Friday, November 19, 2010

Soy Curl Fajitas

We're three caballeros
Three gay caballeros
They say we are birds of a feather
We're happy amigos
No matter where he goes
The one, two, and three goes
We're always together.


Today I'm breaking out of my recent "traditional comfort food" groove to bring you yet another excellent use for those beloved and muy versatile staples of the vegan larder, soy curls. Fajitas are more exciting than enchiladas or burritos because you make them yourself, and more exciting than tacos (which are also very hands-on), because they sizzle! This can be a really fast and yummy meal if you put the soy curls in to marinate before you take off for whatever you do in your "real" life. Then when you get home, all you have to do is cook them up, saute your veggies, roll everything into tortillas with some salsa and guacamole, and - ¡Ay, caramba! - dinner is served.

The Soy Curls
~ 2 cups Butler soy curls
~ 1.5 cups water or vegetable broth
~ 1/2 cup orange juice
~ Juice of 1 lime
~ 2 tbsp. minced garlic
~ 2 tsp. each: chili powder, cumin
~ 1 tsp. each: salt, smoked paprika, cilantro
~ 1/2 tsp. cayenne (more or less to taste)
~ 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
~ A few generous grinds of black pepper
~ 2 tbsp. olive oil

~ In a beaker, combine the broth and seasonings, then add the soy curls.
~ Cover and bring to a boil in the microwave, or in a pot on the stove top.
~ Allow to sit, covered, for at least an hour (the longer the better), until the liquid is mostly absorbed.
~ In a large, deep skillet or wok, heat the olive oil over medium heat.
~ Add the soy curls and any remaining marinade, and cook, stirring frequently, until all the liquid has cooked off and they're getting slightly "charred," about 10-15 minutes.

The Vegetables
~ 1 tbsp. olive oil
~ 1 large onion, sliced into crescents
~ 1 each: red, green, yellow bell peppers, thinly sliced

~ Heat the olive oil in a skillet or wok, then saute the onions and peppers over high heat for about 15 minutes, until wilted and just starting to brown.

You also need...
~ Flour tortillas, warmed
~ Guacamole
~ Vegan sour cream
~ Salsa

~ Bring the soy curls and vegetables to a - dare I say it? - sizzle.
~ Now spread some guacamole on a tortilla, top with soy curls, veggies, salsa and sour cream.
~ Roll up the tortilla to enclose the filling and eat!


  1. I love love love the Three Caballeros and will happily have that song stuck in my head all day :) I haven't tried soy curls yet. They sound interesting!

    (sorry, that was me above...deleting my comment because I didn't know how to edit it :P )

  2. Your recipe looks good, but the three caballeros picture made me so happy! I haven't thought about those guys since I saw that cartoon as a kid, but I loved it.

  3. I really need to get my hands on some soy curls so I can try this!

  4. I never would have came up with such a good delicious sounding marinade!

    And now I need to see The Three Caballeros! I loved that movie as a kid.