3.04.2011

21st century tacos

Continuing with the American Vegan Kitchen and PPK cookbook challenge, today's dinner was 21st Century Tacos.

These are made with TVP granules, tomato sauce and spices.

Yeah, well, who does not know how to make a simple taco? and what is so special about this taco recipe? I was thinking the same thing when I was perusing her recipes. Luckily, I needed something pretty simple and quick to make and so I thought a taco recipe was ideal.

Like most of Tami's recipes, this one delivered with ease, simplicity and flavor. These surprised me. I thought I was going to make your old run-of-the-mill tacos, and instead I made a spicy (to taste), flavorful and totally gourmet taco filling. The toppings, of course, are up to you. I put lettuce, tomato, sour cream (vegan), olives and onions on mine. Fabulous!

I sauteed the reconstituted TVP before I added the tomato sauce to enhance the flavor more.

A note about Tami's recipes: while the list of ingredients are longer, most of the ingredients are spices and flavorings that need to be added at the same time. Just measure them into a small container and add them when needed.
When 7 out of the 10 ingredients are spices, the list only seems long.


Cost Breakdown

taco shells: $3
TVP: $1
tomato sauce, spices and flavorings: $3
toppings:  $2
onion, garlic, peppers: $1
Total to make 12 tacos;
$10.00






3 comments:

  1. As usual, I love your photo!

    You're so right about the spices. I have a thing about layers of flavor. For example, rather than just use chili powder, it adds more flavor to shift it up and use two different ones. But it does add to the list......

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  2. Thanks, Yesim!

    If people just know that most of the list can be assembled in a matter of seconds, they might have a different opinion on the length of the list. It is all relative :)

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