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vegan walnut taco meat
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Vegan Walnut Taco Meat

This recipe is an easy way to make vegan walnut taco meat: it has all the flavors of traditional taco meat but uses walnuts instead of ground beef. It has a magically similar look, taste, and texture to taco meat that will surprise even the most avid carnivores!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Megan


  • 3 cups walnuts whole or half pieces
  • 1 small yellow onion finely diced
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 teaspoon cumin
  • 2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce or tamari sauce, coconut aminos
  • 1 lime juiced
  • Salt & pepper to taste


  • Pulse the walnuts: use a food processor or blender (or chop them by hand) to pulse the walnuts until they are chopped but some large chunks remain. Avoid over-blending your walnuts as they will turn mushy. Set aside. 
  • Cook onion & garlic: to a large skillet over medium high heat, add the oil. Saute the onion for 3 - 4 minutes, until translucent. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute more. 
  • Add seasonings: turn the heat to medium low. Add the cumin and chili powder and cook for 1 minute, stirring frequently. 
  • Cook walnuts: add the walnuts and cook for 2 - 3 minutes, stirring often. Pour in the soy sauce, lime juice, and salt and pepper to taste. Stir to mix. Cook 4 - 5 minutes more, stirring frequently, until the walnuts are heated through and lightly browned. 
  • Serve: serve immediately in your favorite tacos or tacos bowls. 


Calories: 200kcal | Carbohydrates: 9.8g | Protein: 4.5g | Fat: 17.7g | Saturated Fat: 1.9g | Sodium: 243mg | Fiber: 2.9g | Sugar: 3.2g | Calcium: 52mg | Iron: 2mg