These Vegan Walnut Meat Cauliflower Tacos with Pickled Beets are a perfect recipe when you can’t choose between taco Tuesday and meatless Monday!
Raise your hand if you legit LIVE for tacos?
Yep. Me too. Me. Too.
We love taco night in my house because it’s super fun to assemble your own little meal and make every bite different and unique. But when my family is tiring of the classic ground meat mixture, or pulled chicken (which is DELICIOUS too btw), and I’m looking for some ways to sneak more plant based meals into my family’s day, I go STRAIGHT for these Vegan Walnut Meat Cauliflower Tacos with Pickled Beets. OMG. SO GOOD.
Did you know that WALNUTS can taste like MEAT? If you haven’t tried this vegan hack, get ready to have your MIND. BLOWN.
How to Make Vegan Walnut Meat Cauliflower Tacos
This vegan faux meat mixture starts with walnuts that I’ve pulsed in the food processor until it reaches a meat-like texture. I then mix them in the pan with frozen cauliflower rice (which is super common now in any major grocery store), along with some chipotle in adobo and spices. It’s a really versatile mixture that can also be put on taco salads or in burritos or wraps.
How to make spiralized pickled beets
I used raw beets and a simple pickling solution that is both sweet and spicy and sits in the fridge overnight to take on flavour. If you’re making this right before you want to serve dinner (which, let’s be real, you PROBABLY ARE), I would suggest using the cooked beets you can now find in a lot of grocery store produce aisles and following the “quickle” instructions below.
Are these Vegan Tacos Gluten free?
Yes! As long as you use corn tortillas, these vegan walnut meat cauliflower tacos are totally vegan.
Can these Plant based faux meat tacos be made low carb or keto friendly?
Absolutely! The walnut meat mixture itself (the combination of walnuts and cauliflower is low in carbs), so if you replace the tortilla with a lettuce wrap, you would have a low carb meal.
is this walnut meat Taco recipe kid friendly?
This recipe does have a kick to it, but you could tone it down to make it more kid friendly. I suggest omitting the chipotle in adobo in the walnut meat cauliflower taco mixture, and then omitting the jalapeno in the pickled beets. If you want to serve this to young toddlers, just make extra sure there is no large pieces of walnuts left in the mixture and that everything is minced very fine.
How long does the vegan walnut meat cauliflower mixture and pickled beets last in the fridge?
The cauliflower meat mixture will last for about 3 days and the beets can last a few weeks in the fridge.
What are you serving for meatless Monday or taco Tuesday this week?
Leave me a comment below and send this to a friend who needs some weeknight inspiration!
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Vegan Walnut Meat Cauliflower Tacos with Pickled Beets
- Spiralized Pickled Beets
- 1/2 cup water
- 2 tbsp sugar
- 1 tbsp salt
- 1 tbsp ground cumin
- 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1/2 jalapeno sliced (omit if you don't like heat)
- 1 1/2 cups spiralized beets
- 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 1 1/2 cups walnuts pulsed in a food processor to a minced consistency
- 400 grams bag frozen cauliflower rice about 2 cups
- 1 tsp cumin
- 2 tsp chili powder
- 2 tbsp low sodium tamari
- 2 chipotle in adobo peppers minced
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- Juice of 1/2 lime
- Salt and pepper to taste
- To serve:
- Toasted corn tortillas
- Avocado sliced
- Radishes thinly sliced
- Vegan crumbled cheese
- Vegan sour cream
- To a sauce pot, heat the water, sugar, salt, and cumin until the sugar and salt dissolve. Add the vinegar, jalapenos and beets. Place in a sealed mason jar, and let sit in the fridge for 3-6 hours, or overnight.
- Quickle version: Cook the beets first, then spiralize the beets. Place in a jar with the brine for 30 minutes.
- To a large nonstick skillet, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the garlic and saute for 30 seconds. Add in the walnuts, frozen cauliflower rice, cumin, chili, tamari, chipotle, lime and maple syrup. Saute and mix until everything is well combined and the cauliflower rice is warmed through, about 5-7 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
- To serve, add the walnut meat to the tacos along with the avocado, radish, pickled beets, sour cream and cheese. Enjoy.
Abbey Sharp is a Registered Dietitian, an avid food writer and blogger, a cookbook author and the founder of Abbey’s Kitchen Inc.