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What can you put in tacos besides meat?
Vegan tacos are made with an array of vegetables such as sauteed zucchini, corn, squash, onions, and mushrooms. Fresh vegetables and fruit can be layered in like lettuce, avocado, nango or pineapple. Next, some protein such as black beans, pinto beans or nuts can be added. Some people like to add a plant-based meat substitute that has a taco seasoning. The tacos can be topped with cilantro, salsa and a vegan cheese like my Vegan Nacho Cheese
Another great topping on vegan tacos is my Spicy Cashew Cream Sauce
Salsa Recipes for Vegan Tacos
What is in vegan tacos?
Do you ever go through a phase where you just crave Mexican, I sure do. Loads of chips and cheese sauce can become quite unhealthy. So I try to fill my tacos with a variety of unique ingredients that are healthy and pack a punch of flavor. For my vegan tacos, I add a little something out of the ordinary, seasoned mushrooms, kale, and my favorite part, fried cashews with Mexican seasoning.
Easy Instant Pot beans
To make dinner prep easy, I used my instant pot for my black and pinto beans. I have really enjoyed using my instant pot for quick dinners and foods like dried beans which normally take a long time to cook.
Place beans, salt, and 1/2 cup chopped onion into the Instant Pot Smart with WiFi. Follow manufacturer’s directions for processing set up. Cook beans for 50 minutes and then allow pressure to come down slowly about 20 minutes.
Why eat beans?
I try to make beans the main ingredient in my tacos because as a colon cancer survivor. I realize how important it is I have beans and other legumes as part of my regular diet. In a study examining dietary patterns and disease risk at Adventist Health Study, it was found after a 6-year study that individuals consuming legumes > 2 times/week were 47% less likely of developing colon cancer when compared to individuals consuming legumes never to < 1 time/week. Also, it has been found that half a cup of cooked pinto beans a day for two months could mean a 20-point drop in our cholesterol.
What sides go with vegan tacos?
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- 1 cup pinto beans dried
- 1 cup black beans dried
- 1/2 cup onions chopped
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 4 cups vegetable broth
- 2 cups mushrooms sliced
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1/3 cup raw cashews
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 24 whole wheat soft taco shells medium size
- 1/2 cup shredded lettuce
- 1/2 cup kale chopped
- 1/3 cup yellow and green peppers chopped
- 1/3 cup d onions chopped
- 1/4 cup cilantro chopped
- 2 tablespoons taco seasoning
- Place beans, salt, and 1/2 cup chopped onion into the instant pot. Follow manufacture's directions for processing set up. Cook beans for 50minutes and then allow pressure to come down slowly about 20 minutes.
- Add 1 tablespoon olive oil to saute pan, heat to medium. Add mushrooms and saute until soft. Sprinkle with taco seasoning.
- Place 2 tablespoons of olive oil into a small saute pan, heat to medium-high heat. Add cashews and stir until light golden brown. Remove from oil and sprinkle with taco seasoning.
- Place beans into a soft taco shell. Add mushrooms, lettuce, kale, peppers, and onions. Top with cilantro and cashews then serve.
- Optional toppings: Vegan Natcho Cheese, Salsa and Spicy Cashew Cream Sauce