Time for a Random Recipe: Fake Soft Tacos

Love juicy tacos, but don’t need all that drippy beef grease congealing in your arteries?

Well, I’ve got a delish dish for you: Fake Soft Tacos. As a former meat-eater, I PROMISE you this stuff is edible, if not downright addictive.


– One package ground soy (goes by many names but looks similar to cooked ground beef, but it’s in the tofu area, which is usually near the produce/veggies/salad mixes).
– Shredded cheddar cheese (can easily go soy here too, but we use the real thing)
– 1 package taco seasoning (try to find one that doesn’t contain beef fat)
– 1 medium ripe tomato, de-seeded and diced
– 1/4 of onion, diced
– Lettuce, chopped (not iceberg if you can avoid it. Green lettuce works well, has more vitamins and flavor)
– Salsa
– Some olive oil and water
– Small or medium flour tortillas
– optional: one small jalepeno, diced (throw away seeds if you’re spice-averse)

Directions: Chop all ingredients first. Heat medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add olive oil, and saute some of the onions and jalepenos until tender (that’s optional.) Add fake meat to pan, about 2 tblspoons of water, and 3/4 of taco seasoning packet. Stir well and often, adding more water if fake meat gets dry (but don’t add too much water b/c it’s better on the slightly dry side). It will only take about 8 minutes to get nice and hot. While this is cooking, heat up another skillet to medium heat, and spray with Pam or add olive oil. Place flour tortilla on pan, let heat up (check it to make sure it’s not burning) & flip when crisped to your taste. Repeat for all tortillas.

When meat and tortillas are ready, load a few spoonfuls of meat into taco, add tomatoes, onions, lettuce and cheese and roll up. Serve warm and enjoy, topping with salsa, if desired.

4 thoughts on “Time for a Random Recipe: Fake Soft Tacos

  1. Dora says:

    Brendan made these for us once and I can tell you as a meat eater that you simply cannot tell the difference. In fact I made them myself a while ago and used meat…and it really wasn’t as good — too heavy.

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