Taco Night

In my opinion (not that you asked, but here it is all the same), vegans should be able to eat all the foods they loved and enjoyed before going vegan, just in a more compassionate way.  For example, I really like tacos.  They are fun, a little messy, and a quick easy meal, but obviously I’m not about to start browning up hamburger.  Over the past few years, I’ve tried a couple different vegan hamburger replacements, and one of my favorites is Beyond Meat Beef Crumbles.  I buy the BEEFY (none spicy) version if I am making a dish to share with Bruce, because he isn’t a fan of spicy food, but the SPICY ones are extra delicious in something like a taco.  This brand’s crumbles really have a great flavor and texture and hold up well in dishes like this.


Besides the crumbles, there isn’t much else that you have to veganize, unless you want cheese.  I forgot to bring vegan cheese to the Abacos with me, and they don’t sell a vegan brand here (more on that in an upcoming post), so I used avocado slices to give the rich, fatty flavor that cheese has.  Besides the creamy texture the avocado provides, it’s also a healthier option than any kind of cheese, vegan or not.  Avocados help prevent several different cancers, lower cholesterol, and even help your body absorb other nutrients.  Bonus!

The best thing about tacos is how quickly they are done.  After two long walks today I was hungry, and wanted something fast.  In a large frying pan, I browned up my crumbles per the package instructions (3 minutes), added the packet of taco seasoning and cooked per package instructions (5 minutes).  In the meantime, Bruce chopped lettuce, while I diced tomatoes and sliced the avocado. If you do this while your meat is cooking, it really speeds up the process and prevents hanger.  ijs.

With couple minutes left on the timer, I stepped over the dog and popped the tortilla boats into the toaster oven to warm so they would be ready to go when the crumbles were finished.  Dakota insists on being within eyesight of me at all times, the closer the better, so this is what I work with.  After the timer dinged on the toaster oven, all we had to do then was load the ingredients into the tortilla boats, and dinner was ready (2-3 minutes).  Dinner served in 10 minutes?  I’ll take it.

10 minute Tacos:

  • 1 package Beyond Meat – Beyond Beef Crumbles (BEEFY or SPICY)
    • Prepare as directed on package
  • 1 packet McCormick MILD Taco Seasoning Mix
    • Prepare as directed on package
  • 1 pack Old El Paso – Flour Tortilla Taco Boats
  • Shredded Lettuce
  • Diced Tomato
  • Sliced Avocado

Directions: Prep Crumbles with Taco Seasoning per package instructions, Toast and Stuff Boats, Stuff Face.

Notes: I checked these ingredients for animal products, if you are using other brands for tortillas or taco seasoning always check ingredients!  Some brands put milk product in their taco seasoning.  I have no idea why.  Also, some tortillas are made with lard, so I always double check. Last but not least, toasting the boats really gives the tacos a nice bit of crunch around the edges.