While stereotypical American dishes, like hot dogs, hamburgers, and mac and cheese, are, of course, popular in the US, these days, many US consumers love to sample flavors from all over the world. According to research from Grand Canyon University, some of the most popular cuisines in the US include Chinese, Greek, Indian, Mexican, and Thai. But when there are so many options, it can be hard to decide what to eat. Enter: fusion recipes. Below, we’ve compiled some of our favorite vegan dishes that celebrate the flavors of more than one cuisine. Gone are the days when you had to choose between the flavors of Mexico or Italy—just have both.

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What is a fusion meal?

A fusion meal refers to a dish that combines elements or ingredients from different culinary traditions, cultures, or regions. It involves blending flavors, cooking techniques, and ingredients from diverse backgrounds to create an innovative dish. For example, combining Mexican tacos with Chinese hoisin sauce (as seen in one of the delicious recipes below) results in a unique, flavor-packed dinner option. Essentially, fusion meals offer an exciting culinary experience by bringing together the best of multiple culinary traditions into one dish.

For more delicious examples, find some of our favorite vegan fusion recipes below.

13 tasty vegan fusion recipes to try

VegNews.PanzanellaYuki Sugiura

1 Vegan Jamaican Beet and Feta Panzanella Salad

This vibrant, flavorful dish combines earthy beets, crispy Jamaican white bread, fresh mint, savory vegan feta, and a tangy, garlicky dressing. Inspired by Jamaican cuisine, it’s a delicious twist on traditional Italian Panzanella salad.
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VegNews.TexMexTofuMigasTacos2Eric Isaac

2 Cheesy Vegan Tex-Mex Tofu Tacos

Tex-Mex is a fusion by design. It is, of course, a mix of Texan and Mexican cuisine, originating from the Texas-Mexico border region. This dish, which offers a vegan spin on breakfast migas, is a great way to enjoy the flavors of this delicious cuisine.
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VegNews.MisoMacAndCheeseWade Hammond

3 Vegan Miso Mac and Cheese

A creamy bowl of mac and cheese is already cozy and comforting, but adding umami-rich miso, a traditional Japanese seasoning made with fermented soybeans, takes the dish to the next level.
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VegNews.KoreanBBQSatayWade Hammond

4 Vegan Spicy Korean BBQ Tofu Satay

Satay is a popular Indonesian street food, usually made with meat. But these tofu skewers are just as delicious, especially when combined with smoky-sweet Korean BBQ flavors and grilled to perfection.
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5 Curry-Spiced Vegan Tofu Scramble

If you love the warming flavors of curry powder, but you don’t fancy cooking a curry for breakfast, you need this tofu scramble recipe in your life. Best served with roasted potatoes and toast, this hearty dish is bursting with flavor.
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VegNews.frenchbreadpizzaBarb Musick

6 Easy, Cheesy Vegan French Bread Pizza

For a quick, easy, kid-friendly lunch, combine a baguette (which, of course, comes from France) with traditional Italian pizza ingredients like marinara sauce, oregano, and vegan mozzarella.
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VegNews.SeafoodPastaEmily Lavieri-Scull

7 Vegan Seafood Pasta in a Tangy Asian-Style Dressing

Umami-rich mushrooms and briny capers are ideal vegan ingredients for replicating classic Northeastern seafood flavors. But they’re arguably even better when combined with a tangy Asian-style dressing.
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VegNews.TempuraZucchiniBurgersSara Stevens

8 Tempura Zucchini Burgers With Avocado Buns

This delicious, nutritious fusion of Western and Asian flavors—with crispy zucchini patties, sweet-and-spicy miso mayo, and salty nori—makes for a unique and tasty appetizer with a twist.
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VegNews.MacandThaiRobin Robertson

9 Creamy Vegan Thai Mac

Featuring Thai basil, peanuts, red pepper flakes, and lime, this Asian fusion dish elevates the ultimate dinner favorite (we’re talking about comforting, creamy mac and cheese) to new heights.
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VegNews.VeganCripsyHoisonTofuTacosMixed & Measured

10 Crispy Hoisin Tofu Vegan Tacos

Crispy tofu with hoisin sauce, a thick, flavorful, tangy sauce commonly used in Cantonese cuisine, and fresh quick-pickled cucumbers are the ultimate taco filling. Add more touches of Mexican cuisine by serving with chilies and guacamole.
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VegNews.KatsuBurgersLuke Albert

11 Vegan Grillable Katsu Burgers With Wasabi Mayo

Combine BBQ with the flavors of Japan with this delicious grilled burger recipe, which features a tofu patty coated in smooth katsu sauce, crisp panko breadcrumbs, and a touch of wasabi mayo.
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VegNews.HummusPastaMicah Siva

12 Simple, Creamy Vegan Tomato Hummus Pasta

Hummus, a creamy spread or dip made primarily from cooked and mashed chickpeas, is a popular dip in the Middle East. But while it’s usually eaten with pita, it also works beautifully as a pasta sauce with tomatoes, garlic, and olive oil.
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13 Vegan Cajun Coconut Sweet Potato Rigatoni With Kale

This decadent pasta recipe combines Cajun spices—which typically includes a combination of ingredients such as paprika, cayenne pepper, and garlic—with creamy sweet potato purée, nutritious kale, and rigatoni. The result is a creamy, flavor-laden dish that’s set to become one of your new go-to dinners.
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