Gluten-Free Vegan Taco ‘Meat’ Recipe for Nachos, Tacos, and Burritos!

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You are not going to believe how yummy and easy to make this vegan mock taco meat is! The secret is in both the flavor and the texture, which combine to make a vegan taco meat that even your pickiest of carnivores will devour! The main ingredients are all from Costco, although of course you can find them elsewhere as well.

We LOVE this on our Quarantine Nachos, so called because we invented them while in serious lockdown quarantine, out of stuff that we had in the house. Along with this taco ‘meat’, we top our quarantine nachos with this copycat queso, this homemade vegan sour cream, and sometimes even some of our amazing copycat Bitchin’ Sauce. But we’re sure that you’ll find many uses for it, including not only nachos and tacos, but burritos, vegan lasagna with a Latin flair, and all manner of other things (please let us know how you used it!)

Quarantine Nachos
vegan nachos queso sour cream bitchin sauce

As we mentioned, all of our main ingredients (by which we mean everything other than the spices and seasonings) are from Costco. These are riced cauliflower, canned mushrooms, and walnuts. But you don’t have to get these from there. Our recipe was inspired by a similar (but somewhat different) recipe over at ShaneandSimple, and Shane uses fresh mushrooms, and fresh cauliflower for his version.

The Ingredients from Costco
copycat queso dip riced cauliflower ricekirkland organic walnutsgiorgio canned organic mushrooms

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Vegan Taco ‘Meat’ for Nachos, Tacos, and Burritos

You will need a food processor to make this recipe. We haven’t tried it with a high speed blender, but do not recommend it as we think it would quickly turn it to mush, which is not what you want.


Main Ingredients
1 envelope Earthly Choice cauliflower rice (8.5 ounces)
1 can Giorgio sliced mushrooms, drained (4 ounces)
1/4 cup walnuts
3 Tablespoons Bragg’s Liquid Aminos (ok to sub tamari or soy sauce)
1 Tablespoon olive or other oil for frying

Spices and Seasoning
How you season this is largely a matter of your own taste. What we use is:

1 Tablespoon smoked paprika
1 Tablespoon chili powder
2 teaspoons cumin
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon oregano
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
a dash of red pepper


Put your ‘S’ blade into your food processor, and then put all of the ingredients except the oil into the food processor. Pulse the mixture until it has the texture of taco meat (pulsing means turning it quickly on and off, not having it on constantly – most food processors have a pulse button).

Heat the oil in a frying pan, and fry your taco meat mixture over medium heat until fully cooked and starting to brown; this will take about 15 minutes.

Remove from heat, and use in your yummy creation! If you are making tacos, nachos, or burritos, our sour cream, copycat queso, and copycat Bitchin’ Sauce all go really well!

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