Cauliflower Walnut Taco ‘Meat’


Cauliflower Walnut Taco Meat

My new favorite way to eat tacos! This flavorful plant-based taco meat substitute is packed with nutrients, fiber and healthy fats, leaving you just as satisfied and way more nourished than with Mexican takeout!
Servings 6



  • 1 cup raw walnuts sub 2/3 cup sunflower or pumpkin seeds
  • 1 small head cauliflower diced into 1" florets
  • 8-10 ounces sliced baby bella or button mushrooms
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil or avocado oil
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • Garnish: shells or tortillas, salsa, avocado, clantro, shredded lettuce


  • 2 1/2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt plus more to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon coconut sugar


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and add walnuts to a baking sheet (can be unlined). Roast walnuts until slightly darkened in color and fragrant, approximately 10 minutes (start checking at 8).
  • Remove walnuts and place in a heatproof bowl and set aside. Turn oven up to 400 degrees. Now line baking sheet with parchment paper. Add cauliflower and mushrooms to the baking sheet. Drizzle oil over vegetables and toss gently to coat.
  • Roast veggies for 20 minutes, until the cauliflower florets have golden brown edges. While roasting, make Taco Spice Mixture. Add 1/4 cup of spice mixture, walnuts and nutritional yeast to a food processor. Pulse just 1-2x to incorporate.
  • When veggies have finished roasting, allow to cool until they are easy to handle with your fingers but still warm to touch. Add to food processor and pulse another few times, until mixture is incorporated but still has a chunky texture. Taste and stir in extra spice mixture and salt as you like—I personally use all the spice mixture and add an extra 1/2 teaspoon salt.
  • Serve immediately and enjoy! Leftover “meat” will keep tightly sealed in the refrigerator up to 5 days or frozen for 1 month.
Course: Entree
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Keyword: cauliflower, healthy dinner, mexican food, plantbased, tacos, Vegan, walnut

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