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Taco Filling from TVP Granules

What could be easier than using textured vegetable protein to make a high protein taco filling? This recipe will make a dozen or more tacos. Add plenty of chopped and shredded veggies to the top!

Makes about 3 cups of taco filling


  • 2 dry California chilies (optional)
  • 1 c TVP granules/bits (textured vegetable/soy protein)
  • 1 1/2 c boiling water
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium red onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 c tomato sauce or crushed tomatoes
  • 1-2 Tbsp lime or lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp taco seasoning, store-bought or homemade


  1. Remove stems of dry California chilies and crush them finely, or pulse them in a food chopper. (Leave seeds in.)
  2. Place chopped California chilies, TVP, and boiling water in a medium bowl. Stir well and allow to stand 15 minutes while proceeding with recipe.
  3. In a large, heavy skillet over medium low heat, warm the olive oil. Add onions and garlic. Sauté 2-3 minutes.
  4. Add the TVP mixture, the tomato sauce, lime juice and taco seasoning. Stir and bring to a simmer. Stir constantly for 5 minutes, or until the seasonings have blended well and mixture has reduced to the texture desired.
  5. Use in hard or soft tacos with plenty of shredded veggies on top.

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