Vegan Carne Asada
Updated: Apr 20
Let's VEGANIZE this amazing dish using SOY CURLS! You can use it however you would use Carne Asada, Tortas, Tacos, Burritos, whatever you like!
For this recipe, we are employing the amazing SOY CURLS! This is similiar to my French Dip recipe in the way we are preparing it, but the taste is totally different! If you've never had Carne Asada you are in for a treat, and if you have but are vegan and miss it, you are also in for a treat!
I've lived in Los Angeles for over 20 years and one of my favorite things that I used to do was get some Asada tacos from a taco truck (anytime of day, but after the bars closed was a magical time to eat some tacos for sure). I also used to get tortas from my favorite Mexican restaurant Los Chavos here in Burbank, but they have been closed for many years now. And I doubt they would have anything vegan anyway, so off to the kitchen we go!
Now you can do whatever you like with this Carne Asada, it will work great in tacos or burritos, nachos or Carne Asada Fries! Whatever you like! Today I'm making some Tortas. You can use a Bolillo roll, which is a longer oblong roll, or a Telera roll, which is rounder. Both are great! Just make sure they are vegan. If you have a Panaderia near you, check the ingredients, sometimes they will use lard or milk and eggs. I actually found some vegan ones at my local Ralphs / Kroger!
You can also add whatever fixins you like to the torta. Some common ones are guacamole, sour cream, lettuce, tomatoes, refried beans, onions, cilantro, pickled jalapeños, etc! You get the picture, basically anything you want!
Quick Note! This makes a lot of Carne Asada. You can definitely store some for leftovers and use them over 3-4 days. I enjoyed it quite a bit! That being said, feel free to half this recipe as well if you only want about 4 servings or so.
1 bag of Butler Soy Curls
2 cups Beefless Broth
2 Tbsp soy sauce
2 tsp Worcestershire (vegan)
2 Tbsp mushroom seasoning
2 tsp balsamic vinegar
1 Tbsp molasses
2 Tbsp tomato paste
2 Tbsp diced chipotle in adobo
1/4 cup white vinegar
6 Tbsp lime juice
6 Tbsp orange juice
4 - 6 cloves garlic (minced)
1 -2 jalapeños (finely diced)
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp ground coriander
1/2 tsp cayenne
Rehydrate the soy curls by covering them in some water for about 10 minutes.
While soy curls are hydrating, prepare the marinade by adding the rest of the ingredients in a bowl and whisk to combine.
Strain your soy curls, and using your bare hands, squeeze out the excess water. You want them to be as dry as possible.
Sauté your soy curls in a pan over medium heat in a bit of oil for about 6 minutes or so, until slightly browned.
Add in the marinade and reduce down to your desired consistency, should take about 15 minutes.
That's it! Now just enjoy however you would like, in tortas, tacos, burritos etc! Whatever you like!