This past Saturday myself and Dianne from Veggiegirl were super excited (and super nervous) about doing a cooking demo at the Bethlehem VegFest in Bethlehem PA. We had no idea what to expect, how many people would be there, what the set up at the food demo tent would be like. We walked into it almost blind. We decided to make tacos for the event because who doesn’t like tacos?! I personally consider them a food group and would eat them everyday if I didn’t have a family to feed. I came up with the recipe 2 days before the VegFest and I’m happy to be able to share it with everyone. It was very well received at the tasting after the demo. The soy is an unexpected flavor for a Latin type of dish but it works really well with the lime and the chipotle. At the demo I made it with pineapple. At home I made it with mango since I’m sadly allergic to pineapple. I personally recommend making it with pineapple. Something about the flavor combos sounds perfect to me.
Soy Lime Seitan Tacos with Pineapple and Chipotle Aioli (the mango version)
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium sized red onion, thinly sliced
5 cloves of garlic, minced
4 cups sliced Seitan
2 tablespoons soy sauce
Juice of 1 lime
1 cup vegan mayo
1 tablespoon chipotle powder
Juice of 1/2 a lime
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 cups shredded romaine lettuce
1 cup small diced pineapple
2 tomatoes, small diced
1/2 cup cilantro leaves
1 package soft taco shells
Heat oil in a large sauté pan over medium-high heat. Add the onions and garlic and sauté for 1 minute. Mix in the sliced Seitan, lower the heat to medium and cook 5-7 minutes until the Seitan starts to brown and the onions are mostly cooked. Pour in the soy sauce and lime juice and cook 1 minute to combine flavors.
For the mayo combine the vegan mayo, chipotle powder, lime juice and salt in a bowl.
To assemble lay out all the tortillas. Spread a heaping spoonful, of the chipotle aioli in the middle of the tortilla. Portion out the soy-lime Seitan on top of the mayo then load on the lettuce, pineapple (or mango), tomatoes and cilantro.