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23 Easy Vegan Tacos for a Meat-Free Fiesta

Full of tofu, mushrooms, and plenty of veggies, these vegan tacos are so delicious you’ll forget all about needing meat.

That’s the great thing about tacos. Anyone can enjoy them, whether they’re vegan, vegetarian, or loaded with meat.

23 Easy Vegan Tacos for a Meat-Free Fiesta featuring Vegan Tacos with Cauliflower and Avocado
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20+ Meatfree Vegan Tacos Everyone Will Love

Taco enthusiasts know you can pretty much pile anything onto a taco, including faux meat and dairy-free crema.

And thanks to these vegan tacos, you can satisfy any craving, be it spicy, zesty, or wonderfully creamy.

Yes, vegan recipes can be creamy too!

I dare say Taco Tuesday never tasted so good!

1. 10-Minute Raw Vegan Taco “Meat” 

Before we jump into making tacos, let’s first discuss a few options for making taco “meat.”

It’s hard to enjoy a taco that’s just full of sliced veggies, which is where vegan “meat” alternatives come in.

And this simple tofu recipe is one of my favorites. 

You’ll make it with raw walnuts, sun-dried tomatoes, and lots of herbs and spices.

It’s spicy and flavorful; plus, it has a ton of protein and healthy fats. It’s a delicious, nutritious alternative to “the real thing.”

2. Cauliflower Walnut Vegetarian Taco Meat

Try this recipe instead if you’re looking for a meat alternative that’s dense and less saucy.

It, too, uses walnuts, but the cauliflower gives it more heft and substance.

It’s also a bit drier, but not in a bad way. It’s an ideal meat substitute if you want something less messy but with just as much flavor.

3. Quinoa Taco Meat

Of all the substitutes on this list, quinoa taco meat is the least like meat.

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Don’t let that turn you off, though. Although its texture isn’t very meat-like, its taste is phenomenal

It has such a fabulous Southwestern/Tex-Mex flair. It’s spicy without being too hot, and the garlic and salsa combo is unbeatable.

Now, let’s get to the tacos! 

4. Jamaican Jerk Jackfruit Tacos

Jackfruit is such a fun and exciting ingredient.

When eaten ripe, it’s sweet and sugary like most fruit. However, if you get it green, it has the perfect consistency and flavor for fake barbecue.

So although you can’t enjoy Jamaican jerk chicken on a vegan diet, you can enjoy Jamaican jerk jackfruit.

The texture is practically identical to real jerk chicken, and the taste is fantastic, too. 

Jackfruit is bland and takes on the flavors of whatever you cook with it. In this case, that’s the jerk sauce, making these hearty, chunky tacos almost divine.

5. Tofu Tacos

If you don’t want to go through the trouble of creating a meat substitute, don’t! Just use tofu instead.

These black bean and tofu tacos are super yummy, perfectly spiced, filling, and they take less than 30 minutes to make.

Just don’t forget to top them with lime juice and salsa. Doing so gives them a nice, fresh kick of flavor.

6. Black Bean Vegan Tacos

Who even says you need a meat substitute when eating vegan?!

If you want, fill your tortillas with black beans, corn, and other fresh veggies instead.

They’ll still have plenty of protein, and they’re clean, crisp, and so delicious.

These tacos are the ultimate in fresh vegetarian meals. 

7. Vegan Chickpea Tacos

All you’ll need for these tacos are chickpeas, oil, a spice mixture, and your favorite toppings.

They take 20 minutes to make and are flavorful and satisfying. 

You’ll go overboard with the spices on this one but in a good way. That’s what gives it the brightest, boldest taste possible.

Everyone will know these are vegan tacos – they just won’t care.

8. Summer Vegetarian Tacos with Avocado Cream

I know these are technically vegetarian, but you can make them vegan-friendly with only one substitution.

Forego the yogurt and use cashew cream instead.

You’ll also want to leave off the cheese or use a vegan-friendly variety instead. Either way, these are fresh and refreshing and perfect for summer cook-outs.

9. Vegan Sheet Pan Tacos

Sheet pan tacos are for those who prefer cooked veggies to raw ones. They still have some bite, but they’re nowhere near as crunchy.

Each tortilla houses a selection of roasted potatoes, mushrooms, and onions. There’s also a rich adobe-based sauce for added flavor.

These tacos make a scrumptious low-calorie dinner with only 13 net carbs per serving.

10. Vegan Portobellos Tacos

Vegan portobello tacos combine three of my favorite ‘S’ words: spicy, savory, and smoky.

The mushrooms make them downright meaty, while the veggies add much-needed crunch.

And don’t even get me started on the chipotle marinade. It’s insanely good and deserves to be on every Mexican dish ever

These taste so amazing that no one will believe you made them in just 30 minutes.

11. Crispy Oyster Mushroom Tacos

If you’ve never had oyster mushrooms, you’re in for a treat. These crispy, textured mushrooms look and feel just like chicken strips.

As a result, the tacos look and almost taste like meat-based tacos.

Plus, they take just 20 minutes to whip up. They’re savory with a hint of sweetness from the corn too. 

The vegan sour cream and salsa toppings finish them off just right.

12. Austinite Vegan Tacos

These overstuffed tacos perfectly combine Mexican food and vegan BBQ. They’re a fantastic Tex-Mex meal the whole family can enjoy.

They take a bit of time and effort to pull together, but they’re more than worth it.

Between the barbecued chickpeas, cauliflower, sweet potatoes, and onions, they’re spicy, fresh, and insanely filling.

So, if you’re looking for a quintessential Texas treat, these tacos are just the thing.

13. Sweet Corn & Black Bean Tacos

To make these tacos vegan-friendly, you’ll need to leave out the feta. However, that doesn’t mean you’ll forego the salty, punchy flavor altogether. 

Even without the cheese, these are a sweet and savory delight. Still, you’ll want that salty tanginess to round out the flavor. 

Luckily, finding suitable replacements isn’t tricky at all.

Replace the feta with something pickled, like radishes or jalapeños, to keep these bright and zesty.

14. Sweet Potato & Black Bean Tacos with Avocado-Pepita Dip

Here’s another terrific vegetarian taco that’s super easy to make vegan.

Again, you just need to leave off the cheese. These tacos take a bit of time and effort to make, but they’re delicious.

The creamy guacamole flawlessly complements the diced sweet potatoes. The black beans add protein, and the cayenne brings the heat. 

Additionally, they’re as colorful as they are tasty, so they’re sure to turn plenty of heads.

15. Roasted Cauliflower Tacos with Creamy Cilantro Sauce

Everything in the recipe is vegan-compliant except the creamy cilantro sauce. 

Luckily, you can use a creamy adobo sauce in place of the yogurt-based one. Then, add extra cilantro to retain that flavor.

16. Easy Vegan Breakfast Tacos

Tacos aren’t just for Tuesday night dinners anymore.

These vegan breakfast tacos take a light and unique approach to breakfast. 

They combine odd ingredients like pomegranate arils and onions for an unforgettable taste. They’re a crisp, refreshing way to start the day. 

Plus, they’re packed with protein, so they should keep you full for hours. 

17. Vegetarian Black Bean Tacos & Mango Guacamole

These tacos combine the savory goodness of black beans with the sweet zestiness of mango guacamole.

They’re gluten-free, vegan-friendly, and taste incredible.

The texture isn’t much like authentic meat-filled tacos, which may turn some people off. However, if you can get past that, these smoky delights are truly phenomenal. 

18. Vegan Chorizo Tacos

Chipotle has been advertising their new vegan chorizo a lot lately. But who needs Chipotle when you can make vegan chorizo at home?

You’ll need just four main ingredients, oil and a ton of seasonings. It takes 30 minutes to make a batch, and they’re as healthy as they are hearty. 

Once the chorizo is ready, pile it in a tortilla and load it with toppings. Unless you tell people, most won’t realize these are meat-free.

19. Vegan Birria Tacos with Jackfruit

Birria tacos are fantastic, but they’re definitely not vegan-friendly.

For those wondering, what is birria? It’s a type of stew cooked low and slow, so the meat is fall-apart tender. Emphasis on “meat” here!

But the thing that makes Birria tacos so popular is their complex taste. They’re sweet, spicy, salty, and a little sour all in one.

Make them with jackfruit, and they won’t taste precisely the same. But they’re pretty close and super delish. 

20. Crispy Beer-Battered Vegan Fish Tacos

Disclaimer: No fish were harmed in the making of these vegan fish tacos. It just tastes like they were. 

Seriously, these beer-battered tacos contain so much umami flavor; you’ll swear they were full of fish.

They’re colorful and delectable, and the creamy tartar sauce is out of this world. 

21. Vegan Fish Tacos

On the other end of the spectrum, these vegan fish tacos don’t have as much umami flavor. However, they’re still delicious.

You’ll even get the same batter-based crunch from the hearts of palm. 

Trust me; if you’re a fish tacos kind of person, you’ll love these.

Plus, you can have a whole batch ready to go in just 30 minutes. Quick and scrumptious. What more could you ask for?

22. Crispy Black Bean Tacos

These thin tacos feature exceptionally crispy shells and loads of ooey-gooey cheese.

Of course, for a vegan recipe, you’ll just need to use your favorite dairy-free alternative.

They’re simple to make and mess-free, making them the ideal family dinner. 

23. Crispy Tofu Tikka Masala Tacos with Peppers, Onions, & Chillifire Crema

This is the perfect dinner option for when you can’t choose between Mexican and Indian food.

With ingredients like onions, cilantro, and tikka seasoning, you’ll get the best of both worlds.

They’re gluten-free and vegan-friendly and take 30 minutes to make. Each one is like a Mexican street taco covered in traditional Indian flair. 

But remember, like any good Indian tofu recipe, these bring the heat! So if spicy foods aren’t your thing, you may want to try another recipe. 

23 Easy Vegan Tacos for a Meat-Free Fiesta

Full of tofu, mushrooms, and plenty of veggies, these vegan tacos are so delicious you’ll forget all about needing meat. I dare say Taco Tuesdays never tasted so good!


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NaTaya Hastings
NaTaya Hastings is a food and recipe writer for Insanely Good Recipes. She’s an educator, boy mom, dog mom, and whatever-stray-enters-the-yard mom. As a result, she's constantly cooking for both humans and animals.

Luckily, she enjoys it!

Though born, raised, and still living in Alabama, her specialty is NOT down-home Southern cooking. Instead, she loves to experiment with Asian, Mexican, Italian, and other ethnic cuisines. She has two mottos when it comes to cooking. “The more spice, the better!” and “There’s no such thing as too much garlic!”

She’s also pretty good with desserts. Especially the easy, no-bake ones.

Her favorite things are cuddling with her four giant dogs, traveling, reading, writing, and hanging out in nature. She’s also pretty excellent at Dominoes.

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