15-Minute Raw Vegan Tacos

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What do you love about tacos? All of the flavor tends to come from the seasonings on the meat. Well, you can use the same seasonings that impart those smoky, robust, and signature taco flare on a raw vegan diet. Cumin, chili powder, paprika, sea salt, and garlic can all be enjoyed while cleansing. But what about the meat? While you cannot have meat, you can pulse walnuts and packaged sun-dried tomatoes with the spices to achieve a ground beef-like texture.

The taco “meat” that you end up with is slightly chunky and incredibly hearty. For the sun-dried tomatoes, make sure to buy the packaged variety, not the ones sold in oil. The acidity from the sun-dried tomato can be a little intense, but the avocado, chopped tomatoes, cilantro, and lettuce leaf help counteract the salt. In fact, the romaine lettuce leaf, which acts as the tortilla in this recipe, offers a refreshing crunch. Hit the taco with a squeeze of fresh lime and you’ll be transported to your favorite taco stand.

If you enjoy the walnut taco “meat” in this recipe, you can use it in other creations. Save some and place a dollop or two on a salad during the cleanse. You can also pulse some cauliflower in a food processor to achieve cauliflower rice and mix in the taco “meat” with it. You’ll have your very own raw vegan burrito bowl, which you can top with tomatoes, avocado, onion, and cilantro. The possibilities are truly endless!

15-Minute Raw Vegan Tacos
  • Prep Time:15m
  • Total Time:15m


For the Walnut Meat

  • 1/3 c sun-dried tomatoes (packaged dry, not in oil)
  • 1 1/2 c raw walnuts
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/2 tbsp. paprika
  • 1/2 tbsp. ground cumin
  • 1/2 tbsp. chili powder
  • 1/4 c filtered water

For the Tacos

  • 8 -10 romaine lettuce leaves
  • 1 roma tomato, diced
  • 1 avocado, peeled, pitted, and thinly sliced
  • 1/4 c cilantro, chopped


For the Walnut Mea

  1. Add all of the ingredients to a food processor and pulse until you achieve a ground beef-like texture.
  2. You may need to stop blending, scrape down the sides of the processor bowl, and continue blending once or twice. Do not over-pulse or else you will end up with a mushy consistency.
  3. Get ready to assemble the tacos.

For the Tacos

  1. Lay out the romaine leaves and spoon a little bit of the taco meat mixture into the center of each leaf.
  2. Add some diced tomatoes, avocado slices, and chopped cilantro to each taco and then serve.
  3. You can accompany the tacos with lime wedges, which will really wake up the flavors!


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