Easy TVP Taco Meat

A taco filling made from TVP (textured vegetable protein). Easy and quick to make for when you’re in desperate need of a taco!

Easy TVP Taco Meat

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 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 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

Easy TVP Taco Meat
Easy TVP Taco Meat

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A taco filling made from TVP (textured vegetable protein). Easy and quick to make for when you’re in desperate need of a taco!
Author: Ness
Recipe type: Main
Serves: 4 servings

Ingredients
  • ½ small onion, diced
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp oil
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 3 tbsp taco seasoning, homemade or store bought
  • 1 tsp chipotle pepper powder (optional, or sub. smoked paprika)
  • 1 tbsp nutritional yeast (optional)
  • 1 cup dry TVP
Optional ingredients:
  • warm tortillas
  • refried beans
  • shredded lettuce
  • salsa
  • vegan cheese
  • vegan sour cream
Instructions
  1. Saute the onion and garlic with the oil over medium heat until the onions become translucent
  2. Add the vegetable broth, and seasonings, bring to a low boil
  3. Stir in the TVP and reduce the heat to low
  4. Once the TVP absorbs the majority of the liquid, remove from heat. It should be moist but not watery.
  5. Serve with warmed tortillas, refried beans, and salsa.
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