Monday, August 22, 2011

Taco Bowls {Vegan}: Secret Recipe Club and Meatless/Vegan Monday Link-up

Day 234.

Such a busy, busy day today. I am absolutely delighted to be participating in the Secret Recipe Club today. This is my first "normal" reveal day. As those of you who follow the blog may remember, I participated in a special reveal on Thursday after Connor's Cooking was left out on reveal day. Raina's blog was full of awesome recipes and I was able to whip up her yummy Lasagna Cups on short notice. But with today's secret recipe blog pal, I enjoyed an entire month of perusing recipes.

It was a tough choice to make. There were several recipes I could  have chosen and a few that would've been a big challenge to convert into vegetarian or vegan meals (like sun-dried tomato meatloaf). But, in the end, one just spoke to me through its creativity.

These aren't just standard run-of-the-mill tacos. No, siree. It's like a taco salad I can make easily at home in tiny little taco bowls. Yum. And so surprisingly simple. Now for the reveal, the blogger pal I was assigned is Amy of A Little Nosh. Amy is a working mom and has a super tiny urban kitchen. So her struggle is creating real food with serious time and space constraints. "My goal is to give you real tips on how to get a good, healthy dinner on the table in a timely manner," Amy says.  I think we can all empathize with her on both fronts. I don't know if I could ever have a large enough kitchen (though thankfully we're in the 'Burbs so mine is not quite as tiny as Amy's).

Taco Bowls
Adapted from Taco Bowls.
I opted to do my taco bowls a little different from Amy's. After seeing her post, I saw several other taco bowls around Pinterest and opted for the more open taco bowls I found on various sites.

Preheat oven to 375. Spray bottoms of two 12-cup muffin tins with cooking spray. Sprinkle a bit of water on each tortilla and stack onto a plate. Top with another plate and microwave for about 1 minute. Separate tortillas. Spray both sides with cooking spray. Press tortillas into muffin tin bottoms, resting each between four cups of the muffin tin. Three tortilla bowls will fit in each muffin tin, placing one in each of the upper corners and the third in the bottom center. If you don't have two muffin tins, don't worry, the baking time is really fast, so just do a couple of batches.

When tortilla bowls are ready, bake for 8-10 minutes at 375. Meanwhile, put a bit of olive oil in a pan and brown sofrito and garlic. Add taco seasoning and broth, stirring until well mixed. Add "beef," beans and corn and stir. Cook about 5-10 minutes on medium until heated through.

Remove tins from oven and let bowls cool for a few minutes.

Place bowls on plates. If desired, put about a tablespoon of cheese in the bottom of each bowl (this will create a melted cheese barrier and keep the bowl from getting soggy; refried beans would also work).

Add a scoop of "beef" mixture to each bowl. Top with desired toppings.

These are incredibly fantastic. Amy's recipe was excellent and, beyond the switch to vegan meat, I only made minor adjustments in order to give more flavor to the vegan meat. I absolutely adore the tortilla bowls themselves and will definitely be using the technique in the future for other recipes. The mix of corn and sofrito in the meat is excellent. I highly recommend this recipe and please stop by and check out A Little Nosh.

Meatless/Vegan Monday Link-up
To participate this week here on Veggie Converter, you will be able to comment or link your Meatless Monday meals while I post my Meatless Monday challenge to myself, Vegan Mondays. If you're a vegetarian or vegan blogger and would like to be featured for Vegan Mondays, link up, or contact

Now for the link-up rules: post your link to a meatless (vegan or vegetarian, or even an attempted meatless) recipe that you've posted on your blog.

Please join the Meatless (Vegan) Monday link-up. What Vegan or Meatless Monday Meal is your family having today?

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  1. I love how you made the little bowls. I've tried that using a microwave to dry out the tortilla but it's never quite successful. I've got to try your muffin tin method!

  2. I LOVE how you make the taco bowls. I have the little pans that shape the bowls, but this is even easier and I could do several at a time! Great tip.

    I bet the lentils were really good in the dish with all the other flavors. I am always looking for new ways to use them!

  3. I love the little bowls, such a nice little meal.

    Cook Lisa Cook

  4. What a great way of making small taco bowls. I think kids could really get into making these too.

  5. Thank you all. They were super easy and yes, the kids loved helping to squish the tortillas into the back of the muffin tins.

  6. What a great way to make the bowls!! I love it!

  7. I love those bowls! What a great idea. Can't wait to try it!

  8. Love this recipe, look amazing, gloria

  9. These Taco Bowls are SO dang cute! I love 'em.

    Thanks again for being a part of SRC and being a part of my first group, I enjoyed being your host! Now, I get to visit everyone's blog, THIS IS THE FUN PART!

    Come check out my Secret Recipe Club Post: Cucumber Salad

    or my second post for the SRC Raspberry and Nutella Pizza

  10. I love those taco bowls. What a great trick to have up my sleeve. I can't wait to give these a try sometime. This was a great SRC pick. Looks so delicious.

  11. I love these - they are so cute! What a wonderful treat for lunch or dinner, and I can just imagine how much kids would enjoy them. Thank you so much for sharing another wonderful post with the Gallery of Favorites.

  12. These look great! I've made taco bowls before too and they are always a big hit :) Thanks for playing along with SRC!

  13. I love these! My husband and I have been eating less meat meals and more veggie meals. This is perfect!