classic dishes. Nobody said it isn’t possible to make them vegan-friendly, as you’ll see.
Hearty Chiles Rellenos
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Chilies Rellenos is a traditional Mexican dish made using whole poblano peppers, stuffed with cheese, battered, and fried until golden brown. Smother that baby with ranchero sauce and call it dinner. This vegan chili relleno recipe uses black beans and vegan herbed tofu ricotta cheese. It sure sounds like a winner to me.
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You only need 30 minutes and a handful of ingredients to make this vegan Mexican classic of rich emmoladas. The tender corn tortillas are dipped in a rich poblano mole sauce and can be filled with all sorts of ingredients. This recipe uses butternut squash and vegan cheese as the filling. You can garnish them with whatever you like, but the author offers some excellent options.
Delicious Chilaquiles Rojos
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This award-winning vegan chilaquiles rojos recipe is an excellent Mexican breakfast option. Comprised of a fluffy tofu scramble, chipotle cashew-cheese sauce, and homemade chilaquiles sauce. The sauce in itself is worth keeping this recipe close by.
Mexican rice, refried beans, coleslaw, and escabeche recipes are coming right up.
These are your traditional Mexican sides available at almost every meal. They’re staple dishes, and they taste authentically delightful.
Simple Mexican Rice
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Mexican rice is a staple side dish that goes with almost every meal in Mexico. You can put it in, on, and aside anything! The trick is simmering the rice in tomato sauce and spices, so it absorbs all of flavor! A kitchen staple recipe for sure!
Easy Refried Beans
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If you’ve ever wondered what bean makes the best-refried version, the answer is pinto beans. They’re soft and buttery, and this vegan version is quick, simple, and delicious.
Fast and Easy Mexican Slaw
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This cilantro lime Mexican slaw works well with everything from tacos and burgers to wraps and burrito bowls. I love the crunch of the veggies and the zesty flavor. You’ll only need seven ingredients – it’s so refreshing.
Quick and Easy Escabeche
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Escabeche, simply put, is pickled vegetables. This quick pickle recipe includes carrots, red onions, and jalapeno peppers. Escabeche is a condiment in Mexico that tops and sides many dishes, adding a spicy, sour, salty crunch that pairs well with nearly anything.
Guacamole & Salsa & Sauce
I don’t know anyone who doesn’t like some form of salsa. If you’re like me, you’ll enjoy these delicious recipes.
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Guacamole is one of Mexico’s most iconic and beloved dishes, and for good reason: this creamy avocado dip is packed with flavor and nutrients, making it a delicious and healthy addition to any meal. Whether you prefer it smooth or chunky, spicy or mild, guacamole is easy to customize and pairs well with a variety of vegan Mexican dishes.
Pico de Gallo
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Give yourself ten minutes and six ingredients, and you’re on your way to enjoying some fresh pico de gallo. Enjoy it with chips, or put it in your tacos or burritos. I’ll tell you a secret; I will eat pico de gallo with a spoon when I run out of chips; that’s how good it is!
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Salsa roja is fresh, flavorful, and has an excellent heat level. The simple combination of fresh roasted vegetables and aromatic spices will bring flavor to any dish you wish.
Tomatillo Salsa Verde
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I love that this recipe includes three methods of making tomatillo salsa verde. This Mexican green salsa includes green tomatillos, chili peppers, onion, cilantro, and lime juice. Sounds easy enough.
Easy 6-Ingredient Corn Salsa
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I love that this fresh corn salsa recipe only requires six ingredients, and none of them have to be cooked! All you’ll need is sweet white corn taken off the cob, red onions, green bell peppers, jalapeno peppers, cilantro, lime, and salt and pepper to taste.
Easy Cabbage Salsa
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Imagine Mexican pico de gallo with fresh crunchy cabbage added to it, and you have yourself a fantastic cabbage salsa. Eat it with chips, wrap it in a burrito, or top off a taco with it. Either way, it will be delicious.
Easy Vegan Mole
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Mole sauce is a traditionally Mexican sauce made from chocolate. If you’re wondering why a chocolate sauce gets drizzled over dinner dishes, wonder no more. Mole is rich, spicy, and savory – you wouldn’t dream it’s chocolate, but it is. You can put this delicious mole sauce on anything, and it’s easy to make.
Need I say more? You gotta have some chips to dip in your salsa from time to time. You’ll even need some for your nachos unless, of course, you make the potato nacho recipe.
Oil-Free Baked Corn Tortilla Chips
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Greasy tortilla chips are unhealthy and a little gross if you ask me. This oil-free recipe makes these babies even healthier and more delicious. They hold up really well for loaded nachos or simple chips and salsa.
Keto Tortilla Chips
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While this may not be the traditional tortilla chip recipe, but it’s so darn good. I’ll warn you, they’re slightly addictive, but they’re so healthy and good for you. Almond flour, chia seeds, a little olive oil, and your preferred seasoning are all you need to have these tasty keto tortilla chips made in no time!
Vegan Nacho Cheeze Chips
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These nacho cheeze chips give me healthy Dorito vibes. Is it just me? I didn’t think so. They’re so good, you can eat them as they are, but I like using mine to scoop guacamole.