The best Spicy Vegan Quinoa Tacos Recipe 

Are you looking for a seriously delicious, succulent vegan tacos recipe? Then this amazing quinoa mushroom plant-based tacos meat will blow your tastebuds away. Think meaty textures, smoky flavors, and everything a taco should be wrapped up in vegan tacos. 

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I call this the best spicy vegan quinoa tacos recipe because in my humble (and may be slightly biased) opinion they really are the best. These plant-based tacos are good enough to serve to all your regular tacos-loving friends and family. Imagine smoky, spicy, and saucy vegan tacos meat piled high with crunchy peppers, fresh herbs, and maybe even a quick tomato salsa. I have no words to describe just how tasty these plant-based tacos are. But I can almost guarantee it’s a recipe that you will be making on repeat.

Do you have 25 minutes to cook? Good. Then you can make these super easy, quick, and oh-so-tasty vegan tacos. It’s one of those rare recipes that comes together incredibly quickly while still being good enough to rival restaurant quality. 

My take on the Kim Kardashian Vegan Tacos recipe

I adore beyond meat for its easy use and meaty texture…but I also like to know exactly what I eat and avoid food additives. That’s why I came up with my own spin on the Kim K vegan tacos recipe. This Kim Kardashian vegan nachos version is juicy, succulent, and loaded with meat-like textures and delicious flavors. And it’s completely free from food additives making it a great choice for anyone with food sensitivities or a clean eating diet.

Why you need to make these spicy, succulent vegan tacos:

  • They’re quick and mindlessly easy to make
  • Healthy – loaded with nutrients 
  • Ready in 25-minutes 
  • Satisfying and filling 
  • Juicy succulent Vegan tacos meat filling 
  • Gluten-free – if you use almond flour tortillas or cassava tortillas 
  • Saucy, smoky, crispy, and crunchy – all the flavors and textures your foodie dreams are made of
  • A clean eating vegan recipe that’s pure flavor heaven 

Dinner tacos or breakfast tacos?

I say both. Why choose when you can eat delicious plant-based tacos for breakfast, lunch, and dinner? I usually like to make these tacos for dinner and save any leftover vegan tacos meat to make myself breakfast tacos the next morning. 

Super quick cheat cooking hack

Using pre-cooked quinoa or leftover quinoa from the day before makes this recipe so quick to make. But if you’re in a time crunch you can just as easily use ready-made store-bought quinoa or even couscous in the taco’s meatless meat. It won’t affect the flavor or texture.

What ingredients do you need to make vegan tacos:

Ingredients for the Meatless tacos meat

  • Avocado oil or olive oil 
  • cooked quinoa, regular or black (can be substituted with couscous if needed)
  • portobello mushrooms, chopped 
  • yellow bell pepper, diced 
  • red bell pepper, diced 
  • tablespoon cumin 
  • sweet chili sauce 
  • smoked paprika 
  • garlic powder 
  • onion powder 
  • oregano 
  • salt
  • organic ketchup 

Ingredients For the tacos 

  • 8 tortillas, almond flour, or cassava
  • Violife just like cheddar shreds, or other vegan shredded cheese 
  • Dairy-free sour cream, Kite hill or follow your heart
  • 1 Avocado, sliced (optional)
  • 1 bunch of fresh basil or cilantro, chopped

How to meal prep vegan tacos

Making these tacos into a meal prep and freezer-friendly recipe can be done very easily. It just requires that you turn them into a burrito instead of a tacos recipe.

3 easy steps to making meal prep tacos/burritos:

  • Step 1. Prepare all the ingredients as listed in the recipe below. 
  • Step 2. Load up your tortillas with all the plant-based quinoa meat and extra toppings you want. Now, roll the tortillas into burritos and wrap them in tinfoil. 
  • Step 3. Put the tinfoil-wrapped burritos into the freezer. Your meal prep tacos/burritos are ready to be taken out of the freezer and reheated in the microwave whenever you want a quick, easy and healthy meal in no time.

How to heat tortillas in a microwave 

Place the tortillas on a microwave-safe plate. Scrunch together a piece of baking parchment and dip it underwater. Place the damp paper over the tortillas and heat them for 1 minute in the microwave. Be careful when you remove it from the oven, so you don’t burn yourself. 

How to heat tortillas in a pan

Heat avocado oil in a non-stick pan or skillet and add the tortillas one at a time. Cook each tortilla for 15-30 seconds on each side; the tortilla should puff up and turn lightly brown. Remove the cooked tortilla from the heat and place it on a paper towel. Once all the tortillas are cooked, you are ready to assemble your tacos.

How to make the best saucy, spicy, and delicious vegan meat-free tacos meat

This spicy plant-based tacos “meat” is not just a mouthful of deliciousness, it’s also really easy to make. Whenever I have any leftover quinoa from the day before this tacos recipe is my go-to because it’s amazing, quick, and super tasty.

Making vegan tacos meat:

Heat avocado oil in a large skillet and add the chopped portobello mushrooms. Cook the mushrooms at medium-high heat while stirring occasionally for 3-5 minutes or until they start to go soft. Next, add the cooked quinoa, diced bell peppers, and all the seasonings. Mix and let it simmer for 3-5 minutes. Turn the heat down to low while you prepare the tacos.

Frequently asked questions 

Are tacos vegan?

That depends on the type of tacos you use. As a general rule, the tortillas used to make tacos are vegan. So, as long as you use a vegan filling, like my juicy quinoa mushrooms tacos meat in this recipe, your tacos should be vegan.

What kind of tortillas should I use?

You can use any type of tortillas in this recipe. I prefer gluten-free tortillas like almond flour tortillas or cassava tortillas, but you can also use lentil tortillas or similar.

What are vegan tacos?

Vegan tacos are tacos made with naturally vegan tortillas and a plant-based filling like spicy quinoa meatless meat or similar. You can fill your vegan tacos with any type of veggies, or meatless meat, and garnish them with fresh basil or cilantro.

What to serve with vegan tacos?

You can serve loaded nachos, spicy salsa dips, fresh tomato salad, or anything you wish as a side to vegan tacos. Here are some of my favorite things to serve with vegan tacos:

How many calories are in vegan tacos?

There are around 350-400 calories in a serving of these vegan tacos, depending on your topping of choice. 

Can I use couscous instead of quinoa?

Yes. Couscous can easily substitute quinoa in this recipe. It won’t affect the texture or the taste because couscous has a wonderful tender, chewy texture and soaks up all the spices and flavors of the dish just like quinoa. The biggest difference between quinoa and couscous is that quinoa is gluten-free and couscous is not. Of course, there’s a difference in nutrients as well, but we won’t get into all the details here. 

The best Spicy Vegan Quinoa Tacos Recipe

Are you looking for a seriously delicious, succulent vegan tacos recipe? Then this amazing quinoa mushroom plant-based tacos meat will blow your tastebuds away. Think meaty textures, smoky flavors, and everything a taco should be wrapped up in vegan tacos. 
I call this the best spicy vegan quinoa tacos recipe because in my humble (and may be slightly biased) opinion they really are the best. These plant-based tacos are good enough to serve to all your regular tacos-loving friends and family. Imagine smoky, spicy, and saucy vegan tacos meat piled high with crunchy peppers, fresh herbs, and maybe even a quick tomato salsa. I have no words to describe just how tasty these plant-based tacos are. But I can almost guarantee it’s a recipe that you will be making on repeat.
Course Breakfast, Dinner
Cuisine American
Keyword Gluten-free, vegan
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 4 people
Author Simone – Munchyesta.com

Ingredients

Meatless Taco Filling

  • 1 tbsp Avocado Oil or Olive Oil
  • 1 pound (450g) Cooked Quinoa Regular or black
  • 2 Portobello Mushrooms Chopped
  • 1 Yellow Bell Pepper Diced
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper Diced
  • 1 tbsp Ground Cumin
  • 2 tbsp Sweet Chili Sauce
  • 1 tbsp Smoked Paprika
  • 2 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp Dried Oregano
  • ½ tsp Salt more to taste
  • 2 tbsp Organic Ketchup

For the Tacos

  • 8 Tortillas Almond flour or cassava
  • 1 Avocado Sliced (optional)
  • Vegan Shredded Cheddar Violife or your preferred vegan cheese
  • Dairy Free Sour Cream such as Kite Hill or Follow Your Heart
  • 1 bunch Fresh Cilantro or Fresh Basil Chopped

Instructions

Making the tacos filling

  • Heat avocado oil in a large skillet and add the chopped portobello mushrooms. Cook the mushrooms at medium-high heat while stirring occasionally for 3-5 minutes or until they start to go soft. Next, add the cooked quinoa, diced bell peppers, and all the seasonings. Mix and let it simmer for 3-5 minutes. Turn the heat down to low while you prepare the tacos.

Heating tortillas in a microwave 

  • Place the tortillas on a microwave-safe plate. Scrunch together a piece of baking parchment and dip it underwater. Place the damp paper over the tortillas and heat them for 1 minute in the microwave. Be careful when you remove it from the oven, so you don’t burn yourself. 

Heating tortilla in a pan

  • Heat avocado oil in a non-stick pan or skillet and add the tortillas one at a time. Cook each tortilla for 15-30 seconds on each side; the tortilla should puff up and turn lightly brown. Remove the cooked tortilla from the heat and place it on a paper towel. Once all the tortillas are cooked, you are ready to assemble your tacos.

Assembling your tacos

  • Assemble the tacos by loading your tortilla shells with the quinoa meatless meat, topped with avocado slices, pepper slices, a drizzle of vegan sour cream, and a garnish of fresh basil or cilantro.
    Serve and enjoy.

Notes

These tacos are amazing for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. 

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