Soy Curl Vegan Street Tacos de Carnitas!
The Soy Curls:
We’ve talked about them a few times already but for those new to this magical ingredient they are simply made from whole non-gmo soybeans, a minimally processed ingredient with meaty texture. Stock your pantry kids, because soy curls have a long shelf life and they absorb any flavor, sauces, marinades you wanna trow them in.
Also in case of armageddon It would probably be my go to survivalist ingredient. In case you missed the potato soy curl stew I recently posted, you should totally go make that as well.
How to Make Vegan Street Tacos de Carnitas:
- Soak the soy curls.
- Sautee onion and garlic.
- Simmer the soy curls in a classic orange sauce seasoned with Latin spices.
- Serve inside mini vegan corn tortillas topped with fresh salsa, chimichurri, mango avocado sauce, chunky guacamole, or this creamy garlic aioli.
These Vegan Street Tacos Are:
- Crazy delicious
- Very filling
- Protein loaded
- Easy to prepare
- Gluten free
- Extra meaty.
Soy Curl Vegan Street Tacos de Carnitas
- 8 oz soy curls
- 1/2 yellow onion diced
- 4 cloves garlic minced
- 1 tbsp oregano
- 1 tbsp onion powder
- 1 tsp chili powder or to taste
- 1/2 tsp ground cumin
- 1 tsp ground coriander
- 2 cups orange juice
- 1 lime juiced
- 1 cup vegetable stock low sodium
- 2-3 tbsp maple or date syrup optional
- 1 lime cut into wedges for serving
- 6 cups hot water
Fresh Tomato Salsa
- 1 lb heirloom tomatoes
- 1 small red onion or 2 scallions
- 1 lime juiced
- 1/3 cup fresh cilantro
- 1 habanero or chili peppers to taste
- salt & pepper to taste
- Place the soy curls in a large bowl and cover with the hot water. Allow to soak for 30 minutes. Drain well and use your hands to squeeze out the excess water. At this point you can shred the soy curls into thinner strips if you prefer.
- Meanwhile preheat a large skillet over medium high heat and sautee the onion with a pinch of salt in a splash of veggie stock or water until translucent. Add more liquid if needed. Stir in the garlic and cook just until fragrant.
- Add the soy curls to the pan together with all the spices, orange and lime juice plus the vegetable stock. Bring to a simmer, cover with a lid and cook for 30 to 45 minutes until the soy curls are tender to your liking. Adjust seasoning with sea salt.
- To this point the recipe is Plantricious and WFPB compliant and can be served inside street style corn tortillas topped with fresh salsa. You can warm up the tortillas on direct flame taking care not to burn them or on a hot cast iron pan.
- OPTIONAL: To make the carnitas more indulgent you can transfer them to a broiler proof roasting tray, spray with olive oil and drizzle with the maple syrup. Broil for a few minutes until caramelized at the edges taking care not to burn them.
Make the Tomato Salsa:
- Dice the tomatoes and onion into small cubes and transfer to a bowl. Chop the cilantro and chili pepper and add them on top of the tomatoes. Add the lime juice and toss to combine. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Add more lime if desired at this point and spoon over the tacos.