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Super Simple Suppers — Seitan Tacos

Welcome to Loving Simple Living!  In our simple minimalist kitchen we cook up vegan recipes. Vegan eating is better for the environment and the health. Not sure you want to become fully vegan?  How about trying to substitute a few meals for vegan alternatives, or do a few days a week with no animal products.  There are lots of great recipe ideas.  Love taco’s.  It is possible to do this vegan recipe with beans, but I much prefer it with seitan.

What you need:

  • Corn taco shells
  • 2-3 tbsp canola or med-high heat oil
  • 3-4 cups of ground seitan – depending on how much you want to cook
  • optional spices
  • Lettuse or spinach
  • Olives, other veggies – avocados are great for a cream rich flavor and healthy fat to substitute for dairy.
  • Salsa
  • anything else you want to throw on

Heat oil in pan to medium or medium high heat.  Add ground seitan and fry until brown.  I love adding a bit of garlic, cayenne, and dried cilantro to my seitan.  Stack as shown in picture.  Enjoy 🙂

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  1. Yum! We love tacos here too! Although we use beans and rice. I have never tried seitan before. What is it like texture wise? And taste?

    • hum, the texture is tougher. I really haven’t had much meat, but the texture is closer to meat than the beans. Beans just mush and the seitan has a much chewier texture. By itself it doesn’t have much taste. Flour, water, and onion basically but it doesn’t have an onion taste. With taco’s it goes good with a chili powder. I season it very similar to how I would season beans for the same dish. I love beans in the soft shell burritos, but really like the fried seitan in the corn shells. It is also good on pizza.

  2. I just looked up seitan; I actually know what this is! Well, not by its official name I guess – more for the oriental food. Is there a way to find wheat gluten at a local store or is it only found online or via mail order?

    • hum, I get mine from the bulk bin at Whole Foods. I would ask at a health section of a full grocery store. I don’t think it is too much of a specialty item. Online or mail order usually ends up cheaper if you are going to use a bunch of it, but you should be able to find it locally to try out.

    • You can make seitan at home. It really isn’t hard to separate the gluten from the wheat flour. google how to do it. I haven’t done it in a while. But I remember just running water over flour in a strainer.

  3. Tacos are a good throw-together meal when you want dinner on the table quickly. And, I love them too. I have had seitan, but never in tacos—something new for me to try. Thanks! -heather

    • good in strips too for fajitas. That is what we are having tonight 🙂

  4. Hey Lorilee, I just discovered your website and think it’s freakin’ awesome! I found you in the comments over at I’m new to this minimalism stuff but my wife and I are slowly implementing some new healthy habits. Keep up the good work and I’ll see you around the ether.

    • Yay! Welcome. Glad to meet you 🙂

  5. I was hoping you would share this recipe. It is really different for most people.

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