Brilliant Beef-less Beefy Tacos, Ole!

Thank the Lord for Tacos. The range of flavors and the possibilities with these ingredients make vegan eating delectable, creative & so flavorful. The colors come easy and the techniques are many. Today we’re going to be pulling off a brilliant taco ground beef made of the healthiest stuff on earth, plants. Specifically: cauliflower, mushrooms & walnuts. We’re gonna get them so tiny and flavorful, it’ll mimic the best Mexican ground beef around. And it is.

What you need:

For the Taco Beef:

1/2 head of cauliflower

Small (8 to 10 ounce) package cremini mushrooms or mushroom of choice

2/3 of a cup walnuts

3 tablespoons soy sauce, tamari or liquid aminos

2 tablespoons cumin

2 tablespoons chili powder

2 tablespoons paprika

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon onion powder

2 tablespoons water

Pinches of salt and pepper

For the pickled red onions:

Half a red onion, thinly sliced

Red wine vinegar

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon sugar


2 ripe avocados

Four garlic clothes or half a teaspoon of garlic powder

Juice of 1/2 lime

Salt to taste

2-3 sweet potatoes

One small package tortillas

Salsa (naturally vegan or easily homemade)

Optional: cashew sour cream (pictured in photo but we cut it out of the video in the interest of time)

1/3 c cashews (soaked in advance if not using a Vitamix),

1/2 tsp salt

2 garlic cloves

6 tbl water

1/2 tsp onion powder

1 tsp apple cider vinegar 

What you do:

Cook the sweet potatoes first - you can either cook them for around an hour at 450 degrees or longer at 350 degrees along with the beef.

Make the beef -

Chop the cauliflower and mushrooms and pulse in a blender (don’t over-mix!). Pulse the walnuts. Combine in a mixing bowl. 

In a small bowl or measuring cup combine all of the beefy seasonings and mix into the the veggie/nut blend. 

Spread into a single layer, on a parchment-lined (preferably, or well-greased) baking sheet. 

Bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees. Remove & mix the beefy crumble to cook evenly throughout and then bake another 10 minutes.

For the last 5-7 minutes of your beefy crumble cooking crank the oven to 375, and set up your tortillas on oven grates (as seen in the video) to cook into slightly crisp/still somewhat soft perfection. 

Remove and serve with all the glorious taco toppings you can handle.

Pickled red onions come together quick and keep getting better - combine thinly sliced red onion in a container - fill with 1/3 red wine vinegar, & cover with water. Add one teaspoon of both salt & sugar.

Guac, that’s all you!

Cashew sour cream: combine all ingredients in a high speed blender

Other garnish ideas: roasted corn, hot sauce, green onions, jalapeños.. 

Change it up, have fun with it, and let me know if you love this beef!