I’m not sure there’s any food out there that I prefer to stuff my face with than tacos. The blend of spices with fresh citrus flavors, packed into a shell is just so satisfying to eat and makes for the perfect comfort food.
Thankfully there are now just so many ways that we can replicate meat fillings with plants without losing any flavor or any texture. From cauliflower, to mushroom, to beans, there is so much variety out there.
Recently I made vegan tandoori cauliflower chickpea tacos, but it’s only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to vegan versions of tacos. Here are some of the best from around the web for you to get experimenting with.
#1. Vegan Cauliflower Tacos
Easy to make, crispy, delicious. What more do you want from a taco?
The cauliflower filling is coated in spice and bread crumbs to serve as a great filling, while the avocado adds a beautiful creamy balance to it.
#2. Vegan Crack Broccoli Tacos
The addictive nature of these tacos is all in the name. From the crunchy broccoli to the tangy BBQ sauce, one of these will never be enough.
#3. Vegan Pulled Mushroom Tacos
Think only meat or jackfruit can be pulled? Think again.
The mushroom filling here is smoky and juicy, and creates a beautiful and satisfying taco filling. It’s prepared by being stewed in spices before then baked in the oven.
Matched with a simple salsa, lettuce and vegan sour cream, the tacos are fresh, meat-free, and delicious.
#4. Cauliflower Mushroom Walnut Tacos
Not all comfort food has to be unhealthy. This mushroom, cauliflower and walnut-filled dish is low in fat without compromising on flavor.
Easy to make, this taco recipe calls for you to blend its core ingredients together in a food processor, before pan cooking them and dressing them in your chosen taco shell with generous servings of with guacamole and vegan sour cream. All easily done in just 20 minutes. Perfect.
#5. Vegan Crunchwrap Supreme
OK, technically I’m stretching the definition of a taco here as the shell this is coated in is more like a burrito, but hear me out.
The Vegan Caveman has managed to replicate the non-vegan-friendly components of a taco – the beef, cheese, and sour cream – in innovative ways. He uses a lentil and spice mix to recreate the meat, while a brilliant potato and cashew blend forms the cheese.
It’s a stroke of genius and you need to try it today.
#6. Vegan Buffalo Cauliflower Tacos
Vicky and Ruth say that the spice in this recipe has all the subtlety of a stick of dynamite, and it’s hard to disagree!
I love buffalo sauce, and this recipe has plenty of it. It’s then topped with edamame for a great protein source, fresh avocado, and purple cabbage, this recipe packs in plenty of beautiful color and flavor.
#7. Chipotle Portobello Tacos
Portobello mushrooms make for such a fantastic meat substitute. I’ve used them before to help replicate the texture of burgers, and they go great here in this taco recipe from Sylvia too.
The chipotle helps make the mushroom spicy and smoky, while it has avocado and a beautiful pickled onion mix for balance. A must try.
#8. Vegan Black Bean Tacos
Black beans and guacamole take centerstage for this beautiful take on the recipe. Heart, and creamy, and all housed in a gluten-free taco shell.
The beans are slightly spiced with a bit of salsa and spice powder, and then cooked with a bit of onion and garlic.
It’s really simple, but then all the best ones are, aren’t they?
#9. Vegan Tacos
These little beauties use some of my favorite spices, like cumin and paprika, and matches them with an incredible cauliflower filling. They’re then topped off with a great mango salsa and guacamole topping, to give you a fresh, crisp and filling taco.
#10. Spicy Vegan Jackfruit Tacos
It took me a while to jump aboard the jackfruit train, but now I am very much on board with the delicious meat alternative! And with recipes like this spicy jackfruit taco, it’s not hard to see why.
The jackfruit forms a hearty filling, and is matched with some sharp lime, and spicy chipotle, to create an addictive, hot, fun recipe.
#11. Vegan Mushroom Tacos
Mushroom makes such a great alternative, but I feel like not an awful lot of people realise it. Hopefully these mushroom-stuffed tacos will go some way to fixing that.
Along with the deep tastes of the mushroom, they’re rammed with sharp flavors and spices, and are absolutely beautiful in color. It makes a great dinner dish for vegan or non-vegan guests alike.
#12. Cauliflower Taco Meat
Another criminally underrated meat substitutes is ground nuts, like walnuts. These recipe uses crushed walnuts and cauliflower to create a completely meat-free minced meat alternative.
It can be put together in pretty much just one pan, and can be made to be gluten-free (as well as nut-free, if you wish) as well.
#13. Vegan White Bean Tacos
Filled with spicy white beans, pre-made slaw and a delicious green sauce, these delicious white bean tacos pack in a lot of flavors into one small, tasty package.
#14. Vegan Buffalo Cauliflower Tacos
#15. Easy Vegan Breakfast Tacos
#16. Bang Bang Cauliflower Tacos
#17. Tasty Tex Mex Vegan Taco Meat
#18. Vegan Crispy Chick’n Tacos
#19. Smashed Chickpea Tacos
#20. Vegan Taco Pockets with Falafels
#21. Vegan Sheet Pan Tacos with Chipotle Garlic Sauce
#22. Crunchy Veggie Tacos
#23. Vegan Chorizo and Potato Tacos with Salsa Verde
What’s your favorite vegan taco recipe? What do you like to use as your filling? What spices are your go-to choices? Let me know in the comments!