While we love a good carne asada taco stuffed with juicy meat, from time to time, we need a veggie packed version. Fortunately, chefs and food bloggers are stepping up the taco game with new combinations, flavors and preparation methods—you won’t even miss the meat.
From harissa roasted cauliflower to buttery chickpeas and creamy-fresh dressings, we have searched the web for the 11 best meat-free taco recipes. They’re sure to please your vegetarian friends and meat eaters alike.
Shredded Harvest Hash Breakfast Tacos
Weekends are for slow breakfasts, so it’s only natural to give this breakfast taco with shredded hash and fried egg a go next time you are not in a rush. It’s a great way to use all the vegetables that have accumulated in your fridge and need to be chopped up ASAP. Shred, fry, toss, and top with an egg, and your lazy Sunday breakfast is ready.
Crispy Cauliflower Tacos with Mango Salsa
Crispy cauliflower and mango salsa are a dream team combo for a vegetarian taco. While the cauliflower gives you texture that’s vaguely like fried fish, the mango salsa adds that summer feeling of a Mexico vacation. Best enjoyed with a refreshing minty agua fresca.
These tacos are chewy, meaty, and filling thanks to buttery chanterelle mushrooms and sharp parmesan. Since they don’t require many ingredients, make a big batch and have your friends over for a taco movie night. Tip: Add a drop of sour cream for an extra creamy factor.
Crispy Avocado Tacos With Roasted Red Pepper Crema
Avocado—as in guacamole—doesn’t always have to have the supporting role. Make the avocado the star by coating it in panko and frying it to golden perfection. Supported by a delicious silky roasted red pepper cream made with cashew milk and fresh salsa these tacos give avocado a whole new meaning.
Crispy Tofu Tacos
Tofu has always been a (bland) staple in vegetarian tacos. But these crispy tofu tacos are bringing excitement to the table. Once you try this, smothered in spicy sriracha, balanced out with honey, and coated with cornmeal-spicesd mixture, there is no turning back to plain sad silky white soy cubes. Top it with everything your heart desires or just enjoy the tofu straight with a hot green sauce.
Chipotle Sweet Potato Tacos With Avocado Cream
Sweet potato is the universal vegetable, and it makes this taco a very filling experience. Throw them onto a baking pan with black beans, toss with cumin and ground chipotle, roast until crispy, and you will have a taco with tons of traditional southwestern flavor.
Garlicky Halloumi Tacos
Halloumi is often neglected. But the chewy Greek cheese makes an excellent taco filling for summer grilling sessions. Here, the halloumi is simply tossed with garlic and cilantro, pan fried for few minutes, and topped with simple greens and hot sauce. It’s a vegetarian taco dream come true.
Chipotle Quinoa Sweet Potato Tacos with Roasted Cranberry Pomegranate Salsa
It’s not Thanksgiving, but these tacos stuffed with quinoa, sweet potato, and cranberry pomegranate salsa could easily replace the turkey. Add some shredded cheddar, and you have a comforting meal for chilly winter evenings.
Paleo Vegetarian Tacos with Zucchini, Squash & Eggplant
Paleo folks will love these simple and quick tacos with roasted zucchini, squash, and eggplant. And thanks to the paleo movement, paleo tortillas are easy to find in any well assorted grocery store—no need to make you own.
Vegan Teriyaki Cauliflower Tacos
These teriyaki cauliflower tacos bring the cruciferous vegetable to a whole new flavor level. Coated in teriyaki glaze and roasted in the oven, the cauliflower gets distinctive taste that goes well with fresh, citrusy sauces like avocado lime dressing.
Portobello Tacos W/ Vegan Jalapeño Sauce
If portobello mushrooms are good enough to replace a whole burger patty, then they are sure good enough to fill a taco shell. Sprinkled with roasted jalapenos and cashews cream, this recipe is not only great for Taco Tuesday, but for every other day, too.