Vegan taco meat

Vegan Taco Meat

  • Author: Alison Andrews
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 30 mins
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 6
  • Diet: Vegan


This vegan taco meat is made with tofu, walnuts and spices and makes a wonderfully chewy and ‘meaty’ vegan meat substitute.



  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C).
  2. Add walnuts to the food processor and process into crumbles. Mash the tofu with a fork. Add the crushed walnuts and tofu pieces to a dish.
  3. Add the garlic powder, onion powder, cumin, smoked paprika, oregano, cayenne pepper, nutritional yeast, olive oil, soy sauce, maple syrup and tomato paste to a jug and whisk into a thick sauce.
  4. Mix the sauce in with the tofu and walnut crumbles and mix in until everything is coated in the sauce.
  5. Transfer to a parchment lined baking tray and spread out evenly across the tray.
  6. Bake in the oven for 35 minutes, bring it out at the 15 minute mark and give it a stir and then put it back in.
  7. Serve in tacos with shredded lettuce, salsa, guacamole and vegan sour cream.


*If you want this vegan taco meat to be entirely gluten-free then use a gluten-free soy sauce or switch for tamari. If you use a regular (not dark) soy sauce, the color of the taco meat will be much lighter.

*This makes a fairly large portion, enough for 6 people if served with tacos and other fillings.

*Nutritional information is for vegan taco meat only and not anything else you would serve it with.

*This recipe was first published in October 2018.

  • Category: Side, Savory, Gluten-Free
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: Vegan, Mexican


  • Serving Size: 1 Serving (of 6)
  • Calories: 342
  • Sugar: 4.9g
  • Sodium: 306mg
  • Fat: 28.6g
  • Saturated Fat: 3.2g
  • Carbohydrates: 10.7g
  • Fiber: 2.8g
  • Protein: 14.7g

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