Seitan Tacos

Today's recipe is for vegan seitan tacos. This post made in collaboration with Instacart. Instacart is the go to service for quick and effective grocery delivery!

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Hello everyone! For today's recipe I am once again experimenting with seitan, which has become my favorite meat substitute/protein source over the past few months. Earlier in the summer, I vowed to quit eating tofu for a month to push myself to eat a more varied diet and not just rely on fried tofu when I get bored of cooking. That decision led me to start trying out seitan. Eating a varied diet is so important to health and wellness, so if you're someone like me who often gets in food ruts, where they rely on the same few foods for sustenance, then I'd really encourage you to try this recipe and get out of your comfort zone.

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INGREDIENTS

Seitan beef crumbles

  • 1/2 cup vital wheat gluten
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika 
  • 1/2 tsp cumin 
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tbs nutritional yeast
  • 1 tsp chili powder 
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder 
  • Dash of cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 2 tbs apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbs tomato paste 
  • 2-3tbs water 

toppings

  • Guacamole
  • Sliced tomatoes
  • Diced red onions
  • Shredded romaine lettuce

instructions

  1. In a medium bowl, combine vital wheat gluten, smoked paprika, cumin, salt, nutritional yeast, chili powder, cayenne pepper and onion powder.

  2. In a small bowl, combine tomato paste, apple cider vinegar and 1tbs of water and mix until the tomato paste is fully incorporated. 

  3. Add the liquids to the vital wheat and spice mixture and mix until combined. Add additional water 1tbs at a time until all the gluten is hydrated and forms a dough.  It should be just wet enough not to stick to your hands and to form a dough, so be sure not to add more water than you need to get it to that point.
  4. Knead dough for 1-2 minutes to let the gluten develop, then use your hands break apart it apart into small chunks. 
  5. Place separated dough chunks into a steamer lined with parchment paper and place over a pot with of simmering water. I use this bamboo steamer.
  6. Let simmer over medium heat for 30 minutes.
  7. Serve with heated corn tortillas. I like to top them with guacamole and tomatoes, red onions and lettuce, but feel free to go wild with your toppings!

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