Tenacious Tacos - Meat is made with Walnuts & Mushrooms

Tenacious Tacos – Plant Based 

This recipe is so simple. The most laborious part is going to the grocery store and getting a couple of items that you may not have as staples. Totally worth the trip. You will be able to make these babies every Tuesday going forward.  

Ingredients for "The Meat" :: 

1 cup unsalted walnuts (soaked)

1/3 cup diced yellow onion 

4 garlic cloves, finely minced 

1/3 + 1/4 cup water, divided 

10 oz baby bella mushrooms, washed 

1 tablespoon ground cumin 

1 tablespoon chili powder 

½ tablespoon tomato paste 

½ tablespoon soy sauce / coconut aminos 

1 teaspoon dried oregano 

½ teaspoon liquid smoke (optional, but recommended)

¼ cup finely chopped cilantro

Salt & pepper to taste

Fresh lime juice as desired 

For the shells :: 

Cassava or Quinoa Tortillas (are my favorite) although sometimes I do some Siete chips and make a taco salad bowl !

Toppings & other Accoutrements :: 

You can dress up your tacos how you see fit, here I list some good options :: 

Black beans 

Forbidden rice or Bismati 

Diced tomatoes 

Diced red onions 

Diced avocado

mmmmango salsa 

Cashew sour cream - I will share this recipe soon as well! 


  1. Soak Walnuts for 20 minutes. Drain and set aside. 
  2. Over medium heat, add onions garlic and ¼ cup water. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes, add water if and as necessary. You can also use oil, if you prefer.
  3. Combine walnuts and mushrooms in a food processor (rotating back and forth and adding in increments) and pulse into a “meaty texture”. Add to pan with garlic & onion & add in ALL other ingredients including the rest of the water. Cook to brown or about 8 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat and stir in Salt and Pepper to taste, lime juice and cilantro. If you prefer, lime juice and cilantro can be served on the side.
  5. Assemble tacos with desired taco shells and toppings.
  6. Smile and do a happy dance. Yum!

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