How to Make...

How to Make Walnut Taco Meat

This Cauliflower Walnut Taco Meat is ready in 30 minutes and the perfect plant based meat alternative for any loved Mexican dish. For taco salads, power bowls, traditional tacos and more. A vegan, gluten free and paleo friendly recipe.

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Diet: Vegan
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Scale:


  • 1/2 medium-large head cauliflower, chopped (about 3 cups)
  • 2 cups walnuts
  • 1 ½ TBSP chipotle pepper adodo sauce (see notes)
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 TBSP ancho chili powder
  • 2 tsp Cumin
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp oregano


  1. Preheat oven to 375ºF and grease large baking sheet or line with parchment paper; set aside.
  2. Place chopped cauliflower, walnuts, chipotle adobo sauce, spices, salt and pepper in bowl of food processor; pulse until cauliflower and walnuts have broken down into small pieces. Transfer to baking sheet and bake for 25-30 minutes, giving the mixture a stir halfway through baking time. Remove from oven once finished and let cool on sheet.
  3. Enjoy as tacos, taco salad bowls and more. Store leftovers in covered container in fridge; best used in 3-4 days. 

Recipes Notes:

You can use 2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce (like the canned peppers here) OR I used this brand and used 1 1/2 tablespoons sauce.

recipe adapted from my Cauliflower Walnut Bolognese and Pinch of Yum