10 Minute Tvp Tacos

"A Jolinda Hackett recipe.his recipe uses store-bought salsa and taco seasoning to make a super-quick vegetarian taco filling from TVP. The TVP has a texture similar to shredded chicken when cooked. Wrap in a flour tortilla or stuff in a hard shell with lettuce, tomatoes, avocado, and green onions."
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Ready In:


  • 2 cups textured vegetable protein
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 (1 1/4 ounce) package taco seasoning (one pack)
  • 1 red pepper, cut into strips
  • 14 cup salsa
  • flour tortillas or taco shell


  • In a large skillet, heat the water over medium heat, and add the TVP, stirring well. Allow the TVP to reconstitute for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add oil and soy sauce, then peppers and taco seasoning, stirring well.
  • Allow to cook for another 3-5 minutes, stirring frequently. Mix in salsa and remove from heat.
  • Serve wrapped in a flour tortilla or hard taco shells with your choice of toppings.

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  1. Mitchell M.
    A TVP warning for newcomers, it STINKS when you reconstitute it, at least with heat! I turned on my wax warmer/scent gizmo to counter attack the smell. And like others said, you need to crank up the spices! I will continue to use 2 cups TVP however, as you can freeze this stuff, which I did, since I am single. I decided to go full on Lacto-Ovo Vegetarian after successfully trying this recipe, since the flavor is just fine!
  2. Derby DerbyDerb
    This is exceptional. Even fooled a moderately picky meat-and-potatoes guy, even after I told him what it was. He still couldn't tell, said it was great and went back for seconds.
  3. Jim T.
    I think this recipe would be more flavorful with half the TVP. Taco seasoning packets call for 1 lb. ground beef and most references I've seen say 1 cup TVP once reconstituted is equivalent to about a pound of ground meat. I could tell 2 cups was way too much, and the final product wasn't very flavorful. Next time I'll either cut the TVP/water in half or add a second packet of taco seasoning.
  4. januarybride
    Quick, easy, low calorie and inexpensive - and did I mention Vegan??!?!? Great recipe. I made 1/2 the recipe but ended up using the full 1/4 cup of salsa. I also added 1/4 cup of tomato sauce (my preference). Next time I will definitely saute up a little onion and garlic and add it to the mix. Hubby loved it too. Served it in blue corn crispy taco shells topped with Vegan Pepperjack cheese, some tomatoes, avocado and hot sauce. YUM. I have some leftovers as well which I plan to use in burritos tomorrow with beans, rice tomato, lettuce and guacamole. Thanks for sharing.
  5. elm1020
    Good basic recipe. Like other reviewers wrote ,it makes plenty for 2 meals.


  1. elm1020
    I wanted more flavor so I added an extra TBSP of soy sauce, 1 tsp garlic powder, 1 tsp onion powder, 1 tsp chili powder, and another 1/4 C salsa. I am not much for spicy heat so this is perfect.
  2. feltygoosehead
    My tweaks: 1) Instead of water, I use use vegetable broth. 2) Instead of 1/4 cup salsa, I use 1/8 cup salsa + 1/8 cup chipotle peppers in adobo sauce.
  3. The Urban Gourmet
    Great fast, simple one pot recipe! Thank you! I modified mine a bit, adding diced onion, nutritinal yeast flakes, and using a bef boullion concentrate instead of the soy sauce. I didn't have taco seasoning, but I used the ingredients from a taco seasoning recipe on recipezaar but with more cayenne because I like it spicy. A bit of cheddar to top it on the tortilla, and it's a taco. Guess I'll just write up the modification so I can remember it, lol! 1/2 cup water, tvp was enough to fill 2 10" torts generously.


Thanks in advance to all who have tried my recipes.
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