The Taco Cleanse: The Tortilla-Based Diet Proven to Change Your Life

The Taco Cleanse: The Tortilla-Based Diet Proven to Change Your Life


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 Prevent or reverse taco deficiency. Get that fresh taco-y feeling with over 75 seriously tasty vegan recipes.

Tired of the same old cleanse? Instead of feeling rejuvenated are you feeling depleted, anxious, and cranky? (Not to mention . . . hungry?) A group of vegan taco scientists in Austin, Texas, know just how you feel, and now reveal their one-of-a-kind cleansing journey that anybody can follow and stick to—the Taco Cleanse. While the typical cleanse works by depriving you of your favorite foods, the plant-based Taco Cleanse rewards your body with what it naturally craves: tortillas, refried beans, guacamole!

Begin with a breakfast taco, the most important taco of the day. Even if you do nothing else, your mood will brighten in just 24 hours. Keep eating tacos and within a week your outlook will be noticeably improved. After 30 days, cleansers report lasting benefits—and you will, too!

The Taco Cleanse shows you:
  • How to make everything from the tortilla—flour, corn, and waffle (!)—to the thirst-quenching “Supplements” (margaritas and other beverages) that best complement your tacos
  • What to put in the tortilla— beer-battered portobellos, mac and cheese, even tater tots
  • How to remake popular staples like picadillo, tacos al pastor, carne guisada, and fish tacos using plants instead of, well, animals.
The Taco Cleanse is cheap, easy, and delicious. Its recipes are authentically Austin, and are sometimes even inspired by Mexico, where the taco was first created. Everything tastes better folded (exactly once) into a tortilla. Just eat one or more tacos at every meal, adding margaritas as necessary. It’s that simple.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781615192724
Publisher: Experiment, The
Publication date: 12/01/2015
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 466,853
Product dimensions: 6.70(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Wes Allison is the chief nutrition scientist and illustrator for The Taco Cleanse. Taco cleansing took his perspective on life from “meh” to “yeah!” He lives in Austin, Texas (where else?).

Stephanie Bogdanich blogs about vegan recipes, restaurant reviews, and Austin happenings at She enjoys whiling away her time in hammocks, especially in tropical locales, and although she loves breakfast tacos, she sometimes sleeps too late to get them.

Molly Frisinger is the writer behind Lone Star Plate, the blog of vegan Texas, where she covers vegan food, lifestyles, communities, and activism from El Paso to Houston. She lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband and two cats, and she has strong opinions about chili (no beans!).

Jessica Morris is a vegan tattooed bunny-hugging hair colorist who runs Rabbit Food Grocery, an online and pop-up vegan shop based in Austin, Texas. She firmly believes that even those who hate to cook can enjoy the benefits of a Taco Cleanse.

Table of Contents

Foreword vii

Preface ix

The Taco Cleanse 1

Is the Taco Cleanse Right for You? 2

The Hows and Whys of the Taco Cleanse 3

What is a Taco? 5

How to Prepare for a Taco Cleanse 7

Corn or Flour 10

Quiz: what Kind of Taco-Eater Are You? 12

But I Hate Cooking! 15

Finding Specialty Taco Ingredients 17

But I Don't Want to Give Up My Favorite Foods! 18

One-Week Meal Plan 19

How to Get More Taco Options at Your Favorite Vegan Restaurant 24

Taco Journaling 26

Dear Taco Scientists: Your Questions Answered 28

The Building Blocks of a Taco-Based Diet 33

Basic Ingredients end Their Properties 34

Tortillas 46

Flour Tortillas 47

Corn Tortillas 49

Plantain Tortillas 50

Collard Tortilla 52

Waffle Tortillas 53

Fillings 54

Bright Light Baja Slaw 55

Tropical Ceviche 58

Jackfruit Brisket 59

Barbacoa Mushrooms 60

Beer-Battered Portobellos 63

Euphoric Avocado Wedges 64

Radiant Rajas 65

Zucchini Fritters 66

Fried Plantains 67

Rewarding Esquites 68

Optimal Coconut-Roasted Acorn Squash 70

Grounding Sweet Potato Fries 71

Deeply Roasted Chipotle Butternut Squash 72

Abundant Roasted Potatoes 74

Affirmation Cumin-Onion Rice 75

Arroz Verde 77

Tolerant Bulgur Chorizo 78

Quick Chipotle Beans for Imperfect People 80

Quick Frijoles Charros 81

Ion-Charged Retried Beans 82

Redemption Beans 84

Veracruz Giant Limas 85

Gallo Pinto 88

Blue Corn Chip-Crusted Tofu 90

Iridescent Fried Tofu 92

Mighty Migas 95

Wake and Shake Scramble 96

Soy Curl Fajitas 99

Enlightened Soy Curls al Pastor 101

Sincere Sriracha-Agave Tenders 102

Tequila Sausage 104

Foundational Tempeh Bacon 105

Therapeutic Tempeh Picadillo 106

Revitalizing Taco Seitan 109

Comforting Seitan Guisada 110

Artisan Seitan Strips 112

Condiments 113

Salsa Roja 114

Essential Pico de Gallo 115

Spirited Salsa Inglesa 116

Fruity Salsa 118

Creamy Jalapeño Salsa 119

"Living" Chipotle Sauce 120

Cilantro-Avocado Tranquility Sauce 122

Soothing Jalapeño Ranch 123

Tartar Sauce 124

Bright-Eyed Buffalo Sauce 124

Cashew Crema 125

Breakthrough BBQ Sauce 126

Guacamole Viridis 126

Limitless Hummus 127

Minimalist Nacho Cheese 128

Elevated Nacho Cheese 130

Superpure Country Gravy 131

Naturalistic Corn Gravy 132

Regenerative Red Onions 133

High-Vibration Kale Chips 134

Enzymatic Escabeche 136

Artist Tacos 137

Full-Spectrum Tacos 138

Tropical Breakfast Taco 141

Green Chile Pozole 142

Infinite Fish Tacos 145

Tater Tot-cho Tacos 146

Smoked Brisket and Jalapeño Mac and Cheese Tacos 149

Mexican Chopped Salad Tacos 151

Frito Pie Tacos 152

Elevated Sonoran Hot Dog Tacos 155

Healing Jalapeño Popper Tacos 158

Supreme Bacon, Scramble, and Cheese Tacos 158

Accelerated Breakfast Taco 159

Energizing Dutch Waffle Tacos 160

Thankful Sweet Potato Pie Tacos 162

Inspiring Churro-Waffle Tacos 165

Chocolate-Raspberry Dessert Tacos 166

Horchata Ice Cream Tacos 169

Supplements 172

Fundamental Margarita 173

Agave Margarita 174

Avocado Margarita 177

Rehydrating Waterita 178

Sparkling Waterita 178

Everyday Mexican Martini 181

Nonalcoholic Mexican Martini 181

Beergarita 182

The Minor Cleanse 185

Mind-Limbering Michelada 186

Living a Taco-Based Life 187

Explaining the Taco Cleanse in Social Situations 188

Raising Kids on a Tato-Based Diet 189

Making Holiday Tacos 191

Taco Yoga 194

Taco Salutations 197

Taco Madras 199

Planting a Taco Garden 202

Succulent Garden 206

Compost 207

Puzzles 208

Certificate of completion 211

What's Next? 212

Resources 214

Acknowledgments 216

Index 218

Crossword Solution 225

About the Authors 226

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