California ‘carne asada’ tacos 

what the seitan looks like after its done being cooked in broth.^

what it looks like after being sauteed for a couple minutes.

Add your toppings, guacamole, french fries, cilantro and salsa!

No one will know its vegan, hehe.

Mitchell and I ran a vegan Mexican food truck in downtown Phoenix, Arizona called “Mamacita” and these California style vegan carne asada tacos were everyone’s favorite! During the Arizona vegetarian festival we had people wait up to two hours just for the tacos. We were so slammed, ahhh it was so much fun!

At first I was scared to make seitan, nothing to do with the name, haha but it just seemed so intimidating and hard.  The first time I tried making seitan I glanced at a recipe for inspiration and went to the store determined to make it. I purchased whole wheat flour thinking it was the same as VITAL wheat gluten. Oh my gosh, I basically made really nasty bread and Mitchell being so sweet was like “it kind of taste like meat”. Finally, I look it up again and watch a couple youtube videos and realized I have the wrong ingredient. So embarrassing!

But trust me, its not hard at all! And you only use a little bit at a time so it lasts forever. I love topping the ‘carne asada’ tacos with guacamole  and french fries, California style. its so yummy. I hope everyone has an awesome weekend! Cheers!

California ‘carne asada’ tacos 

Ingredients

  • Broth:
  • 6 cups of water
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp hoisin sauce
  • 2 garlic cloves crushed
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 tbsp of thyme
  • 1/2 onion
  • 1/2 tbsp liquid smoke
  • Flour:
  • 2 cups of vital wheat gluten
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 1 tbsp garlic salt

Instructions

  1. In a pot, combine the six cups of water with the soy sauce, hoisin sauce, garlic cloves, bay leaves, thyme, the onion and the liquid smoke.
  2. Bring to a boil.
  3. While the water heats up mix in a large bowl the flour, cumin, and garlic salt.
  4. Slowly start adding one cup of water and stir into a sponge-like dough.
  5. (this should not be excessively wet)
  6. knead for a couple minutes.
  7. Cut the dough into chunks and place into the boiling broth,
  8. Cook in broth for about an hour in medium heat.
  9. Once its cooked, cut it into even smaller pieces (resembling carne asade)
  10. in medium high heat, heat up a skillet with 2 tbsp of olive oil and saute until crispy.
  11. Serve in a corn tortilla with toppings
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  1. I made these today, and was really surprised by both how good and how easy they were! The broth you cook the seitan in has such a good flavor. Mine didn’t look as nice as yours did, as mine ended up looking more like small cubes. I also threw in some fajita seasoning as I was stir frying it. Anyway, I really liked it and thank you so much for sharing your recipe. While I’m vegetarian, and not vegan, I think these are the best tacos I’ve had since giving up meat. Thanks again!

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