If you love tacos and ever get the chance to visit Austin, Texas, I recommend trying as many tacos as you can. The city claims to be the birthplace of the breakfast taco, and although I can’t confirm that, I can confirm there is a variety of tasty vegan tacos available.
The beauty of a taco is its endless variety of flavor combinations and, utilizing a low-carb shell allows for more versatility and variety in your filling without worrying about ingesting a high-carb breakfast. Use this vegan recipe as a foundation for future meal prep ideas and create your own signature taco recipe!
Let's Taco 'bout your fillings:
A go-to vegan alternative to scramble eggs is tofu scramble, it’s uncomplicated and delicious. All you need is a package of firm or extra-firm tofu and access to a spice cabinet to create your own vegan taco meat.
This recipe is a quick go-to for breakfast on-the go, but can also be meal-prepped ahead of time. If you are adding this to your weekly vegan meal prep, consider incorporating some mushrooms, spinach or other nutritious vegetables.
Kick this recipe up a notch and prepare Trifecta’s Cheesy Vegan Tofu Scramble.
Nacho normal tortilla...
The key to low-carb breakfast tacos is to replace normal tortillas with crunchy jicama shells. Jicama is a tuberous root vegetable sometimes referred to as the Mexican turnip or sweet turnip. In the kitchen, jicama can be enjoyed raw or cooked, and creates a perfect taco shell when kept whole and sliced thin.
You can find prepared jicama ‘tortillas’ in the produce section of most grocery stores. The store-bought shells are ready to eat and require no cooking.
If you can’t find pre-sliced jicama shells, you can make your own but it would require having a piece of kitchen equipment called a mandoline. Purchase a head of bibb lettuce and use the leaves as wraps for another low-carb alternative.
Jicama ‘tortillas’ make the perfect low-carb, gluten-free wrap and are additionally high in inulin, a beneficial prebiotic fiber.
How to Prepare Quick Vegan Low-Carb Breakfast Tacos
Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 8 min
Servings: 3 (2 Tacos Per serving)
- 1 teaspoon coconut oil
- 14 oz (1 package) extra-firm tofu
- 1 tablespoon pimenton (paprika)
- 1 tablespoon turmeric
- 1 tablespoon garlic powder
- 1 tablespoons parsley dried or fresh
- 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
- pinch black pepper and sea salt
- 2 limes, juiced
- 6 jicama tortillas
- 2-3 tablespoons salsa verde or pico
- Medium non-stick saute Pan
- Small bowl
Step 1: Prepare-Tofu Scramble
In a small bowl, crumble the tofu with a fork or by hand. Mix-in the spices.
Heat a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat for 1 minute, then add coconut oil or avocado oil. Cook for 5-8, stirring occasionally, until golden and firm. Turn off the heat and squeeze in the lime juice.
If you’re looking for a soy-free scramble, try the same process with crushed chickpeas instead or substitute beyond meat.
Step 2: Build your Tacos
Once you have prepared your scramble, pick your toppings and then fill your shell! I went with a simple homemade pico and salsa verde with some fresh cilantro. The variety of spices in the tofu scramble, such as the paprika and nutritional yeast, provide a considerable amount of flavor.
Make this recipe your own; add roasted sweet potato, fresh avocado, bell peppers, or vegan sour cream. I love adding mushrooms, kale, and red onion to my breakfast tofu scramble recipes. An alluring feature of tacos is that they can be enjoyed for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Meal Prep Magic: storage, reheating, and inspiration
This scramble will keep for up to 5 days in the fridge, and can be reheated in a microwave in 2 minutes. Make a large batch and use the filling for breakfast tacos, enchiladas, tostadas or more!
If you have left-over filling, you can prepare jicama-shell enchiladas or add some roasted vegetables for an easy vegan taco night.
Cross-utilizing recipes and ingredients during the week will help you stick to your budget and save time.
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