These Vegan Tacos are a perfect get-together between Comrade Cluck from No Evil Foods and our Zesty Lime marinade.
These Zesty Lime Vegan Tacos came together in no time, and made for a delicious and satisfying lunch. We have a simple, and fast, marinade that worked beautifully with the No Evil brand Comrade Cluck “no chicken” plant meat. Note: this is not a sponsored post.
So Many Plant Meat Options!
If you have been shopping the prepared vegan meat section in the market, I am sure you are seeing, like us, an ever-expanding list of options. This is great for the animals, so we are psyched about that (a major win for everyone!). We lean toward a WFPB diet most of the time but like to try new things and almost always have one or two on hand for a quick meal. We also have so many vegan-curious friends in our life and these vegan meat options are a great transition food for people who just cannot imagine life after animal meat.
No Evil Foods Comrade Cluck
So how did we pick No Evil brand over the others? Not gonna lie, the packaging slayed us. Coolest box ever that is just one piece of recyclable (and even compostable!) heavy paper. There is some plastic on the product itself, but that’s far less than most products. So, yes, that is why we picked it up in the first place. (Greg is a graphic designer. He had a hard time putting it down.) Its the power of well designed, eye catching graphics! (Fist-bump to creative genius co-founder of No Evil Foods, Sadrah Schadel for the branding and packaging design)
Comrade Cluck is Clean Food
The second thing that caught my eye was the short list of ingredients. Some vegan meats have a loooong list of ingredients, processed this, extract of that, and preservatives, etc. This never appeals to me. Comrade Cluck is made from eight ingredients (including water) that all could found right in my kitchen. I like that. Per serving, there is 1 gram of fat and 21 grams of protein (for those people who are panicked about getting enough protein). Right then I knew that if it was good, I would be happy to share it and encourage others to try it. It’s a perfect fit for the clean-eating, WFPB types, so here we are!
Plus, No Evil Foods is the real deal: making food in small batches with real ingredients and organic ingredients. They are community supporting, eco-conscious, and they care about it all. Like, as they say on their website: “Let’s Be Better Humans”. Really, this from their Mission page sums it up:
“No Evil exists to empower people to make positive changes for themselves, the environment, and the welfare of animals through awesome food. Do No Evil is the crux of what we do and the center from which all good emanates.”
We are 100% on board with these guys!
It Was All about the Tacos!
The meal we made came together like most meals in our house: half what is on hand, half what we were craving. We knew that we had several gorgeous, ready-to-go avocados and a package of wonderful organic corn tortillas waiting at the house. So, when we arrived home from our local Publix with Comrade Cluck in hand the vegan taco craving was already strong! I quickly whipped up a batch of our Zesty Lime marinade to spice up the plant meat. The shredded strips were super easy to work with and held the marinade beautifully. Plus, they were really easy to cook – just simple pan frying – and then it was assemble and eat!
Time For Vegan Tacos with Comrade Cluck!
So, what’s it all taste like? The texture of Comrade Cluck was excellent. Unless you were raised as a vegetarian or vegan, you probably know the taste and mouth feel of chicken. Now there are lots of vegan chicken nuggets around that are delicious, because (let’s be honest) it’s hard to screw up breaded and fried. It takes some talent, and probably tons of trial and error, to produce a straight up vegan meat that tastes like, cooks like, and has the mouth feel really close to poultry meat. Where to get it? No Evil Foods has a “Find Us” page so you can find the nearest market that carries their products.
The bottom line line is that Comrade Cluck, marinated and cooked, made perfect vegan taco filling. It was pleasently chewy with it’s own mild flavor, held together very well, and was a strong player in the overall flavor profile of the tacos. The product gets a solid A+ from both of us! Plus, not only does it taste pretty good, on its own, right out of the package, but the small amount of leftover taco filling we had was excellent on top of a salad the next day. OK, let’s make tacos!
8 – 10 4″ corn tortillas (organic if you can find it)
(1) 10oz box of No Evil Foods Comrade Cluck
1 mix of Zesty Lime Marinade
Avocado slices (1 medium avocado)
about 1cup Medium red salsa
mixed greens, shredded
non-dairy sour cream
Combine the marinade and entire package of Comrade Cluck in a large jar or plastic bag. (I used a jar because we are really trying to decrease our plastic use. It worked perfectly.)
Toss, or shake, until well coated. Let sit for 5 – 10 minutes
Heat a large frying pan and coat lightly with oil.
Add the coated Comrade Cluck and cook for a minute or so before stirring.
Gently stir until thoroughly heated, adding a little water if there is sticking to the pan.
Remove from heat
warm the tortillas (microwave for 15 – 20 seconds, or for about a minute on a hot pan (30 seconds or so on a side)
Assemble tacos and enjoy!
The order of ingredients in the tacos is highly personal. 🙂
We liked: shredded greens and Comrade Cluck first, one slice of avocado tucked right next to that, then salsa, topped with a dollop of the sour cream (we like Toffuti brand which is generally easy to find)
This recipe should yield 8 – 10 tacos. Fewer if you stuff them with filling, or use larger tortillas.
Georgia is an unpretentious foodie who, at 50, transitioned from a vegetarian diet to a whole foods plant based diet and is loving it. She works as a nurse, plays as a quilter, loves to run, hates to race.
She thinks dogs are actually angels (in dog suits).
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When I saw this recipe, I couldn’t wait to try it. I even went out and bought Comrade Cluck. Cost me $8 for the box. I cannot begin to tell you how disappointed I was in that product. It tasted as though I was eating plastic. It was horrible. I ended up throwing the whole thing out. I am a disabled person living on a fixed income. The money wasted on this product and the other ingredients was not inconsequential. I have since read extremely negative things about No Evil and how this company treats its employees. Generally, I love your recipes and have followed you for several years now. But I would encourage you to research any companies whose products you push.
Oh my, we’re so sorry that this was your experience!
Before we posted the recipe we did check out No Evil Foods and also have listened to the founders interviewed on podcasts. We haven’t heard any of the negative reports and we’re sad to hear that there are some. We found Comrade Cluck to be “ok” all by itself, but didnt think that it was intended to be used that way at all. Which is why we used as a base.
You make a very good point though, about the cost of the ingredients. We really try to present recipes that are (more often than not) made from accessible and affordable ingredients and we DO appreciate that many people are trying to eat plant-based but aren’t able (or willing) to be spending a premium to do it. That’s us, too, and its what we consider to be our primary audience.
Thank you SO much for being in touch and for being a faithful follower – it means the world to us.
Georgia & Greg