Thursday, July 02, 2009
Prepackaged meat substitutes are a wonderful transitional food and can really satisfy the appetites of new vegetarians and omnivores alike. Unfortunately, they are often loaded with oil and salt and are highly processed, so are not what I would call a super "healthy" food choice. I rarely use them at our house, but this taco filling is so tasty, that I will include this dish in our family's dinner rotation every few weeks or so. They're always a big hit.
1 large russet potato, peeled and diced small
1 large onion diced and divided
1 16-oz can diced tomatoes
1 clove garlic, minced
1 package El Burrito Soy Taco filling
chipotle chilé pepper, salt, and ground pepper to taste
blue or yellow corn taco shells, salsa, lettuce and tomato, and avocado for topping
In a large saucepan, heat about a tablespoon of olive oil. Add potatoes and half the diced onion and cook until lightly browned. Season with chipotle, salt, and pepper, add about 2/3 can of diced tomatoes, and put a lid on the pan. Continue cooking for about 8-10 minutes.
In the meantime, in another pan cook the garlic and other half of the diced onion until almost soft. Add the Soy Taco filling to the pan. Don't worry if you can't find El Burrito brand. You can substitute any other brand, like Yves, or create your own by using any vegan ground meat alternative and adding a few seasonings like cumin, garlic powder, and even a pinch of cocoa powder. Continue cooking over medium heat until all ingredients are hot and browned all over. Season with extra salt and pepper if needed.
When the potatoes are tender, add the potato mixture into the pan of onions and garlic, and stir all ingredients to combine. Remove from heat.
Spoon mixture onto warmed corn tortillas and top with homemade salsa, lettuce, tomato, and avocado or guacamole.
Makes 10-12 tacos.
2 large, ripe avocados, seeded and scooped out
2 tbs fresh cilantro, minced (optional)
1 tbs freshly squeezed lemon or lime juice
1/8 tsp chipotle chile powder, or 1/4 tsp red chile pepper
Salt and black pepper to taste
1 large tomato, chopped
Using a fork, mash the avocado. Add the cilantro (if using), lime or lemon, chile, salt and pepper, and mash some more. Add the tomatoes when ready to serve.
Posted by Vegiegail at 6:13 PM