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

Vegan Taco Meat

  • Author: Shane Martin
  • Prep Time: 5 mins.
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 10 Tacos 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


The BEST Vegan Taco Meat is made with cauliflower, mushrooms, walnuts, and spices. It’s so easy to make and ready in only 20 minutes. The perfect vegan ‘meat’ substitute.



  • 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
  • 2 tsp. chipotle chili powder
  • 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.

  • Category: Dinner
  • Cuisine: Vegan

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