But over the years, I've slowly started to appreciate seitan...because I've learned how to properly flavor it; and serve it. And in tacos is where my newfound love for seitan is the strongest.
I almost didn't even share this recipe because we ate these tacos too fast for me to take any great pictures of it - but the fact that we loved the tacos that much made me realize I needed to share it with you guys.
So, let's give seitan some love...in the form of delicious tacos.
Spicy Seitan Tacos
Yields: 4 servings
-2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
-1 large red bell pepper, halved, seeded, and thinly sliced
-1 large (or 1 1/2 medium) yellow onion, halved and thinly sliced
-1/4 cup fresh lime juice
-2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
-2 teaspoons honey
-1 clove garlic, minced
-Salt and black pepper
-1 8-ounce package seitan, rinsed, drained, and thinly sliced
-1 cup shredded cheese (we used a blend of cheddar and Monterey Jack)
-8 6-inch flour tortillas
For serving: lime wedges, thinly sliced purple cabbage, sour cream, salsa, and extra fresh cilantro
1.) Heat oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Add bell peppers and onions, and cook 8-10 minutes, or until vegetables are soft and beginning to brown, stirring often.
2.) Meanwhile, whisk together lime juice, cilantro, honey, garlic, cumin, chile powder, salt, and black pepper in a small bowl.
3.) Add seitan to bell pepper mixture, and season with salt and pepper. Cook 2 to 3 minutes, or until seitan begins to brown. Stir in lime juice mixture, and cook 3 to 4 minutes, or until most of the liquid has evaporated.
4.) Meanwhile, sprinkle even amounts of cheese on the middle of each tortilla. Place in the oven/toaster oven/microwave until cheese has melted and tortillas are warm. Serve with seitan mixture and suggested toppings (above).
The honey-lime juice-spice mixture is what really puts these tacos over the top. It adds a great zest, kick of spice, and sweetness to the otherwise flavorless seitan. I highly recommend not skipping on the cabbage, either - it adds a much-needed crunchy texture to the tacos.
Are you a fan of seitan? If so, what's your favorite way to prepare it?