Breakfast at Radical Eats

Vegan Tex-Mex favorite Radical Eats is going to serve breakfast. They’ll be offering breakfast tamales, cinnamon rolls, and locally roasted coffee. Breakfast service will begin August 14 beginning at 7:30 AM.

All this makes me wonder, is the breakfast tamale Houston’s answer to the breakfast taco? Or have I been sleeping through breakfast while everyone else gobbles up tofu migas tamales? Tamale experts, what’s the story here?

Vegan Tex-Mex in DFW

Vegan enchiladas in the Metroplex. Photo by tofutti break. Licensed under creative commons

The folks at Dallas Vegan have been putting a lot of work into their website lately. They’ve added several new food guides, including this list of vegan Tex-Mex options in DFW. The list tells you the vegan status of beans, tortillas, rice, and sauces at restaurants. With that info, you can create just about any vegan Tex-Mex restaurant dish. The info is crowd sourced, so be sure to let Dallas Vegan know about your favorite Tex-Mex spot in the Metroplex.

Vegan Breakfast Taco Tutorial

Photo by toffuti break

Along with most of Austin, I have a breakfast taco addiction. They’re the perfect thing to eat in the morning. Savory, filling, and cheap. I often stop at Vegan Nom, Wheatsville, or Thunderbird Coffee for a breakfast taco on my way to work. But some mornings, leaving the house any sooner than absolutely necessary isn’t going to happen. (Read: I’m a terrible person to be around first thing in the morning.) So I thought, why not make a big batch of breakfast tacos and freeze them?

I checked the Internet for some suggestions and guidelines, but didn’t really find anything. Lots of advice on freezing breakfast burritos, but nothing much on breakfast tacos.

Pedantic side note: for a taco, a fairly small tortilla is folded over once around a small amount of filling. For a burrito, a large tortilla completely encloses the fillings. Taco fillings are usually fairly simple, often just one or two ingredients. Burritos, on the other hand, often have many more ingredients, including rice, which you rarely find in a taco.

So freezing breakfast tacos? Possible? Probably. I decided to consult vegan taco expert Lazy Smurf. She suggested freezing just the ingredients, and then assembling when I’m ready to eat. I quickly ignored her advice because it sounded like too much work in the morning.

So I winged it. And it turns out, when it comes to freezing, tacos and burritos are pretty similar.

Step One. Assemble all your ingredients. You’ll want smallish tortillas, about six inches. Either corn or flour is fine. If your tortillas are a bit stiff, warm them in the microwave, in the oven, or on an electric stove. For fillings, I chose refried beans, soyrizo, and hash browned potatoes. I used vegetarian refried beans warmed with a bit of salsa. Warming makes the beans more spreadable, as does stirring in a bit of salsa.  The soyrizo and hashbrowns were prepared as usual. You’ll also want a few squares of aluminum foil.

Step Two. Add your ingredients. The more filling you add, the harder it will be to fold the taco, so restrain yourself.

Step Three. Fold the taco in half. If you haven’t added too many ingredients, you should be able to press the edges of the tortilla together and smoosh the ingredients towards the middle so everything fits snugly.

Step Four. Remember the edges of the tortilla that you pressed together in Step Three? Fold them back toward the center of the taco. This will help the ingredients stay in the tortilla as you wrap it in foil.

Step Five. Wrap the foil around the tortilla. It’s best to fold over the edge of the foil on the “open” side of the taco first to keep the taco from unfolding as you wrap it.

Step Six. Freeze the tacos. I put all of mine into a gallon ziploc bag to add a bit more protection against moisture.

Reheating. When you’re ready to eat, unwrap the taco. Make sure no pieces of aluminum foil are stuck to your taco. Microwave on a plate for one minute.

I haven’t reheated these in an oven yet, but I don’t see any reason why that wouldn’t work. Other than my grumpy self in the morning not having the patience for it.


Veg Mexican Food in El Paso

The Vegetarian Society of El Paso writes that Mercado Mayapán is serving a vegetarian menu every Friday at their El Paso food court. How neat is that? The menu items sound pretty great and vegan-friendly as well: soyrizo and potato burritos, enchiladas, and stuffed cactus. Be sure to ask about cheese when you order.

Mercado Mayapán sounds like a pretty neat place itself. It was started by La Mujer Obrera, an advocacy organization that helps Mexican immigrant women. Mercado Mayapán offers a traditional Mexican indoor market that champions Mexican culture and provide employment for many people. Plus, tacos!