Pickled onions are a new obsession of mine and I love them on everything- especially anything barbecue-flavored. Combined with the barbecue soy curls and the crunchy taco bowl, they create a wonderfully tasty flavor combination that can’t be beat.
Mini BBQ Soy Curl Taco Bowls with Pickled Onions
BBQ soy curls
- 1 8oz. bag of Butler soy curls
- enough vegetable broth to cover the soy curls
- 1/2 teaspoon olive oil
- 1/2 white onion
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tablespoon Bragg Liquid Aminos
- 1 teaspoon liquid smoke
- 1 can of organic fire-roasted tomatoes, diced
- 1 1/2 teaspoons cumin
- 1 teaspoon oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika
- juice from 1/2 a lemon
- 1-2 tablespoons Sriracha sauce
- 1/3 cup + 1/4 cup barbecue sauce, separated
- salt and pepper to taste (I used smoked salt and it was a great touch)
- 1 cup apple cider vinegar
- 3 tablespoons coconut sugar (or other unrefined sugar)
- 1 bay leaf
- 5 allspice berries
- 5 whole cloves
- 1 red onion, peeled, halved and very thinly sliced
- 12 taco shells (or just do 6 and save 1/2 of the soy curls to do tacos another day)
- 1 avocado, thinly sliced
- At least one day prior to making taco bowls, follow the instructions here, using my ingredient list (or use his, whatever floats your boat).
for the soy curls
- Place the soy curls in a bowl and cover with warm vegetable broth. Let them rehydrate for about 5 minutes before draining (reserve broth for possibly deglazing the pan or for future use). Use your hands to squeeze excess moisture from the curls.
- In a large saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion and sauté until translucent. Add the garlic and sauté for about 1-2 minutes. Add the soy curls, Bragg’s, and liquid smoke and mix to combine. Sauté for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking, until excess moisture has cooked away. Add the fire-roasted tomatoes and spices, mix well, and let sauté for about 7-8 minutes, until most of the liquid has cooked away. If at any point the curls begin to stick, deglaze the pan with the reserved broth and turn the heat down a hair. If the liquid does not cook away fast enough, turn the heat up. Add 1/3 cup of barbecue sauce and Sriracha and let sauté for another 7-8 minutes, until excess liquid has cooked away. Add salt and pepper to taste, and the remaining barbecue sauce and set aside.
for the taco bowls
- Follow these instructions to prepare the taco bowls.
Once prepared, fill each taco bowl with about 1/3 cup of BBQ soy curls and top with avocado slices and pickled onions. Serve immediately. If you want to save half of the soy curls (and tortillas) for another day, the soy curls will keep for about 3-4 days. Enjoy!