Vegan Taco Recipes

Erin Coleman, R.D., L.D.
Enoki Tacos

Vegan dieting is far from boring when you have the right recipes in hand. Get creative when coming up with tacos to complete your menu as there a numerous vegan taco recipes to pick from. Each is unique and as delicious as it is nutritious.

1. Vegan Enoki Mushroom Tacos

This colorful, mouth-watering recipe is sure to be a hit among vegan (and non-vegan) dieters alike.

Ingredients

  • 1 to 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon mirin
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • 20 large enoki mushrooms
  • 4 corn tortillas, toasted
  • 1/2 cup spinach greens
  • 1/4 cup pickled red onions, diced
  • 1/2 cup cooked black beluga lentils
  • 1 peeled avocado, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/4 cup vegan sour cream (mixed with 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric) OR 1/4 cup of vegan cashew sour cream

Instructions

  1. Saute the mushrooms in oil, soy sauce, mirin, and sesame seeds until brown.
  2. Bake (or heat up) the lentils according to package instructions.
  3. Place mushrooms, greens, lentils, onion, avocado, and salt to taste in the corn tortillas (divide ingredients evenly among the four tortillas).
  4. Drizzle with turmeric vegan sour cream (or vegan cashew sour cream) and enjoy!

Servings: 4

2. Vegan Falafel Taco Wraps

This flavorful meat- and dairy-free taco wrap recipe won't disappoint.

Ingredients

  • falafel wraps
    12 falafel patties (store bought or homemade falafel patties)
  • 4 whole grain tortillas
  • 4 large lettuce leaves
  • 1/4 cup diced onions
  • 1/2 cup diced tomatoes
  • 1 peeled avocado, cut into bit-sized pieces
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup shredded vegan cheese
  • 1/4 cup tahini sauce
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Place 3 falafel patties (warm or cold, depending on your preference) in each tortilla -- toast the tortillas ahead of time, if desired.
  2. Top with lettuce, tomatoes, onions, avocado and vegan cheese (and salt and pepper if desired)
  3. Drizzle with tahini sauce, wrap up, and enjoy!

Servings: 4 tacos

3. Vegan Lettuce-Wrapped Tacos

To change things up a bit and lower the amount of carbs you're getting from tortillas, choose lettuce wraps instead of traditional tortillas for your next vegan taco night.

Nut Loaf Ingredients

  • Vegan Taco Wrap
    1 1/2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1/2 cup dry lentils
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3/4 cup large yellow onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup carrots, shredded
  • 1 1/2 cups crimini mushrooms, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 cup celery, diced
  • 1/2 cup whole-wheat breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds, chopped
  • 1/4 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 1/2 cup garbanzo bean flour
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons vegan Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground flax seed mixed with 2 tablespoons water

Wrap Ingredients

  • 4 large collard leaves
  • 4 slices seasoned nut loaf (see ingredients and instructions above)
  • 1/4 cup salsa
  • 1/4 cup guacamole
  • 1/4 cup Romaine lettuce
  • 4 slices vegan almond nut cheese (you can also use 1/4 cup of hummus instead)
  • Salt to taste

Nut Loaf Instructions

  1. Combine rinsed lentils with broth in a pot and bring to a boil.
  2. Reduce heat and simmer for about 30 minutes; drain lentils and set aside.
  3. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  4. Combine flax seed with water and set aside.
  5. Line a loaf pan with parchment paper.
  6. Sautee onions with oil and salt in a pan over medium heat until onions begin to brown.
  7. Add celery, carrots, and mushrooms to onions and saute another 10 minutes.
  8. Combine sauted vegetable mixture with lentils, flax mixture, and all other ingredients in a large bowl. Stir until evenly combined.
  9. Bake at 375 degrees for 40 to 45 minutes and let cool for 10 minutes.

Wrap Instructions

  1. Prepare nut loaf as instructed, let cool, and slice.
  2. Place wrap ingredients (divided into four equal amounts) into each collard leaf.
  3. Season with salt, to taste.
  4. Wrap collard leaves around filling ingredients into a taco shape.
  5. Use hummus in place of almond cheese, if desired.

Servings: 4 tacos

Choosing Vegan Tacos

Making creative plant-based tacos is an excellent way to keep vegan diets interesting and incorporate veggies and protein into nutritious, well-balanced dishes.

Vegan Taco Recipes