Veganuary: Tacos | Lifestyle |

The 2nd week of January is a time to check in on how your New Year’s resolutions are going and relax a bit as we settle back into life after the holiday rush.

We’re continuing our ‘Veganuary’ series all month long – featuring one recipe a week from ‘Fanggái’ase’: A Plant-Based Cookbook and Guide for the Marianas by the Micronesia Climate Alliance – to help give you ideas if you’ve taken the challenge and tried going vegan for a month , or maybe you just want to experiment with eating more plant-based foods.

Today we have a little burrito/taco moment featuring Fanggái’as vegan “Meat” Taco. The recipe includes black beans, corn, mushrooms and tofu with a fajita flavor. I’ll admit I was a bit skeptical, the recipe calls for frying the crumbled tofu in a pan with the rest of the ingredients and I know the tofu doesn’t tend to be crispy or too hard this way (you’ll have better luck baking it in the oven or using tempeh, which has a naturally crispier texture).

I still think the texture would be more like taco meat if we went the oven-roasted tofu or tempeh route (feel free to substitute that here), but the result of the recipe is almost like a breakfast burrito with tofu as a substitute for scrambled eggs.

It’s pretty tasty when you add another topping — I went with sautéed zucchini, red onion, fresh diced tomatoes, and vegan sour cream (a Tofutti brand I found at Payless).

Veganuary: Tacos

Add vegan sour cream to tacos.

Fanggái’ase’: A Plant-Based Cookbook and Guide to the Marianas: Taco ‘Meat’ Recipe


“Mass” base

  • 16 ounces of firm tofu
  • 6-8 white mushrooms
  • 1 can of corn
  • 1 can of black beans


  • 1 tablespoon of chili powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon (each) salt and pepper
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika

Fry the mushrooms in water for 2-3 minutes, remove from heat.

Add the tofu to the pan, breaking it up as you add it.

Veganuary: Tacos

Add the crumbled extra firm tofu to the pan and toss with the taco seasoning.

Then add half of your taco seasoning.

Cook for 3-5 minutes. Then add the corn, black beans and mushrooms.

Veganuary: Tacos

Add the black beans and corn to the colander.

Add remaining taco seasoning and cook 5 minutes or until heated through (covered).

Build tacos, nachos and burritos.

Veganuary: Tacos

Build tacos with vegan taco meat and other fixings.

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