Vegan Carne Asada Tacos

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vegan carne asada tacos

If you’re looking for new and exciting recipes to try, these Vegan Carne Asada Tacos will blow your mind! This vegan version of classic Carne Asada is super flavorful and packed with plant-based protein. These meatless tacos are made with marinated soy curls (I used Butler’s Soy Curls) which have a surprisingly meaty texture, without the meat! 

Vegan Mexican food is always a winner! So, try this recipe out for dinner and share with friends and family. Show others how delicious vegan food can be!

carne asada marinade

You can also make this carne asada recipe more whole foods plant based friendly by using portobello or shiitake mushrooms in place of the soy curls and marinate them for 30 minutes. Then wrap it up corn tortillas or lettuce cups after cooking. 

How To Make Vegan Soy Curls “Beefy”

The key part of making the vegan carne asada taste beefy, is the marinating broth. I made a “no-beef” broth using Edward & Son’s Not-Beef Bouillon Cubes. Tip: You can minimize the sodium by using half or two-thirds the amount of cube-to-water ratio. This vegan broth gave the soy curls a beef-like flavor that is perfectly complemented by the other seasonings in the carne asada. If you cannot find no-beef broth or bouillon, you can also use mushroom broth. 

how to make vegan carne asada

The soy curl asada can be cooked without oil, as long as you use a non-stick pan. The soy curls will still brown without oil (I did not use oil in the above photo). If you want to use oil, that is fine too – these tacos are delicious either way. 

You will know when the Asada is ready to be transformed into tacos after excess marinade has evaporated from the pan, the soy curls have browned, and your entire house smells AMAZING…

vegan carne asada taco recipe

My favorite way to enjoy Vegan Carne Asada is simple. I like to add fresh white onion, cilantro, and a bit of hot sauce…so so good! But feel free to add other fixings, like avocado, pico de gallo, corn, or shredded cabbage. 

This vegan taco recipe is awesome no matter how it is served, because it is:

  • Meal-prep worthy
  • Kid friendly
  • Easy to make in large batches for parties or family gatherings
  • Can easily be gluten free 
  • Full of plant based protein!
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Are you hungry yet? Let’s get into the recipe for these epic Vegan Carne Asada Tacos!

Vegan Carne Asada Tacos

vegan carne asada tacos

Vegan Carne Asada Tacos make a delicious vegan dinner recipe and can also be used for a plant based meal prep. This epic vegan taco recipe will soon be your new favorite!

  • Prep Time1 hr
  • Cook Time15 min
  • Total Time1 hr 15 min
  • Yield10 tacos


    Vegan Carne Asada

    • 8 oz soy curls
    • 4 cups vegan no-beef broth (Like Edward & Sons)
    • 1 cup chopped cilantro
    • 1/4 cup lime juice
    • 1/4 cup soy sauce
    • 2 tsp onion powder
    • 2 tsp garlic powder
    • 2 tsp sugar
    • 1 tsp cumin
    • pepper to taste

    Taco Necessities

    • Diced white onion
    • Chopped cilantro
    • Hot sauce
    • Tortillas


    Marinade the Soy Curls


    Bring the no-beef broth to a simmer, remove from heat, and add the soy curls. Let sit 10 minutes. 


    Meanwhile, mix the remaining Carne Asada ingredients in a large flat container with a lid. I used 9×13-inch glass baking dish. Add soy curls and broth to the mixture, stir to combine. Cover and marinate in the fridge for at least 1 hour. You can also marinate overnight or while at work/school.

    Cook the Vegan Carne Asada


    Drain the marinade (you can save it for round 2) and add the soy curls to a large non-stick skillet. Cook on medium/high heat for 15 minutes, or until the excess moisture has cooked off and the asada is firm and browned. Stir frequently to prevent sticking. 

    Assemble Tacos


    Prepare your Vegan Carne Asada Tacos with desired toppings and warmed tortillas and enjoy!

    I hope you enjoy this recipe. Let me know if you tried it in the comments below =] 

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