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Vegan Tacos contains a great balance of quick and easy eats for the beginner, and more involved, advanced recipes for the seasoned vet. It also boasts a selection of salsas and toppings ranging from mild guajillo chilli based recipes to smoky chipotle and habanero infused ones. There are breakfast and dessert tacos, side dishes, cocktails, and even a guide on how to host your own taco party.
The book also acts as a love letter from a chef to his muse. Wyrick waxes poetic about the first time he experienced a freshly cooked corn tortilla, and he delves deep into the history of how tacos came into the world and how they evolved over the centuries. Not to mention some unbelieveable lore from his own family’s history. I will be spending a lot of time with this book, and I think you will too. I've already made the Tacos de Nopales, the Tacos with Yuca and Chimichurri, and the Tacos Vampiros. All were phenomenal! You can see my pics in the slideshow below.
Keep up with all of chef Jason’s endeavors, like his delivery service, catering, and vegan tours of Italy at thevegantaste.com.
tacos vampiros (a.k.a. vampire tacos)
Makes 8 Tacos
Heat Level: 5
From Vegan Tacos by Jason Wyrick. ©2014 Jason Wyrick. Used by permission from Vegan Heritage Press.
The Filling (choose either the beans or seitan strips)
2 cups cooked, rinsed pinto beans or 2 cups seitan strips
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups your favorite white melting vegan cheese
2 serrano chiles, sliced very thin
8 (5 to 6-inch) corn tortillas
Minced white onion
Your favorite tomato salsa
Guacamole or chopped avocado
Light your grill. Toss the beans or seitan strips with the oil and salt and transfer to a well-oiled grill pan. Place the grill pan on the grill and slowly stir while they grill until blackened. This should only take a few minutes. Remove from the grill and set aside.
Place the tortillas on the grill. When the edges start to curl from the heat, sprinkle the cheese on the tortillas, leaving a rim around the edge. When the tortillas are hard and crunchy, remove them from the grill. Top the tortillas with the beans or seitan strips, followed by the onion, cilantro, salsa, and guacamole.
Make In The Oven:
Dress your beans or seitan the same way, but place them in a baking dish and leave them uncovered. Roast them at 400°F for 15 minutes, opening the oven to stir them every 5 minutes. While they are baking, place your tortillas in the oven on the lower rack. When they begin to curl, slide the lower rack out, dress them with the cheese, and return them to the oven. Once the cheese melts, remove them from the oven and set them aside. Dress them just as you would above.
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