Two Ingredient Unprocessed Taco 'Meat'
Ever heard of Tempeh? Shockingly you probably have it in your local grocery no matter where you live. Or at least I assume because it's for sale at my local Food Lion, a place I would hardly classify as progressive. Sorry Food Lion.
Tempeh is usually fermented soy, though can be made from other leagues and grains. Fermented you say? Sounds sexy... for your gut. This fermented product originated in Indonesia and comes in a patty/cake form that is pretty solid. At first you might be thinking it's an unattractive lump, and you would be right. But given the correct prep, it's protein, fiber, prebiotic qualities (that the stuff that makes room for probiotics and helps digestion and absorption of vitamins and mineral), and relatively high calcium content, can all come a delicious package.
Below I will outline, with a copious amount of pictures, how to make the easiest vegan taco meat that is NOT processed.
Step1: Get a pan medium hot with a little oil in it. Seductively hold part of your tempeh block over heating pan and sing it your favorite jam. I went with Pony by Genuine.
Step 2: Crumble that baby up. It can be a bit tough at parts and I held more than I should have at a time. Just take bits of it... No rush, cooking should be relaxing.
Step 3: Pan toast it for a little. Push it around. Keep singing. Don't let it burn but let it get some color. Like it got a good base tan.
Step 4: Add about 1/2 cup water and stir. Add a little more water and taco seasonings. This helps open up the tempeh so it can absorb the seasonings. It doesn't have grease like meat so you gots to help it along.
Step 5: So I needed to keep adding a little more water (about a quarter cup at a time) just to make sure it all got happy together. I used my own homemade taco seasoning (let me know if you want the recipe) but you could also easily get a packet of store bought. Just watch out for weird ass hidden ingredients you can't pronounce.
In the end I had a little over 2 cups of taco meat to use. The whole package of tempeh was 480 calories. Add in calories for the seasoning and you're talking about 125 calories and 4.5 grams of fat for a half cup. Not bad at all.
Look at the consistency of that lighting. Fucking professional. J/k. That was very sarcastic and I swear I can't take identical shots or edit things the same to save my life. Oh well.
Bottom line: If you're in the market for a vegan taco meat alternative, don't want to buy ridiculously processed things from the freezer section, and/or want to try something new, give tempeh a try! It's so easy to use and works great in anything you want. I had this salad for lunch and then put my tempeh taco meat in actual tacos for dinner.