Classic Family Taco Night Walnut Tacos


A meal for 4 comes together in less than 15 minutes with this easy meatless taco recipe. The taco “meat” is made with California walnuts, diced onion, and just 6 other ingredients that you can almost certainly find in your pantry. It’s the perfect weeknight supper for a hungry family. Top the plant-forward tacos with classic taco toppings for a no-fuss taco dinner or serve single tacos as an unexpected game day treat.

Total Time
13 Mins
Serving Size
2 tacos

Total Time

Prep Time
10 Mins
Cook Time
3 Mins
Total Time
13 Mins


375 cal
Total Fat
28.1 g
Saturated Fat
11.6 g
Polyunsaturated Fat
15 g
Monounsaturated Fat
6.74 g
19 mg
735 mg
23.6 g
Dietary Fiber
4.2 g
Total Sugars
3.7 g
9.3 g
Vitamin D
2 mcg


California Walnut Taco “Meat”

  • 1 1/2 cups California walnuts

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • ½ medium onion, diced

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce or coconut aminos

  • 1 tablespoon chili powder

  • 2 teaspoon ground cumin

  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano

  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder


  • 8 hard taco shells

  • 2 cups shredded lettuce

  • 1 cup chopped tomatoes

  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese

  • 1/2 cup mild salsa

  • 1/2 cup low-fat sour cream


  1. Add walnuts to a food processor and pulse until walnuts are evenly crumbled, resembling ground meat.

  2. Heat olive oil over medium-low heat in a medium skillet. Add onions and cook for 5 minutes, add walnuts, soy sauce, chili powder, cumin, salt, oregano, and garlic powder. Stir well to evenly coat and moisten walnuts. Cook for 2-3 minutes.

  3. Spoon walnut taco mixture into shells. Top with lettuce, tomato, cheese, salsa and sour cream.