I love tacos. I think I can pin it to having been born & raised in Los Angeles where taco trucks are a dime a dozen. It’s just too easy; I can eat tacos just about whenever I want – they are slinging them from every other street corner.
I set out to figure out how to replicate, while camping, what I love about tacos: that they are fast, cheap, and flavorful. These, of course, could be made with all sorts of different meat – asada, ground beef, carnitas – but those options take more time to cook and require a cooler, which we did not have on a recent 10 day road trip. So, instead, these use TVP (textured vegetable protein), which has a similar texture to ground beef.
TVP is made from soy flour, which makes it a complete protein, is fat-free, and is inexpensive. It’s also quick cooking and easily takes on whatever flavor you add to it – in this case, taco seasoning! It’s worth noting that since it’s relatively flavorless on its own, your final dish will only be as good as the seasoning you use, so choose wisely. You can find TVP at well-stocked grocery stores, in bulk at natural food stores (like Whole Foods), or online.
1/2 tablespoon dried minced onions or 1 teaspoon onion powder
1 cup TVP ((textured vegetable protein))
1 can black beans (drained)
salt to taste
6 corn tortillas
Toppings: (avocado, cilantro, salsa, limes, red onion, etc., all optional)
Bring the water, taco seasoning, and onion to a boil. Add the TVP and reduce heat to low. Allow the TVP to absorb the liquid, and then add the drained black beans. Cover and cook on low heat, stirring often, until the tortillas are ready – be mindful to not let the filling scorch on the bottom of the pot. Check for seasoning – add salt if needed (taco seasonings all have different salt contents so use your judgement on how much to add).
Heat up the tortillas either in a pan with some oil, or on a grill if you have one available.
Remove the filling from the heat and build your tacos using whichever toppings you have on hand.
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