Juicy, tender and full of flavor, this Vegan Carne Asada will blow you away! Enjoy in tacos, burritos or bowls for a Mexican-inspired vegan feast.

cast iron pan full of mock seitan meat that looks seasoned

Once I created this juicy and tender Vegan Steak, I knew I had to transform it into vegan carne asada. So that’s exactly what I did, and the results are incredible!

Instead of using the steak marinade, I used a combination of orange juice, lime, garlic, cilantro, jalapeño and a few other seasonings like salt, pepper and white vinegar. This is more of a traditional seasoning for carne asada meat.

The recipe does take a little bit of time to prepare, mostly due to the fact that the longer you marinate the cooked seitan, they more flavorful the end result will be.

Seitan based carne asada is pretty straightforward and easy to make. If you haven’t made homemade seitan “meat” before, don’t be intimidated. It’s not that difficult at all!

Tips & Substitutions

  • Soy curls – Instead of seitan, you could also make vegan carne asada with soy curls. I would use half of a bag of soy curls and first soak them in warm water for 10 minutes. Drain, squeeze out any excess water, then marinate and pan fry.
  • Jackfruit – While you could use jackfruit, it’s not my favorite option here. Make similarly to my Jackfruit Carnitas.
  • Marinate for at least a few hours or overnight, if possible. This will give you the most flavorful vegan meat for throwing into tacos!
  • Fresh orange juice – If possible, use fresh squeezed orange juice from an orange or two. But if you need to, bottled will work.
pan full of vegan seitan meat

How to serve vegan carne asada

Stuff this seitan meat into warm corn or flour tortillas with chopped onions, cilantro, and perhaps a bit of vegan cheese. My recipe for Vegan Feta actually tastes a lot like cotija cheese and is perfect on these tacos. Vegan Sour Cream or Shreddable Mozzarella would also be good additions.

Serve with a side of Mexican Rice and Refried Beans.

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Vegan Carne Asada

Juicy, tender and full of flavor, this Vegan Carne Asada will blow you away!
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  • 1/2 cup orange juice, fresh squeezed is best
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice, from about 2 limes
  • 1 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 jalapeño, minced, seeds removed for less heat
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar

For serving


  • Make the seitan steak, but do not make the marinade with the recipe. Instead, use this carne asada marinade.
  • In a large ziplock type bag (wash and reuse after to reduce waste), add all marinade ingredients. Alternatively, use a container with a lid.
  • Once the steaks have steamed, cut them up into slices and add to the bag with the marinade.
  • Seal and squish the bag around to coat. Let marinate in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours, overnight preferred, in the refrigerator.
  • Heat a grill pan or cast iron pan over medium-high heat. Place the marinaded seitan steak pieces in the pan, saving the excess marinade. Cook for a few minutes on each side, until a bit blackened. Add a little more marinade right before removing from the pan, for extra flavor.
  • Remove from heat and serve in corn or flour tortillas with toppings of choice. I like chopped white onion, chopped cilantro and crumbled vegan feta (not traditional, but Violife's vegan feta reminds me of cotja cheese!) Enjoy!


  1. Leftovers keep in the refrigerator for about 4 days. Simply reheat in the microwave or stovetop until warm.
  2. Seitan carne asada can be frozen as well.


Serving: 1of 4 servings, Calories: 442kcal, Carbohydrates: 37g, Protein: 47g, Fat: 22g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Sodium: 294mg, Potassium: 106mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 9g, Vitamin A: 1212IU, Vitamin C: 30mg, Calcium: 114mg, Iron: 1mg

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