Vegan Tiny Tacos with Avocado Lime Sauce
Updated: Mar 25
A Vegan Version of the Tiny Tacos by Jack in the Box! I also went ahead and made a Vegan Avocado Lime Sauce because these Tacos love to be dipped!
One of my favorite things to eat before going vegan was the 99¢ Tacos from Jack in the Box. I think because they reminded me of the tacos my Grandma used to make me when I was a kid. There aren't too many things better than frying a taco! In any case, the Tiny Tacos are just a smaller version of the Jack in the Box tacos I used to get, but no cheese or lettuce. But that's fine because we are gonna dip them in a super zippy Avocado Lime sauce!
I made these using Alpha Foods Beefy Crumbles and they worked out perfectly! The easiest part is actually making the filling. All you need to do is brown the crumbles, then pour in the seasoning sauce and reduce. For the Taco Shells, you gotta cut some Street Taco tortillas with a cookie cutter (you can also skip this step if you want to make bigger tacos) then you gotta warm them up on a pan so they don't crack when you fold them. After that you just put some filling in them, freeze em, then fry em!
The Avocado Lime Sauce is super good with these, but obviously it would be good with just about anything else too! It's definitely worth making so don't skip it Jack!
This post was sponsored by my friends at Alpha Foods! They have a bunch of great plant-based products which you can check out HERE!
Makes about 32 Tiny Tacos
Cooking Time: 1 hour
32 "Street Taco" tortillas
2 packages Alpha Foods Beefy Crumbles
Oil for frying
2 cups beefless broth
2 Tbsp tomato paste
1 Tbsp minced onion
2 Tbsp chili powder
1/2 Tbsp cumin
1 Tbsp smoked paprika
1 Tbsp garlic powder
1 Tbsp nutritional yeast
1 tsp Accent seasoning (optional)
2 Tbsp masa harina
1 tsp vegan worcestershire
2 Tbsp chipotle in adobo
Avocado Lime Sauce
1/2 cup vegan yogurt (or sour cream)
1/3 cup cilantro
5 cloves garlic
1/3 cup lime juice
1 Tbsp nutritional yeast
1 Tbsp brine from pickled jalapeno jar (optional)
Salt and pepper to taste (I used about a Tbsp of garlic salt)
Combine all the ingredients for the Avocado Lime sauce and blend in a blender or food processor. Add more lime to make it zippier, or jalapeno to make it spicier. Set aside in the fridge.
In a bowl combine all the ingredients for the Taco Sauce and whisk thoroughly.
In a pan over medium heat, add a bit of oil and brown the Alpha Crumbles, about 8-10 minutes.
Add the taco sauce to the pan and stir to combine. Bring to a simmer, then cover and reduce to desired consistency. You want something close to a Sloppy Joe type of texture.
Once your taco beef is cooked to your liking, remove from the pan and refrigerate.
Now you can either use your tortillas as is and you'll have bigger Tiny Tacos, or you can use a cookie cutter (about 3 1/2 inches) to make them even smaller. You can use the scraps for chilaquiles or tortilla soup. Obviously if you want to make tortillas from scratch so you can control the size, go for it!
Heat up a pan with some oil and warm the tortillas so they are pliable. Don't cook them too long, you don't want them to get crispy, just heated through so they will bend without cracking.
Fill each tortilla with a heaping teaspoon of taco filling. Carefully fold and gently press so that the filling "glues" the taco closed. Place each taco on a cookie sheet.
Once you've folded all your tacos (you should have around 32) put the cookie sheet in the freezer and freeze for about 20 minutes.
Heat up about a 1/2 inch of oil in a big skillet. Fry each taco, for about 2-3 minutes per side. Let them cool on a rack.
Once all tacos are fried, serve with the avocado lime sauce and get to dippin!