the Taco Crunchwrap is a tasty plant based update on the classic drive through favorite. super easy and quick to make, pop several in the oven for lunch, or a late night snack!
recipe originally published September 17, 2013
Just a couple years out of college, I was well versed in the Portland night life. My friends and I went dancing every weekend. Sometimes both Friday and Saturday nights.
Oh, who am I kidding, we went dancing every Wednesday evening too.
The weekends were reserved for a Greek restaurant and club downtown. This is where I learned to sing several songs in Arabic, where I had at least one birthday party, where from the deejay to the bartenders to the owner, everyone knew our name.
Wednesdays you could find us upstairs at a salsa club. Packed dance floor, fantastic music, running downstairs to cool off every now and then.
After last call, you could find us at the drive thru.
For me? Bean burrito with green sauce.
and one of these things. The Crunchwrap.
If you are a fan, you can now have a vegan crunchwrap!
For my crunchwrap recipe, the substitutions are as plentiful as the drive through might be. I usually add my Spicy Vegan Chorizo Sausage Crumbles, and I also use pinto beans. I’ll mash them into a “refried” consistency.
When I want a quick lunch, I make one of these. I fill it with beans and pop it in the air fryer. If I have a bit more time, or some leftover Spicy Vegan Meat Crumbles, I use that as the meaty filling.
There really is no wrong way to assemble these, and they really could not be easier – but since I have been making these Taco Crunch Wraps since 2013, I do have a few tips.
I like to add the meat / beans first, then the cheese sauce or grated vegan cheese. Let it melt into the first layer. Then comes the corn tortilla layer – I have been known to use crunchy tortilla chips instead, if I do not have corn tortillas or just want more crunch!
Salsa or tomatoes come next.
This is my important tip! In early days of making the vegan Crunchwrap, I would shred the iceberg lettuce. I learned early on that larger pieces of lettuce leaves piled on each other works as a barrier to keep layers separate.
This may not be important to anyone but those who photograph what they eat… ha!
Anyway, I rip iceberg lettuce leaves into the size and shape of the rest of the ingredients – about three inches round or so.
The avocado rests nicely atop several layers of iceberg lettuce leaves (more crunch! I love crunch!), and then it is folded and you are literally minutes away from enjoying your own crunchwrap, no drive thru needed.
Run to the border.
printable Taco Crunch Wrap recipe:
- 1 regular size gluten free tortilla
- 2 tablespoons refried pinto beans
- (or Spicy Vegan Meat Crumbles)
- 2 tablespoons grated vegan cheese or queso sauce
- 1 small corn tortilla
- 2-3 iceberg lettuce leaves
- 2 tablespoons guacamole or sliced avocado
- 2-3 tablespoons salsa
- Preheat oven to 325 °F or prepare your air fryer.
- Assemble each crunch wrap by stacking in this order:
- large regular tortilla
- beans or meat
- grated cheese or cheese sauce
- small corn tortilla
- whole iceberg lettuce leaves
- guacamole or avocado slices
- fold, turn, fold, turn, fold, turn...
- more cheese to 'seal' closed
- In the air fryer: Cook the Taco Crunch Wrap for 6 minutes at 350°F.
- Bake at 325 °F for 5-8 minutes, until warmed through and slightly crispy. Serve with dairy free sour cream and guacamole for dipping.
- *Guacamole = mashed avocado, lemon juice, sea salt
dairy, egg, soy and gluten free, vegan
Serving Size:1 crunchwrap
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 308
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ABOUT KRISTINA: Kristina is spabettie! She founded spabettie in 2010 to share vegan recipes. As the sole recipe developer and photographer, Kristina turned her culinary training into the best way to spend her days – sharing just how flavorful and vibrant vegan food is! She loves dachshunds, Portland, Hawaii, drummers – well, one drummer – and travel.
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