I’ve perfected vegan taco meat! Seriously, if you’ve gone vegan but have a craving for beefy tacos, then this recipe is for you!
I grew up in Texas. Which means I ate my fair share of Tex-mex. So, when I went vegan, I had to make sure my taco cravings were covered.
Taco meat is something I haven’t had in years. Especially, proper taco meat. Because, before I went vegan I was living in NYC and they simply don’t have the kind of Mexican food I’m used to.
So, when I found Next Level Hack and created my vegan taco meat recipe with it, I was thrilled. It’s a perfect substitute, especially considering no one was hurt to make it.
Next Level Hack – The Perfect Vegan Taco Meat Base
I’ve been making this recipe with tofu, but recently discovered a mince meat product that a German grocery chain, makes. It’s taken my tacos to the next level. Funny enough, the product is called Next Level Hack and it’s available at Lidl stores.
This product is scarily similar to ground beef, or mince as they call it here in Europe. It’s made from vegetables, pea protein, soy protein, and wheat protein. It looks very much like miced meat with a slightly more pale color. The texture of the raw mince is more firm that the “real” deal, but once cooked it’s very convincing…as far as I can remember anyway.
Plus, as an added bonus the package is 100% recyclable and climate neutral.
It’s perfect for tacos, burritos, enchiladas, beefy quesadillas, nachos and any other Mexican concoction you can imagine.
Everyone Loves This Vegan Taco Meat
I recently brought this taco meat to a garden party for a friend’s birthday celebration. Three vegans…four non-vegans. As is typical, the non-vegans wanted to sample the vegan meat. Luckily, they were polite enough to wait until we had finished eating our fill.
The verdict? Vegans and omnivores alike gave this mixture two thumbs up!
Vegan Taco Meat – Substitute the Mince
Now, while I love this new discovery I do also love making this recipe with firm tofu. It’s actually how I’ve been making it for around a year now and it’s a staple in my weekly dinner rotation. In fact, it’s probably my boyfriend’s favorite dish I make.
So, if you can’t get your hands on Lidl’s Next Level Hack or some other form of vegan minced meat you can absolutely use extra firm tofu or even tempeh and still have a delicious vegan taco meat.
Is This Recipe Really Fast?
But don’t worry! Just because these tacos are incredible, doesn’t mean they take forever to make. You can have tasty vegan taco meat in under 30 minutes! Just watch the above video and you can see for yourself.
Seriously…it’s that fast!
So, without further ado…here’s is my Vegan Taco Meat Recipe!
Vegan Taco Meat – Quick and Easy Recipe with Lidl Vegan Hack
Vegan Taco Meat
- Large skillet or saute pan
- Large Wooden Spoon
- Cutting Board
- Measuring spoons
- Measuring Cup
- 275 grams Lidl Next Level Hack Vegan Meat Can use any vegan minced meat or extra firm tofu
- 1 Onion
- 1 Red, Yellow, or Orange Bell Pepper
- 2-3 Garlic Cloves
- 3 Tablespoons Mexican Chili Powder
- 1/2 Tablespoon Smokey Paprika preferably Spanish but any will do
- 1/2 Tablespoon Nutritional Yeast
- 1/2 teaspoon Cumin
- 1/2 Tablespoon Oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon Garlic Powder
- Salt & Pepper to taste
- 1-1.5 Cups Water
- 1-2 Tablespoons Canola Oil
- Peel and chop onion into small dice.Cut in half, core, de-seed, and chop bell pepper into small dice.Smash, peel, and chop garlic cloves into small dice.
- Heat a large skillet on medium high heat until hot and add 1-2 tablespoons of canola, rapeseed, or any neutral flavored oil that has a high smoke point to the pan and heat.
- Once the oil is hot (but not smoking) add the vegetables. Stir, add a few pinches of salt.Cover and cook on low for about 5 minutes or until the onions are translucent.
- Remove lid, stir, and push vegetables to one side.Crumble vegan mince meat into the pan. Break into small pieces with a fork.Season with a pinch or two of salt and a few turns of pepper. Stir.Add the lid and cook for about five minutes just until the mince begins to brown.
- Remove the lid and stir.Add all of the dry spices, and a pinch of salt and pepper, and stir the mixture.Add water and scrape any bits that are stuck to the bottom of the pan.Cover and cook on medium low heat with the lid on for 3-4 minutes.
- Remove the lid and cook at a slow boil until most of the liquid has evaporated. You may need to turn the heat down to low depending on how strong your stovetop is.
Vegan Breakfast Burritos!
If you’re looking for a vegan breakfast taco recipe…I have you covered there too. Click here for the recipe.