"Meat": As you probably know, we're vegan. I have never been into fake beef crumbles. The soy ones are just "meh" to me. But that all changed when Beyond Meat came out with these babies. They are SO GOOD. I like the feisty variety the best, and we add more Frank's Red Hot to make it extra spicy! I buy mine at Whole Foods.
Guacamole: Sometimes we just put plain avacado on our tacos, but usually we make guacamole using Alton Brown's recipe. It just as delicious as you would expect. I forget to buy a jalapeno pepper every single time, but the cayenne makes it hot enough!
Salsa: I like to make our own fresh salsa! It is so much better than jarred! Here is what I usually put in it: 1 mango, 1 large tomato, 1/2 orange bell pepper, 1/2 small onion, and the juice of one lime. We dice everything pretty fine and add some salt and pepper to taste. So easy! So good!
Beans: I use a healthy ish recipe for refried beans that I got from OhDearDrea's Mise en Place Cleanse e-book. You just have to mash up a can of pinto beans, the saute it in a pan with coconut oil, a diced tomato, a few cloves of garlic, cumin, chili powder, and a little water. I love that cleanse E-book. I knew a lot of the healthy eating info, but I have used so many of the recipes! Every single one I have tried has been really good! She is working on a cookbook right now, and I'll be first in line to order it!
Shells: I don't know how common these are, but these are the best taco shells I've ever had! We buy them at the little corner grocery store down the block from our house. They are super thin and crisp and only have four ingredients!
So there you have it, add a little Herb Alpert and you have a guide to the perfect vegan taco night! I have made all this stuff for non-veg friends and they have all loved it and come back for seconds!