R. Mariposa comes from an ancestral line of healers.  She has her bachelor’s in psychology from the University of Texas in Austin, is a certified yoga instructor and a danzante with Danza Coyolxauhqui. She is a co-creator and founder of Texas first vegan restaurant with a full bar and community venue La Botanica SA. She is also the owner of the Alluring Alchemist an intention-based skin, beauty & soul care line.  

Episode 2: Amazing Women Doing Amazing Things In San Antonio

by shadia june 03, 2019

Energy 94.1

Fronteras: Indigenous Foods, ‘Everybody’s Indigenous To Somewhere’; Diana Kennedy Collection At UTSA

by Norma Martinez & Lauren Terrazas May 09, 2019


Fronteras Extra: Making A Connection To Indigenous Roots Through Food

by Norma Martinez & Lauren Terrazas May 09, 2019


Flight of the Rebel Mariposa

nobleza Magazine spring 2019


Deep Cuts: Food Justice Leaders in San Antonio 

Written By Lea Thompson March 08, 2019

San Antonio Current

People who shook things up in San Antonio this year

By Madalyn Mendoza dec 14, 2018


How This Latina Founder Is Negotiating A Vegan Rebellion In Meat-Loving Texas

Written By Tanya Tarr Nov 1st, 2018


Vegans in San Antonio Have More Options Than Ever Before

written By Jessica Elizarraras   May 22, 2018

San Antonio Current

While in the minority, vegan and vegetarian eaters are making an impact in San Antonio menus. For Rebel Mariposa, owner of La Botanica on South St. Mary’s Street, awareness of plant-based diets has spread in the last several years.


Spectrum South

La Botánica is open late nights, offering an array of specialty cocktails like the Mezclarita, a refreshing spin on a margarita with mezcal, triple sec, fresh squeezed orange juice, and sweet and sour. On most nights, La Botánica hosts a wide-variety of events that have included fundraisers for nonprofits, prom for LGBTQ youth, album release parties, queer punk poetry, Tejano music night, karaoke, and burlesque shows. Mariposa says she wants La Botánica to be an accepting and safe space for “queerdos and weirdos” to have fun or eat dinner. It’s also important for Mariposa to center queer artists at her burgeoning venue. “It is really important for me to elevate queer artists in town, especially women, queer women, Mexican and Tejana lesbians,” she says. “Texas is very conservative, so I really want to make sure that these artists have a space at Botánica to really be able to be themselves and feel comfortable.”

30 Inspiring Women Podcast

January 30, 2018

Rebel Mariposa is a self-identified queer Tejana living in San Antonio, Texas who is trailblazing consciousness, cultura, and the arts in her own unique way. She is the chef and owner of the highly acclaimed La Botanica and is also a curator, artivist, and dancer. This series was created with the intention to to inspire women (and men) from all walks of life, to dream big and take action on improving mental and physical health and on increasing spiritual, emotional, and financial consciousness. Produced by Angel Aviles for Living Firme.

San Antonio’s Rebel Mariposa of La Botanica on the power of cultura, food, and art.

Iris Rodriguez  July 5.2017

Xica Nation

The Vegan Roadie

March 30, 2017

Sombrilla the UTSA Magazine Fall 2016

 Article  Video  Doc

PECHAKUCHA San Antonio Vol 22 

KSAT 12 SA Live Champurrado Recipe

KSAT Flavor Fav: La Botanica

Vegan Fare, Cocktails and Community at La Botánica

Out in SA Spring 2016 Cover


“Rebeca Lopez doesn’t call herself the high priestess of San Antonio vegans, but she might as well. La Botánica (2911 North St. Mary’s), her restaurant/bar/gathering place is a hub of vegan eating and drinking and the covered outdoor patio serves as a kind of community forum where all are welcome — the committed, the curious, the random flexitarian. And their dogs, as the bowls scattered about testify.”


The country’s seventh most populated city, San Antonio continues to embrace its traditional Hispanic heritage. In this recipe by local chef Rebel Mariposa, authentic Mexican flavor profiles delicately dominate – San Antonio-style – by introducing cacao, cayenne and cinnamon. “I watched my tias (aunts) take recipes from American cookbooks and magazines and put a Mexican twist on them,” Mariposa says. “They would say things like, ‘It doesn’t call for cayenne but let’s add it anyway, it will taste better if we do.’” This vegan Mexican waffle combines the modern flare of San Antonio’s local food scene with traditional staples of Mexican cuisine

La Botanica chef cooks to connect

January 2016

San Antonio Magazine