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Taco Lettuce Boats

  • Author: Eat. Love. Namaste.
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 12 1x


These Taco Lettuce Boats are super fun and healthy! Made with natural ingredients and topped with a fresh Cilantro Jalapeño Crema! The perfect twist to taco night!



Taco Walnut & Quinoa ‘Meat’:

  • 1 cup quinoa (cooked)
  • 2 cups raw walnuts
  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil
  • 1 yellow onion (diced)
  • 1 bell pepper (diced)
  • 1 garlic clove (minced)
  • 1 jalapeńo (deseeded and diced)
  • 1 teaspoon sweet paprika
  • 2 teaspoons cumin powder
  • 1.5 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper + more to taste

Cilantro Jalapeño Crema:

  • 1 cup raw cashews (soaked overnight)
  • 1 cup filtered water
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 garlic clove (minced)
  • 2 teaspoons green onion (green parts only)
  • 1 jalapeńo (deseeded and chopped)
  • Juice of 1 lemon


  • Bibb Lettuce
  • Tomato (diced)
  • Red or yellow pepper (diced)
  • Fresh red cabbage (diced)
  • Cilantro for garnish
  • Avocado (diced)
  • Fresh lime juice for taste


Taco Walnut & Quinoa ‘Meat’:

  1. In a skillet over medium-high heat add the avocado oil. Add the diced onion, pepper and seasoning (salt and pepper, sweet paprika, cumin and chili powder) and cook for 5-minutes. Add the garlic and cook for an additional 5-minutes.
  2. Chop the walnuts in a food processor by pulsing a few times. Add the cooked quinoa and pulse a few more times to blend. Add the mixture to the skillet and cook for 5-minutes. Add the lime juice and remove from heat.

Cilantro Jalapeño Crema:

  1. Add all ingredients to a high-powered blender and blend until smooth and creamy. If mixture seems too thick, add 1 tablespoon of water at a time, until desired consistency.


  1. Add a small portion of the walnut & quinoa mixture to the Bibb lettuce and top with the following ingredients before serving/enjoying: fresh tomatoes, pepper, cilantro, avocado, and crema.
  • Category: Entree
  • Cuisine: Mexican-Inspired

Keywords: healthy taco recipes, meatless taco recipes, easy taco recipes, quinoa taco meat recipes