13 Tasty Vegan Taco Recipes

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There’s something for everyone on this list of vegan taco recipes. It’s like celebrating Meatless Monday and Taco Tuesday with every bite!

Here at Clean Green Simple, we’ve never met a taco we didn’t like. And since tacos offer a delicious way to enjoy vegetables, we decided to round up the best vegan taco recipes on the web. On this list, you’ll find everything from cauliflower tacos to quinoa tacos—even tacos filled with Brussels sprouts.

If you’re new to plant-based eating or trying to eat more whole foods, don’t hesitate to customize these dishes to suit your current needs. For example, you can pair a vegan taco filling with your usual taco ingredients, even if that includes meat or cheese. It’s a great way to slowly transition to plant-based eating and see what works for you.

And don’t forget: You can make any of these recipes gluten-free by using gluten-free tortillas (or breadcrumbs, if a recipe calls for it).

1. Crispy Cauliflower Tacos

Vegan, Soy-free | Total time: 50 minutes

Crispy Cauliflower Tacos
Poto: Clean Green Simple

Turn up the heat with these crispy cauliflower tacos. Cauliflower florets are dipped in a batter of chipotle peppers and dairy-free milk, then breaded and roasted until tender. If you eat a gluten-free diet, use your favorite gluten-free breadcrumbs.

2. 5-Ingredient Vegan Tacos

Vegan | Total time: 12 minutes

 5 Ingredient Vegan Tacos
Photo: Fresh Off The Grid

With only 12 minutes of total prep and cook time, you’ll be enjoying these easy vegan tacos in no time at all. With 5 ingredients and one pot, this is a great taco recipe for camping, road trips, or a quick lunch.

3. Quinoa Tacos

Vegan, Gluten-free, Soy-free | Total time: 1 hour

Quinoa Tacos
Photo: Minimalist Baker

This flavorful taco “meat” is made with quinoa, smoky seasonings, and salsa. With quinoa as the main ingredient and only a tablespoon of oil in the whole recipe, it’s a super-healthy vegan substitute for ground beef!

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

Vegan, Gluten-free, Soy-free | Total time: 1 hour

sweet potato and black bean tacos with avocado-pepita dip
Photo: Cookie and Kate

If you love all things savory and spicy, try these sweet potato and black bean tacos with avocado-pepita dip. Sweet potatoes are roasted to perfection then layered with spiced black beans and a unique avocado topping. Needless to say, these tacos are full of flavor and texture.

5. Barbecue Brussels Sprouts Tacos

Vegan, Gluten-free, Soy-free | Total time: 45 minutes

Barbecue Brussels Sprouts Tacos
Photo: Chocolate Covered Katie

Though Brussels sprouts aren’t usually associated with Mexican food, these barbecue Brussels sprouts tacos will prove that anything is possible. You can make them with any plant-based protein of your choice, such as beans or tofu. (To make this recipe 100% vegan, use vegan barbecue sauce.)

6. Jamaican Jerk Vegan Tacos

Vegan, Gluten-free, Soy-free | Total time: 40 minutes

Jamaican Jerk Vegan Tacos
Photo: Love and Lemons

These vibrant vegan tacos feature spicy jackfruit “meat” and homemade mango avocado salsa. The recipe even includes a DIY Jamaican jerk seasoning, featuring a delicious blend of spices like thyme, allspice, and cayenne pepper.

7. Vegan Black Bean Tacos

Vegan, Gluten-free | Total time: 30 minutes

Vegan Black Bean Tacos
Photo: Simple Veganista

When it comes to plant-based eating, you can’t go wrong with canned beans. This is especially true if you’re making these vegan black bean tacos, a simple yet hearty recipe. No black beans? No worries—try them with red or white beans, or even chickpeas.

8. Crispy Tofu Tacos with Vegan Lime Crema

Vegan, Gluten-free | Total time: 40 minutes

Crispy Tofu Tacos
Photo: Simply Quinoa

Contrary to popular belief, tofu doesn’t have to mushy and flavorless. Thanks to these crispy tofu tacos with vegan lime crema, you can enjoy crunchy tofu breaded with chickpea flour and quinoa. The dairy-free lime crema, made with a cashew base, is drool-worthy all on its own.

9. Air Fryer Cauliflower Chickpea Tacos

Vegan | Total time: 30 minutes

Air Fryer Cauliflower Chickpea Tacos
Photo: Sweet Peas and Saffron

If you have an air fryer, you’ll want to make these air fryer crispy cauliflower chickpea tacos ASAP. The taco filling calls for just four ingredients, and the entire recipe takes just 30 minutes to make.  

10. Jackfruit Tacos with Avocado Lime Sauce

Vegan | Total time: 30 minutes

Jackfruit Tacos with Avocado Lime Sauce
Photo: CleanGreenSimple

Add jackfruit to your weekly rotation with these jackfruit tacos and avocado lime sauce. The canned jackfruit—which is spiced with chili powder, cumin, and paprika—is the perfect partner for the creamy avocado topping.

11. Roasted Corn and Zucchini Tacos

Vegan, Vegetarian, Gluten-free, Soy-free | Total time: 40 minutes

Corn and Zucchini Tacos
Photo: Budget Bytes

The world of vegan tacos knows no boundaries, and these roasted corn and zucchini tacos are proof. Corn and zucchini are tossed with taco seasoning, roasted, then layered with black beans and cilantro. The original recipe calls for shredded cheese, but you can omit it or use your favorite vegan cheese.

12. Easy Lentil Tacos with Cashew Queso

Vegan | Total time: 45 minutes

Easy Lentil Tacos
Photo: Connoisseurus Veg

For an extra-hearty vegan meal, make these lentil tacos with cashew queso. Lentils are jam-packed with fiber and protein, so they’ll keep you full for a long time. You can even toss the taco lentil filling with other veggies like corn or diced mushrooms.

13. Walnut and Tempeh Tacos

Walnut and Tempeh Tacos
Photo: Clean Green Simple

In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to make walnut and tempeh vegan tacos. This includes not one—but two ways to make plant-based taco fillings. Both versions create a “ground beef” that’s ideal for tacos, burritos, and more.

14. Mango Lime Quinoa Tacos

Vegan, Gluten-free | Total time: 10 minutes

Mango Lime Quinoa Tacos
Photo: Simply Quinoa

Give quinoa a fun spin with these mango lime quinoa tacos. The grains are tossed with mango, salsa, spices, and lime juice then layered with veggies on tortillas. All you need is a tropical drink and you’re good to go.

15. Vegan Chorizo Breakfast Tacos

Vegan, Gluten-free, Soy-free | Total time: 50 minutes

Vegan Chorizo Breakfast Tacos
Photo: Blissful Basil

Cauliflower is back at it again in these vegan chorizo breakfast tacos. This is an excellent alternative if you can’t eat pre-made meat substitutes, which are typically made with soy. The recipe even includes a hemp seed sour cream—yum!

More Delicious Taco Recipes to Try:

Bonus Recipe: Crispy Vegan Tacos

Looking for a simple option for vegan taco night? It doesn’t get more simple than this Crispy Vegan Taco recipe. Full recipe below, so give it a try!

Vegan Tacos with cauliflower and avocado

Tasty Vegan Taco Recipes: Crispy Vegan Tacos

For satisfying Mexican-inspired meal, these crispy vegan tacos with roasted cauliflower are the best! Just coat the cauliflower in chipotle sauce and breadcrumb, then roast until perfectly tender.
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Print Pin Recipe
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Diet: Vegan
Keyword: vegan taco recipes, vegan tacos
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 58kcal
Author: Kirsten Nunez, MS

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 2 tablespoons flaxseed
  • 1 cauliflower medium head, chopped into florets
  • 1 tablespoon chipotle pepper sauce
  • 1/2 cup almond milk or other non-dairy milk, water, or broth
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder or onion powder
  • 8 to 12 tortillas
  • Taco fillings of choice

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 425° F. Combine the chipotle and non-dairy milk in a blender. In a large bowl, toss the chipotle mixture and cauliflower.
  • In a smaller bowl, mix the breadcrumbs, flax meal (if using), cumin, and onion or garlic powder. Dip each cauliflower floret into the breadcrumbs to coat. Place on a large baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone mat.
  • Roast for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the cauliflower is tender and the coating is crispy and golden brown. Layer on tortillas with fillings of your choice.

Notes

Note: nutrition information is a rough estimate and doesn’t include tortillas and other taco fillings.

Nutrition

Calories: 58kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 94mg | Potassium: 249mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 1IU | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 1mg
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