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walnut meat in a bowl next to brown rice

Walnut Meat

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Elevate your Taco Tuesdays to a whole new level—our vegan walnut taco meat isn't just good, it's delicious! Packed with crumbly texture and bursting with authentic Mexican spices, this is a plant-based twist you didn't see coming.

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  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x


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Walnut Meat

  • 10 ounces shitake mushrooms (or any variety)
  • 1 1/2 cup raw walnuts
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 onion (diced) ~ 90 grams
  • 3 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoons cumin
  • 2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper to taste


  1. In a food processor, pulse the mushrooms until they resemble a crumbly texture. Be careful not to over-process. Remove and set aside.
  2. Add the walnuts to the food processor and pulse until they resemble a crumbly texture. Be careful not to over-process and make a paste.
  3. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the diced onion. Sauté for a few minutes until the onions become translucent. Add the garlic and saute for a minute or two until fragrant.
  4. Add the chopped mushrooms to the skillet and cook for about 5-7 minutes, or until they release their moisture and start to brown.
  5. Stir in the chili powder, cumin, smoked paprika, oregano, salt, and pepper. Mix well to evenly coat the mushrooms and onions. Cook for another 2-3 minutes to let the flavors meld together.
  6. Add the processed walnuts to the skillet and mix everything thoroughly. Continue cooking for 5 minutes, allowing the flavors to combine and the walnuts to absorb the seasonings.
  7. Taste and adjust the seasoning according to your preference, and serve in your favorite taco shells, lettuce, burrito wraps, and toppings.


Nutritional information is only an estimate. Use a nutritional app like Cronometer to get information on the exact ingredients and amounts you are using.
I highly recommend using a food processor. If you try to chop the mushrooms and walnuts finely with a knife, you won't get the same fine texture needed to make this dish similar to ground beef.
To make things even easier, feel free to substitute the seasoning with about 2 tablespoons of taco seasoning mix.
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: main course
  • Method: food processor
  • Cuisine: American, Mexican-Inspired
  • Diet: Vegan


  • Calories: 205
  • Sugar: 2
  • Sodium: 315
  • Fat: 19
  • Saturated Fat: 2
  • Carbohydrates: 9
  • Fiber: 3
  • Protein: 5