Vegan Chorizo

From time to time on my Facebook page, I run a fun group called the ‘Taco Cleanse’. Basically it’s an accountability group to eat healthy meals but turn them into tacos. Healthy tacos! When doing my research, I came across this gem of a recipe which is ‘bulgur wheat vegan chorizo’. It has the texture of ground sausage, has a nice spicy kick and is very versatile!
Bulgur is low in fat, high in minerals like manganese, magnesium and iron, plus it’s a good source of plant-based protein. On top of this, bulgur wheat provides a very good dose of the dietary fiber you need for digestive and heart health — over 25 percent of your daily needs in every one-cup serving!

For a gluten free option, substitute quinoa and reduce the cooking time by about half.

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Makes about 4 cups

Ingredients

  • 3 cups water
  • 1 cup plain tomato puree
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil or safflower oil
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 jalapeno, seeds removed
  • 1/2 yellow onion, coarsely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons ground cumin
  • 2 tablespoons smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 cups coarse wheat bulgur

Directions

  1. Puree everything in a blender except the bulgur and set aside.
  2. Lightly toast the bulgur in a large pot for 1 minute over medium-high heat, stirring constantly. Pour the contents of the blender into the pot and bring it to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to low and simmer, covered, for 30 minutes or until bulgur is done and liquid is absorbed.