Vegan Taco Recipe

4.67 from 6 votes
This recipe is flavour packed. Made with a simple vegan taco meat, topped with crunchy veg, and drizzled with my vegan cashew queso cheese sauce. It's simple yet colourful and so gourmet. The perfect dinner for an evening fiesta. 
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
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Jul 15, 2020 (Last updated Aug 18, 2022) by Hannah Sunderani

Vegan Taco Recipe

Here’s a delicious, flavourful, and summery vegan taco recipe for ya! Made with a simple vegan taco meat, topped with crunchy veg, and drizzled with my vegan cashew queso cheese sauce. It’s simple yet colourful and so flavourful. The perfect dinner for an evening fiesta. 

All-in-all, it’s a recipe you’re gonna wanna make this summer! So, let me tell you exactly how to make this recipe so that you can enjoy taco night to the fullest. 

Vegan Taco Recipe

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The ingredients

For this recipe you will need:

  • coconut oil
  • vegan “ground beef” (or lentils – black/green/red)
  • onion powder
  • garlic powder
  • cumin
  • chili powder
  • cayenne pepper
  • nutritional yeast
  • tomato paste
  • soy sauce
  • maple syrup
  • sea salt
  • corn tortillas (or flour)
  • scallions
  • Cilantro
  • Pickled onions (or red onions)
  • 1 lime
  • Vegan Queso Cheese

I’ve given this recipe my foodie stamp of approval, because the ingredient list is a little longer than my usual recipes . However,  it’s worth the little effort in bringing together these flavourful vegan tacos.  If you’re a foodie, you’re going to love these flavours. 

vegan taco meat

Vegan taco meat 

You’ll notice that most  of the ingredients for this recipe are in fact spices. Which are used to  flavour our vegan “ground beef” for a comforting and umami-flavoured base.

Fortunately, vegan “meats” are becoming easier to find, with many brands on the market like Lightlife, Beyond Meat, and Impossible Foods. Peta also has a great article for best vegan meat brands if you’d like to check your local grocery store to use in this recipe. 

However, if these brands are not available where you live then you can substitute with cooked lentils (green, black or red). 

How to make vegan tacos

Making vegan tacos is actually very easy, and fun! First it will begin by making the vegan “taco meat” by combining our “ground beef” (or lentils) with our spices.

As for the toppings, I like to arrange them into separate bowls and then have people add what they want! Plus. it makes it really fun for kids.

For this recipe, I’ve opted-in for corn tortillas as the wraps, topped with pickled onions, scallions, cilantro, and a squeeze of lime juice. Then I’ve drizzled with my homemade vegan queso cheese to make the tacos creamy and saucy, (highly recommended!).

Of course, feel free to swap the toppings for your favourites. I also love to add avocado and chopped tomato for a more classic topping.

how to make vegan tacos

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Vegan Taco Recipe: Tips & Notes

Now, this recipe is pretty straight-forward, but a few tips will help to make your taco night more enjoyable.

Firstly, don’t fret if you can’t find vegan “ground beef” at your local grocery store. You can still make this recipe! In fact, I often switch out the vegan taco meat for lentils and add the same spices. It’s delicious, filling and full of flavour. To substitute, use 1.5 cups of green, black, or red lentils.

Secondly, I find it really fun to put all the toppings in separate bowls so that people can add what they like. Some people love cilantro, while others aren’t such a fan. So adding a few different topping options to separate bowls allows your loved ones to add what they like for a customized vegan taco. 

Thirdly, I highly recommend drizzling these tacos with my Vegan Queso Cheese. It adds beautiful creaminess and cheesiness to the recipe. Without it, your tacos might feel a little dry. After all, what’s a taco without the sauce!? A little lime juice to drizzle also goes a long way for extra brightness!

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So there we have it, a simple vegan taco recipe that you can enjoy through the summer months with friends and family. They’re crunchy, colourful, meaty and full of flavour. I know you’re going to love this recipe as much as we do. 

And, if you do make this recipe please let me know in the comments below what you think! I love hearing from you. And of course, tag me on Instagram with the hashtag #twospoons. Nothing makes me happier than to see your recreations.

Best Vegan Tacos

4.67 from 6 votes
This recipe is flavour packed. Made with a simple vegan taco meat, topped with crunchy veg, and drizzled with my vegan cashew queso cheese sauce. It's simple yet colourful and so gourmet. The perfect dinner for an evening fiesta. 
Vegan Taco Recipe
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Serves 6 people


Vegan Taco Meat

  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 12 oz plant-based ground or cooked lentils (green or black), or extra-firm tofu (cut into small chunks)
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp chili flakes
  • 1 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tsp maple syrup
  • pinch sea salt


  • 8 corn tortillas
  • 1 cup Vegan Queso
  • 1/2 cup pickled onions (see notes)
  • 1/4 cup cilantro finely chopped
  • 2 spring onions finely chopped
  • 1 lime


  • In a large skillet, combine coconut oil and plant-based ground. Cook on medium heat for 3-5 minutes, or until the plant-based ground starts to brown. Then add spices: onion powder, garlic powder, cumin, chili powder, chili flakes, nutritional yeast, tomato paste, soy sauce, maple syrup and pinch of sea salt. Mix together to combine until warmed and lightly browned. (5-10 mins)
  • Scoop vegan taco meat into corn tortillas and top with dollops of Vegan Queso. Sprinkle with pickled onions, cilantro, green onions and a squeeze of lime.

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To make pickled onions: thinly slice a red onion and add to clean jar. Fill with vinegar (traditional or apple cider vinegar) and a generous pinch of salt. Stir and let sit for at least 1 hour. Keep in fridge for up to three weeks.



Calories: 255kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 1063mg | Potassium: 306mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 852IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 185mg | Iron: 1mg

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  1. Made this using vegan minced meat and looooved it. We loved it so much that we had it two nights in a row! Now that’s going into my recipe book. I see others raving about your cheese recipe so now I’ll check that 👀 Thank you for the yum yum!

    • Oh Mika I’m so thrilled you enjoy! We love it too and just how easy it all is to come together! Thanks for the very warm comment about the recipe. And enjoy that Queso! It’s delish!

  2. I had made this before and soaked the lentils prior, and it was delicious. 5 stars. But my boyfriend tried making it and didn’t soak the lentils (as it doesn’t say to soak them in the instructions) and the lentils were still hard and could have chipped our teeth. Please re-word the recipe to include a step about soaking the dry lentils.

  3. This recipe was amazing! Used lentils for the taco “meat” and it was absolutely delicious. The queso also was out of this world. My son, who is not vegan, thought it was better than regular cheese queso. Will be making this many many more times!

    • Hi Bieberry. I am absolutely thrilled that you liked this recipe! We are obsessed with that queso too. What a compliment from your son! Made my day. Thank you for sharing 🙂

  4. Due to a recent diagnosis of kidney disease I’ve been forced to adopt a vegan diet. When I come across sites like yours I wonder what vegans (whether by choice or otherwise) did before they had access to the web & all the information shared so generously by people like you. Thank you for sharing your knowledge!

    • Oh Georgi that is so nice! I really appreciate the very kind comment. Yes, I can imagine it would have been much harder!! Even in the past 10 years plant-based eating has really flourished, making it so much easier for people to eat vegan. Thanks for visiting my site and I hope you enjoy my recipes. 🙂 I also hope that you’re feeling well.

  5. This is our all time favourite vegan taco meat recipe! It’s literally perfect! We really enjoy it with your queso sauce.

    • I love it too Krystal! Think I might make it for dinner tonight. 🙂 Thanks for the very kind comment.