Sample recipe from the excellent Plant Power Cookbook, by Nava Atlas, a basic but comprehensive vegan cooking primer for beginning or experienced cooks.Read the review
Tacos, like quesadillas, don't necessarily need a formal recipe. Use this one as a starting point for your own creations.
Use leftover filling to boost protein and add texture to bean dishes and stews. Or freeze half of it for a future taco dinner.
Total prep & cook time: 30 minutes
Fills 8 large or 12 small soft tacos (4 – 6 generous servings)
Nutrition Data per Serving (2 large tacos): Calories: 400 with oil, 371 without oil; Total Fat, 28g with oil, 25g without oil; Protein: 17g; Carbs: 26g; Fiber: 10g; Sodium: 148mg
To satisfy my personal taste, I added 2 cloves minced garlic to this recipe, adding them to the oil with the chopped red peppers, and used half the onion.
I also poached the block of tempeh for 20 minutes first, as it mellows the flavor. Again, that's my personal preference, and not necessary.
After I tasted the filling, I wished that I had also pre-soaked the walnuts in boiling water for 20 minutes to remove the bitter taste (works like a charm!). You could easily omit the walnuts, and add more tempeh if you prefer not to use nuts. The walnuts did add a nice crunchiness to the filling.
I didn't use my food processor, but instead chopped the tempeh and walnuts fine with my trusty chef's knife. That added more prep time, but gave me the rougher texture I wanted.
I also made my own tomato sauce by mixing a six ounce can of tomato paste with 1.5 cans of water, plus a little salt.
I omitted the hot sauce altogether, and served the tacos with vegan sour cream, which I made from the recipe on pg 248 of Plant Power, immediately following the filling recipe (handy, yes!).
Tofu Sour Cream: Blend 1 pkg extra firm silken tofu (I use Morinu brand), 3 Tbsp non-dairy milk (I used almond milk), 2 tsp lemon juice and 1/4 tsp salt (or to taste).
In the Plant Power cookbook, this taco recipe comes with menu ideas (baked potatoes, smashed potatoes, kale salad) and other taco filling options, pointing to other recipes in the book (borracho beans, refried beans, steamed or sautéed veggies). Here are our suggestions:
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