Vegan Taco Meat

Lentils, walnuts, chipotles OH MY! Yes, this vegan taco “meat” is the perfect filling for tacos! Add all the toppings and turn dinner into a fun plant-based taco night!

vegan taco meat in pan with wood spoon

This post was originally published in June 2018. Photos have been updated and more tips have been added.

Is there any problem in life tacos can’t solve?


Especially these vegan tacos. They are so easy to make and flavorful, it’s hard to believe they come together with minimal ingredients.

Enjoy this vegan taco meat in a traditional taco or lighten things up with a taco salad. Either way, your heart and soul will be happy!

ingredients for vegan taco meat on marble background

Ingredients for vegan taco meat

I don’t need to tell you this but tacos are one of the easiest, most fun, kid-approved meals out there. This vegan taco recipe fits the bill too. The vegan taco “meat” is beyond filling and is super healthy.

That just makes more room for extra chips, salsa, and guacamole!

ingredients for lentil walnut taco meat in food processor

How to make vegan taco filling

Vegan tacos are just as easy to make as meat tacos! For the vegan meat filling do the following:

  1. Cook lentils according to package
  2. Add cook lentils along with walnuts, chipotle chilis, garlic, and seasonings to a food processor
  3. Pulse until desired consistency is reached (about 10-12 pulses)
  4. Add taco meat to skillet and cook for 5-8 minutes until warm and tomatoes are cooked

overhead shot of vegan tacos on marble background with avocado, cilantro, and limes

Taco variations:

  • Add crumbled tofu to the taco meat for an extra protein kick
  • Customize the number of chipotle chilies for more/less heat
  • Swap out corn or flour tortillas for lettuce cups or a gluten-free tortilla. I like Siete brand for GF tortillas!
  • Make “fajita style” by topping with sauteed peppers and onions
  • Substitute sour cream with salsa or guacamole
  • Top with cotija cheese (for my non-vegan babes)
  • Try a fun salsa as a topping like this jicama mango salsa!
  • Use this taco meat recipe to make a salad
  • Turn it into a bowl! Use rice as a base with some beans, then top with any veggies you’d like

Storing and reheating tips

Leftovers keep in the fridge for about a week! Store leftovers in an airtight container and it can be reheated to make into tacos, salads, or bowls throughout the week!

You can reheat the taco meat in the microwave or on the stovetop on low-medium heat until heated through.

hand grabbing taco topped with tomatoes, lettuce, radishes, sour cream, and cilantro

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Quick & Easy Vegan Tacos

This plant-based and gluten-free taco recipe is perfect for weeknight meals. Vegan taco filling plus any veggies you like all tucked into a tortilla! This healthy meal is a MUST TRY!
5 from 6 votes
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Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Gluten Free, Healthy, Mexican, Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword: easy vegan tacos, vegan taco filling, vegan taco meat
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 8 tacos
Calories: 82kcal
Author: Amanda


  • 1/2 cup lentils uncooked
  • 1 8-ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup walnut pieces
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 2-3 chipotle chilis in adobo sauce
  • 1/2 Tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 Tablespoon olive oil

Serving Suggestions:

  • tortillas corn, flour, or GF
  • guacamole
  • salsa
  • sour cream use vegan brand if vegan
  • sliced radishes
  • diced tomatoes
  • cilantro


  • Bring 1 cup of water to a rolling boil.
  • Rinse uncooked lentils and add to water. Cover and reduce heat to low-medium. Let cook for 15 minutes.
  • Remove lentils from the burner and set aside for 3-5 minutes covered. Remove cover and fluff with a fork.
  • Add cooked lentils, diced tomatoes, walnuts, garlic, and seasonings to the food processor. Pulse until desired consistency is reached (about 10-12 times).
  • Place a medium skillet over medium heat and add 1 Tablespoon of olive oil. Add taco meat and let cook 5-8 minutes until tomatoes are cooked.
  • Serve warm on tortillas. Add desired toppings and enjoy!



  • Leftovers keep in the fridge for about a week
  • You can reheat the taco meat in the microwave or on the stovetop on low-medium heat until heated through.


Serving: 1taco (1/4 cup taco meat only) | Calories: 82kcal | Carbohydrates: 5.1g | Protein: 3.1g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 0.4g | Sodium: 67mg | Potassium: 126mg | Fiber: 1.8g | Sugar: 1.6g | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 0.7mg

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12 thoughts on “Vegan Taco Meat”

  1. 5 stars
    I love your clean layout. Your photos are beautiful too… and I am SO all over this dish!! Kusod to you Amanda!

  2. 5 stars
    These tacos scream out loud: Tuck in!! These are so much my kind of quick food, so nice and easy to make especially on summer days when cooking can be a bit of a drag. Gorgeous !

  3. 5 stars
    Lentil and walnut?! Wow, what an interesting combo! But I LOVE both separately so how could this be bad!? I love meat but I am always looking to take a break for it every now and then and this would be so perfect!


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