Makes: 5 servings
Tacos are a great thing to make the whole family happy, and building your own perfect taco is a very personal task. After years of trying diff types of "fake meat" and loads of taco brands, below is my own personal achievement. Taco's don't have to be unhealthy. In fact, kidney beans are a great source of cholesterol-lowering fiber. This recipe is gluten free if you use the corn tortilla shells.
Ortega taco shells (30 total - one 18 pack and one 12 pack)
MorningStar Farms Meal Starters Grillers Recipe Crumbles (freezer section)
Ortega Taco Seasoning Mix
tomatoes or 1 can salsa
white onion, diced
jalapeno peppers, diced
extra virgin olive oil
vegan cheese (i like the pepper jack or cheddar)
kidney beans (1 can or 2 cups dried soaked overnight)
Ortega Original Taco Sauce (original or medium)
Heat up the evoo in a medium depth chefs pan on medium heat. Add the onions and brown (8mins). Add the jalapeno peppers for about 3mins. (the longer the peppers cook, the spicier it will be). Add the Grillers Recipes Crumbles and 2 tbsp water. Stir 3mins. Add Taco Seasoning and stir 2min. Add beans and use potato masher to mash beans into the crumbles. (you want to mash the beans in so they are no longer whole). Then remove from heat.
Heat oven to 350. Take taco shells and lightly run the bottoms of each shell under water (put your faucet on drip and drip about 4 drops of water on the bottom of the shells), this prevents them from cracking when you eat them. Stuff each shell with crumbles mixture. Then Add vegan cheese. Place in oven until cheese melted. (8mins)
I like putting the lettuce, tomato/salsa, guacamole, and taco sauce on the table so everyone can stuff the tacos themselves.
- Ortega has a Taco kit that comes with the seasoning and sauce
- Guacamole: mix 2 avacados, 10 shakes tabasco sauce, 1 tsp garlic powder, 1 tsp onion salt, 1/4 tsp paprika, and 1 lemon juiced. This is pretty much season to taste. It's the tabasco sauce that gives it that extra flavor and surprisingly isn't very spicy because of the avocado.
- Substitue: Can use real cheese instead of vegan cheese
- Party Appetizer: put wonton wrappers into cups of cupcake pan (spray pan) and heat oven to 425. Stuff wonton wrappers like they were the tacos. Bake for 7mins and garnish with the lettuce, tomatos/salsa, guacamole, and sauce.