March 24, 2023
From Veg Kitchen
vegan taco meat recipe
vegan taco meat recipe
vegan taco meat recipe

If you are new to plant based eating or looking for a new recipe to try out, give this vegan walnut taco meat for your next dinner. This walnut taco meat is made with cremini mushrooms, walnuts, and a handful of seasonings and spices. 

vegan taco meat recipe

Use the taco meat for topping salads, filling in tortillas, or even a baked potato topper. Whip up this vegan taco meat for a satisfying meal. 

This Vegan Walnut Taco Meat Is..

  • Meatless 
  • Plant Based 
  • Seasoned Perfectly 
  • Versatile in How You Can Serve It Up 
  • Family Friendly 

How to Make Vegan Walnut Taco Meat 

vegan taco meat recipe

Full steps on how to make this vegan walnut taco meat is in the printable recipe card. This is a quick walk through. 

  1. In a food processor you will add nuts and mushrooms and pulse finely. 
  2. Then in a skillet, heat over medium heat and add the oil. Saute the onion and garlic. 
  3. Toss in the nuts and mushrooms and cook for 4-5 minutes. 
  4. Add in the soy sauce and spices and stir frequently and cook until the moisture evaporates and thickens. 
  5. Serve as a taco topping. 

Tools That Are Helpful In Recipe 

vegan taco meat recipe

Food Processor 

Make sure to use a food processor for this recipe. If you don’t have a food processor a high speed blender will work. Just pulse. Don’t mix too much or it will transform into a paste. 


Reach for a large skillet for heating up the taco meat fixing. This is going to ensure an even cook on all the ingredients for the recipe. 

Tips for Success 

vegan taco meat recipe

Break Up Nuts 

It is important that your nuts and the mushrooms are chopped up finely in a food processor. Otherwise you will find when you bite into the taco meat you will taste more of the nut or walnut flavor and it will not be as much of a meat option for a plant based diet. 

Allow Mixture to Cook 

It is important to cook the mushrooms and nuts down with the spices as directed. After a few minutes it will begin to soft but also thicken, and that is way you know your mixture is done. 

Variations to Taco Meat Recipe 

vegan taco meat recipe


You can change up the spices you used for the recipe if you want. Or you can use your favorite taco seasoning packet you know and love. Feel free to flavor the meat replacement as you wish. 


I find that cremini mushrooms work best but you can swap with your favorite mushroom. It just needs to be chopped up well as the regular ingredient would suggest. 

Coconut Aminos 

Feel free to use coconut aminos instead of soy sauce in the recipe if you wish. It will give you a similar flavor but is gluten free. 

Vegan Walnut Taco Meat FAQs

vegan taco meat recipe

What does walnut meat taste like?

Walnut meat has a rich, nutty flavor with a slightly bitter undertone. It has a firm, crunchy texture and can be slightly oily or buttery. Some people describe the taste of walnuts as earthy, while others find them slightly sweet. The taste can also vary depending on how the walnuts were prepared or cooked. 

Raw walnuts may have a more mild and sweet flavor, while roasted or toasted walnuts can have a more pronounced nutty taste. Overall, walnuts are a versatile and delicious ingredient that can be used in a variety of dishes, from salads and baked goods to savory sauces and spreads.

What nuts taste like meat?

Walnuts are very common to use, but also almonds, cashews, and even pecans. You will find many reach for walnuts for the option of creating a meat replacement.

Overall, while nuts may not taste exactly like meat, they can offer a similar texture and umami flavor that makes them a great alternative for those who want to reduce their meat consumption or follow a vegetarian or vegan diet.

Can I meal prep walnut meat for dinners and lunches for the week? 

Yes, you can definitely meal prep walnut meat for dinners and lunches for the week. Cook up the meat and then pair with the dishes you want, and reheat when ready. You can add a splash of water when you reheat to prevent the mixture from drying out too much. 

vegan taco meat recipe

Vegan Walnut Taco Meat

This vegan walnut taco meat is made with cremini mushrooms, walnuts, and a handful of seasonings and spices. A new plant based recipe you’d definitely want to try out!

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Servings: 4 servings

Calories: 453kcal

Author: Veg Kitchen


  • 2 cups
  • 8 oz. cremini mushrooms
  • 1 tablespoons
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoons
  • 1 tablespoons
  • 2 teaspoons
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • ½ teaspoon salt


  • In a large food processor, add the walnuts and mushrooms and pulse until finely diced, set aside

  • In a large skillet over medium heat, add the olive oil and saute the onion and garlic until translucent, about 3-4 minutes

  • Add the walnuts and mushrooms and continue cooking until the mushrooms have softened, an additional 4-5 minutes

  • Add the soy sauce, chili powder, cumin, paprika, oregano and salt and cook, stirring frequently.

  • Continue to cook until most of the moisture evaporates and a thicker sauce is left

  • Serve with your favorite taco toppings


Calories: 453kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 42g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 28g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Sodium: 583mg | Potassium: 634mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 665IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 102mg | Iron: 3mg

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