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Ok, Im a crazy taco addict and i wanna make some on Sunday. My Bf hates the Gimme Lean sausage and i cant find the morningstar crumbles anymore, does anyone know if i can make my own ground beef style veggie product or of another brand?

thanks so much!
 

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I make my own taco flavored ground Seitan; however, it's not nearly as good as the commercial brand name kind.

I make the seitan using wheat gluten flour and mexican spices mixed with it - and simmer it in a broth heavily flavored with tomato, cumin, garlic, etc. When it's done I chill it - cube it - and put it in the food processor to grind it. For how much the ingredients cost - it's much less expensive than store bought - but truly....the texture and taste isn't as good.
 

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I 2nd the "Fantastic" taco mix!

If you have access to TVP get the small crumbles, cook about ¾ cup with the right amount of water and either a taco seasoning mix from the grocery or with about 2T chili powder until it is almost on the dry side.
 

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I, too, LOVE tacos. I often use the Fantastic taco mix (especially is I am cooking for carnies....they always love it). However, here are some other things I have used to fill a taco:

black beans and rice

crumbled tofu cooked in taco seasoning

soy chiken (that stuff you boil) simmered in taco seasoning

refried beans

vegetarian chili

whitewave "chicken" fajita style strips, either marinated or cooked in taco seasonings

leftover tofurkey or Now & Zen Un-turkey

grilled marinated tofu and veggies

Crumbled Gardenburger

seasoned boiled potatoes (also make excellent enchilada filling)

falafel

I have also used different topping:

Diced green chilis

shredded spinach

diced red bell peppers

cole slaw mix (just the package of slaw veggies)

roasted chilis

roasted garlic (diced)

radishes

chard

etc, etc. Sarita es TACO LOCO (hehehe....that probably doesn't even make sense. I am always trying to speak spanish to my latino co-workers and they laugh and laugh.....hehehehehehehe)
 

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TVP is so easy to overlook amongst the prettier offerings in the health food sections, but it has got to be there (unless Northern CA has gone hillbilly on us). Ask at your HFS? It is the dog food looking stuff (never to be confused with actual dog food which is not actually fit for dogs.)
 

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You could also use Bocas, crumbled and season with taco seasoning. That would fool an omni


Crumbled tofu would also work.

http://www.vegsource.com/talk/recipe...ges/58844.html

Tofu and Seitan crumbles

http://www.vegsource.com/talk/recipe...ges/60162.html

bean tacos and taco seasoning mix

I usually just use ground seitan (homemade) and I haven't tried making the beef version of it yet. Making seitan is fun. Her are the two recipes I have used from Deb


http://www.vegsource.com/talk/recipe...ges/72474.html

I even have these racks that I put corn tortillas onto then it goes into the oven and it makes them into that cool taco shape.

Hope this helps


Shannon/Zimma
 

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From Angela Linenfelser/ - 06/06/03

Spicy Tempeh Tacos Santa Cruz

Ingredients:

8 oz. tempeh

1/2-1 red bell pepper, julienned

1 medium onion, julienned

1 packet vegan taco seasoning (or, make your own)

3/4 cup water

1 Tb. olive oil

1/2 cup pinto or black beans

chopped tomato

chopped lettuce or other greens

whole wheat tortillas (check the label for vegan-ness)

garnishes: salsa, soy sour cream, grated soy (vegan!) cheese

Directions:

Put olive oil in large saute pan. Bring up to a medium/high heat. Crumble tempeh into pan and cook for approx. 5 minutes. Add red pepper and onion, saute for about 5-7 minutes more. Then, add 3/4-entire packet of taco seasoning (or 1 to 2 tsps. if using bulk spices) and 3/4 cup water. Bring to easy boil, add 1/2 cup canned or pre- cooked beans, then reduce heat and cook just until all is heated through and most of the water has evaporated. Serve in whole wheat tortillas w/chopped lettuce, tomato, avocado slices (if desired) and garnish with condiment of choice.

Serves: 4

Preparation
 

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I too am on the perfect taco quest. I'm happy to hear you all like the Fantastic stuff, cause I just got a box last week (I finally noticed it) and plan to try it tonight.

Otherwise, in the past I've used crumbled tofu and commercial powder packets, or even ground round a la mexican- but it's just not the same.

Though I don't want to eat meat ever, I still somehow crave that supermarket powder 'taco kit' flavour I loved as a kid.
 

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Im with epski, tempeh all the way
I tried the "Fantastic" brand, and it was so salty it made me sick...and im the type of person who pours on salt like nobodys business. If youre used to taco bell like tacos, you might like um. Its easy, but if you have the time, try to make it yourself. Or make a few different kinds and have him try each
 

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I use frozen tofu - Just defrost it crumble it into a pan add water and a bit of seasoning(I think I've been using bearitos). I always use less seasoning than the recipe calls for (you can always add more) Then I add black beans to taste.

Stuff the taco shells and top with ALL the fixins- little salsa lettuce black olives fresh tomato and lots of avocado.

My brother ate seven of them before I told him it was tofu...
 
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