Who doesn't love tacos!?
They're wonderfully versatile, delicious, and easy to throw together on a Weekday night.
This recipe is inspired by one that Alex's family made for me one of the first times I met them. I took the same basic concepts from their family recipe and made it 100% Vegetarian but (in my opinion) just as delicious. I use Smart Ground Veggie Crumbles instead of ground beef and Vegetarian Refried Beans instead of the regular guys (which usually contain lard! Gasp!) You can always go ahead and make your own Refried beans if you're into that, but for the sake of laziness, I use Rosarita beans.
You can top these tacos with whatever you like best; avocado, nacho cheese sauce, jalapenos, sprouts, fritos, whatever makes you happy. I've included a list of what we usually top ours with, basic but yummy! I also use a hodpodge of random spices to get my Veggie Crumbles to taste how I like them, you can feel free to use store bought taco seasoning, just make sure you account for the size of the recipe (taco seasoning packets are usually for much larger recipes than this one.)
Alright! Let's make some tacos!
Vegetarian Double Decker Tacos
About 4 servings
1 Package Smart Ground Veggie Crumbles
1/2 Yellow Onion
1/2 Green Bell Pepper
2 Cloves Garlic
1 Can Vegetarian Refried Beans
1 Tbsp Canola Oil
Hard Taco Shells
Small Flour Tortillas
1/2 tsp Cumin
1/4 tsp Paprika
1/2 tsp Chili Powder
Salt and Pepper to taste
1/8 Cup Water
Chop your onion, bell pepper and garlic, set aside. In a medium bowl use a fork to lightly fluff your Smart Ground crumbles. At this point you can start heating your refried beans on low in a small sauce pan on a back burner.
In a large non-stick skillet heat your TBSP Canola oil. Add your onion and bell pepper and saute until just tender. Add your garlic and saute for one minute, then add in Smart Ground Crumbles and all your seasonings and hot sauce. I like to season to taste here, tossing in spices until it tastes just right. I add about a TBSP to an 1/8 cup water at the end to soften up the crumbles. (Make sure to let all the water cook off before serving, you don't want soggy crumbles!)
To assemble; lay out your soft taco, spread on a layer of refried beans, press your hard shell taco directly into the beans using them as a delicious glue to hold your shells together. Fill your hard shell with your veggie crumbles mix, top with lots of cheese and layer on as many other toppings as physically possible then Enjoy!
These are ridiculously good. Usually Alex and I end up making these on a Friday night and eating leftover tacos All Weekend! It's wonderful.
Give them a try! You won't be disappointed.
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