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Love Meat Tacos? You'll Love These Four Vegan Taco Fillings, Too

Virginia Caballero

Ask any nutritionist and they'll tell you that there are a million and one reasons to try to cut a little bit of meat out of your diet, especially red meat. Even if you're an avid carnivore, there's no harm in branching out a bit when it comes to your dinners, and tacos offer an easy way to experiment with just about any type of meats, veggies, and cheeses in an endless number of combinations. If you've been curious about trying some vegan food options for any of the plethora of reasons to do so, here are four vegan taco fillings that are sure to please any carnivore.  

Refried Beans

Refried beans are a classic taco filling, but often only as a filler, with a meat like beef or pork serving as the main attraction. This is the best option for those looking to lighten up their meal without delving too deep into a more adventurous meat alternative right away. An added bonus of getting beans instead of meat in your taco is that any of the usual notorious taco droppings make great nacho fare. 


Tempeh is the perfect meat substitute for those first looking to wet their feet in the world of tofu and its derivatives. Tempeh's light, flaky consistency makes it a perfect fish substitute, and pairs excellently with the same types of toppings that a whitefish taco would normally contain. Loading up a taco shell with a healthy helping of tempeh, avocado, and some sriracha aioli is a winning combination on any plate. 


Seitan is another close cousin of tofu that is often flavored and textured like pork, which makes it an obvious pick for a taco filling. If you tend to be more adventurous with your tacos, a barbecue seitan taco is the way to go. If you do choose to go this route, however, it's very important to make sure nobody in your party has a gluten allergy, since seitan at its core is essentially cooked wheat gluten. 


Unlike tempeh and seitan, sofritas is really its own animal, meant to stand alone rather than act as a meat substitute. Sofritas usually resembles ground beef, but with a good amount more spice to it than your typical spice packet from the supermarket. Often seasoned with roasted poblanos and other types of peppers, sofritas can pack a serious flavor punch if they're prepared properly. 

For further assistance, contact a local restaurant, such as El Dorado Mexican Restaurant.


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Finding the problems inside your restaurant isn't always easy, especially if you are close to your employees. However, a few years ago I could tell that things weren't going well, and that I needed to do more to improve food quality. I started carefully evaluating every aspect of my restaurant, and before I knew it, I found little changes that made a big difference. This blog is all about making your restaurant a little bit better--one change at a time. You never know, the changed you make today might become the profits that you will make tomorrow. Check out the rest of this blog to learn more.