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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!
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.
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'.
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!
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.
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,
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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.