Soft Tacos


These tacos are wonderfully tasty, nutritious, and easy to prepare. They are one of our favorite meals. Scroll down for several recipe variations that you could try. This is a very flexible meal that you can make your own.

Ingredients

  • 10-12 medium size soft whole grain tortillas 

  TACO SEASONING BLEND
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • pinch cumin
  • 2 teaspoons dried parsley flakes

  VEGAN GROUND "BEEF" FILLING
  • 1/2 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 package (12 ounces) vegan ground "beef"
  • about 1/4 cup water

  TACO FILLINGS
  • vegan refried black beans (such as Amy's Organic Refried Black Beans, light in sodium)
  • guacamole
  • salsa
  • the prepared ground "beef" mixture
  • green onions, sliced
  • nutritional yeast
  • Daiya Cheddar Cutting Board Shreds (optional)¹
  • romaine or other lettuce, torn or shredded into small pieces

Directions

  1. Mix taco seasoning ingredients in a small bowl, and set aside.

  2. In a large nonstick (or lightly oiled) skillet, sauté the chopped onion and bell pepper until onions are translucent and bell peppers are tender.

  3. Add the vegan ground "beef," stir to disperse, and add a little water. When moistened slightly, sprinkle taco seasoning mixture over the top; and mix thoroughly. Cook according to label instructions into small crumbles.

  4. Spread a thin layer of the refried black beans over the tortillas. Spread guacamole over the beans, then salsa. Next, sprinkle some of the ground "beef" mixture, some green onions, nutritional yeast, and (if desired) some of the shredded "cheese."

  5. Heat the filled tortillas about 1 minute on high in a microwave oven.

  6. Finish by topping with the torn or shredded romaine lettuce.

  7. Serve immediately.

Yield: 10-12 tacos


Variations: If you would prefer to substitute corn tortillas for the soft ones in order to have a more chewy tortilla, you can avoid deep fat frying them by toasting them in a toaster oven or by using a nonstick or oil-sprayed hot pan or grill. The trick is to get them toasted just enough, but not so much that they crack when you try to fold them. It's a little more work than using the soft tortillas, but they are good this way, too—just different.

If you prefer not to eat the vegan ground beef, you could, instead, just add the sautéed onions and bell peppers and the taco seasoning blend to the refried black beans.

You could try substituting various different dark, leafy greens, such as spinach, chard, spring mix, etc.

You could add more vegetables, if you like, such as: diced tomatoes, diced avocado (with or instead of guacamole), sliced jalapeños, sliced black olives, etc.

Footnote:
¹ Daiya Cheddar Cutting Board Shreds

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