Healthy Foods & Drinks

Veganize Your Next Taco Tuesday With This Tasty Recipe

Whether it’s Taco Tuesday, you’re having guests over or just a regular day, these vegan tacos are delicious. I’ve used this recipe several times and have finally found the perfect texture to mimic ground beef as much as possible.

While veganism is super trendy these days it also can be very healthy and a great substitute for meat. So let’s get started making these delicious vegan friendly tacos. Here is what you will need:

  1. Head of cauliflower
  2. Any mushrooms you choose
  3. Bell peppers
  4. Whatever onion you prefer
  5. Seasonings (Salt, pepper, garlic powder, cumin, chili powder)
  6. Soy sauce *optional*
  7. Taco seasoning packets *optional*
  8. lime

First, chop your onion and bell peppers. Typically I use a red, yellow and green bell pepper but you can use whichever one(s) you prefer. Once those are chopped, add them to a heated skillet and saute with your oil of choice. Once they are sauteed to your liking, turn the skillet on low.

Next, rinse your head of cauliflower then chop it into pieces and set aside. 

Next rinse and chop your mushrooms. 

Once both are chopped add them to a food processor or blender and blend until they are in small ground beef like pieces, typically this only takes a few spins. 

Add the mixture to your skillet with the sauteed onions and peppers and begin cooking. Now you will add your seasonings. Season to taste. If you have a taco seasoning packet and soy sauce handy they help to add the coloring as well as taco taste but are not 100% necessary to getting delicious tacos. If you have them great, if not the cumin will work to add a meat like taste and a little extra oil will help the brown ground beef-like color come in. 

Squeeze your lime over the mock meat mixture to add an authentic mexican taco taste you can also add chopped cilantro towards the end of the cooking process for flavoring.

Definitely taste your mock meat as you season.

And viola after about 10 minutes of cook time your mock taco meat should be done and tasting and smelling just like real tacos, now all that is left is to add your favorite taco dressings, grab your shell of choice and add your plant based meat onto your tacos. Your friends and family will absolutely love this meat replacement even if they aren’t vegan!

By Ashley Renee

Ashley Renee is a soul food enthusiast, sometimes plant based, spoken word poet, who doesn't trust boxed macaroni or cats. To keep up with her head over to her twitter and Instagram @ashleyreneepoet also check out her website.

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