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Vampire Tacos

Updated June 15, 2016

Cookbook

Vegan Tacos

Published by Vegan Heritage Press, LLC

This image courtesy of Jason Wyrick

When tacos vampiros are cooking on the grill, the corn tortilla edges fold up. This is supposedly the origin of the name, because the edges look like bat wings. It's sort of a cross between a tostada and a taco. Traditionally, they are made with carne asada (thin-sliced beef), but Jason makes his with charred beans. 

Makes8 Tacos

Cooking MethodGrilling

CostInexpensive

Easy

Total Timeunder 1 hour

Make Ahead RecipeYes

Kid FriendlyYes

OccasionFamily Get-together, Game Day

Recipe CourseMain Course

Dietary ConsiderationEgg-free, Gluten-free, Kosher, Lactose-free, Peanut Free, Vegan, Vegetarian

EquipmentGrill, Grill Pan

MealDinner

Taste and TextureHot & Spicy

Ingredients

  • 2 cups cooked, rinsed pinto beans or 2 cups seitan strips
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups your favorite white melting vegan cheese
  • 2 serrano chiles, sliced very thin
  • 8 (5 to 6-inch) corn tortillas
  • Minced white onion
  • Minced cilantro
  • Your favorite tomato salsa
  • Guacamole or chopped avocado

Instructions

  1. Light your grill. Toss the beans or seitan strips with the oil and salt and transfer to a well-oiled grill pan. Place the grill pan on the grill and slowly stir while they grill until blackened. This should only take a few minutes. Remove from the grill and set aside.

  2. Place the tortillas on the grill. When the edges start to curl from the heat, sprinkle the cheese on the tortillas, leaving a rim around the edge. When the tortillas are hard and crunchy, remove them from the grill. Top the tortillas with the beans or seitan strips, followed by the onion, cilantro, salsa, and guacamole.

  3. Make In The Oven: Dress your beans or seitan the same way, but place them in a baking dish and leave them uncovered. Roast them at 400°F for 15 minutes, opening the oven to stir them every 5 minutes. While they are baking, place your tortillas in the oven on the lower rack. When they begin to curl, slide the lower rack out, dress them with the cheese, and return them to the oven. Once the cheese melts, remove them from the oven and set them aside. Dress them just as you would above.

  4. Make In The Oven: Dress your beans or seitan the same way, but place them in a baking dish and leave them uncovered. Roast them at 400°F for 15 minutes, opening the oven to stir them every 5 minutes. While they are baking, place your tortillas in the oven on the lower rack. When they begin to curl, slide the lower rack out, dress them with the cheese, and return them to the oven. Once the cheese melts, remove them from the oven and set them aside. Dress them just as you would above.

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I love tacos, and how cool does it sound to say you're making Vampire Tacos?? I am all about this delicious recipe.

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