View Full Version : the de-evolution of the taco meat
02-28-2010, 12:25 PM
so - first time out - I did the soaked walnut and soaked sun-dried tomatoes
it was a big success with me and the kids too:)
Next time - I didn't have any walnuts, tried the sunflower seed sub and that was ok too.
Did that a few times and then I was out of sun-dried tomatoes.
So I did it with just sunflower seeds and spices, and it was still pretty ok - and super easy, and now ya think about it - really pretty cheap!
First I did romaine boats with the taco meat, with salsa and guacomole, then tried it in boston lettuce leaves - those folded nicely like tacos. Finally - I'm down to doing it in collard wraps.
And they're all good!
This is my quickest easiest meal - cuz I pick up some guacamole and salsa at the local deli. So if I'm desperate, hungry, yeah - it's easy.:p
02-28-2010, 12:34 PM
So, give us your spices/recipe, if you would, please.
We do a thing in our house called "Homeway" LOL, kind of like Subway, where the kids can make their own boats/tacos.....They're not big on nuts, but I'd like to give some "taco meat" a try.
02-28-2010, 05:35 PM
2 cups sunflower seeds
1 T taco seasoning
1 T cumin
1 t sea salt.
approx here - I'm not a measurer.
whirr up in the fp, I like it not too pureed though.
02-28-2010, 09:11 PM
I see no sun-dried tomatoes.
03-01-2010, 10:22 AM
Katch - that's the whole point!!!
I ran out and it is still good!!
03-01-2010, 01:03 PM
Thanks. And were your sunflowers/walnuts still wet from soaking? Or did you dry them first?
And what's in taco seasoning?
03-01-2010, 01:55 PM
The walnuts were soaked, and I've done the sunflowers both soaked and unsoaked, no difference.
Oh yeah - sufficient water to blend.:o
I bought the taco seasoning from frontier organics. Not sure what's in it.
03-01-2010, 05:27 PM
Sorry...I'm not understanding. Were the nuts/seeds still wet from soaking? Or do you dehydrate them after soaking so they're dry, then just add a tiny bit of water to blend?
03-01-2010, 07:19 PM
I normally soak the walnuts & leave them wet when I put them in the food processor - much quicker than soaking, dehydrating - then adding water.
Hope that helps :)
03-02-2010, 02:03 AM
Thanks! I was hopint they would not be too wet if done that way because it seems easier/saves a step.
03-02-2010, 11:56 AM
even after soaking - a bit of water helps blend them to a nice consistency.
03-04-2010, 10:37 AM
Tonight - I'll be trying with soaked almonds and fresh tomato!
Wish me luck! I got the craving!!!
03-05-2010, 02:20 AM
T-Bird, let us know how it turns out. I wonder if dried tomatoes wouldn't give it a much "richer" flavor?
03-05-2010, 11:53 AM
I made this and our whole family loved it. It was 3 c walnuts, not soaked, 1t cumin, 1t ground coriander, and 1/3 c braggs. It was really good!
03-06-2010, 02:52 PM
That's it? no chopped celery, tomatoes, onions, nothing? and it was good plain like that?
Oh, I'm so going to try it. Sounds so simple.
Thanks for your simple recipe!
03-06-2010, 02:59 PM
I made this up yesterday - walnuts, seasonings, no sun-dried tomatoes tho.. and it was sooo good. I had it on celery. This morning I ate some of the leftovers for breakfast. YUM. Seriously. I had that on romaine leaves (which are quickly becoming staples for me) and it was incredibly good. I did add a clove of garlic and such, basically whatever seasonings I know I like with taco stuff.
03-07-2010, 08:24 AM
The almonds were fine, but I think for overall flavor and economy - sunflower seeds will be the staple, walnuts for something special.
I used plum tomatoes, not sure if they added anything or not, lol!
03-10-2010, 11:05 AM
did the plum tomatoes with 2/3 almonds - soaked only 30 min - and 1/3 pumpkin seeds.
Cuz I have a lot of pumpkin seeds!!
Wonder if all pumpkin seeds would work.
I have a lot of pumpkin seeds, cuz I don't really like them that much....
03-15-2010, 11:54 AM
did all pumpkin seeds, with 3-4 fresh small tomatoes and the seasonings!
A double winner!
1) tasted good enough for the tacos
2) way to get loads of pumpkin seeds in!
04-11-2010, 12:06 PM
Good to know...I've got 25 lbs of pumpkin seeds in my freezer! think I'll combine some I already have soaked with some walnuts.
04-13-2010, 08:13 PM
Because of this thread, I was inspired to try my hand at "taco meat." I made mine with:
A heaping cup of walnuts
a couple tablespoons or so of Mrs. Dash
three teaspoons nama shoyu
one fourth of an onion
one celery stalk
one fourth of a green pepper
Blended merrily up in the food processor. Took five minutes. My son, who often likes my food, said, "This is the second raw recipe you've made that gets five stars." My friend and I loved it! My daughter, less enthusiastic, still gave it an eight out of ten--still an excellent review, from her.
For five minutes of effort!
PS--I realize that your point was that you left out the vegetables and it was still good, but these ones were handy and quick to throw in at the time. :)
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