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Growing up Catholic, Fridays meant Meatless Fridays even when it wasn’t the Lenten season.
Although I have not committed to that tradition year round, I still give up meat on Fridays during Lent. Following is a collection of my 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.
Red Enchiladas (Enchiladas Rojas)
Every Friday we all gathered at our grandma’s house for lunch or dinner for her famous Red Enchiladas. These homemade red enchiladas are full of authentic Mexican flavor!
Nostalgic, comforting and packed with protein, my Mom’s simple and delicious Tuna Salad made with egg and dill pickles is a family favorite.
Recipe: Mom’s Best Tuna Salad
Tortitas de Camarón con Nopales
Tortitas de Camarón con Nopales – a traditional Mexican Lenten dish. Slightly spicy guajillo chile sauce is combined with cooked nopales served on shrimp patties!
Recipe: Tortitas de Camarón con Nopales
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.
Camarones a la Diabla
Camarones a la Diabla are juicy large shrimp cooked in a flavorful and spicy red chile sauce.
Recipe: Camarones a la Diabla
My grandma made lentil soup often, especially during the Lenten season. This earthy soup is healthy and hearty with the addition of carrots, celery, tomatoes, and spinach.
Recipe: Lentil Soup
Nopales con Huevo
Nopales con huevo is a classic Mexican dish made with cactus paddles and scrambled eggs.
Recipe: Nopales con Huevo
Calabacitas con Elote (Zucchini with Corn)
This has to be one of the oldest dishes in Mexican homes. According to my Grandma, everyone used to have a garden in their yards, even a small one, and, along with corn, squash was one of the staples harvested.
Breakfast Migas Tacos
Its food for the soul folded in half and stuffed with eggs, fresh ingredients, and crunchy tortilla chips. Try this easy recipe for a taste of a Tex-Mex breakfast.
Recipe: Breakfast Migas Tacos
Sopa de Fideo
Sopa de fideo is an incredibly simple yet flavorful soup made with a tomato-based broth and toasted vermicelli noodles. Its simple and comforting but also because of the warm, fuzzy nostalgic feelings it brings!
Recipe: Sopa de Fideo
Shrimp Ceviche Tostadas
This shrimp ceviche is served on tostada shells with a creamy, spicy, and flavorful avocado crema, and sprinkled with pepitas, making this the perfect dish for the Lenten season.
Recipe: Shrimp Ceviche Tostadas
Caldo de Pescado y Camaron (Fish and Shrimp Soup)
Excellent for a Lenten meal this fish stock and shrimp in a chipotle-tomato broth is slightly spicy and easy to prepare.
Beer-Battered Fish Tacos
Mexican beer-battered cod, fried to perfection topped with chipotle cream sauce and garnished with red cabbage, thinly sliced jalapeños and radishes, pico de gallo, and avocado.
Recipe: Beer-Battered Fish Tacos
Coctel de Camarones (Mexican Shrimp Cocktail)
My mom used to make this spicy shrimp cocktail for Christmas Eve or New Years Eve parties, and during the Lenten season.
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.
Recipe: Elote en Vaso (Corn in a Cup)
Capirotada (Mexican Bread Pudding)
My 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.
Originally published: February 2012.