How to Order Vegetarian Food in Spanish

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If you've studied some Spanish at school or on your own, you've probably learned a few words for different foods in Spanish. But if you are a vegetarian, many of these words may be of no use to you. Follow the instructions in this guide to ensure meat-free meals on your travels.

Soy Vegetariano/a

These 2 phrases are the most basic ways to say that you don't eat meat.

I am a vegetarian in Spanish is, Soy vegetariano/a. I don't eat meat in Spanish is, Yo no como carne.

To ensure a vegetarian meal you may want to say one of the following:

I don't eat meat, poultry or fish. No como carne, ni carne de ave, ni pescado.

Does the broth have meat?
El caldo lleva carne?

Does it contain meat? Lleva carne?

I want only. .. Yo quiero solo...

Do you have vegetarian food? Tienes comida vegetariana?

Here are some ways to ask for common vegetarian dishes. I would like vegetable pasta. Yo querio pasta de verduras.

I would like rice with vegetables. Yo querio arroz con verduras.

I would like potatoes (mashed potatoes). Yo quiero patatas (pure).

I would like a cheese and vegetable sandwich. Yo quiero un sandwich de queso y verduras.

I would like tofu. Yo quiero tofu.

Tips & Warnings

  • In Spain, the common way to say vegetables is verduras.
  • If you are in Latin America, "vegetales" is more appropriate though both will be understood in either place.
  • Be careful about saying vegetarian or no meat in a Spanish-speaking country as this will normally only mean that you do not eat red meat. Many vegetarian'dishes abroad contain poultry, fish or their animal protein-based broths. If you are a strict vegetarian or vegan, you will need to be very clear about your eating preferences.
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