Vegan Taco Bell Style Tacos

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Taco Bell is actually one of my favorite foods, but doesn’t make me feel the best after eating it. Making Taco Bell vegan may seen crazy at first, but actually is super easy. Before I explain how I made these awesome tacos let’s discuss what’s vegan at Taco Bell. The company actually made a guide showing how many meat-free options you can buy. So if you want to make your meal vegan you’d have to sub meat for beans, no sour cream or cheese and add potatoes and guac if you want. While that sounds great I still like the taste of meat & cheese so I decided to make Taco Bell at home with dairy free cheese, cashew sour cream and meat-less taco crumble. The results were alarmingly similar to Taco Bell, but minus the post eating food coma. This recipe is based on what I like on my tacos, but feel free to use this as a base recipe and add whatever you like. Lettuce begin! (Forgot to get lettuce for this recipe whoops)

First thing to make: Cashew Sour Cream. Ok this recipe is not mine! I got it from an awesome vegan food blog called Hot for Food. They make so many great recipes including this sour cream! First step is to soak 1 cup of cashews for at least 4 hours. If you forget or don’t have time you can soak them for 30 minutes in boiling water. This will get them nice and soft so it can easily be turned into cashew sour cream.

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Then in a blender add your drained cashews and the remaining ingredients and blend until smooth. So easy & so tasty.

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Next step is to cook our “meat”. In a pan add a little olive oil, your crumbles and spices.

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Now you just stir and cook for 5-10 minutes. So simple! And no need to worry about undercooked meat since it’s all plant based ?

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After your crumbles are cooked, mash your avocado, toast your taco shells and heat up your beans. All that’s left to do is assemble the tacos and eat! These are seriously so tasty and tastes so similar to Taco Bell. Must be the fake meat and fake cheese ?

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And here’s the nutrition for one taco: (Also this is probably comparable to 2 Taco Bell tacos since theirs are so small)

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Vegan Taco Bell Style Tacos

From: Christopher Michel
Prep Time: 4 Hours 10 Mins Cooking Time: 10 Mins Total Time: 4 Hours 20 Mins

Ingredients:

  • ½ Package or 5.5 oz Beyond Beef Crumble
  • 5 Taco Shells
  • ½ Package or 4 oz Vegan Cheddar Shreds
  • ½ Avocado
  • ½ Can Black Beans

Cashew Sour Cream:

  • 1 C Cashews
  • ½ C Plant Milk or Water
  • 2 tbsp Lemon Juice
  • ½ tsp Apple Cider Vinegar
  • ½ tsp Onion Powder
  • ½ tsp Garlic Powder
  • ¼ tsp Sea Salt

Taco Seasoning:

  • ½ tbsp Chili Powder
  • ¼ tsp Onion Powder
  • ¼ tsp Garlic Powder
  • ¼ tsp Red Pepper Flakes
  • ¼ tsp Dried Oregano
  • 1 tsp Ground Cumin
  • 1 tsp Sea Salt

Directions:

  1. Soak cashews for at least 4 hours.
  2. Blend drained cashews with remaining sour cream ingredients.
  3. Add olive oil to a pan and cook “beef” crumble on medium with spices for 5-10 minutes.
  4. Mash avocado, heat up black beans and assemble your taco.

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