"Meatless" Chickpea Soyrizo Street Tacos
If there's one thing I really do love it's street tacos. There's something so satisfying about them. The unfortunate thing is that they mostly come with meat. And for me, I don't usually want that. So, often I have to eat the meat or go for beans. Then I was inspired by a recipe I found in Bon Appetite for Chorizo Tostadas with chickpeas and thought, "Hey, now this I could do!"
Turns out when babe and I were finishing up our boating trip (aka fishing excursion) on base last weekend, we stopped by the Commissary to see if we could find anything interesting. Sometimes you can (cough cough). And it just so happens we found this soy based mock chorizo called "Soyrizo" that is a meatless organic, gluten-free, non-gmo, no preservative alternative. I said, "BABE, grab that before anyone else gets that with their toilet paper!" #COVID-19 So we put it in the cart and off we went.
Now, traditional chorizo is a type of pork sausage made from intestines (YUCK YUCK YUCK) and often cured, smoked and flavored with Spanish spices and herbs used in several Spanish dishes including Paella. To me, this was a REAL find. To have a meatless, healthier version available. So, I thought I would make the Bon Appetite tostada healthier with the soyrizo into meatless street tacos. And boy, was I delighted. WHAT A TREAT!
Here's how we changed up the recipe. The original recipe called for chorizo (meat) we switched it with Soyrizo. It called for Greek yogurt (dairy) we switched it with coconut milk yogurt. This way, we have eliminated dairy and meat and created a vegetarian / vegan healthy meal that tastes so good you won't even realize you don't have meat in it. TRUST ME on this one. My meat-eating-man LOVED these! I also added 1 1/2 chipotle peppers just for the flavor.
So, let's dig in, shall we?
Chickpea and Soyrizo Meatless Street Tacos
by Chef Susan Avello
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