Meat Lover’s Beefy Vegan Tacos

Meat Lover’s Beefy Vegan Tacos
In celebration of the world’s most famous weekly holiday—Taco Tuesday—we’re sharing a delicious vegan taco recipe! There are infinite ways to make vegan tacos—you can use tofu, jackfruit, seitan, tempeh, lentils, mushrooms, fajita veggies, and beyond.
 
This version is for the die-hard meat lovers out there. Those who can do without all the veggies and tofu, and want the base of their taco to be a hearty, flavorful beefy crumble—we hear you. 
 
These are the ultimate comfort tacos and are a great staple for family dinners. You can whip up a big batch of this flavorful vegan beef in no time and have it on hand for all your taco needs throughout the week (if you don’t demolish it all on the first night, that is). 
 
Without further ado, enjoy the recipe below! 
 

The Recipe: Beefy Vegan Tacos

Serves: 2-3
Total Cooking Time: 30 minutes
Difficulty level: Beginner
Recipe by: Greg Hicks

Ingredients:

  • Soft tortillas or crunchy taco shells (your pick!)
For the vegan taco meat:
  • 24 oz of vegan ground beef (two packages)
  • 16 oz of plain tomato sauce (2 small cans)
  • 2 oz of vegan Worcestershire sauce (watch out for anchovies!)
  • 1 tablespoon of Lawry’s seasoned salt
  • 1 teaspoon of dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon of dried oregano
  • Tabasco (5 drops, optional)
Taco toppings (Optional):
  • Lettuce or cabbage, shredded
  • Onion, finely diced
  • Jalapeno, finely diced
  • Tomatoes, diced
  • Avocado, sliced
  • Vegan cheddar cheese, shredded
  • Salsa

Directions:

  1. Over medium heat, add vegan beefy crumbles, tomato sauce, Worcestershire sauce, seasoned salt, basil, garlic powder, oregano, and Tabasco (optional). If the mixture appears very thick and dry, add a splash of water. 
  2. Cook covered for 5 minutes. Then uncover and allow to simmer until moist but not liquidy.  
  3. Heat soft tortillas or taco shells, assemble the vegan tacos with your favorite fixings, and enjoy!

Many thanks to my birthfather Greg Hicks for contributing this recipe! He went vegan soon after we met this year (31 years after I was born), and has now been plant-based for more than two months! This is one of his old family recipes that he veganized, and it’s awesome. Enjoy! 

Cover photo from Canva.com. 

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