Homemade taco seasoning?! NOTHING. BETTER.
Taco Wednesdays are my favorite days!! Or for that matter, TACOS EVERYDAY! I am super excited to share my favorite vegetarian approved Taco filling with you, and it doesn't contain any of that "fake taco meat" alternative you may purchase at the shops. It's just made with some seasonings you probably already have, plus beans & mushrooms. Whip it up, and you have yourself the best quick meat replacement. Jazz up your simple tacos!
How's everyone's week going, and are you happy you made it to Hump Day? I know I am. I've had such a long and exhausting week already, and all I've done is go to work and cook! Is it Friday yet? I am so so SO excited for this weekend, since my sister is coming in to stay AND it's the Lower East Side pickle day on Sunday. Yes. A day of nonstop eating every type of pickle you can imagine- spicy, sweet, sour.. They have them all! You really wouldn't believe some of the flavors people can come up with, and they are just so darn delish. And on top of the millions of pickles we will be indulging in, they have other little street vendors selling treats like ice cream, cupcakes, and burgers. All your dreams on one block <3 If anyone knows Sydney and I, you know how sour pickle crazed we are (you may even get a pickle recipe in the future. It's a work in progress ;) ).
So, now back to this taco filler. Normally when I'm researching recipes and I find a tex-mex sort of dish, it usually calls for a packet of taco seasoning. But like, what is taco seasoning anyway? Is it just a ton of salt and spices throw into a pouch? Can't I just make it myself with what I have on hand? WELL, now you can avoid the research I've done in the past, and just follow this! It literally has the same flavoring as one of those take-out (meat or no meat) Tacos you've had, and involves nothing funky. Allllll natural and delicious! The way I liiiiiiike it. And to be totally serious with ya, Ryan ate 6 tacos when I made this. SIX!!
Hope you'll enjoy this dish, and get creative! You really can't mess this up. If you're feeling daring, switch up the beans with another type- maybe some lentils. And throw in more veggies. OR, use this sauce when cooking your favorite meat or fish. The possibilities are ENDLESS, and this taco sauce is SO versatile. If I thought I mastered the perfect taco (or burrito) in the past, they aint got nothin' on this filler. A special thanks to one of my all time fav blogs, Nourish Atelier (check her page out!) for introducing me to this original recipe, that I adjusted juuust a bit. ANYWAYS, thanks for reading lovelies!
| Vegan• Gluten Free |
I N G R E D I E N T S:
- 1 (15 oz.) can of Navy beans (or any beans you prefer!)
- Small handful of Mushrooms, diced small (optional)
- 1 Tbs of Olive oil - to sauté
- 2 Tbs of Soy Sauce
- 1 Tbs of Dried Oregano
- 1 Tbs of Paprika
- 1 tsp of Pure maple syrup
- 1/2 tsp of black pepper
- 1/2 tsp of sea salt
- 2 Tbs of Chili sauce (I used sambal oelek)
- 2 cloves of garlic, minced/crushed
- Juice from half a lime
- 1 Tbs of water (if not cooking with mushrooms)
PREPARE: In a small dish, combine the sauce ingredients- whisk well. Dice up your mushrooms and set aside separately.
TACO LOVE: In a large frying pan over medium heat, add the olive oil. Once hot, add your mushrooms and sauté for just under 5 minutes, or until they get pretty wilt-y. Then, pour in your sauce and reduce heat to medium low. Cook while stirring very frequently for another minute or so. Last, toss in your beans and cook until heated through, while tossing with a spatula. I cook the beans for about 3 minutes, so they get coated nicely & the flavor absorbs. Serve with your favorite taco sides and VIOLA! The perfect taco filling.
*Notes: For Taco ideas, check out my Shrimp Taco recipe. My creamy homemade taco sauce is a MUST, if not vegan!
If you aren't cooking with mushrooms, start by heating a splash of oil over medium heat. Once hot, add in your sauce and cook (still on medium) for a minute, or until bubbling around the edges. Then, add in your beans and cook for another few minutes until heated through and coated. MMMM!