You are going to love this plant-based version of authentic al pastor tacos. Serve on homemade corn tortillas topped with minced onions, cilantro, and lime juice.     Credit line: Recipe from The Taco Cleanse: The Tortilla-Based Diet Proven to Change Your Life, copyright ©Wes Allison, Stephanie Bogdanich, Molly R. Frisinger, Jessica Morris, 2015. Reprinted by permission of the publisher, The Experiment. Available wherever books are sold.

Enlightened Soy Curls Al Pastor [Vegan]


6 tacos



For the Tacos:

  • 2 1/2 cups (63 g) Soy Curls
  • 3 cups (720 ml) water
  • 1 packet vegetable broth powder‚ such as Goya Ham Flavored Concentrate
  • 2 ancho chiles
  • 1 guajillo chile
  • 1 tablespoon epazote

For the Marinade:

  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) water
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) lime juice
  • 2 chipotles in adobo‚ plus 2 teaspoons of the adobo sauce
  • 1/4 cup (41 g) diced pineapple
  • 1 teaspoon sugar or agave nectar
  • 1 teaspoon achiote paste
  • 1 teaspoon oregano (preferably Mexican)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
For the Sautee:

For the Sauté:

  • 2 tablespoons cooking oil
  • 1 small white onion‚ chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves‚ chopped
  • 1/4 cup (41 g) diced pineapple
  • 6 Corn Tortillas
  • Minced white onion
  • Minced cilantro
  • Lime juice


  1. Simmer the Soy Curls, water, broth powder, chiles, and epazote for 10 minutes in a medium saucepan. With a spoon, pick the dried peppers out and set aside, leaving the Soy Curls and broth in the pan to cool.
  2. When cool enough to handle, remove the stems and seeds from the chiles. In a blender, combine the chiles with all of the marinade ingredients. Add the blended marinade to the saucepan with the Soy Curls. Refrigerate 1 hour.
  3. Heat up a cast-iron skillet and add the oil. Sauté the onion and garlic for a couple of minutes and then add the Soy Curls with the marinade and the remaining pineapple. Sauté until the Soy Curls start to brown, about 15 minutes. Serve on the corn tortillas with the minced onion, cilantro, and lime juice to taste.