Soy-Free Taco Night!

April 25, 2011 § 8 Comments

So, on Easter Sunday, Robert and I made from scratch flour tortillas, and tonight we had our first Taco Night in a very long time. Since we discovered that soy is everywhere (including taco shells, most tortillas, and taco seasoning packets), we hadn’t had a Taco Night.

And then I found this recipe in 5 Ingredients or Less!
Homemade flour tortillas
6 c. all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 1/4 c. shortening (if you’re going soy-free, try Spectrum shortening–they use palm oil instead of vegetable oil)
2 c. hot water

Combine ingredients together until small crumbs form; gradually add 2 c. hot water. Knead until well blended; divide dough into 1- to 2-inch balls. Roll out into thin circles; heat until golden in a very hot, dry skillet. Flip and heat other side; repeat with remaining dough balls. Makes about 2 dozen. (And it really does!)

I ended up using so much flour! The dough is extremely sticky, so I sprinkled flour on my tea towel, and then sprinkled a little additional flour on the dough ball before rolling it out with with the rolling pin. (A little tip: “smush” out the dough ball before going at it with the rolling pin. And don’t ever roll backwards–just do it the way Alton Brown does it; from the center and out until you attain your desired thickness.)

These tortillas are delicious! I’m excited to try additional versions of these tortillas–baked tortilla chips…baked tortilla salad bowls…yum!

But tonight, we had soft tacos that ended up looking more like burritos. For the seasoning, we used Lawry’s taco seasoning (also, Ortega is soy-free, but we haven’t tried that one yet). It was amazing.

This is Robert’s delicious dinner plate:

Yum! Ground beef, shredded cheese, a dollop of Rotel dip, and Pace Picante sauce.

I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it again: what on earth does soy even add to food? Because I certainly don’t taste a difference when we eat soy-free!

Yesterday afternoon, I left my flour-y tea towel in a laundry basket. And then Annie nosed it out. And then we found Annie.

I think she looks like an adorable culprit. Robert thinks she looks like she has an expensive habit.

She guzzled a ton of water after I took the towel away from her. I guess the flour dried out her tongue! Haha.

So, there you have it. Soy-free Taco Night. Culprit Puppy. All-in-all, an awesome 48 hours!

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§ 8 Responses to Soy-Free Taco Night!

  • AMo says:

    Those look delicious! Also, it’s total bullshit that soy is added to everything. It has to be a food subsidy/economic/business thing because food doesn’t need soy products to be delicious, wholesome, healthy, and fulfilling. Corporate/government conspiracy anyone? 🙂

    • Mrs. H. says:

      Lol, I’m with you, A.Mo! One day we’re going to find out that soybeans are grown from the fertilizer of crushed up humans. Something akin to Soylent Green. Aaaahh!!! 😉

  • Tim says:

    I think soy gets added to things simply because it’s cheaper. As we have moved toward mass-production, food companies look to cut costs wherever they can, and soy is dirt cheap to produce. It’s like the old publishing conundrum that removed the deuterocanonical books from Protestant Bibles – “Why use more/more expensive resources to make it when you can spend LESS and charge the same price?”

    • Mrs. H. says:

      I think you’re right, Tim–they make a good pairing with cheap-ass corn that’s otherwise utterly inedible. Blech.

      And I didn’t know that’s why the Protestant Bibles were edited…I had always just assumed they didn’t want those particular books because they supported Catholic interpretations. But decisions to cut holy texts are skeevy in general, no matter the motivation, I think.

      • Tim says:

        The full story of the editing is that Martin Luther decided that the deuterocanon was not Scripture, but that it was still suitable for edification, and so he moved those books into an appendix of his Bible. He tried to outright cut Hebrews, James, Jude, and Revelation, but met too much resistance on those fronts.

        Fast-forward to American publishing houses selling Bibles, and the publishers figured that nobody read the appendices, anyway, and they just dropped them to save on printing costs.

        This has pissed me off ever since I found out about it, since Sirach contains an admonishment to “give the physician his place” that many “faith healers” would do well to hear.

  • Tori Nelson says:

    Nom. And Nom. Nom. Seriously wanting tacos for breakfast now 🙂

  • Thanks for the advice! I am cooking for a small dinner party for taco tuesday and one guest is allergic to soy, I am so glad I found this info! Are there any soy free taco shells on the market instead of making them from scratch?

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