Vegan Buffalo Tacos: not an oxymoron

Brent and I wanted a quick easy meal so we did what any reasonable vegans would do: we made Buffalo tacos. Now, you might be thinking, “buffalo isn’t vegan.” Of course buffalo isn’t vegan, but Buffalo sauce is. This particular marinade hails from Buffalo, New York and typically includes some sort of chili, vinegar and butter or margarine mixed to creamy spicy perfection. In my college days we referred to the sauce’s namesake as “B-lo”, TMI? We’re using Moore’s because it’s made with margarine.

We decided to bake up some soy curls the same way we did for our quesadillas but chickpeas, beans or tofu prepared with a light dusting of chili pepper and soy sauce would be a perfect substitute. While they were cooking, Brent sliced up some bell pepper and onion. When they were done I heated up some corn tortillas in a fry pan; you don’t have to but they taste better. We used corn tortillas but wheat is fine if that’s what you’re into.

Then we dressed up the tortillas with greens, onion, bell pepper, soy curls and a generous dose of Buffalo sauce. This was definitely worth the 20 minutes of prep time; look how happy the guy is!

Next time we might add some sliced tomato and cilantro but it’s totally not a big deal if you don’t have them.

This is Christie and Brent, signing off.

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3 Comments

  1. I always wondered about the “butter flavoring” on buffalo sauce bottles–I haven’t been able to figure out if they’re using actual butter or not. To avoid this I just make my own buffalo sauce–1/2 cup frank’s red hot sauce, 1/4 cup earth balance, and whatever extra spices strike my fancy that day (onion powder, garlic powder, cracked black pepper, paprika, whatevs!) This meal looks delish! I’ve never had soy curls before.

    • Acetoin and a diacetyl are the typical artificial flavorings in butter-like flavored things. They’re both naturally occurring molecules in anything fermented, like wines, beer or cultured dairy products. They’re cheap to make in a test tube from yeast or other microbes.

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