Easy Weeknight TVP Tacos

This 15-minute meal is one of the easiest, fastest, and most satisfying dishes I’ve ever created. If you’ve yet to read my friend’s diatribe on TVP, check it out before trying this recipe. For a quick recap, TVP stands for textured vegetable protein. This is a byproduct of soybean oil extraction, and it comes in chunks, strips, nuggets, and flakes. TVP is insanely cheap, relatively tasteless, and packed with protein. In these tacos, it stands in for what would normally be ground beef.

This recipe is also great if you want to entertain on a budget. TVP will cost around $2.50 for a four-cup bag; the rest of the ingredients are vegetables, which are relatively cheap on their own. The recipe yields between 15 and 20 tacos, depending on how much TVP you want to use per portion. Perfect for quick dinners and low-budget parties, these TVP tacos are about to be on heavy rotation for your weeknight meals.



  • 2 cups TVP (I use Bob’s Red Mill, but you can get the product in bulk from Whole Foods and other health food stores.)
  • 1 teaspoon oil
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 3 tablespoons salsa
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Corn tortillas


To garnish:

  • 1 head romaine, chopped
  • ½ onion, sliced
  • Black beans
  • Salsa
  • Shredded cheese
  • 1 small avocado, sliced



  1. Measure two cups of water and boil in a small saucepan. While waiting for the water to boil, begin preparing your garnish—chop the lettuce, onion, and avocado and place in small, separate bowls. This is also a great time to heat up your tortillas using either an oven or microwave.
  2. Once water comes to a rolling boil, turn off heat and add two cups of TVP. Stir for three minutes, then cover and let sit for five minutes.
  3. Transfer hydrated TVP to frying pan. Add oil, chili powder, paprika, and garlic powder. Stir to combine
  4. When the TVP begins to brown (after 2-3 minutes), add salsa. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Time to assemble! Put two tablespoons of TVP onto each tortilla, then add lettuce, black beans, salsa, cheese, onion, and avocado. Enjoy!