Champiñones a la Mexicana

This champiñones a la Mexicana is the perfect side dish! Loaded with mushrooms, onions, tomatoes, and jalapeño, this Mexican mushrooms recipe is earthy and comforting.

Champiñones a la Mexicana on a bowl.

If you looking for an easy and tasteful Mexican mushrooms side dish, you’re in the right place.

Champiñones a la Mexicana means in English “Mexican-style champignon mushrooms” and the recipe name refers to the way those mushrooms are cooked.

It is really simple, you will need first to sauté some vegetables, to make this Mexican-style the obvious choice is tomato, onion, and chiles.

Then you’ll add the mushrooms and let everything cook until that wonderful and earthy aroma spread all over your kitchen.

Next, you’ll just decide how to serve them. Those champiñones are delicious with a fried egg on top, or to stuff in quesadillas and burritos. I love using this dish to make my fried quesadillas recipe!

But they are so delicious that makes the perfect vegan dish to serve with warm tortillas or over steamed rice.

Psst!… Scroll down to see all the delicious recipes I suggest to serve this amazing dish.

Close-up on champiñones a la Mexicana.

Hongos Champiñones

Champignon mushrooms, also known as “white button mushrooms” or “table mushrooms” is a popular and most cultivated mushroom perfect to make pasta recipes, soups, casseroles, and of course, to sautée and serve as a side dish.

In Spanish, they are known as hongos champiñones and provide an excellent source of B vitamins, niacin, riboflavin, phosphorus, and minerals. They are also low on calories, making them perfectly healthy food.

The ingredients needed

Mushrooms: For a quick and easy recipe, I went with pre-sliced champignon mushrooms. You can also cut them into cubes or even add them whole if they are not too big.

Vegetables: For any dish called “A la Mexicana” you will always need tomatoes, onions, and green chili peppers. Diced and chopped. You can use jalapeño or chile serrano peppers (or any green chilies available to you).

Herbs & Spices: Pepper, garlic, salt, and parsley. Some people like to use cilantro, but I think in this particular recipe parsley is more appropriate as it won’t overwhelm the delicate flavor of Champiñones.

Ingredients for Champiñones a la Mexicana labeled and displayed on a marble surface.

How To Clean Champignon Mushrooms

The first question when it comes to cooking mushrooms is “Should I wash them?” And to be honest, I don’t have the right answer.

I made this recipe using pre-sliced mushrooms from the supermarket which are already cleaned. But, most of the time I buy wild mushrooms and have to clean them myself, so here’s what I do if I am cooking them right away:

  1. Using a small mushroom brush, clean up the excess dirt mushrooms have attached to the stem base.
  2. Using paper towels, wipe out and clean thoroughly each mushroom until there are no signs of dirt left.
  3. Place mushrooms on a colander and give them a quick rinse under cold water, shaking the colander a few times.
  4. Pat dry them one by one with paper towels.
  5. Cut them and cook them or eat them right away.
Champignon mushrooms on a white table scattered, and some on a cutting table with a knife near by.

NOTE: If you want to store them to cook them later. Do not rinse them at all. After you’ve cleaned them, place them in a paper bag and store them in the fridge.

Related: How To Clean Mushrooms.

How To Make Champiñones a la Mexicana

Prepare your veggies, chop the onion, dice the tomatoes, and finely chop chilies, garlic, and parsley. Set aside.

Diced and chopped tomatoes, onions, chilies, garlic, and parsley in bowls.

In a large no-stick pan heat up the olive oil over medium-high heat and first add the chopped onions.

Sautée for 2 minutes then add chile peppers and sautée one more minute. Stir in garlic and allow to cook until fragrant.

Sautéed onions and chilies on a pan.

Add tomatoes, season with salt and pepper, and cook while stirring constantly until tomatoes release their juices.

Sautéed tomatoes, onions, and chilies on a pan.

Add the mushrooms, mix thoroughly and cover the pan. Set the heat over medium-low and cook for about 8 minutes, mixing from time to time so they cook evenly.

Champiñones added and mixed into the pan with the other vegetables.

Now, uncover the pan and allow the mixture to cook for an extra minute. I like the mixture a little juicy, so I don’t allow it to dry out, but this is up to you.

Cooked champiñones a la Mexicana on a pan.

Adjust salt and pepper to taste, remove the pan from the heat, then add chopped parsley. Mix well and serve.

Useful tips

  • Do not add water to the pan, the champiñones and tomatoes should create enough moisture to cook everything to perfection. Just keep an eye on the heat.
  • Adjust spiciness by adding less or more chili peppers.
  • Go easy on spices, garlic and pepper shouldn’t cover the earthy flavor of the mushrooms.
  • You can make a large batch of this recipe by just doubling the ingredients needed. It makes a perfect prep meal you can enjoy on those busy days.

How To Serve

I love serving this dish for a quick lunch with fried eggs and Mexican red rice on the side. But here are my favorite main dishes to serve with:

Also, you can use this Mexican mushrooms mixture to make tacos with tortillas and molcajete salsa, my husband loves them!

A plate with champiñones a la Mexicana, red rice, a fried egg, and a quesadilla on the side.

How To Store And Reheat

Champiñones a la Mexicana is the perfect prep meal for those busy nights, so you might want to make it ahead.

  • Store your leftovers for up to 3 days in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
  • The recipe freezes wonderfully for up to 3 months too in bags or freezer-proof containers.
  • For reheating, place the champiñones in a pan and add a splash of water. Warm up over medium heat.
Champiñones a la Mexicana recipe.

Champiñones a la Mexicana

author Maricruz
Delicious sautée champignon mushrooms with tomatoes, onions, and chilies make the perfect Mexican side dish. Naturally vegan and gluten-free!
prep 10 minutes
cook 15 minutes
total 25 minutes
serving 4

Ingredients 

  • 1.5 lb champignon mushrooms (cleaned and sliced)
  • 3 medium tomatoes (diced)
  • 1 medium onion (diced)
  • jalapeños or serrano peppers (chopped, as much as you want)
  • small bunch of parsley
  • 1 garlic clove (minced)
  • 3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil (or the oil you prefer)
  • salt and pepper (to taste)

Instructions
 

  • Heat up the olive oil over medium heat in a pan.
  • Add onions and sautée for 2 minutes, then add chili peppers and sautée one more minute.
  • Stir in garlic and allow to cook until fragrant.
  • Add tomatoes, season with salt and pepper, and cook while stirring constantly until tomatoes release their juices.
  • Mix in the mushrooms and cover the pan.
  • Set the heat over medium-low and cook for about 8 minutes, mixing from time to time until mushrooms are tender.
  • Uncover the pan and allow the mixture to cook for an extra minute or until most of the juices are gone (read notes).
  • Adjust salt and pepper to taste, remove the pan from the heat.
  • Mix in chopped parsley and serve.

Notes

  • I like the mixture to be a little bit juicy, so when you uncover the pan make sure you cook until they have the right consistency to you. If you want them a little bit drier then allow cooking longer.
  • The ingredients listed are enough for 4 servings as sides. Or for 2 large servings as a main meal.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 161kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Sodium: 597mg | Potassium: 826mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 929IU | Vitamin C: 28mg | Calcium: 25mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. 5 stars
    My youngest daughter is vegetarian and she’s always looking for mexican vegetarian recipes, I totally forgot to tell her about champiñones a la mexicana!! she will be so happy when I tell her, I am from Mexico too and always tried to pass my love for our recipes to my kids.

  2. 5 stars
    If you wondering how to say mushroom in Mexico? In Mexico (and of course, other parts of Latin America), the general word for “mushroom” is hongo; “champiñones” and “setas” are particular varieties of mushroom.
    Also, cremini are the same variety as portobello and button mushrooms, but the cremini have a more complex, meaty and savoury flavour, making them a perfect choice for use in recipes like champiñones salteados con ajo.
    I just love your recipes and thought a little bit more info won’t hurt :) Thank you Mari <3