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 these vegan loaded nachos, or even served on the side in a bowl with rice and Red Kidney 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

Have you ever tried vegan meats? What has been your favorite so far? Let me know below!


Have left over vegan walnut meat?

This meat goes perfectly along with these Raw Vegan Romaine Lettuce Tacos, or sprinkled on top of The Best Vegan Nachos Ever!


with love + gratitude,

Jen ♥

Watch how to make easy vegan walnut taco meat:


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 1x
  • 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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  1. 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!! 🙂

  2. 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 😉

  3. 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.

  4. 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!!

  5. 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!

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

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

  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. 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!

  9. 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!

  10. 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.

  11. 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!!! 🙂

  12. 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. 🙂

  13. 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. 🙂

  14. Leila on April 9, 2018 at 2:22 pm

    I’ve just died, went to heaven and am still there! I’m eating this scrumptious, perfectly spiced “meat” with my right hand, while writing this with my left hand. I want to eat this all! What will my husband and daughter have for lunch?! (They loved it too, Jaja!)

    • Jen on April 9, 2018 at 4:32 pm

      Leila, I am so happy that you loved this recipe! It is also one of our personal favorites. SO good! Thanks for sharing such a lovely and funny comment! <3 Have a beautiful Week.

  15. Holly on August 9, 2018 at 8:59 pm

    Jen, I found your website because I was looking for info on making vegan tacos with soaked nuts. We aren’t raw but we have to soak our nuts to get rid of phytic acid etc or we will have digestive issues. What is the purpose of soaking for 20 minutes? I usually soak overnight. You don’t offer an explanation so I’m wondering if it’s for the purpose of the recipe, meaning to get the proper texture. How do you think your recipe would work if the walnuts (not using almonds just the walnuts) were soaked overnight and then used directly in the recipe (not dehydrated or dried first…too much work ). I will wait for your answer in the meantime will have a lot of fun looking around your website. Thanks in advance!

    • Jen on August 9, 2018 at 10:20 pm

      Hi Holly! Welcome! So glad to have you here 🙂 So the purpose of soaking the walnuts for only 20 minutes is to achieve a certain texture. If the walnuts are not soaked, and instead are used dry, the end result would be less ‘meaty’ and moist, and more crumbly and dry. However if you soak them too long (for example overnight) then the end result will turn out more like a dip consistency (think hummus) especially without the dry almonds in place. Without dehydrating the walnuts first (and then resoaking for 20 minutes), I think the only other way to make this recipe work is to let the walnuts drain really well (after soaking overnight), and processing the rest of the ingredients BEFORE adding the walnuts into the mix. So, process all the ingredients until broken down, and then add the walnuts last and pulse them in gently to combine all the ingredients and break down the walnuts a bit, but not enough to completely turn it into a puree. Then, you can eat as is or you can also roast them up a bit afterwards to give it a crunchier texture. I hope that makes sense? If you have any more questions, feel free to ask!! 🙂

      • Holly on August 10, 2018 at 9:31 am

        Great idea….Thanks so much! Can’t wait to try it.

  16. Nancy F on January 23, 2019 at 10:43 pm

    This taco meat recipe was awesome! Used the tamari because I couldn’t find the chickpea miso. Will definitely save this and use it often… So good!!

    • Jen on January 24, 2019 at 11:05 am

      Yay! So glad you liked it! It’s definitely a favorite at our house – it’s perfect for tacos, nachos, bowls!! So yummy. I appreciate you taking the time to leave some feedback! Have a beautiful day. <3

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