Go to the main content Menu
Back
Vegan by El Zamorano
Food & Drink Los Angeles
Tanya Flink Tanya Flink

Where to Find Vegan Tortas in Los Angeles

Southern California residents know their Mexican food, but the traditional Mexican sandwich—the torta—is often overshadowed by the hype of Taco Tuesday and mass appeal of nachos. While not quite as portable as a carefully wrapped burrito, tortas offer the same explosion of flavor and enhanced texture profiles thanks to their layered components of fresh tomatoes, creamy refried beans, cool mayo, and juicy plant-based meat on a thick sandwich roll. Here are six vegan-friendly spots in and around LA that do the vegan torta justice.

Vegan by El Zamorano

Costa Mesa

This OC vegan taqueria has started a new trend: Torta Thursday. Buy any torta, get an agua fresca on the house. The torta menu is exhaustive and includes the basics—like the carnitas torta—in addition to rare finds such as the hibiscus torta. All feature homemade refried beans, vegan mayo, lettuce, onion, tomato, and guacamole. Thursday just one-upped Tuesday.

Vegan by El Zamorano

Gracias Madre

West Hollywood and Newport Beach

This posh vegan Mexican restaurant is known for its lavish outdoor dining setup and exquisite cocktail program, but you’ll need to order something to enjoy on the patio alongside that old fashioned. The crab cake torta is a hefty handheld made with sturdy ciabatta, seasoned carrots, eggplant, zucchini, oyster mushrooms, chipotle sauce, hummus, cilantro pesto, stretchy mozzarella, and fresh spring mix. The flavors and textures are thoughtful and complex, making you crave every single bite.

Gracias Madre

Photo credit: @lifeasraegz

Cena Vegan

Lincoln Heights, Delivery

“Big Vegan Torta” says it all. Like this family-run business’s monstrous burritos, this sandwich is massive. Each comes on an oversized roll packed with refried beans, guacamole, chipotle cashew crema, sliced tomatoes, Vegenaise, pickled onions, and choice of Cena’s signature plant-based meats. All are fantastic, but the barbacoa is exceptional and not often found elsewhere.

Cena Vegan

Hugo’s Tacos

Glendale and Studio City

Hugo’s is a vegan-friendly joint with a solid torta on the menu. You’ll get a thick sandwich roll slathered with Vegenaise, refried beans, guac, and stuffed with diced tomatoes, onions, your choice of vegan filling. Plant-based options include potatoes, soy chorizo, and mushroom carnitas. If you’re ravenous, kindly ask for potatoes and soy chorizo for a barely contained handheld that will keep you full all day long.

Hugo's Tacos

El Cocinero

Van Nuys

To say this vegan Valley restaurant over-stuffs its tortas is an understatement. Order one, and you’ll receive a split Mexican sandwich roll bursting with your choice of vegan meat, beans, purple cabbage, and pico de gallo, all drizzled with a vibrant chipotle mayo. The vegan protein selection here is impressive—ranging from the usual al pastor and asada to the more elusive chicharrón and oyster mushroom suadero. We highly recommend adding an agua fresca or a slice of homemade flan to accompany your meal.

El Cocinero

Aunt Yese’s Home Cooking

Garden Grove

Never heard of Aunt Yese’s? Those who know are trying to keep it a secret. This vegan-friendly daytime eatery is always packed, and no matter what time it is, expect a wait. The vegan torta leans more toward savory breakfast—it’s filled with scratch-made refried beans, soyrizo, diced tomatoes, and avocado—and is served with wonderfully crispy home fries. It’s well worth the drive down the 5, but plan ahead—Yese’s is only open until 2pm.

Tanya Flink

@trainertanya

Tanya Flink is an Orange County journalist willing to run for vegan food. She’s written for several plant-based publications, including VegNews, Organic Authority, EcoSalon, and LIVEKINDLY. She currently serves as the Content Manager for Switch4Good.

Articles by Tanya

More from VegOut

See the article vegan mob expands to san francisco and san jose

Vegan Mob Expands to San Francisco and San Jose

Much to the excitement of those living in the Bay Area, the popular Oakland vegan soul food restaurant Vegan Mob is expanding to two new locations. A brick-and-mortar in San Jose will be located at 949 Ruff Drive and is expected to start taking pickup and delivery orders by the second week of March. The San Francisco location will be a permanent home for the Vegan Mob food truck at the intersection of Valencia and 18th. You can catch the truck Tuesdays-Sundays from 11am-9pm starting March 20th.

Cayla White
Vegan Mob
News San Francisco
See the article coconut bliss launches single serve vegan ice cream cups

Coconut Bliss Launches Single Serve Vegan Ice Cream Cups

We’ve come full circle, and individual ice cream cups are officially back … veganized, of course! The popular vegan ice cream brand Coconut Bliss has announced a new line of single serve cups (sans wooden spoon), available in two of their most popular flavors: Dark Chocolate and Madagascar Vanilla Bean. The cups will come in a four-pack, and will be available on the Coconut Bliss website and at retailers nationwide.

Cayla White
Coconut Bliss
News
See the article easy vegan roasted cauliflower soup recipe

Easy Vegan Roasted Cauliflower Soup Recipe

I love this soup because it’s creamy, savory and so easy to make. It’s hearty, healthy, and comforting. The creaminess of the white beans and the umami flavors from the miso paste and liquid smoke is really what makes this soup extra special!

Jackie Sheehan Jackie Sheehan
Cauliflower Soup
Recipe
See the article peet’s coffee debuts vegan breakfast sandwich nationwide today

Peet’s Coffee Debuts Vegan Breakfast Sandwich Nationwide Today

Peet’s Coffee just launched an all-vegan breakfast sandwich with Beyond Meat and JUST Egg—and it’s available nationwide starting TODAY!

Allie Mitchell
Peet's Coffee
News
See the article new black-owned vegan restaurant opens in dallas area

New Black-Owned Vegan Restaurant Opens in Dallas Area

A new Black-owned brick-and-mortar has opened in Irving, Texas and we’ve got the inside scoop on the fire Southern eats!

Melissa Nowakowski
Bam's Vegan
News
See the article pinky cole opens vegan cheesesteak concept inside atlanta’s bar vegan

Pinky Cole Opens Vegan Cheesesteak Concept Inside Atlanta’s Bar Vegan

Pinky Cole—founder of the renowned Slutty Vegan—has teamed up with Derrick Hayes of Big Dave’s (another popular Atlanta eatery) to open Dinkies, a plant-based cheesesteak concept.

Cayla White
Dinkies
News
See the article 6 vegan-friendly ethiopian restaurants in los angeles

6 Vegan-Friendly Ethiopian Restaurants in Los Angeles

If your parents ever told you to stop eating your food with your hands, Ethiopian food is for you! Injera (a spongy flatbread) comes with most dishes, and it’s absolutely encouraged and customary in Ethiopian dining to use it as a vehicle to scoop up each delicious and flavor-packed bite. Not only that, but nearly half the population of Ethiopia are Ethiopian Orthodox Christians who traditionally eat vegan on Wednesdays, Fridays, and other fasting days, totaling over 200+ days per year. We’re rounding up some of LA’s best spots to try this vegan-friendly cuisine below!

Melissa Nowakowski
Azla Vegan
Food & Drink Los Angeles
See the article chicago’s kitchen 17 now ships vegan deep-dish pizza to all 50 states

Chicago’s Kitchen 17 Now Ships Vegan Deep-Dish Pizza to All 50 States

Kitchen 17—a Chicago-based vegan pizza joint—has expanded the shipping radius for their signature frozen deep-dish pizzas. The restaurant is now offering their house-made frozen pizzas shipped to all 50 states.

Mohini Patel Mohini Patel
Kitchen 17 Deep-Dish Pizza
News
See the article forager project launches new line of vegan cheese

Forager Project Launches New Line of Vegan Cheese

Forager Project just dropped a new line of vegan cheese using their fan-favorite probiotic cashew milk yogurt!

Allie Mitchell
Forager Project
News
See the article 13 vegan frozen meals for your busy life

13 Vegan Frozen Meals for Your Busy Life

You’re busy, we get it, but you still gotta eat, and you gotta eat well. On any other night you might whip up an IG-worthy dish like the veganista/isto/istx you are or you might order your go-to Uber Eats, but not tonight. Tonight you reach into your freezer and pull out a plant-based frozen dinner that will be ready in an instant. We aren’t talking any old freezer meal; we’re talking tasty, actually-looks-like-what’s-on-the-package meals from your friendly freezer.

Anja Grommons Anja Grommons
Food & Drink

Newsletter

We’ll keep you updated on new information,
upcoming events, and the best deals in your area.

By signing up you agree to receive emails from VegOut Magazine
and accept our terms of use, privacy policy, and cookie policy.

Subscribe Now

Get the premier vegan food and lifestyle magazine delivered to your door (or inbox!)
Order the magazine!
The Wellness Issue
The Holiday Issue 2020

Navigation

The Wellness Issue

Subscribe Now

Order the magazine!
Close

Filters

Cities

The Most

Writer

Please be aware that we use cookies on our website.

Learn more › ok