Vegan Walnut  Taco Meat



8 servings

30 minutes

This Vegan Walnut Taco Meat is a healthy and delicious filler for tacos, burritos, and more. Made with black beans, raw walnuts, and spices, it has the perfect crumbly texture and savory flavor.


– 1 cup raw walnuts – 3 tbsp. olive oil – 1 medium onion, diced – 3 garlic cloves, minced – 1 tbsp. chipotles in Adobo sauce, pureed – ½ tsp. paprika – ½ tsp. cumin – ¾ tsp. sea salt – ¼ tsp. pepper – 2 tbsp. soy sauce – 1 can (15 oz.) cooked black beans

Step 1

Place the walnuts into a bowl and pour boiling water on top. Cover with a lid and steep for 10 minutes. (While the walnuts are steeping, it's a great time to prep the rest of the ingredients).

Step 2

Drain the walnuts and add them to a food processor or a chopper. Add 2 tbsp. of water and pulse until you have meat like crumbles. (Be careful not to over process or you will end up with walnut butter).

Step 3

To a large non-stick skillet, add the oil and onions. Cook over medium heat until the onions soften and start to turn golden.

Step 4

Add the garlic and chipotles in adobo to the onions and cook for 1 minute.

Step 5

Now add the walnut crumbles, paprika, cumin, salt, pepper, and soy sauce. Cook for about 3-4 minutes.

Step 6

Finally, add the black beans. As you cook them, press them with a spoon (you'll want to smash about half of the beans). Turn off the heat and assemble your tacos.

How to Store

This Vegan Walnut Taco Meat can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 7 days.


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