Cauliflower mushroom walnut vegan taco meat in shell on metal tray.

Cauliflower Mushroom Walnut Taco Meat

  • Author: Shane & Simple
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 8-10 tacos 1x
  • Category: Entree
  • Cuisine: Mexican, Vegan


Cauliflower Mushroom Walnut Vegan Taco meat. Easy, delicious, healthy and ready in as little as 20 minutes.



  • 1¬† 12-ounce bag of riced cauliflower or one small head of cauliflower
  • 45 chopped mushrooms
  • 1/4 cup walnuts (optional)
  • 3 Tbs low-sodium soy sauce or tamari
  • 1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, diced or minced
  • 1 Tbsp. adobo sauce from chipotle pepper can
  • 2 Tbsp. chili powder
  • 1 Tbsp paprika
  • 2 tsp cumin powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp liquid smoke
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper for a little heat (optional)


  1. Preheat large nonstick skillet on medium high heat
  2. Put all ingredients in a food processor and pulse until you get a “ground beef consistency and everything is well combined.
  3. Pour mixture into skillet and cook for 5-10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to low-medium and cook for another 10-12 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Taste and season as you go in order to fit your taste.
  5. Remove from heat and build tacos with corn or flour tortillas and favorite toppings.

Suggested Toppings


Nutrition info is for the taco meat only.

If you’re worried about the fat content you can just leave out the walnuts. It’s still great!

This recipe was adapted from¬†Pinch of Yum’s Cauliflower Taco Meat.