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Easy and Delicious Vegan Tacos with Walnut Quinoa

Oven-Baked Walnut Quinoa Tacos


  • Author: Tracey Gene
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 6 tacos 1x
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

These tacos are so easy and crazy delicious! They are ready in under 30 minutes and perfect for those easy weeknight dinners. Crunchy on the outside and yummy on the inside. A delicious way to change up taco night.


Ingredients

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Walnut Quinoa Plant-Based Taco Meat:

  • 1/2 cup quinoa, tri-color, or single color 
  • 1 cup of vegetable broth 
  • 1 +1/4 cup walnuts
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoons taco seasoning, such as Siete Spicy Taco Seasoning, or see notes for homemade taco seasoning. 
  • 1/3 cup vegetable broth (or sub water) 
  • 1 bell pepper, diced (or sub 4 small sweet bell peppers, diced)

Remaining Ingredients: 

  • 46 Almond Flour or Corn Tortillas, we like Whole Foods 365 Almond Flour brand
  • 2 tablespoons Avocado Oil
  • Taco Toppings –  lime juice, cheese, sour cream, avocado, tomatoes, cilantro, lettuce, and hot sauce. 

Instructions

Walnut Quinoa Plant-Based Taco Meat:

  1. To a saucepan, cook 1/2 cup of quinoa with 1 cup of vegetable broth (or sub water).
  2. Add 1 + 1/4 cup walnuts to a food processor and pulse until a meal forms. 
  3. Add cooked quinoa and blend again until incorporated. 
  4. Add mixture back to the saucepan and add 2 tablespoons of tomato paste, 1 tablespoon taco seasoning, diced peppers, and 1/3 cup of vegetable broth. Cook over medium heat for about 5 minutes until liquid is gone and the mixture becomes thick in texture. 

To make the oven-baked tacos:

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. 
  2. Toss tortillas with avocado oil and bake for about 5 minutes. Do not bake longer, or you will have tostadas. 
  3. Divide Walnut Quinoa Plant-Based Taco Meat among the taco shells, add cheese (optional) and carefully close the tortilla. Bake for 10 minutes, and then flip the taco to bake for an additional 5 minutes.

To serve: 

  1. Remove baked tacos from the oven and serve with your favorite taco toppings, such as lime juice, cheese, sour cream, avocado, tomatoes, cilantro, lettuce, hot sauce. Enjoy!

Notes

Homemade Taco Seasoning:

  • 2 teaspoons chipotle chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4-1/2 teaspoon cayenne powder (optional), adjust per your taste
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutritional yeast
  • Category: Entree
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Mexican-Inspired

Keywords: vegan, paleo, whole30, vegetarian, tacos, simple tacos, taco Tuesday, plant-based taco meat, walnut quinoa tacos