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3 Vegan Taco Recipes That Actually Taste Like Meat

What’s your food New Year’s Resolution? For lots of us, it’s gonna be about eating healthier and potentially going plant-based. Giving up tacos while attempting this cleanse is no easy task, but this trio of vegan taco recipes should help you get going.

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These vegan taco recipes are recreations of some of the top taco meats out there, but made entirely out of plants. The three different flavors are as follows:

vegan taco recipes

Suadero Mentiroso, aka “The Lying Suadero,” made from mushrooms,

vegan taco recipes

Yaca Carnitas, a spin on carnitas that utilizes jackfruit,

vegan taco recipes

And Hola, Soy Al Pastor. You can probably tell what the “pastor” is made from based on the punny name.

All of these vegan taco recipes are crafted to taste pretty close to their original forms in terms of flavor and texture. You might even be convinced you broke your New Year’s Resolution a little early, who knows?

All of the recipes and ingredients for these vegano tacos can be found at Northgate Market. There’s a full holiday cookbook available that includes these recipes, but you can also find them all below.

Each of these recipes makes 10 tacos.

vegan taco recipes

Suadero Mentiroso

Ingredients
10 Northgate corn tortillas
12 oz oyster mushrooms
Juice from 2 limes
1/4 tsp black pepper
1 tbsp onion powder
1/2 tbsp garlic powder
1/2 tbsp salt
1/4 cup oil
2 onions, chopped
1 bunch cilantro

Step 1
Wash and dry the oyster mushrooms before pulling them apart. Place the pulled mushrooms into a bowl, and add lime juice, onion powder, garlic powder, and salt. Mix everything together to fully combine.

Step 2
Add oil in a skillet and set to a medium heat. Add your chopped onions, and saute until golden. Place in the marinated mushrooms, and cook for 10 minutes until the mushrooms go golden brown.

Step 3
Assemble the tacos by warming the tortillas and loading each up with the mushroom filling to your liking. Garnish with cilantro, onions, and your favorite salsa.

vegan taco recipes

Yaca Carnitas

Ingredients
10 Northgate tortillas
2 20 oz cans of jackfruit in water
1 tbsp cumin powder
1 tbsp paprika
1 tbsp salt
1 tbsp garlic powder
1/4 oil
1 bunch cilantro, finely chopped
2 onions, chopped

Step 1
Drain the canned jackfruit before shredding with your fingers or forks. Squeeze all the water out of the shredded jackfruit using a towel or cheesecloth.

Step 2
Heat oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. When hot, add the jackfruit, cumin, paprika, and garlic. Cook until the jackfruit is browned and slightly crispy around the edges.

Step 3
Warm the tortillas and add a large spoonful of cooked jackfruit to the center of each. Top with cilantro, onions, and your favorite salsa.

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Hola, Soy Al Pastor

Ingredients
10 guajillo chiles
4 7 oz cans chipotle chiles
1 tbsp garlic salt
1/4 tsp oregano
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/4 onion
1 8 oz bag soy meat
½ cup chopped pineapple chunks
1/4 cup oil
10 Northgate tortillas

Step 1
Bring a large pot of water to boil. Once boiling, add the soy meat and turn off the heat immediately. Let soak for 5-10 minutes before draining the water.

Step 2
Remove stems and seeds from the guajillo chiles by cutting in half. Place in a pot, and boil for 10 minutes. Once cooked, pour into a blender with the chipotle chiles, garlic salt, oregano, black pepper, and onions.

Step 3
Heat oil in a skillet on medium-high heat. Place in your soy meat and fry for 15 mins or until browned. Add the pineapple chunks, and cook for another 15 mins. Pour in the adobo sauce before cooking for a final 5 minutes.

Step 4
Assemble the tacos by warming the tortillas and adding a large spoonful of the cooked soy al pastor to the center of each. Serve with cilantro, onions, and your favorite salsa.


Created in partnership with Northgate Market

By Constantine Spyrou

Constantine's life revolves around eating, studying, and talking about food. He's obsessed with eggs, gyros, and the future of food.