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Tacos de Seitan

Tacos de Seitan are tacos made with seitan as the main ingredient. Seitan is a plant-based protein made from wheat gluten and is a popular meat substitute in vegetarian and vegan diets. The seitan can be marinated in various spices and seasonings to create a flavorful filling for the tacos. The filling can also include vegetables such as onions, peppers, and cabbage. The tacos are typically served in warm tortillas and can be topped with salsa, guacamole, vegan cheese, and other toppings. Seitan tacos are a healthy and delicious option for those who follow a vegetarian or vegan diet or for anyone looking to reduce their meat consumption.

Key Takeaways

  • Who this meal appeals to: Vegetarians, vegans, and those interested in a meatless alternative with a traditional taco feel.
  • Estimated Duration: Varies by recipe, typically 20-40 minutes.
  • Nutrition Facts: Rich in protein, lower in fat compared to meat-based tacos, and packed with a variety of nutrients from veggies and spices.

About this Recipe

Seitan, also known as wheat meat, has a texture similar to meat, making it a popular choice for vegetarian and vegan dishes. When prepared with a blend of Mexican spices, it can transform into a delicious filling for Tacos de Seitan.

Equipment Required

  • Large skillet or frying pan
  • Mixing bowls
  • Cutting board and knife


  • Seitan (amount varies, 8 ounces to 1.33 lbs based on chosen recipe)
  • Olive or canola oil
  • Spices: chili powder, ground cumin, and other spices to taste (e.g., chipotle, smoked paprika, garlic powder, onion powder)
  • Tortillas
  • Toppings: salsa, guacamole, shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, shredded cheese (vegan or regular), sour cream (vegan or regular), and fresh coriander


  1. Preparing Seitan: If your seitan is in large pieces, you’ll need to shred, chop, or ground it to your desired consistency.
  2. Spicing Up: In a mixing bowl, combine the seitan with spices such as chili powder, ground cumin, and any additional spices you prefer.
  3. Cooking: Heat oil in a large skillet or frying pan over medium to high heat. Add the seasoned or marinated seitan and cook until it becomes browned and slightly crispy, typically around 5-10 minutes.
  4. Assembling Tacos: Warm the tortillas on the stovetop or in the oven. Fill each tortilla with a generous amount of the cooked seitan, and top with your choice of toppings.
  5. Serving: Serve immediately with a side of salsa, guacamole, or any other preferred accompaniments.

Side Dishes

  • A side of Mexican rice or black beans complements the tacos well.
  • Fresh salads or grilled vegetables can also serve as a refreshing side.

Storage Options

  • Leftover cooked seitan can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Reheat in a skillet or microwave before serving.

Ingredient Substitutes

  • For a soy-based alternative, tofu or tempeh can replace seitan.
  • Variety of spices and toppings can be adjusted based on personal preferences and dietary restrictions.

Alternatives to this Meal

  • Tofu or tempeh tacos for a different plant-based option.
  • Traditional meat-based tacos if you’re not looking for a vegetarian or vegan option.

A number of taco recipes can be found on this page.


Tacos de Seitan are a wonderful fusion of hearty seitan and vibrant Mexican flavors. They provide a satisfying meatless meal option without compromising on taste or texture. Whether you’re vegan, vegetarian, or just curious, these tacos are sure to provide a flavorful and satisfying experience.