Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Crispy Potato Soyrizo Tacos


When one thinks of healthy fare, one doesn't automatically think of Mexican food, with its cheesy, fried dishes and tacos dripping with oil. However, all is not lost when trying to cook Mexican food in a healthy manner. Take the traditional crispy chorizo/potato taco ... normally, it is made with a fatty pork or beef chorizo sausage which is then deep fried ... not the healthiest but it is tasty. Luckily, I have created a healthy, vegan version of this traditional crispy taco that matches this classic's taste and surpasses it in health.

Here is the recipe:

1 12 oz. package Soyrizo (non-GMO kind sold at Whole Foods)
2 tablespoons water
1 large yellow onion
1 clove garlic, finely minced
2 medium Russet potatoes
1/3 cup cilantro, finely chopped
1/2 tsp. ground cumin
Salt to taste
King-size yellow corn tortillas
Spray canola oil

Cut potatoes in thirds and boil in lightly salted water. Drain water when potatoes are tender enough that they break when you stick a fork through them. Let them cool then peel them. Set aside.

In a medium nonstick skillet, on medium heat, break up the soyrizo using your nonstick cooking utensil and cook till it's browned and crumbled. Remove to a plate lined with a paper towel to drain some of the oil. In the same skillet (do not wipe off the oil, it gives the onions flavor), on medium heat, add the water and onions and saute for about 1 minute then add the garlic. Saute till the onions barely turn a golden yellowish color but do not let them brown. Set aside.

In a medium mixing bowl, mash potatoes to get rid of any lumps. Add the soyrizo, onion mixture, cumin and cilantro and mix well. Salt to taste.

In a large flat pan or flat griddle, warm up the corn tortillas, two at a time, until they are soft and pliable - repeat for as many tacos as you'd like to make. Put about two large spoonfuls of filling into each warm tortilla then fold in half. Repeat for the rest of the tortillas. Spray outer sides of the taco with canola oil and lightly cook/fry in the same flat pan or griddle on medium heat. Cook tacos until both sides are slightly golden brown and crispy. If the tortilla seems dry, spray more canola oil spray on the taco shell while it's cooking.

Crispy potato soyrizo tacos taste excellent when topped with guacamole salsa and some kind of salty cheese, such as the traditional queso cotija, which is like a Mexican pecorino, or a vegan crumbled feta cheese, which also has that delicious semi-dry and salty taste.

Here is the recipe for:

Guacamole Salsa

1 large Hass avocado, set aside the pit
2 large vine-ripened tomatoes or 4-5 Roma tomatoes
1/4 red onion, finely chopped
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
1 scant tablespoon fresh jalapeno or serano chile, seeded, deveined and finely minced
Juice from 1 lime
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon garlic powder
salt to taste

Prepare all of the ingredients above and mix well in a mixing bowl. After you're done mixing the ingredients, put the avocado pit in there as well, as the pit keeps the avocado in the salsa from turning brown, as will the lime juice. Cover the salsa with Saran wrap and refrigerate the salsa in a serving bowl until you're ready to eat.

Serve these healthy vegan tacos with some refried pinto or black beans. If you want more heat, you can sprinkle your tacos with some Mexican hot sauce such as Tapatio brand.

I hope you enjoy my vegan version of these classic crispy potato tacos.

Buen provecho,

The Vegan Voice




47 comments:

  1. I love Soyrizo! I get teased by my hispanic friends all the time but I think it tastes great and can be used in so many recipes. I havce put it in chili instead of meat and completely fooled my family!

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  2. Sounds like it will make a great light and healthy lunch. I'll have to check out this Soyrizo. Those soy products are pretty tasty. Have you tried soy cheese? They work well in tacos and also pizzas.

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  3. All the flavor without the added fat content. Inventive, inspired, and tasty. All that you want in a meal. You never cease to amaze Prima! 10 out of 10!

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  4. This looks like a great healthy recipe. Actually last year 4 years ago, I had soy cheese for the first time..and let me tell you..i loved it!!! i forgot the company name..but it looks just like a block of mozzarella..feels and taste like it too!!

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  5. That is my kind of dish, I rarely eat Mexican because of exactly what you said, this is a great take on traditional Mexican cuisine!

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  6. Yummerz! This is my kind of food. I mean, who doesn't like stuff like this? I'm going to make this, as I have most of the ingredients here now...
    By the way, to Lazaro: Yes, I live in Florida. And your'e right! The organic strawberries I bought were so sweet and red (and not from California-smile)...

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  7. This looks incredibly healthy and delicious! I love the different textures -- the crispy tortilla and the creamy avocado!

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  8. Hello! I love your vegan version and soyrizo to.
    You now, we are two on the blog, me, Liana 10, and my friend and partner, Janet.
    Cheers!

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  9. Ah, the vegan voice - welcome. Your tacos are so healthy yet delicious Nancy. I'm not familiar with Soyrizo. Looks like I have a lot to learn and what better place than right here. Just mention the word potatoes and I'm on board.
    Sam

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  10. This looks so fresh and appealing! I'm definitely a fan of tasty, healthy food. And I can never resist guacamole!

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  11. I have to admit those veggie taco's look pretty darn good....although my mexican grandmother never made anything like that..
    Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe..

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  12. I'm one of those who doesn't eat much Mexican food, though I love the flavours, for the very same reason - just too much of a good thing. But this is fantastic! Loaded with flavour, so much texture and very heart and figure friendly. I love it! Thanks Nancy for a fantastic post!

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  13. Omg! I never knew there was such a thing as soyrizo. I love the taste of chorizo but it's just too much meat for me. Soyrizo would be perfect for someone who doesn't like to eat too much meat like me. Even when I have steak usually half of it ends up on my hubby's plate anyways.
    You've done a lovely job in turning something that could be so high in calories into something worth eating every bite of without having to feel guilty later. Great recipe Lazaro. Thank you for sharing.

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  14. As someone from the opposite end of the spectrum (total carnivore) this recipe looks delicious! I might have to jump in and give it a try:) Thanks for sharing!

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  15. I like a lot this vegan version of the taco, you can enjoy it without feeling guilty about the extra fats that appear normally.
    Thanks for this wonderful and tasty recipe!

    Cheers,

    Gera

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  16. I wish I were more into Mexican food/cuisine. :O

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  17. I love Guacamole salsa! Your version of tacos look damn good!

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  18. Soyrizo, huh? Who knew? I bought soy crumbles and put them into chili one time and asked hubby if he was satisfied and happy, he said yes. He did not notice I was using soy instead of meat. So, this looks like a good, healthy version to try, never even knew it existed!

    Thanks for the great idea!

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  19. Beautiful, all the flavors of wonderful Mexican food without the things that are bad for us. These tacos look so tasty.

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  20. OMG, I gasped when I looked at that picture. We love Mexican and usually skip the really unhealthy dishes. This looks amazing!!!!!!!!!! I am going to need to get some Soyrizo!

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  21. Wow! What a flavorful dish! It looks delicious and very colorful!!!

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  22. hello friend :)
    thank u for stopping by on my blog :)
    u have a amazing recipes too ,and this vegan version looks gret !

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  23. This looks delicious and so healthy too! It would cure any craving for Mexican food!

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  24. Oh this one looks great! I featured your award on my site today. Big shout out to you!

    Alex aka Ma What's For Dinner
    www.mawhats4dinner.com

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  25. LOVE mexican and especially enjoy making a healthy version at home. I've never heard of Soyrizo, I will have to try it!

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  26. Oh this looks marvelous! I never thought of including potatoes, but that is really quite splendid! :-)

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  27. Hi, Lazaro, thanks for visiting my cat blog, I enjoy making new friends and love cooking sites!...Your vegan dish sounds good and the guacamole salsa sounds like the perfect compliment to the dish; I'm from Louisiana, so I'm a sauce girl!!

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  28. Wow that sounds amazing! I have never had soyrizo but I definitely want to try!

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  29. These tacos look fantastic! I will have to look for Soyrizo to try soon!

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  30. Lazaro, these sound delish! I've never heard of soyriso. Can't wait to give it a try!

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  31. I have recntly tried soyriso, and I was very happy with the taste, here in Texas they carry so many chcoices of choirzo and some are just loaded with extra stuff, there is one locally here from Edinburg that is very tasty..great tacos...

    sweetlife

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  32. I'm not a huge fan of Mexican food and I've never heard of soyriso! Nor am I a vegetarian. but I love your lo-cal, healthy version of a taco.

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  33. This looks really delicious. I never knew that leaving in the pit would keep the avocado from turning brown. Hmmm...so that's why my old roommate left it in her guacamole. Great tip!

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  34. thank you so much for the sweet comment! what kind of art does she do?

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  35. I love the idea of healthy tacos. Your vegan version of the Mexican taco looks flavorful, healthy and delicious.

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  36. Hey thanks! How did you know I had some tortillas in the fridge I had to consume and did not know how! Thanks for the brilliant idea!

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  37. I love soyriso, it also makes great stir fry!

    These tacos look and sound great, I too have tortillas on hand, now I know its early, but I think i am making myself breakfast tacos right now!

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  38. i should try this! Looks and sounds great! Non GMO. <3

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  39. This looks fantastic! I don't know how I missed following your blog. I would of hated to miss this. I like avocado on most anything. This looks so fresh and delicious!

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  40. Must try your delicious tacos.
    Wishing you a great weekend x

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  41. This looks delicious! I'm going to try it for sure!
    So glad you happened upon my blog because it lead me to yours! I love it! I am definitely following! :)

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  42. Delicious! Thank you for such a healthy vegan recipe!

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  43. That salsa sounds fantastic! Best of both worlds.

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  44. I am totally craving Mexican food these days and this looks like it may be the ticket to try! Healthy is always nice and guilt-free feeling :)

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  45. Hi Lazaro! this looks fantastic. Love the colours. very very appetising!

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  46. I discovered soyrizo a year or two ago, and am totally hooked! The flavor is so similar to regular chorizo, but it's so much healthier. I have a package in my fridge right now, so these tacos might be what I use it for!

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  47. fyi not all mexican food is greasy cheesy fare. there are so many regional dishes, some of which rely solely on more "healthy" ingredients. it's a little dismissive of a whole cuisine to categorize it as junk food.

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