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Easy, Cheap and Delish Tacos

What you need: 

1/2 medium onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
2 teaspoons vegetable oil
1 cup textured vegetable protein or 2 cups vegan ground beef substitute
1 1/2 tablespoons chili powder
1 teaspoon cumin
dash cayenne
1-2 teaspoons soy sauce or Bragg's
salt, to taste

What you do: 

1. In a large skillet, saute onion (see below if using vegan ground beef) in vegetable oil over medium heat for about 3 minutes. Add garlic, cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.
2. For TVP, in a small saucepan, add TVP to 1 cup boiling water. Quickly add chili powder, cumin, cayenne, and soy sauce and stir until all of the water and spices are absorbed. Incorporate the TVP mixture with the onions in the skillet. Add salt, to taste.
3. To make with ground beef substitute: Add the ground beef to the skillet with the onions. Heat through until thawed. Add chili powder, cumin, cayenne and 3/4 cup water. Raise heat to high, simmer until all of the water and spices are absorbed. Add salt, to taste.

Preparation Time: 
10 minutes
Cooking Time: 
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SO HOW'D IT GO?

I was craving Mexican food, and I had never used TVP before. Does TVP go bad because I have had it for atleast a year.. It was unopened though.

Anyways, so I made this and it looked very tan-brownish, which kind of freaked me out, plus I have never had TVP before and I was really nervous. It tasted fine, but it seemed pretty soggy. It was probably cooked wrong, but basically I enjoyed it.

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I did the same except I made a sauce of Veganise (mayo), Lime Juice, and a Squirt of Ketchup.  Then added the toppings I love it !!

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This was REALLY good!  I loved that it was so easy to make.  I usually use the Morningstar crumble, but have been wanting to find an alternative because my kids no longer like it and they COMPLAIN EVERY TIME we have tacos.  SO, I made this (with my fingers crossed) and I DIDN'T hear ANY complaints.  The only reason they asked to stop eating was because they were full.  I was SOOO excited!!!! 
We will definitely use this recipe again!!!!  I also like this because I've been wanting to use less processed foods.

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Guess what I ate for lunch today! These taco's were so good and so easy to make. I never thought that T.V.P could taste so good. It had a real good "meat"  texture and the seasonings were all just the right amount. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe. I'm so excited! :)

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I love this recipe. It's so delicious and savory. My girlfriend and I whip this up whenever we have extra cabbage leaves and stuff them with this filling. Sometimes we add corn and salsa to it. It tastes as close to the real thing as I can remember, and being a Southern California native in New York City, it is much appreciated.  Thanks!

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These tacos were awesome! I also added yellow squash and green onions to the mix which was a nice touch.
Thanks for the recipe!

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