Born from a 2013 Vegan Mofo theme, which later morphed into a zine created by Austin-based taco scientists, The Taco Cleanse is now officially a cookbook!
The Taco Cleanse is the definitive tortilla-based diet, proven to change your life and prevent or reverse taco deficiency. But how exactly does TTC work?
By outlining a simple, taco-based cleanse that starts with defining what a taco is (it’s never a burrito), to positing the question, “is the taco cleanse right for you?” (of course it is), to designing a 1-day (mild) up to a 30-day (fuego) cleansing plan, TTC expertly guides you along on your taco-based journey, with proven results (and even a certificate of completion!)
Before I made any recipes from the cookbook, I had some doubts about my ability to do a cleanse. I’ve tried and failed at other cleanses, and didn’t want to go down the same path as before. Would this cleanse be any different? I asked myself.
After reading TTC, all of my doubts were erased. Because the diet is based on rewarding you with delicious tacos instead of depriving you of your favorite foods, there’s no way you can fail. As long as your main dish is always a taco, you’re always on the right path. It’s basically a cakewalk (or a “tacowalk” as TTC puts it).
Some things to note:
Breakfast is always tacos. Some recipes include Energizing Dutch Waffle Tacos, Mighty Migas Tacos and Tropical Breakfast Tacos.
Lunch is always tacos. Some recipes include Frito Pie Tacos, Enlightened Soy Curls Al Pastor and Smoked Brisket and Jalepeno Mac and Cheese Tacos.
Dinner is always tacos. Some recipes include Beer-Battered Portobellos, Elevated Sonoran Hot Dog Tacos and these amazing Tater Tot-Cho Tacos to your left. Tater tots and soyrizo are mingled together with cashew crema, elevated nacho cheeze and guac, and garnished with scallions, jalepenos and cilantro over a tortilla, folded over exactly once. Upon finishing this taco, I felt an increased glow, my chakras became aligned and an overall sense of satisfaction at giving my body what it naturally craves (delicious tacos) was achieved … just as the taco scientists of TTC predicted!
Like me, you are probably wondering if there are any supplements to the cleanse, and the answer is yes. Some supplemental superfood recipes in TTC include Agave Margaritas, Rehydrating Wateritas, Everyday Mexican Margaritas and The Minor Cleanse (TTCs version of The Master Cleanse).
If you are ready to detox your dreams, redefine your dinner and get that fresh taco-y feeling, The Taco Cleanse should not only be a part of your life, but also a part of your cookbook collection. And you’re in luck because the nice folks over at The Experiment are offering a free copy of The Taco Cleanse to one lucky reader through this post!
There are two ways to enter the giveaway:
1. Leave a comment below that includes your favorite taco filling. Bonus points for naming your favorite kind of taco*
2. Head over to my instagram and tag 3 friends on this post to be entered in the giveaway.
The winner of this giveaway is Ashley, congrats! Thanks to everyone who entered!
Or do both to double your chances of winning! Also follow @tacocleanse on instagram or visit their website to keep your finger on the pulse of taco cleanse-related science and news.
*please be sure to leave your email or twitter handle if you are only leaving a comment so I can contact you if your comment is drawn as the winner. Shipping is limited to US/Canada only.
I’ll randomly draw and announce the winner on Sunday, December 13. Good luck!
(Graphic from The Taco Cleanse, used with permission from the authors)
This looks amazing!! Two of my favorite taco fillings to make at home are meatless crumbles with black beans or roasted cauliflower with cabbage slaw. My favorite kind of taco is any with potatoes!
Leslie Greene says
Love a roasted chickpea broccoli taco. With avo, of course!
I absolutely love french fries or tater tots on my tacos. Thanks for the chance to win!
Ashley Chew says
My favorite type of taco filling would be mushrooms, especially oyster mushrooms. Tossed in a little cornstarch & pan fried till crispy!!
And my favorite type of tacos are chimichurri tacos!!!
Janel Gradowski says
I love tacos loaded with lots of guacamole and pico de gallo.
Lisa Nunez says
I love tacos filled with spiced tofu cubes and shredded cabbage marinated in lime juice and rice vinegar!
Jackfruit!!! It has the most amazing texture, and lends itself to any flavor you choose. I love it bbq'd, but also have a serious addiction to sriracha. My email is: email@example.com
I think I like a spicy tempeh crumble with lots of veggies like a slaw in my taco. No doubt some avocado salsa and cilantro also.
Casey Rodweller says
My favorite taco filling is probably guacamole, and my favorite type of tacos are Tacos de Asador made with tofu!!!
My favorite taco filling is lentils… and I love to double up – a hard shell wrapped in a warm soft shell with some melted vegan cheese in between. YUM. Thanks for the chance! amelia6097 @ hotmail.com
I love any kind of beans with rice and lots of veggies and a cheese sauce, vary it depending on what I'm hungry for.
Julia Arnold says
I love any taco, ever, but my standby is just a naughty soft white tortilla steamed with creamy refried beans, a little daiya cheddar, lots of freshly diced white onion, lots of shredded iceberg, and literally almost any kind of hot sauce. Avo with lime on the side.
Creamy black beans, grilled peppers and guac are my favorite taco filling. Thanks for the giveaway!!
Tami Noyes says
The last time I made tacos, I thought I was grabbing black beans out of the freezer. They were baked beans. It was a super happy accident!
I pretty much love any kind of taco, but at home it's usually meatless crumbles and black beans with tomato, lettuce, and avo. 🙂
Miss Violet Love says
Fried avocado slices are my most favorite taco filling. It's avocado (duh) and then fried! Can't get any better than that. 🙂 Just saying….
This looks so interesting! I liked on FB and looking forward to more info
Thanks for the review!
I love shredded tofu and black beans! One of my favorite recipes is a play on a traditional taco – http://naturallyella.com/black-bean-tostadas-with-avocado-salad/
My favorite taco fillings are hearts of palm and caramelized bell peppers + onions. Yum 🙂 firstname.lastname@example.org
my favourite taco filling is quinoa and black beans!
Angie Simonsen says
Any taco is my favorite taco! Favorite filling? Some seasoned refried beans – KISS!
Bridget Meghan says
I love guacamole in tacos, but my other new favorite filling is sweet potatoes. Also goes good with some tomatillo salsa. My new favorite kind of taco might end up being the Tater Tot-Cho Tacos
Traci Baxendell says
So many options…hard to pick a fav. Jackfruit is awesome. I've also found a chipotle seitan product that rocks. Cubed, spiced and roasted potatoes are also amazing. Shredded red cabbage or iceberg lettuce (I know, not the most nutritious choice), vegan sour cream, salsa, roasted peppers or fresh jalapenos and guac. Definitely guac! Can't wait to try the tots–brilliant idea!
Beth Roessner says
I love added baked tofu and red cabbage for an Asian flair.
Lentil walnut mixture with taco seasoning, cabbage slaw, cilantro, scallions, fresh pico and guac! Cjacobson82@gmail.com
Southwestern tempeh, guac, tomatoes and shrooms…yum! Thanks, email@example.com!
Recently had fried yucca with guacamole. It is now an obsession! firstname.lastname@example.org
Amy Kristen says
My favorite filling is chickpeas! But I gotta say, I'm not extremely excited to try tater tots in my next taco meal… I'm thinking tacos for dinner! I'm email@example.com 🙂
i love cauliflower and palm hearts!! best taco fillings ever!
Black beans, fajita veggies, guacamole, and hot salsa are my favorite taco fillings!
Green Living says
I'm not sure how well the cookbook would work for our family as we're all gluten free so wheat tortillas would be out, and I avoid GMOs and it's quite hard to find organic corn tortillas that won't break the bank for our family of 7. I do know how to make them, but I doubt I'd be up to making homemade tortillas x7 three times a day for a month. 🙂
All that said, it sounds like a wonderful book and I'd love to check it out. It's hard to say my favorite taco filling, but garbanzo beans with salsa and corn are a fun, nearly instant taco filling that my kids make and that taste wonderful. I also love Mexican spiced lentils, guacamole, black beans, potato cubes and so many other things. Oh, and there's a fabulous vegan spicy southwestern ranch dressing (organic and non-GMO, to boot) from Follow Your Heart, I believe, that makes every taco better. It's hard to go wrong with tacos! (alicia.bayer @ gmail)
There are a ton of gluten free recipes. You can see all the recipes names on the Amazon preview.
Black beans and lots of veggies! Spinach, tomatoes, roasted peppers and zucchini. And everything goes with avocado!
I love quick pickled cabbage in a taco. No matter what I make, black beans, tofu, chickpeas, tempeh, vegan chorizo, there is always cabbage in my taco.
Lauren Wilson says
I love jackfruit, cashew queso, and LOADS of guac. I think mine would be called the Guac-o Taco
Tempeh is my favorite taco filling.
Tater tot tacos? Sign me up! 🙂 We usually do portobellos and peppers with beans and guac.
Is this real life?? I now have a new way to use my mini tater tots for dinner tonight!!!
My favorite taco ingredient has to be a delicious, fresh, salsa. Favorite kind of taco- too hard a question! Maybe these I made once :
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I gave this as a white elephant gift at work and it was a heavily stolen item… and now I kind of wish I'd gotten one for myself!
Natasha Allen says
I love avocados and potatoes in my tacos!
Megan Becker says
Oh man, I love the black bean, kalamata, and zucchini tacos from Appetite for Reduction.
Jennifer Dockins says
I love all tacos, but I really love making potato tacos. I use the homestyle potatoes from the freezer section. Crispy potatoes in a warm soft shell….and lots of salsa! Exojenn@gmail.com
Mikkel Magnuson says
Hi Erin! I love tacos and make almost many of them but this is combination is new for me. Surely I will try this in the weekend for fun to impress someone. Thanks for sharing tacos recipe.