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Vegan Carne Asada

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Vegan Carne Asada using SOY CURLS! Super delicious and perfect in Tortas, Tacos, Burritos, whatever you like!

Carne Asada is ubiquitous in Los Angeles, and I’ve eaten my fair share. Getting some tacos or burritos after a night of drinking was one of my favorite past times, and Asada was always on the plate!

When I went vegan, I thought I’d never get to enjoy that again. However places like Cena Vegan and El Cocinero showed me that wasn’t true! I’ve been making this Vegan Carne Asada with Soy Curls for years now, and it’s one of my favorites!

It’s great on tacos and maybe my favorite, a TORTA! But use it however you like!

I’ve also got a Seitan Carne Asada recipe as well!

ingredients for vegan carne asada

The main ingredient is going to be Soy Curls! One of my favorites!

While Soy Curls are a specific product, the concept behind them is not new. It’s essentially just TVP (Textured Vegetable Protein) and there are variations of it around the world. Sometimes they are called Soya Chunks too.

The ones I use are made by Butler Foods. You can get it directly from them or on Amazon. But I suggest getting them direct from Butler Foods as it’s way cheaper. This post isn’t sponsored by the way, I just love Soy Curls!

the marinade

For the marinade, we’ll be using a few ingredients to impart some BEEFY flavor. I always use stuff like some Beefless Bouillon, Vegan Worcestershire, Mushroom Seasoning and Blackstrap Molasses. You can swap or leave some of these ingredients out however if you can’t find them, so don’t sweat it!

Other than that, we’ll be employing some traditional Asada Marinade ingredients like orange and lime juice, garlic, jalapeños and cilantro. Optional but recommended is some Mexican Beer! It’s a super flavorful marinade and one of my favorites!

HOW TO MAKE Vegan Carne Asada

This couldn’t be easier! First rehydrate the soy curls in some water for about 10 minutes.

Then squeeze out as much liquid as you can.

Make the marinade by combining everything.

Toast the Soy Curls in a pan to dry them out a bit more, then pour over the marinade.

You can add a tablespoon of something like Gravy Master or Kitchen Bouquet for some color.

Next we just need to reduce the marinade down until it’s mostly absorbed. This will take some time, about 45 minutes or so.

Then it’s done! Use as you wish on tacos, burritos or tortas!

handy dandy video here!


Store in the fridge and eat within 3 – 5 days, or freeze for up to 1 month.

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Vegan Carne Asada

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4.67 from 15 votes
Servings 6 Servings



  • 2 cups Beefless Broth
  • 2 Tbsp Soy sauce
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire (vegan)
  • 2 Tbsp Mushroom Seasoning (or 2 tsp Miso Paste)
  • 2 tsp Balsamic Vinegar (optional)
  • 1 Tbsp Blackstrap Molasses (optional)
  • 2 Tbsp Tomato Paste
  • 2 Tbsp Diced Chipotle in Adobo
  • 1/4 cup White Vinegar
  • 6 Tbsp Lime Juice
  • 6 Tbsp Orange Juice
  • 4 – 6 cloves Garlic (minced)
  • 1 -2 Jalapeños (small dice)
  • 1/4 cup Chopped Cilantro
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Coriander
  • 1/2 tsp Cayenne


  • Rehydrate the soy curls by covering them in some water for about 10 minutes.
  • While soy curls are hydrating, prepare the marinade by adding the rest of the ingredients in a bowl and whisk to combine.
  • Strain your soy curls, and using your bare hands, squeeze out the excess water. You want them to be as dry as possible.
  • Sauté your soy curls in a pan over medium heat in a bit of oil for about 6 minutes or so, until slightly browned.
  • Add in the marinade and reduce down to your desired consistency, should take about 30 – 45 minutes.
  • That's it! Now just enjoy however you would like, in tortas, tacos, burritos etc! Whatever you like!
  • ENJOY!
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