Chipotle Spiced Seitan Tacos

by Sala @ Veggie Belly on June 7, 2010

This recipe is a vegetarian and vegan version of a Food & Wine magazine recipe for chile spiced skirt steak tacos. I found the recipe on the Bitten Word site- my new favorite blog by fellow Washington DC bloggers!

I used seitan (Westsoy brand)  instead of the meat and added some onions and green peppers to bulk it up.  I made some changes to the original taco seasoning recipe — I used more chipotle powder. I didnt use ancho chile powder because i didnt have any. I also cut out the black pepper because I didnt think it added much to the taco seasoning. The original recipe calls for onion powder, but because i was using a lot of fresh onions, I left out the onion powder. 

Non-vegans can serve this taco with shredded cheese and sour cream. But these tacos were so tasty thanks to all the paprika, chipotle, cumin and other spices that I didnt miss the cheese or sour cream. Enjoy with a good, cold mexican beer.

Chipotle Spiced Seitan Tacos Recipe

adapted from this Food & Wine magazine recipe found on The Bitten Word blog
makes about 8 tacos

for taco seasoning
1 teaspoon chipotle chile powder
2 teaspoons sweet paprika
1 teaspoon ancho chile powder (i left this out)
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon light brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup fresh lime juice

for the filling
2 tablespoons oil
1 large red onion, cut into strips
1 large green pepper, cut into strips
8oz  seitan

8 corn tortillas, warmed
Pico de gallo, Guacamole, lime wedges, chopped cilantro and shredded red cabbage for serving

In a small bowl, whisk together all ingredients for the taco seasoning and set aside. In a wok, heat oil and add onions. Cook on medium heat till the onions are soft and caramelized, about 7 minutes. Then add green pepper strips, seitan, mixed taco seasoning and saute for about 2 minutes.

Serve with warm tortillas, pico de gallo, guacamole, and shredded red cabbage.

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1 elra June 7, 2010 at 9:32 pm

Nice substitute for real meat. Looks good Sala!

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2 Madeleine June 7, 2010 at 9:47 pm

WOW!!! this looks delicious!! I didn’t know you were a DC blogger (i am too!!!)! I have to admit that I’d make this with meat on a typical day, but this veggie recipe looks divine!! Thanks so much for sharing!

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3 Sonia June 7, 2010 at 11:15 pm

Simple and easy taco recipe! Stunning pics, Sala. :)

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4 Sharmilee June 8, 2010 at 12:18 am

Colorful beautiful pic

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5 Priti June 8, 2010 at 5:25 am

Fab pics dear..looks so vibrant ….

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6 Muskaan June 8, 2010 at 9:25 am

Looks fantastic Sala, loved to see you on your profile pic.

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7 Happy Cook June 8, 2010 at 9:31 am

Looks so so goo, i have neve rmade anyt mexican food til now, the chopotle spice powder is new to me, will ask sis to send a pack for me when hubby goes there.

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8 roxan June 8, 2010 at 10:47 am

Sala, these look delicious. Thank you for sharing the recipe, and lovely photos.

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9 Shriya June 8, 2010 at 11:59 am

Wow!! I am drooling , awesome pics. Such a beautiful clicks. Love the colors. Awesome recipe and kudos to the pics!!

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10 Rosa June 8, 2010 at 3:17 pm

I love your clicks! Those tacos look mighty good!

Cheers,

Rosa

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11 lisa June 8, 2010 at 10:32 pm

Wow, this looks superb! I love this fantastic recipe. Such great colorful photos too. Always beautiful.

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12 CFB June 8, 2010 at 11:49 pm

Hi,

The Seitan tacos look really good and your photography is gorgeous! Please consider submitting some of your photographs/recipes to FoodGazing.com. FoodGazing.com was launched just a few weeks ago and we are looking for exceptional food photos and recipes. Thanks!

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13 nandini.p June 9, 2010 at 12:35 am

Hi Sala , Thnx for stopping by. I am becoming a huge fan of ur photograph. Great compositions and vey colourful. Though i sometimes dont get some of the ings mentioned in ur recipe India i still try to find substitutes. Surely this recipe is inspiring..Maybe i can try it with chicken.

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14 beck June 20, 2010 at 4:42 pm

I made this as the veggie option for a taco party- they were a HUGE hit. Who needs meat?!
Thanks for the recipe- it’s a keeper!

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15 ahtee March 11, 2011 at 1:54 am

Clean shot!! Love it so much!

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16 Sabrina August 3, 2011 at 1:49 pm

Hi Sala,
Do you make your own seitan or do you buy it? If you buy it, what brand tastes good?

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Sala @ Veggie Belly Reply:

I buy seitan, either from the asian store (store brand) or white wave seitan.

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