Fool-Your-Friends Tacos

Ingredients

  • 1 cup vegetable stock (we used Swanson’s regular vegetable stock)
  • 1/2 tsp. hickory liquid smoke
  • 1 cup textured vegetable protein (TVP)
  • 1 Tbsp. canola oil
  • 1/2 cup diced red onion
  • 1/2 cup diced red bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup diced yellow bell pepper
  • 1 Tbsp. water
  • 2 Tbsp. Taco Seasoning Mix (recipe follows)
  • 12 taco shells or corn tortillas (we used corn tortillas)
  • 1/2 medium tomato, chopped
  • Taco sauce of your choice

Directions

  1. Pour the stock and liquid smoke into a small pot, stirring to combine. Once it’s at a boil, take the pot off the heat, mix in the TVP and let the mixture sit for 5 minutes.
  2. Take a medium-sized saucepan out and pour the oil into it, setting the saucepan over medium-high heat. Once the oil’s hot, add the onion in and stir it around for one minute. Now add in the bell peppers, continuing to stir for another minute.
  3. Mix in the rehydrated tvp, the Taco Seasoning Mix and the water, stirring until all the water’s been absorbed and the seasoning has been distributed throughout.
  4. Lightly toast the taco shells or soften the corn tortillas in a microwave for 30 seconds, filling them with the TVP mixture and topping them with tomato, taco sauce and whatever else you like.

Taco Seasoning Mix

Ingredients

  • 3 Tbsp. chili powder (we were out of regular chili powder so we used Hot Mexican-style chili powder)
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper or red pepper flakes (we used cayenne pepper)
  • 2 tsp. paprika (we used smoked paprika)
  • 2 Tbsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper (we used freshly ground black pepper)

Directions

  1. Mix all of the ingredients together in a small bowl. Store any leftover seasoning in an airtight container. Yields 1/3 cup.

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To be honest, when we tried a bite of the TVP mixture all on its own, it didn’t remind us of taco meat which confused us. It smelled great while it was cooking and we knew the Taco Seasoning Mix tasted great but the TVP was just okay tasting on its own. We couldn’t understand what the point of the bell peppers were other than maybe it just being a way to get more veggies in for the day. Once the TVP mixture was in the tortilla though and the toppings were put on, it was a pretty good taco !

This recipe came from “Quick and Easy Vegan Comfort Food”.

We weren’t paid in any form to promote Swanson or “Quick and Easy Vegan Comfort Food”.

Take care everybody !

Sloppy Josephs

Ingredients

  • 1 cup vegetable stock (we used Swanson regular vegetable stock)
  • 1 tablespoon hickory liquid smoke
  • 1 cup textured vegetable protein (TVP)*
  • 1 cup tomato sauce (we used Hunt’s)
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup BBQ Sauce (recipe follows)
  • 1 tablespoon light brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 2 tablespoons vegan Worchestershire sauce (we used Annie’s brand)
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1/4 cup diced white or yellow onion (we used a white onion)
  • 1/4 cup chopped green bell pepper
  • 8 whole wheat or spelt hamburger buns, lightly toasted (we used whole wheat hamburger buns)

Directions

  1. Take a small saucepan out and pour the stock and liquid smoke in, setting the saucepan over medium-high heat. Once the stock mixture is almost boiling, stir the TVP in, taking the saucepan off the heat and leaving it off to the side for now.
  2. Take a medium-sized saucepan out and add in the following ingredients: tomato sauce, ketchup, BBQ Sauce, brown sugar, dry mustard, Worcestershire sauce, and vinegar. Set the saucepan over medium heat, whisking the ingredients together. Turn the heat down, put a lid on and let the tomato sauce mixture simmer for 15 minutes, stirring the sauce now and then.
  3. Pour the oil into a large skillet, setting the skillet over medium heat. Once the oil’s hot, toss the onion and bell pepper in, stirring for 3 minutes. Take the rehydrated TVP and add it to the skillet, continuing to stir for an additional 2 minutes.
  4. Stir the tomato sauce mixture into the skillet, stirring just long enough to combine. Serve the Sloppy Joseph mixture on the toasted buns and serve immediately.

BBQ Sauce

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup diced white onion
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil (we used extra-virgin olive oil)
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup vegan Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon hickory liquid smoke
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper (we used 1/4 teaspoon)

Directions

  1. Pour the oil into a skillet, setting the skillet over medium heat. Once the oil’s hot, toss the onion in, stirring for 3 minutes or until the onion’s soft. Now toss the garlic in and continue stirring for another minute.
  2. Put all of the ingredients (including the garlic and onion) into a blender and puree until smooth.

*We’d never worked with TVP before but this is what it looks like dry:

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It sort of reminded us of cracker crumbs.

This first picture is what it looked like after it was mixed into the stock mixture:

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We weren’t sure how this would turn out but this really did remind us of ground beef-based sloppy joes ! The TVP feels like ground meat when you bite into the sandwich. That BBQ Sauce is outstanding though, it tastes just as good as anything you’d buy from the store and tastes fantastic as part of the sauce for the Sloppy Josephs !

This recipe came “Quick & Easy Vegan Comfort Food”.

We weren’t paid in any form to promote Swanson, Hunt’s, Annie’s or “Quick & Easy Vegan Comfort Food”.

Take care everybody !