Vegan Fajita Filling Recipe with Soy Curls, Peppers and Onions

Today’s vegan fajita filling with soy curls has been one of our family’s current weeknight favorites. It makes a delicious and easy filling for plant-based tacos, fajitas, burritos, burrito bowls, meal prep, etc.

This recipe is so simple that for a while I didn’t even consider it blog-worthy. But since the demand for easy, quick and tasty vegan meals is always there, I decided to finally post it here today.

Vegan fajita filling recipe with soy curls

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Back in our pre-vegan days, fajitas were one of my favorite things to order at Mexican restaurants. I loved the assortment of sizzling hot, slightly charred crisp vegetables tossed with strips of chicken or steak, served in a hot cast iron pan.

Topping each individual fajita with guacamole, sour cream, rice, and whatever toppings each restaurant could come up with was always so much fun!

Then I went vegan, and for the most part the appeal of fajitas went away because without meat, they just didn’t seem worth it.

I tried to recreate the magical fajita filling at home with various ‘fake meats’, but something was missing. Then it dawned on me – I’ve got to try soy curls here! So this is how my easy vegan fajita filling was born.

Vegan soy curl fajitas recipe

I’m not usually a fan of vegan meat substitutes, but soy curls have a pass in my kitchen. Butler Soy Curls is the brand I’ve tried and liked a lot (please note: Butler is not paying me to say these nice things about them, so all opinions in this post are my own.)

Butler Soy Curls are made from whole, non-GMO soybeans – not soy protein isolate like TSP or TVP – so even though the beans are processed, they are technically a whole food.

Butler Soy curls are used to make vegan fajita filling

Soy curls are sold dehydrated, so they need to be reconstituted in hot water for a few minutes for best results.

I don’t eat soy curls very often, but when I do, I find the texture very reminiscent of chicken or pork, which makes them ideal as vegan Barbecue pulled pork – or fajitas!

Peppers and onions make a great addition to the soy curls: I like to keep their cooking time to a minimum to retain their crunch. Cooking them in a hot skillet with a tiny bit of oil allows them to get slightly charred in a few spots, which adds some delicious smokiness to the taste of this fajita filling.

If you have some smoked paprika in your spice cabinet, it could be very handy here!

By the way, this recipe is one of the 15 kid friendly vegan recipes from the blog that have been approved by my 2 year-old daughter.

Vegan fajita filling recipe with soy curls

To complete your perfect fajitas, serve them with warmed corn or flour tortillas along with whatever toppings fit your fancy. I often go simple and just add my Easy Chunky Guacamole, shredded lettuce and Sriracha. Feel free to go for the whole shebang of refried beans and rice, vegan sour cream (or cashew cream), pico de gallo – the list goes on!

Besides this fajita filling, I also like to use soy curls to make spectacular vegan BBQ pulled ‘pork’ sandwiches! I cook the soy curls the same way as described below, then mix in my Easy Barbecue Sauce from this recipe, and voilà – a delicious sandwich filling that will wow even the most skeptical meat eater!

Another fantastic way to use soy curls is making my delicious vegan bolognese pasta with soy curls! This Italian-inspired classic has a “meaty” texture achieved without using any meat.

Vegan fajitas with soy curls recipe

Butler Soy Curls website can be found here. You can also order soy curls on Amazon over here.

If you’ve tried this recipe, I’d love to hear how it turned out! Give it a star rating below, pin it to Pinterest, tag @vegan_runner_eats on Instagram, or leave a comment.

Yield: Makes enough for 6-8 individual fajitas or tacos

Vegan Fajita Filling with Soy Curls, Peppers and Onions

Vegan soy curl fajitas 1

A delicious vegan fajita filling made with soy curls, peppers and onions. Soy curls have a texture similar to chicken, which works really well in this simple and quick recipe. Can also be used in tacos, burritos, etc.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 27 minutes


  • 1/3 bag dried soy curls
  • 1 small yellow onion, sliced into half moons
  • 1 bell pepper (any color), sliced into 1/4" thin strips
  • 2-3 scallions, chopped
  • 1-2 Tbsp chopped cilantro (optional)

Spices and seasoning:

  • 1/2 Tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp sweet or smoked paprika
  • 1/2 - 1 tsp chipotle chili powder, to taste
  • Salt, black pepper to taste

To serve:

  • 6-8 warm corn or flour tortillas, preferably organic
  • One recipe of Easy Guacamole or any favorite guacamole
  • Any other toppings of choice (optional) - sriracha, cashew cream, vegan cheese shreds, etc.


  1. In a large bowl, pour boiling hot water over the soy curls to cover them fully. Set aside to soak for 10-15 minutes. Prep the veggies while the soy curls are soaking.
  2. Heat a nonstick pan (or a well-seasoned cast iron pan) over medium heat. Add 2-3 Tbsp of the soy curl soaking water to the pan. Once the water starts bubbling, squeeze the soy curls lightly and place them into the pan. Stir the soy curls regularly to prevent sticking, 4-5 minutes, until golden. Add more water if needed. Take the curls out of the pan and set aside.
  3. Clean the pan lightly, andd return it to the stove. heat the pan on medium-high. Lightly spray the pan with cooking spray, or add up to 1 tsp high-heat oil (avocado oil works well here). Add peppers and onions and let cook for 2-3 minutes, stirring a couple times. The vegetables should get slightly charred in a few spots but retain their crispness.
  4. Put the soy curls back into the pan with the vegetables. Add the spices and salt and pepper. Toss everything together to mix well. Let the soy curls warm up again, 1-2 minutes. Mix in scallions and cilantro if using. Turn off heat.
  5. Serve along with warm tortillas, Easy Guacamole and any additional toppings of choice. Enjoy!

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 212Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 6mgSodium: 221mgCarbohydrates: 39gFiber: 5gSugar: 9gProtein: 7g

Please note that the provided nutritional information data is approximate.

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Question for you: Have you tried soy curls before, and if so, how did you prepare them?

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15 thoughts on “Vegan Fajita Filling Recipe with Soy Curls, Peppers and Onions”

  1. To answer your question first, yes I have used soy curls many times. One of my favorite preparations is in “chicken” with broccoli over brown rice. I soak my soy curls in Better-than-Bouillon’s un-chicken broth, then do a standard stir fry. We also LOVE your bolognese. Can I tell you how yummy it is with rice instead of pasta? Love it~!

  2. For those of us who buy soy curls in bulk, can you give a weight or other measurement for the soy curls? My bag is 3 pounds — I’m assuming a third of it would be too much ;0)

      1. It is! Hence my looking into lots of recipes using them!
        Thanks for responding so quickly. I made fajitas using portabellas yesterday — and have plenty of peppers to use up!

  3. I/3 bag of soy curls, one pepper and one onion, and you’re going to fill 6 tortillas? You’ve got to be joking. I’d hate to get an invite to your house for dinner!

    1. Have you made this recipe, or anything with soy curls before? Those amounts work just fine for 6 tacos (not burritos) with some additional trimmings like avocado, lettuce, shredded cabbage, etc. People who have attended taco parties at my house have always been very pleased ?

  4. Made this as part of our lunch meal prep. It was amazing. The texture of the soy curl is indiscernible from chicken. Seasonings were spot on and peppers were cooked just right. Adding this to our rotation.

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