Have I ever expressed my love for tacos? The love runs deep. We’ve had a relationship since I was very young. When I was young, my grandparents use to take my sister and I to eat tacos at the local VFW every Wednesday. The taste of the corn tortilla, delicious flavors of the spices, all topped with lettuce, tomatoes, cheese and sour cream. They could do no wrong. But then fast forward to March 2017, everything changed. I stopped eating meat. Well, that’s not necessarily true, I still consume fish and seafood occasionally. Cue the vegan taco meat.
My meals are typically vegetarian. With all that being said, the question arose on how I would create my beloved taco. Of course, I could make black bean tacos, and even tried lentils, both were good. But I still kind of missed my regular tacos that I made. When I did make tacos with actual meat in them (I would use ground turkey), I always added black beans. It would allow us to have more, without the price of adding another pound of meat. So, I looked online to see what others were doing. I saw some making taco “meat” out of cauliflower and walnuts. Sounded good, but I didn’t have walnuts on hand, but my mind intermediately thought about mixing the cauliflower and black beans together, thus giving me the impression of the tacos I’ve known and loved for years.
These are super easy, quick, healthy and delicious. In this recipe I seasoned it myself, but you could use a taco seasoning pack if you want to make your night a little easier. We still consume some dairy products, so although this taco meat recipe is vegan, my tacos are vegetarian. Sour cream and cheese are probably the hardest thing for me to give up. No, let’s rephrase that, they ARE the hardest thing for me to give up. I’m sure one day I may find a vegan alternative that will be sufficient.
You’ll love this cauliflower taco “meat” recipe, it really does resemble it. The flavor isn’t exact, but still good. You don’t have any fat (or the wetness) like you would with meat, but that can be a good thing, for your health! I used a can of black beans, leaving some of the liquid from the can. I baked the cauliflower, but heated everything else up in a pan and then added the cauliflower once it was done.
I’m happy with it. It taste good, and good for you. It’s a win-win. Now tacos CAN be eaten all the time, without the guilt.