Published by Rebecca Maness.

This National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 through October 15), PETA Latino is recognizing the Top Vegan Bocaditos (appetizers) served by Latin-owned restaurants in the U.S. The 10 winning eateries offer everything from flautas in the Alamo City to croquetas in The Big Peach. They’re showing how easy it is to merge Latin American flavors with compassionate eating, and they’re sparing the lives of countless animals along the way.

Here are PETA Latino’s top picks for the best vegan bocaditos.

Bar Bombón (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)

Bar Bombón is a tapas and tequila bar serving vegan Puerto Rican fare. Its herbed Spanish Meatballs come in a bowl of tomato and mojo verde sauce, with grilled bread for dipping.

The Cocinita (Miami, Florida)

The Cho•Cado Bites are organic corn chips individually loaded with guacamole, meat-free sausage, alfalfa sprouts, and mustard touché.

Don Bucio’s Taqueria (Chicago, Illinois)

Don Bucio’s Taqueria serves up Sweet Plantains, which come dusted with dairy-free cotija cheese, mojo verde, and cilantro.

The Earthy Kitchen (Orlando, Florida)

Head to The Earthy Kitchen for its Sorullitos—crunchy fried corn fritters served with signature egg-free mayo-ketchup sauce. Birds suffer in the egg industry, but these vegan fritters don’t contribute to their suffering.

Healthy as a Motha Vegan Kitchen (New York, New York)

We love the Empanadas—authentic Dominican treats that come in a variety of flavors, such as Curry Chik’n and Vegan Bacon, Egg, & Cheese. These tasty bites are better for you, too, since eating animal flesh is linked to health issues such as heart disease and strokes.

Peña Pachamama (San Francisco, California)

Try the Organic Sampler at this vegan Bolivian restaurant. It’s a decadent spread of vegan albondigas, plantains, yuca, roasted potatoes, and creamy lentil dip—plus a fresh salad and house-made plantain chips.

La Semilla (Atlanta, Georgia)

La Semilla’s Croquetas de Jamón come fried to perfection on the outside and stuffed with savory meat-free ham—because pigs are smart, playful individuals who don’t belong on your plate.

Succulent Vegan (Nashville, Tennessee)

You won’t want to miss Succulent Vegan’s Esquites—an authentic Mexican street corn dish served in a cup and drizzled with egg-free vegan mayo, lime, and tajin seasoning. It’s the perfect way to start your animal-friendly meal.

Veegos (Houston, Texas)

We’re awarding Veegos for its cow-friendly Nachos—tortilla chips smothered in beans, vegan pastor, or jackfruit, plus a generous heap of heart-healthy veggies, cashew cheese, and dairy-free sour cream.

Viva Vegeria (San Antonio, Texas)

Order the “Chicken” Flautas if you want a bocadito that’s filling enough to be a meal. They’re fried tortillas stuffed with tangy vegan chicken and served with a side of rice and charro beans. Chickens are inquisitive individuals who love sunbathing and socializing, so choosing these vegan flautas helps spare their lives.

These are just a few examples of Latin-owned establishments making a splash on the vegan scene. More Latines are going vegan to help spare animals, save the planet, and improve their own health. Learn more about how you can make the change while celebrating your culture and traditions at PETA Latino.

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