Vegan taco crumbles with chickpeas & walnuts! Super simple and packed with healthy plant-based protein. (And just 5 minutes of prep time!)
Vegan taco crumbles! This easy meat substitute makes a fantastic (and super healthy) base for tacos, burritos, nachos, Mexican salads, etc. They’re full of satisfying plant-based protein, and they only take 5 minutes of prep! Plus they’re much healthier than store-bought versions of vegan beef-style crumbles. Just simple, whole-food, plant-based ingredients and no oil!
I resisted buying a food processor for so long. I’m a minimalist at heart and like to keep my kitchen gadgets to a minimum. But I finally bought one, and it’s been well worth the purchase and storage space. (If you’re interested, this is the food processor I bought – I love it!) Be sure to also read the notes below the recipe for tips & variations before making. Hope you enjoy them as well!
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Chickpea-Walnut Taco Crumbles
- 15 oz. can chickpeas
- 3/4 cup walnuts (I use raw, unsalted)
- 3 Tbsp. taco seasoning (recipe below)
- 1 Tbsp. water
- Optional: 2-3 Tbsp. nutritional yeast for cheesy version
For the Taco Seasoning:
- 1 Tbsp. chili powder
- 1 1/2 tsp. cumin
- 1 tsp. oregano
- 1 tsp. onion powder
- 1 tsp. garlic powder
- 1 tsp. paprika (I like smoked paprika)
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- Preheat oven to 375.
- Make the taco seasoning: add all seasoning ingredients together in a small bowl or jar and stir to combine. Set aside.
- Rinse and drain chickpeas.
- In a food processor*, add chickpeas, walnuts, taco seasoning, and 1 Tbsp. water. (Plus nutritional yeast if using.)
- Pulse a few times until small/medium crumbles are formed. Don't over-process to super-fine crumbles, unless that's what you desire. (See notes below on how to achieve various textures.)
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Spread out crumbles.
- Bake for 10 minutes.
- Stir, then return to oven and bake for 10-12 more minutes. (Or to desired crispiness.)
Nutrition Per Serving (estimate)
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