Walnut Tacos

5 from 11 votes

This Vegan Walnut Taco Meat is a great alternative to ground beef. Quick and easy to make, these walnut tacos are a delicious and filling meatless recipe!

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These vegan walnut tacos are a great meat-free meal that’s perfect for an easy and healthy weeknight meal. This vegan taco meat is made with pantry basics and is ready to use in 20 minutes. Perfect for your next taco Tuesday!

Two walnut tacos served on a plate with toppings
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How to make walnut tacos

Process the walnuts in a food processor and then add the remaining ingredients and pulse until it is evenly ground.

Place the mixture onto a greased baking sheet and bake in the oven. You’ll need to stir them halfway through cooking to make sure the walnut taco meat is getting evenly cooked. But when it’s done cooking, it actually will look like ground beef!

The cooked walnut mixture on a baking sheet

Tips for making walnut tacos

  1. Process the walnut mixer until it has a similar consistency throughout. I prefer to pulse the mixture so that I don’t over process it. It should still have texture to it and not be mushy. Think of matching the size of cooked ground beef.
  2. Check that your spices aren’t stale before adding them. This walnut taco meat should be vibrant and full of flavor, so before you add your spices, rub a little between your fingers. If they don’t release an aroma, try to get some new ones! The spices will really help make these vegan taco meat taste like the real deal.
  3. Stir the walnuts halfway through baking. The walnuts can over brown if you don’t stir them, so after about 5 to 7 minutes, use a spatula to move them around.
Walnut tacos topped with guacamole and salsa

Frequently asked questions

Can you make walnut taco meat ahead of time?

Yes, you can make this walnut taco meat ahead of time! You can make the mixture 2 to 3 days ahead of time and store it in an airtight container in the fridge before you are ready to cook it. You can also cook up a big batch of it, and leftovers will keep in the fridge for up to 7 days.

How do you serve it?

I love to serve these in pied high tacos with Guacamole, Black Bean Salsa, sour cream and fresh cilantro. You can use it in place of any recipe that uses taco meat like Ground Beef Tacos, Beef Taco BurritosTaco Salad Meal Prep or quesadillas.

Is this an alternative to ground beef?

Walnut taco meat is a great substitute for ground beef. It is low in saturated fat and high in protein. The walnuts soak up all of the flavors so it is wonderfully tasty. It’s a great meat free Monday dish that I promise you, you will return to again!

Tacos stuffed with the walnut mixture and toppings

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These walnut tacos were a welcome addition to taco night, and they were so quick and easy to make! Loaded with flavor, meat free doesn’t mean bland!

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Walnut Tacos

This Vegan Walnut Taco Meat is a great alternative to ground beef. Quick and easy to make, these walnut tacos are a delicious and filling meatless recipe!
5 from 11 votes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 328
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
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  • Preheat the oven to 350°F, and grease a baking sheet.
  • Add walnuts to a food processor and process until mixture is roughly chopped. Pulse the remaining ingredients in the food processor until the mixture is evenly ground.
  • Transfer to the greased baking sheet. Bake for 15-20 minutes, stirring halfway through to prevent over-browning.
  • Serve in tacos, burritos, quesadillas, bowls and anywhere you would use regular taco meat.


Storage: Store any leftovers in an airtight container. They will last up to 7 days in the fridge. Reheat in a skillet or in the oven.


Calories: 328kcal, Carbohydrates: 7g, Protein: 7g, Fat: 32g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Sodium: 259mg, Potassium: 230mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 93IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 57mg, Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate. It will vary based on cooking method and specific ingredients used.

Cuisine American
Course: Main Course
5 from 11 votes (10 ratings without comment)

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  1. Wenona says:

    Loved it and so simple to make.

    1. Yumna Jawad says:

      Thanks so much!