Onerous-shell tacos, or tacos dorados, have a protracted historical past in northern Mexico and immigrant communities in California and Texas. Within the late Nineteen Forties, Glen Bell added them to the menu of his drive-in stand in San Bernardino, Calif. He would go on to discovered (you guessed it) Taco Bell, the quick meals chain, which might assist popularize hard-shell tacos in the US. Whereas the standard hard-shell taco is made by piling spiced and saucy floor meat and a celebration of toppings right into a shattery-crisp shell, this vegan model requires tempeh. Tempeh is made by fermenting cooked soybeans right into a spongelike cake with a porous construction that browns, crumbles and soaks up huge flavors extremely nicely. Right here, it’s seasoned with well-toasted tomato paste, floor cumin, chili powder and smoked paprika, in addition to dietary yeast for added umami. That stated, the recipe may also be made with vegan store-bought meat crumbles if you happen to favor.