I made this easy taco filling on a whim one night when I had a bad hankering for tacos. I didn’t have canned beans or tofu and I was so desperate for a taco that I kept searching my pantry hoping something taco-ish would appear. Luckily, I had a jar of TVP sitting way in the back. I bought it months ago hoping I’d figure out something yummy to make with it and completely forgot about it. Turns out TVP is great for a taco filling.
If you don’t know what TVP (textured vegetable protein) is, it’s a processed soy product. It comes dry and needs to be re-hydrated. Much like tofu, it is flavorless and takes on the flavor of whatever you season it with. It’s got more chew that tofu does and because it’s a pantry item, it can last a long time. It’s great to keep around for taco emergencies. 😉
Easy TVP Taco Meat
- ½ small onion, diced
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tsp oil
- 2 cups vegetable broth
- 3 tbsp taco seasoning (homemade or store-bought)
- 1 tsp chipotle pepper powder (can sub smoked paprika)
- 1 tbsp nutritional yeast (optional)
- 1 cup dry TVP
- warm tortillas
- refried beans
- shredded lettuce
- shredded cheese
- sour cream
- Saute the onion and garlic with the oil over medium heat until the onions become translucent.
- Add the vegetable broth, and seasonings, bring to a low boil.
- Stir in the TVP and reduce the heat to low.
- Once the TVP absorbs the majority of the liquid, remove from heat. It should be moist but not watery.
- Serve with warmed tortillas, refried beans, and salsa.