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VEGAN STREET TACOS

Vegan street tacos are filled with walnut taco meat, avocado, Pico de Gallo and wrapped in corn tortillas or leafy greens for a healthy, quick and easy lunch or dinner! 

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Vegan Street Tacos with Spanish Quinoa and Black Bean and Corn Salad makes for an easy vegan meal that’s hearty, well-balanced and delicious! We have a full meal here that’s easy to make and all so good together!

The street taco filling is a simple and pretty fantastic mix of walnuts, mushroom and warming spices. If walnut taco meat is new to you, I think you are going to enjoy it as much as we do and will make it again and again!

The thing I really love about all of these recipes together is that you can mix and match everything to your liking making tacos out of it all. I’ve also included the option of using lettuce leaves instead of corn tortilla’s. Both ways are fantastic!

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How To Make Vegan Street Tacos

Make your walnut taco meat, and gather the other fillings to layer with and choose what taco shell you’d like to use.

Maybe you’ll prefer your street tacos on the fresh side using leafy greens as your taco shell as shown above. They’re healthy, refreshing, and delicious!

Or, as shown below, you may prefer the traditional corn tortillas warmed on the griddle or warm skillet to envelope all the goodies you put into your tacos.

However you choose, I know you will love these vegan street tacos!

What To Serve with Street Tacos?

Turn them into a complete and well-rounded meal with a few of these optional sides.

Now, let’s get cooking and eat!

up close view of vegan street tacos with walnut meat on corn tortillas.

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If you try this vegan street taco recipe or have a question, please let me know! I’d love to hear any tips or changes you made to the recipe in the comments below!

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VEGAN STREET TACOS

Vegan street tacos filled with a walnut meat, pico de gallo and avocado are the best! No soy or processed meat here, just clean and simple ingredients. Everything works together making this a great taco night meal! You can also make these tacos raw by using leafy lettuce for the shell.

  • Author: Julie | The Simple Veganista
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4
  • Category: Entree
  • Cuisine: Tex-Mex, Mexican
  • Diet: Vegan

Ingredients

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Taco Nut Meat

  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 1 cup mushrooms (I used baby bellas)
  • 1 tablespoon tamari, soy sauce or coconut amino’s
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder

Spanish Quinoa

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil or 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced (any color is ok), optional
  • 12 cloves garlic, minced or 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste or 1 cup diced tomatoes
  • 2 cups low-sodium vegetable broth or water
  • salt + pepper, to taste

To Serve

  • 6 corn tortillas or 6 leaves butter, romaine or other large leafy greens for raw taco wrap
  • Black Bean Corn Salad (use half recipe)
  • cilantro, to serve
  • lime wedges, to serve
  • pico de gallo (use pre-packaged for convenience), to serve
  • avocado slices, to serve
  • hot sauce – tapatio, sriracha or your favorite hot sauce, to serve (optional)

Instructions

Spanish quinoa (serves 6):

  • In medium size pan or skillet, heat oil over medium high heat, add onion, optional bell pepper and cook for 3 minutes, add quinoa and garlic, cook another 5 minutes or so stirring frequently until quinoa starts to get toasty and turn slightly golden.
  • Add water, tomato paste, oregano, salt + pepper, bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes.
  • When done, remove cover, fluff with the a fork, and let set for 15 minutes to absorb the rest of the liquids. Taste for seasonings before serving.

Nut meat (makes 6 tacos):

  • Place all ingredients in food processor/blender and pulse until you have chunky crumbles. Don’t over process or you will have a nut mushroom pate, which wouldn’t be so bad but we want a crumbly effect here. For visual steps, see this Walnut Meat recipe.
  • Optionally, heat the nut meat on low just until warm in a small saucepan. You don’t want to overheat or the mushrooms will cook too much, just slightly warm it. I find both ways, warm and room temp, to be just as appealing. Makes enough for 6 tacos.

Warm your tortillas on the griddle or skillet for 30 seconds per side.

Serve: Put your plates and tacos together as you wish! You may find that you end up combining the black bean salsa with the Spanish fried quinoa. You may also find yourself making tacos out of both of those side dishes as well. However you craft your plate, enjoy!

Notes

For more info and step by step instructions, see the full Quinoa Spanish Rice post.

Nutrition information is calculated using corn tortillas.

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28 Comments

  1. The entire meal was delicious, but the quinoa!!! Hands down the best quinoa that I’ve ever had!! Even my 96-year-old mother said so. I used fresh tomatoes.

  2. This recipe is amazing. I just made it and it didn’t even feel like I was missing anything. Flavorful and delicious. Thank you!

  3. I made this last weekend and really enjoyed it. This is an excellent way to eat mushrooms for those who are wary. (Like me. I want to like them…it’s hard. They’re so damn good for you, though!) This nut meat will be my go-to. So quick and simple and delicious. Thanks.

    I also made cauliflower tortillas as I am trying to stay away from grains. The combination made for an amazing meal!

  4. these are amazing! i was skeptical about the “nut meat”, but i am blown away! these were not only super simple, quick, and easy to make, they were beyond delicious!!
    thank you so much for sharing your talents with us, you are truly a God send for me. i have been suffering from Fibromyalgia for years and the doctor recommended a vegan lifestyle-i cannot cook-so this blog-these recipes have given me hope and yummy foods and my symptoms are GONE!!! PTL!!!

    1. Julie | The Simple Veganista says:

      I’m so glad you gave it a chance. I know it sounds a bit strange but it soooo good isn’t it! That is amazing about your transformation. Pretty incredible how our diet impacts our lives. I believe in the power of foods and I prefer to take in the best, at least 98% of the time. :)

      Keep it up…you’re awesome! Thank you for taking time to share your thoughts on the recipes! Cheers :)

  5. I made the Spanish Quinoa and nutmeat tacos with lettuce wraps last night – they were absolutely delicious! I make quinoa often, but really liked the fresh take and bright flavors! I didn’t have any tomato sauce, but I added a couple of fresh summer tomatoes and it was wonderful. As with many other comments, I am not a huge fan of mushrooms but my (meat-eating) boyfriend love them. We make tofu lettuce wraps at least once a week, but we agreed that the mushroom filling was even better (and healthier!) so we will definitely be making it more often. I didn’t have walnuts so I used pecans instead, but will definitely try it with walnuts and other nuts as well :)

  6. Christina says:

    Hi! Just want to say how much I love your recipes! My trainer who is really big on nutrition recommended one of your recipes to me and I loved it so I started exploring your site and have made a bunch of things now. These street tacos are awesome! I made some of the components for a nutritious mex-bowl last night and my husband is eating leftovers again tonight. He just said “I hope you bookmarked this recipe, I love it. It’s awesome AND it’s really healthy.” Yep, he’s right! Looking forward to discovering more gems from you, many thanks!

  7. Anonymous says:

    I stumbled across your website while trying to find recipes to help me start a healthy new year. I served this to my family, and the Spanish Fried Quinoa was a big hit. I was also surprised at the nutmeat filling, I wasn't sure it would work, but it turned out to be a good substitute for traditional meat. I think even meat lovers would enjoy this meal. Beautiful website !! Thank you for the inspiration.

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