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This walnut quinoa vegan taco meat recipe is my family's favorite taco filling for Taco Tuesday! It has so much flavor and it's so good for you! Vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free.

Vegan Taco Meat

This vegan taco meat is made with a flavorful combination of taco-seasoned walnuts, quinoa, and black beans. It's the perfect plant-based filling to use for tacos, burritos, or quesadillas! Make Taco Tuesday dinner a breeze with this easy and delicious 30-minute meal!
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 10 servings
Calories 321kcal


  • Food Processor or Nut Chopper
  • Large Pan



  • Cook the quinoa in a medium saucepan according to the package instructions. If you don’t use pre-rinsed quinoa, make sure you rinse it or it will taste bitter once cooked. 
  • Put the walnuts in a food processor and pulse a few times until the nuts are crumbly.
  • In a large pan over medium heat, combine the cooked quinoa, chopped walnuts, taco seasonings, smoked paprika, cumin, garlic powder, onion powder, chili pepper flakes, rinsed and drained black beans, and ½ cup of water. Mix it all together and let it cook for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. If the pan gets too dry you may need to add more a little bit more water. Add salt to taste.
  • Spoon the filling into tacos and add toppings of choice. Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for 4-5 days or you can freeze it for a future meal.


  • If the quinoa isn't pre-rinsed, make sure you rinse it so the quinoa won't taste bitter once it's cooked.
  • food processor is the quickest and easiest way to chop the walnuts into small pieces. However, if you don't have it you can also use a nut chopper or mince them by hand using a large knife.
  • Start with ¼ tsp chili pepper flakes and add more to taste. I usually use a total of ½ tsp chili pepper flakes because I like a little heat. You could also use cayenne pepper or hot sauce. 


Calories: 321kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 45mg | Potassium: 738mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 167IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 77mg | Iron: 3mg