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crispy rolled tacos topped with pickled cabbage and tomato
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Air Fryer Tacos Tapatios

These crispy air fryer tacos tapatios are filled with seasoned soy curls, crisped to perfection, and topped with salsa verde, crema, pickled cabbage, and tomato.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Diet Vegan
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 517kcal
Author Dora S.


Soy curls:

Seasoning sauce:

  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • ¼ onion (47 g)
  • ¼ tsp. smoked paprika
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 tsp. avocado oil (optional)
  • 28 corn tortillas

Pickled cabbage

  • ½ small cabbage shredded (225g)
  • 2 limes, juiced
  • ¼ cup white vinegar
  • ¼ cup water
  • ½ tsp. fine sea salt



  • In a medium pot bring the vegetable broth to a simmer. Remove from the heat. Place the soy curls in a heat proof bowl and pour the broth over them. Using a spoon press down on the soy curls to make sure they absorb all the liquid. Let rest for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Place the soy sauce, garlic, onion, smoked paprika, and water in the blender and process until smooth. Set aside.
  • Place 1/3 of the soy curls in the blender and pulse until the soy curls shred and resemble shredded meat. Repeat this with the rest of the soy curls.
  • Heat avocado oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Stir in the shredded soy curls and sauté until golden brown, about 6 minutes. Pour in seasoning sauce and stir to combine. Continue cooking until almost all the liquid has evaporated. Remove from heat and set aside.
  • Preheat your air fryer to 400°F. Heat your tortillas in the microwave or on a griddle until they are soft enough to roll. Fill with about 1 tbsp. of shredded soy curls and roll tightly. Secure with a toothpick or place seam side down on the rack of your air fryer. Spray lightly with avocado oil (optional) and cook for 10 – 12 min. until golden brown.
  • While the tacos are cooking, place the cabbage in a large bowl and pour in the lime juice, white vinegar, salt and water. Stir to combine and let sit until you are ready to eat your tacos.
  • Remove the tacos from the air fryer and top with salsa verde, almond crema, pickled cabbage, and sliced tomatoes. Serve with pickled jalapeños on the side.


  • Corn tortillas work the best for this. Try to find ones that are very thin, so you can get a crispier taco.
  • If you can’t find soy curls, you can also use TVP or green jackfruit.
  • I make my own crema out of soaked almonds, but a cashew cream will also work. Any commercial salsa verde will work but you have to try this recipe for the best salsa verde.
  • If you don’t have an air fryer you can bake these in the oven at 425°F for 12- 15 minutes.


Serving: 5tacos | Calories: 517kcal | Carbohydrates: 90g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1893mg | Potassium: 609mg | Fiber: 17g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 1209IU | Vitamin C: 43mg | Calcium: 266mg | Iron: 7mg