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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Vegan Buffalo Cauliflower Tacos
These vegan buffalo cauliflower tacos are perfectly spicy, with hot buffalo sauce and a tangy avocado crema. Made with whole food ingredients!
Easy Vegan Breakfast Tacos
If you need your taco fix first thing in the morning then this is the recipe for you. Filled with roasted potatoes and tofu scramble, there’s a beautiful vegan breakfast filled in each of these. You can then top with your choice of vegan sour cream, vegan cheese, or fried mushrooms.
Bang Bang Cauliflower Tacos
These paleo-friendly bang bang cauliflower tacos are filled with strong flavors, fiber, and nutrients. Containing cauliflower, radish, cilantro, and sriracha, there’s plenty of taste here for any meat-free skeptics. A great main meal or side dish.
Tasty Tex Mex Vegan Taco Meat
If the taste and texture of meat is something you miss, then this vegan taco filling should help you curb those cravings.
This gluten-free, nut-free, and oil-free filling is made with crumbled tofu, baked at high heat in the oven, and mixed with spices to give you an addictive kick of a flavor.
Vegan Crispy Chick’n Tacos
These crispy ‘chickn’ tacos are something completely different.
The little crispy beauties are made with vegan tenders that are a great replacement for their meaty counterparts. They’re topped with a maple syrup and vegan mayo blend, and filled with fresh veggies.
Fresh, spicy, and delicious.
Smashed Chickpea Tacos
A blend of jalapeño cream and smashed chickpeas to create a fresh, seasoned taco filling. These tacos are rounded off with a lime-marinated slaw, sliced radishes, and serrano peppers.
Vegan Taco Pockets with Falafels
I love falafel wraps as much as I love tacos, so any recipe that combines the two has me won over immediately.
It can be tricky making falafel so that it’s not dry, but this recipe manages to strike a perfect balance between not being dry and not being too oily. All while keeping a perfect crisp on the outside and soft texture on the inside.
Vegan Sheet Pan Tacos with Chipotle Garlic Sauce
Sheet pan meals are a great way to streamline cooking into one easy, manageable batch. This is the perfect example of just that.
Made with a chipotle pepper marinade, and mixed in with baked vegetables and avocado, there’s a rich, zesty flavor to this perfect taco dinner.
Crunchy Veggie Tacos
Breaded fillings seem to be something that almost everyone can get on board with, and if you can fill your taco with them then all the better.
These crunchy veggie tacos have exactly what. They’re paired with a smooth and creamy dairy-free cilantro sauce that brings the whole thing together beautifully.
Vegan Chorizo and Potato Tacos with Salsa Verde
Any former (or current) meat eater will tell you: There’s sausage, and then there’s chorizo.
The spicy meat is on another level, and this meat-free alternative does a great job at replicating everything that’s so great about it, while removing everything bad.
This recipe pairs it with a delicious potato filling, and rounds it off with a hearty, spicy appetizer or main. Perfect.
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!