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?
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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
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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