Vegan Taco Meat

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Taco Tuesday Vegan Style

A versatile vegan “meat” that can be used in a variety of ways. Use with my vegan taco recipe, in a tortilla,  wrapped in a romaine lettuce or collard green leaf. Add vegetables of choice and you have a delicious high-protein alternative to meat.

Vegan Taco Meat

Rating: 41

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes


  • 1 1/2 cup cooked lentils
  • 1 cup toasted walnuts
  • 1-2 cloves garlic
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 4-6 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1-2 tablespoons water


  1. Rinse and drain 1 cup dry lentils (I like the green french lentils or black lentils).
  2. Cover with water and cook until done; approximately 20-25 minutes.
  3. Combine cooked lentils, garlic cloves, walnuts, spices and pulse to combine.
  4. Add oil and water gradually until mixture is combined and crumbly.


I often make this ahead of time and when I’m ready to use, I spread the “meat” on a cookie sheet and warm in oven approximately 300 degrees. This will also take a little moisture out if it has gotten too wet.


  1. Joyce Glorso on July 29, 2014 at 6:33 AM said:

    Lentils… what do you think of the paleo followers who dont eat legumes? They are difficult to digest for me and all this time I thought they were so healthy.

    • Hi Joyce, I don’t follow paleo although I know it works for some people. I believe that lentils are extremely healthy; low in fat, high in protein and fiber and loaded with B vitamins and magnesium. I think the benefits of lentils are extremely high but of course you need to be able to digest them!

      • Joyce Glorso on July 30, 2014 at 7:53 AM said:

        thank you! I am going to try your recipe and be mindful of any reactions. I love lentils! xxox

      • While you don’t really need to soak lentils like you do beans, it could help if you soak them for about 30-45 minutes before cooking. Also, I have another recipe that I make for vegan “meat” that is just made with nuts. Let me know if you want to try that one. Enjoy!

      • Joyce Glorso on July 30, 2014 at 9:00 AM said:

        Sure! Lay it on me. Trying to get off beef entirely, so the more veggie meals the better. You ROCK!

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