Ceviche is a very popular dish in Mexico. The most popular ceviches are made with fish, shrimp or crab. But another popular ceviche ingredient in Mexico is soya. Soya is texturized soy protein that is sold with other dried goods in markets throughout Mexico. Before moving to Mexico, I had never used or eaten texturized soy protein, but one Friday during Cuaresma (Lent), hubby's sister-in-law shared some of her Soy Ceviche with us. For me, it was love at first bite! The texture reminded me of a ground beef ceviche (aka Carne Apache) that on old friend used to make, and it had all the flavor of traditional ceviche that we all loved. Now, not only am I a fan of Ceviche de Soya, I also love using texturized soy protein in other dishes like Picadillo and Tacos al Pastor.
In our family, we like to spread a little mayonnaise on the tostada shells before serving the ceviche de soya, but you can also use Mexican crema. The choice is up to you.
Have you ever tried Ceviche de Soya?
Ceviche de Soya
- 3 cups water
- 1/2 medium onion
- 2 cloves garlic
- 4 to 6 sprigs fresh cilantro
- 3 cups dehydrated soy meat
- 3 roma tomatoes, finely chopped
- 1/2 medium onion, finely chopped
- 2 serrano chilies, finely chopped
- 1/2 cup cilantro, finely chopped
- 3/4 cup fresh lemon juice
- 3/4 to 1 teaspoon salt
- Tostada shells
- Mayonnaise or Mexican crema (optional)
- Hot Sauce
Bring water, onion, garlic, and cilantro to a boil in a large saucepan over high heat. Remove from heat and remove vegetables. Stir in the texturized soy protein; cover and let cool to room temperature. Strain water from the textured soy protein, making sure to squeeze the soy to remove all excess water.
Combine texturized soy protein, tomatoes, onion, serrano chiles, and cilantro in a large bowl; season with salt to taste. Stir in the lime juice. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving.To serve, spread a little mayonnaise on each tostada shell. Spoon 3 to 4 tablespoons of soy ceviche onto the tostada shell. Garnish with avocado slices and a few drops (or even a splash) of your favorite bottled hot sauce. Enjoy!