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Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Eureka! Found The Promised Land.

Tiffany and I have always had an overly zealous love for tacos.  Like Monty Python's quest for the holy grail, we have forever been seeking a recipe that closely emulates our favorite Mexican restaurant's ground beef taco filling.  We found it tonight!!!

I found the following TVP Taco Filling on SparkPeople.
  • 1 cup TVP (textured vegetable protein)
  • 1 cup water or broth
  • 1 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 2 Tbsp ketchup
  1. Bring the water to a boil.  Add TVP and simmer on low until water has been absorbed.
  2. Add the taco seasoning.  Mix well.
Note:  We chose to use fresh Penzeys spices and Tabasco's Spicy ketchup.

Tiffany laid out some flour tortilla shells, added some TVP taco filling, brown rice, black bean, and goat cheese.  She microwaved the soft tacos before topping with fresh lettuce, fresh homemade salsa, and jalapeno slices.  Add some habanero hot sauce and you've got yourself a truly wonderful meal!

The reason that I am so excited to share this with you is because we've tried a lot of taco filling recipes, before and after becoming vegetarians.  I've just never found one that gives me that wonderful taste that we've been looking for.  This recipe has both the flavors and finely ground texture that I demand.

Do you have a better taco filling recipe?  Don't sit there smugly grinning at your screen.  Share it!  And... Don't worry if it's a non-vegetarian recipe because I can adapt it.

Hi-dee hi-dee ho amigos!


  1. Good taco fillings are a beautiful thing! I grew up having chilli con carne in tacos so now I eat chilli non carne in tacos (with all the trimmings) but I think a version with lager and cocoa is my favourite - you can see some at

    I also highly recommend you try these Vegetarian Sausage Rolls - they are fantasticly meaty and great for entertaining

  2. I LOVE Spark People recipes! I find such good ideas there!