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Vegan Taco Meat – Easy & Gluten Free

vegan taco meat in tortilla wraps

This vegan “ground beef” is so versatile and delicious! Use it for tacos, salads, burritos, or nachos. Just change up the toppings for a new experience each time. Or use this “meat” in your next chili or bolognese sauce. This vegan taco meat has quickly become a family favourite! Since it can be served in so many different ways, it’s a new experience every time. Plus, it’s super healthy, and is truly simple to make, and the entire family enjoys it. It’s a win-win-win!

To prep your veggies, don’t worry about chopping everything into uniform sizes and pieces.

As long as it’ll fit through your food processor or veggie bullet, you’re good to go. Remember, you want all your veggies (except the sun dried tomatoes) shredded, and NOT pureed.

chopped cauliflower, carrots, mushrooms, onion, sundried tomatoes, pumpkin seeds

I use the small blender attachment on my veggie bullet to first pulse the pumpkin seeds and set them aside. Then I puree my seasoning and sun dried tomato mixture and combine with the chopped up seeds.

veggie bullet with seasonings for vegan taco meat

Using my shredder attachment, I shred the veggies directly into my nonstick cooking pot to save myself one extra bowl to wash! If you don’t have a veggie bullet, you may use a food processor. Although, I do recommend this handy appliance as it blends, shreds, chops, and spiralizes!! (No, I do not get paid for this endorsement, I just truly love it!).

shredding veggies with veggie bullet

Did I mention how versatile this vegan taco meat is? Use whole wheat or corn tortillas to wrap it up for a traditional taco.

vegan taco meat in tortillas

Or opt for a low carb option and make it a salad! I often skip the bread and load mine with avocado, cilantro and chopped onion and tomato.

vegan taco meat plated as salad

Or make it a salad wrap! YUM YUM!!! Don’t forget to top yours with some delicious 3 Minute Easy Guacamole, Homemade Tahini, or some Easy Dairy Free Sour Cream (Cashew Cream).

vegan taco meat in lettuce wraps

vegan taco meat in tortilla wraps

Vegan Taco Meat - Easy & Gluten Free

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 8 Servings
No need to wait for Taco Tuesday to try this AMAZING vegan taco meat recipe. It's loaded with nutrients and packed with delicious flavour.
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  • 1 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 8 sun dried tomatoes
  • 1.5 cups water
  • 1.5 tsp onion powder
  • 1.5 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 1.5 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper optional
  • 1 cauliflower broken into large florets
  • 8-10 cremini mushrooms
  • 2 large carrots peeled
  • 1 yellow onion halved or quartered
  • 3 cloves of garlic peeled
  • Optional Toppings: avocado, cilantro, tomatoes, salsa, jalapeno, red onion, guacamole, tahini, cashew cream


  • In a small blender, pulse the pumpkin seeds and set aside in a small bowl.
  • Using the same blender, add the sun dried tomatoes, water, and all the seasonings and blend until combined. Pour the mixture into the same bowl with your crushed pumpkin seeds and mix well with a spoon. If it doesn’t mix easily, add some more water, 1-2 tbsp at a time. Set aside.
  • Shred all the vegetables using a food processor or veggie bullet. Do not puree them! Transfer the shredded veggies to a large nonstick skillet.
  • Cook the veggies over medium heat until slightly reduced and cooked through, approx. 8 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Add the seasoning mixture and cook another 2 minutes, adding a little more water if needed to maintain a "juicy" consistency.
  • Serve your taco meat as a salad, wrap it up in tortilla's or lettuce wraps or use classic hard taco shells with your choice of toppings.
Calories: 79kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 4g | Sodium: 316mg | Potassium: 373mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 60.6% | Vitamin C: 11.8% | Calcium: 3.3% | Iron: 8.9%
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