Vegan Spicy “Beef” Tacos
These vegan tacos have a true barbecue flavor that’s hard to replicate when making a vegan meal taste like a meat dish. These tacos are spicy hot, easy to make, and are so flavorful, I prefer them to steak tacos. The “meat” even looks similar to ground beef.
Here’s what you’ll need to make them:
- 1 can garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
- ½ cup Trader Joe’s Organic Sriracha & Roasted Garlic BBQ sauce*
- 2 red bell peppers, cored, seeded, and sliced into thin strips
- ¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
- Fresh guacamole
- Chunky mild or medium salsa
- 8 corn tortillas
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place parchment paper inside a cookie sheet, or glass baking dish to fit. Place beans in a medium-sized bowl, and used a potato masher to smash the beans, but keep some intact. Add BBQ sauce and mix with a spoon. Spread the bean mixture (this is your ground beef) onto the parchment paper, and even out so that it’s flat. Bake for 25 minutes.
After removing the cooked beans from the oven (the edges will be crispy-those parts are my favorites), place them on a hot pad on your kitchen counter, to cool down a bit. Change the oven temperature to broil, and heat the dry corn tacos in the oven (about 2-5 minutes, depending on how hot your oven is, and how crispy you like your taco shells). Flip and heat the other side of the corn tortilla, 30-60 seconds.
Place two heated corn tortillas on each plate so that each person gets two tacos. Add ingredients to each corn tortilla in this order: a thin layer of guacamole, 2-3 tablespoons of your “beef” mixture, 2 tablespoons of salsa, a pinch of cilantro, 4 bell pepper strips, and top with more guacamole.
*For this to have a true barbecue flavor, and for the meal to turn out well, make sure to use this particular BBQ sauce. You can buy this sauce from Trader’s Joe’s markets. If you don’t have a Trader Joe’s near you, you can order it from Amazon here: https://www.amazon.com/Organic-Sriracha-Roasted-Garlic-Sauce/dp/B00RDOCEIC/ref=sr_1_1_s_it?s=grocery&ie=UTF8&qid=1516052567&sr=1-1&keywords=trader+joe%27s+organic+sriracha+and+roasted+garlic+bbq+sauce