10-Ingredient Vegan Walnut Taco Meat

A bowl with sun dried tomato walnut meat

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Ohhhh Emmmm Geeee.

Are you lovelies ready to take your vegan dinners UP.ANOTHER.LEVEL?

'Cause if you are... I've got exactly what you need.

And what you need is this 10-Ingredient Vegan Walnut Taco Meat!

If you've been hanging around Sprouting Zen for some time now, this vegan walnut taco meat recipe mighttt look familiar to you... anddd you caught me! I used this exact same recipe in my delicious colorful raw vegan romaine lettuce tacos recipe and I've got no shame in my game. This 'meat' is so so good that I use it frequently and as often as I can!

10 ingredient vegan walnut meat served in a bowl

reasons why I love this vegan walnut taco meat

There are few reasons why I *don't* love this recipe. Actually I can't think of one. Okay, maybe cleaning the food processor is a pain sometimes but seriouslyyy once you're stuffing your face with this scrumptiousness, it won't even matter to ya! I pinky promise!

So why do I love this vegan walnut taco meat recipe?

  • It's sooo easy to make and only requires 10 ingredients (including salt, pepper and cayenne so really it's like 7 ingredients), which I almost always usually have at home already. I make sure to always have almonds, walnuts and sun dried tomatoes at home for this specific recipe. Yes. It's *that* serious between us.
  • Only requires ONE kitchen tool - a food processor. This means I get to spend more time eatinggg and less time worrying about a gigantic pile of dirty stuff in my sink.
  • It's flexible! If you want it to be more garlicky, Add more garlic. If you're going for spicy, add more spice! You can tweak it, pinch it, change it. The fact remains the same = it's gonna be super tasty.
  • Takes your 'blaaa' vegan dishes to another level. I don't have more of an explanation than that.
  • It beats all other supermarket 'vegan meats' (in my humble opinion), simply because it's free of any chemicals, fillers, refined oil and refined sugars.

walnuts, almonds, sun dried tomatoes in a food processor

Now a days there are a bunch of "vegan" alternative meats in the stores but it's important to pay attention to WHAT is in them. Many of those store bought products are filled with chemicals, sugars, refined oils, and other heavily processed ingredients. Just because it's 'vegan' doesn't automatically make it 'good-for-you'.

Processed walnut meat in food processor

ways to use this vegan walnut taco meat 

My favorite ways to use this "meat" is inside tacos, like I did in my raw vegan romaine lettuce taco recipe. I've included a picture of the tacos below, so that you can picture it. The first layer is the 10-ingredient vegan walnut taco meat and then I added the pico de gallo and guac on top. SOOOO good!

raw vegan romaine lettuce tacos

I also love this 'meat' on top of nachos, or even served on the side in a bowl with rice and beans. Obviously this is not 'real' meat, but it is a nice and tasty crunchy addition to many meals and will bring your taste-buds to a place of bliss.

Just check out these nachosss for a sec.

A dish served with nachos

Now doesn't that look ahhhmaazinggg!? And it's vegan. And it's oil free. And it's good for you. So go, go, go make yourself some vegan walnut taco meat, and sprinkle it over anything and everything you boss-vegan-chef-person. <3

Also, let's be friends on Instagram: @sproutingzeneats, and if you do make this pls pls pls show me. I'd love to see your creations!

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with love + gratitude,

Jen ♥


10-Ingredient Vegan Walnut Taco Meat

10-Ingredient Vegan Walnut Taco Meat Recipe that is tasty and so easy to make. Use it to take your vegan dishes up a notch. Stuff in tacos or sprinkle over nachos.

  • Author: Jen
  • Prep Time: 20 min
  • Cook Time: 25 min
  • Total Time: 45 min, if roasting
  • Yield: 2 cups
  • Category: Vegan
  • Cuisine: Vegan


  • 1/2 cup of walnuts (soaked for 20 minutes)
  • 1 cup of DRY almonds
  • 5 to 6 Oil free Sun Dried Tomatoes (soaked for 20 minutes)
  • 1 tablespoon chickpea miso* (read notes about omitting)
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon of each = garlic powder and onion powder
  • dash of = salt, black papper, and cayenne pepper to taste


  1. Begin by soaking: Soak walnuts and sun dried tomatoes for at least 20 minutes. You can probably get away with soaking them for less time if you’re in a pinch.
  2. Begin prepping your food processor: Add the rest of the ingredients to the food processor and once 20 minutes have passed, add walnuts and sun dried tomatoes to food processor and process until crumbly. Try not to ‘over-process’ because then you will have more of a paste rather than a crumbly consistency. See picture for guidance.
  3. If you want to keep the meat ‘raw’ – you’re finished! Serve and enjoy. If not ‘raw’ – you can go ahead and roast it in the oven at 350F for 20 to 25 minutes for an extra layer of yumnesss! Try not to be hypnotized by the delicious aroma that will surely immerse your kitchen.


  • My left overs usually last up to 3 days in the fridge stored in a glass airtight container. However, very rarely does this goodness last *that* long.
  • If you don’t have access to chickpea miso, you can add 2 tsp of tamari sauce instead.

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About Jen

Hey, I am Jen, Nice to meet ya! I am obsessed with creating healthy vegan meals that taste deliciouslyyy amazing. I never cared much for food, nor cooking, but that all changed a few years ago when I switched to a whole foods, plant based diet and discovered the magic of plants! <3 Now, I have my very own vegan food blog where I share that magic with YOU! Most of the recipes you'll find here are refined-sugar free and oil-free with almost zero processed ingredients, if any! If you love what you see, drop a comment below! Thank you for stopping by and much love + gratitude always.


  1. Michelle Stelly on March 1, 2018 at 7:58 pm

    This looks so delicious! I had no idea you can make walnut into taco meat! How did you think of this???

    • Jen on March 1, 2018 at 10:03 pm

      Hahaha! You HAVE to try this ‘meat’. I’m sure even hubby will love it inside some tacos. I can’t take all of the credit for ‘walnut meat’, I sure as heck didn’t invent it hahaha but whoever did deserves a PRIZE! I learned about it from my raw chef cooking course and this recipe I created myself with influence from that course. 🙂

  2. Andreanne on February 27, 2018 at 7:48 am

    Wow, this was fantastic! Super tasty and loved the texture. Will definitely be making many more times and served in lots of different ways. Made burritos last night but I’m already thinking of nachos and salads 🙂 Thanks for this awesome recipe Jen

    • Jen on February 27, 2018 at 4:56 pm

      Thank you Andreanne!! Makes me so happy that you loved it. Warning, it is slightly addictive! Hahaha. OMG and inside burritos?! I can only imagine how good that must have been. Keep me posted on how the nachos and salads turn out. 🙂

  3. Gina Marie on February 20, 2018 at 4:15 pm

    Lord that looks good! I would just sit there and eat the whole entire batch without even bothering to make the tacos LOL

    • Jen on February 22, 2018 at 11:39 pm

      Gina!! Hahha. Your comment cracked me uppp. Yes, I am guilty of doing just that. Sometimes I need to hold myself back because it’ll run out before I make the actual tacos!!! 🙂

  4. Linda from Veganosity on February 20, 2018 at 2:34 pm

    Nuts are so versatile! I love walnut meat and your recipe looks delicious.

    • Jen on February 22, 2018 at 11:40 pm

      Thank you Linda! Yes nuts are the best. I love using them in my cooking.

  5. Jasmin // VeeatCookBake on February 20, 2018 at 11:56 am

    I didn’t use walnuts as a meat alternative. Such a great idea. Love it. 🙂

    • Jen on February 22, 2018 at 11:40 pm

      Thanks Jasmin!

  6. Bobbi | Bobbi's Kozy Kitchen on February 20, 2018 at 11:20 am

    WOW that totally looks like taco meat! I live with a die-hard carnivore so I could never sneak this in on him but I have a friend that is vegan so I will share this with her

    • Jen on February 22, 2018 at 11:41 pm

      Haha! Yea, the die hard carnivore would probably laugh at us calling this “meat” 😛 but your vegan friend would sure enjoy it!

  7. Mairi on February 20, 2018 at 8:04 am

    This looks and sounds AMAZING! Thanks so much for sharing. Definitely adding it to my list of recipes to try – yum!

    • Jen on February 22, 2018 at 11:41 pm

      Thanks Mairi, let me know how it turns out.

  8. Jasmine on February 19, 2018 at 10:51 pm

    This looks so hearty and tasty, thank you for the inspiration!

  9. Amy Katz from Veggies Save The Day on February 19, 2018 at 6:54 pm

    This walnut meat looks delicious! Unfortunately I’m allergic to almonds, but hopefully I can sub them with another nut.

    • Jen on February 19, 2018 at 10:40 pm

      Awww man. Well, I’m certain you can sub them for another nut and it’ll be just as tasty! Maybe use 1/2 cup soaked walnuts, and 1/2 cup dry walnuts .. and I’ve also seen some people use cauliflower!

  10. fiona saluk on February 19, 2018 at 3:19 am

    I’ve actually never heard of walnut vegan ‘meat’ so you’ve given me a bit of inspiration today! Will definitely be making this for vegan dinner party!!

  11. Elinor aka Beach Hut Cook on February 19, 2018 at 1:11 am

    This looks so tasty. What a great recipe. I am not a vegan but with such a great recipe list, I’d really like to try it.

  12. Jere Cassidy on February 18, 2018 at 12:42 pm

    We have a local eatery that makes taco meat from walnuts and there is always a line to get these. Always glad for the meat alternatives.

    • Jen on February 18, 2018 at 2:51 pm

      That is so cool that you have access to a local eatery that actually sells the taco meat! Good to hear that there’s always a line, must be tasty! I hope you give this one a try, I think you’re going to loveeee it, and then you won’t have to wait in line anymore 😉

  13. Ilana on February 17, 2018 at 3:24 pm

    There is, indeed, a completely new level! Not all vegan ‘meats’ are tasty but would love to try this one very soon!

    • Jen on February 18, 2018 at 2:52 pm

      Yea over the years I tried many vegan meats and I wasn’t a big fan of many of them… But this one’s good I promise!! 🙂

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