Meatless Monday: Bandera Enchiladas at Charro Vida

Meatless Monday is a Tucson Foodie feature highlighting a great, local meat-free meal every Monday.

Newly-opened Charro Vida features a wide variety of both vegan and non-vegan dishes.

We’ve eaten about a quarter of their whole menu so far, but we’ve already found a stellar vegan entree.

While enchiladas often have a generous amount of cheese and sour cream, Charro Vida has elevated the comfort food classic.

The Bandera Enchiladas at Charro Vida feature a trio of enchiladas in three mole sauces: calabacitas & beets en tomatillo; papas y poblano en chile rojo; chorizo planta en crema. The fluffy quinoa grain salad, beans, and veggies are a welcome departure from heavier conventional sides.

Although the dish doesn’t have the same gooey cheese of conventional Tex-Mex enchiladas, it still hits you right in the soul with satisfaction.

Find the Bandera Enchiladas at Charro Vida at 7109 N. Oracle Rd. For more information, visit

Jackie is a food writer and photographer native to Tucson. He loves corgis and still thinks rickrolling is funny. If you'd like to stalk him, visit and his Instagram @jackie_tran_.