If you are looking for a healthy breakfast, a delightful lunch, and a mildly spicy dinner to end your day, vegan al pastor is your cuisine. This delicious food uses seitan or tofu as the base, along with a blend of flavorful spices and pineapple for sweetness. From tacos to burritos, bowls to salads, this versatile dish can be customized to your liking and enjoyed in a variety of settings. This serves as an excellent alternative to the traditional marinated pork for all vegans, vegetarians, and food enthusiasts looking to try something new. Here is the complete guide for cooking the cuisine and adding servings.
Here are all of the basic ingredients you require to make a delicious vegan al pastor:-
- 1 lb seitan or firm tofu
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tbsp smoked paprika
- 1 tbsp chili powder
- 1 tbsp cumin
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1/4 cup pineapple juice
- 1/4 cup orange juice
- 1/4 cup lime juice
- 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 1 cup diced pineapple
- 1 small red onion, diced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 8-10 corn tortillas
- Fresh cilantro, for al pastor seasoning
Follow these vegan al pastor instructions for the best taste and appropriate baking
- Preheat your oven to 375°F.
- If you are using seitan, slice it into thin strips. In case you are cooking with tofu, press it to remove excess water and then slice it into thin strips.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, smoked paprika, chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, onion powder, oregano, salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper to create a spice rub.
- Rub the spice mixture on the seitan or tofu. Make sure that both sides of each piece are well coated.
- Create a marinade by combining pineapple juice, orange juice, lime juice, and apple cider vinegar to create a marinade in a separate bowl.
- Place the marinated seitan or tofu in a baking dish and pour the marinade over it. Add the diced pineapple, red onion, and minced garlic, and stir to combine.
- Cover the dish with foil and bake for 30 minutes.
- Remove the foil and bake for an additional 15-20 minutes, or until the seitan or tofu is crispy and golden brown.
- While the seitan or tofu is baking, heat the corn tortillas in a dry skillet over medium heat until they are warm and slightly toasted.
- Serve the vegan al pastor on warm tortillas, garnished with fresh cilantro.
Given below are some of the most popular flavor additions that can enhance your cuisine:
The dish is traditionally seasoned with a blend of spices that includes cumin, garlic, chili powder, and paprika. You can experiment with adding other al pastors spices like coriander, oregano, or smoked paprika to give it a unique twist.
Adding a splash of lime juice to the marinade or squeezing fresh lime over the finished dish can brighten the flavors and add some acidity.
Adding some chopped chipotle peppers in adobo sauce to the marinade or topping can add a smoky and spicy flavor.
A drizzle of agave nectar or honey substitute can balance out the spicy and savory flavors with some sweetness.
Adding coconut milk to the marinade or serving it as a sauce on the side can give the dish a creamy and tropical flavor.
Serrano or Jalapeño Peppers
Adding some chopped Serrano or jalapeño peppers to the toppings can add some heat and texture to the dish.
Vegan al pastor is a delicious Mexican dish that is replacing traditional pork al pastor with its rich spices and natural ingredients. They can be used as a snack or as a great addition to your meal.