Saturday, November 14, 2009

beer braised carnitas tacos

I busted out a quick and delicious dish tonight utilizing soy curls and an amazing method for braising them to create a rich and delicious sauce. I think this is probably the best thing I have ever stuffed inside a warm corn tortilla. You could substitute seitan or tofu for the soy curls but these offer the best texture for a vegan carnitas.

Vegan Carnitas Tacos

1 cup dried soycurls, or about 2 cups sliced seitan
1 cup water
a bottle of Founders Dirty Bastard Scotch Ale
1 medium onion
2 cloves garlic
1 tbsp liquid smoke
2 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp cumin
2 tbsp ketchup
2 tbsp chipotle puree
2 tbsp maple syrup 
1 tbsp oregano
1 tsp salt
1 tsp black pepper

diced cooked sweet potato 
shredded lettuce
shredded vegan Monterrey jack cheese
pico de gallo salsa
vegan sour cream 
corn tortillas

Start out by getting your soy curls hydrated. Then get a pan on medium high heat with a touch of oil and toss your onions in. After a bit add your garlic and toss in the soy curls. When everything starts to get brown add your beer and all the rest of the ingredients. Let braise over medium high heat for about 15 minutes until most of the liquid gets absorbed. Stuff your corn tortillas with a bit of the carnitas, a bit of sweet potato, cheese, lettuce, sour cream and pico de gallo. Enjoy!


  1. that sounds great! I love tacos and soy curls!

  2. Soy curls? Never heard of them. This looks delicious though.

    Ummm...what's with the scotch ale? must go well with the tacos, eh?