Recipe Directions

  • 1. Place all ingredients in food processor.
  • 2. Process until a texture similar to the photograph is reached. (1-2 minutes)
  • 3. Enjoy immediately or store in fridge for up to 4 days.

The Rawtarian's Thoughts

By The Rawtarian

This walnut-based raw taco filling is an excellent, hearty vegan topping for tacos or a taco salad. It keeps in the fridge extremely well for up to 4 days. A food processor is required.

This recipe is an excellent, hearty base. It’s a perfect addition to a whole foods vegan meal because it adds a heartiness and depth that’s hard to get without faux meat soy products.

This recipe calls for sun-dried tomatoes that have been soaked in oil. Usually, you will purchase them pre-soaked.

If you don’t have walnuts, pecans will work equally well in this recipe.

As you can tell by the ingredients, the size of this recipe is quite small. Double up as necessary.

This raw taco meat recipe has been an excellent, hearty base and my husband loves it--more than I do, even. I often spread this recipe on romaine lettuce, and I top it with tomatoes and fresh sprouts. Sprouted adzuki beans go surprisingly well with this recipe. It's a perfect addition to a raw meal because it adds a heartiness and depth that's hard to get on a raw food diet. I have been a vegetarian since 2001. Once I went vegetarian I immediately replaced meat with soy products. One of the most difficult parts of my transition to the raw lifestyle has been to give up the soy and tofu products that were staples in my husband's and my diet. I seem to like small recipes because I am thrifty and I want to try a small batch before I invest 2 cups of this or that into a recipe that doesn't turn out well.

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Nutrition Facts

Nutritional score: 67 out of 100
  • This recipe is very low in Carbohydrates, and Sodium.
  • This recipe is a noteworthy source of Protein, Iron, and Vitamin B6.

Amounts per 40 g (1 oz) suggested serving

NameAmount% Daily
Calories 251 10 %
Protein 5 g 9 %
Fat 24 g 31 %
Carbohydrates 7 g 2 %
Dietary Fiber 2.9 g 9 %
Sugars 2.5 g
Calcium 37 mg 4 %
Iron 1.5 mg 11 %
Sodium 198 mg 9 %
Source: USDA

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Hmmm, smell of sundried tomatoes.... Perhaps you can use the ones that have been soaked in oil first, they don't smell as bad.

Lettuce wraps, very simple. I just lay out a big piece of romaine, fill it up lengthwise, and then close it lengthwise and gobble it up!

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Hi Emmeline, this older video explains it a bit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IrC9UY7SOWU

And here's a wee write-up :) http://therawtarian.com/how-i-became-raw-vegan/

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It was awesome but I hate the smell of sundried tomatoes! Do you have any idea what to do about it? And how do you wrap the lettuce?
Thanks!

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My family has a sensitivity to walnuts...many of your recipes call for them. Is there a good nut to substitute?
We have really been enjoying your great recipes - thank you!

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Hi! Can you eat pecans?? If yes, then you can use pecans instead of walnuts in, well, every one of my recipes!!

You might also be interested to scan / listen to this: https://www.therawtarian.com/rfp05-nut-substitutions

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I would love to make this recipe, but my husband can't have tomatoes, or peppers and no night shade vegetables, what can I substitute for the tomatoes in your recipes. I'm dying to try all your recipes with tomatoes but I'm stuck on what I can use instead of tomatoes. Can anyone suggest a substitute.

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Hi Sandy!

First, I don't recommend making a lot of substitutions to recipes. Instead, I recommend looking for recipes that do not contain the problem ingredients in the first place. (This is basically because once you start doing a lot of subs, the recipe is never as good!)

Also, my advanced search function will help you a lot - https://www.therawtarian.com/search then click on the little knife and fork icon, and you can search recipe ingredients "made without" tomatoes etc.

Now that I've gotten those two thoughts out of the way:

1. It really does depend on the recipe. Pretty much any cracker or dehydrated recipe that contains fresh tomatoes can easily be substituted with a similar quantity of some sweet, wet veggie - like maybe shredded carrots. Similarly with red peppers, generally. As long as the recipe isn't heavily weighted with those ingredients, because then the likelihood of a food mishap is higher :) but if it's a minor part of the recipe, then usually you're fine.

2. Now, substituting sun-dried tomatoes will be much more challenging since they are so unique in terms of both flavor and texture. Now, the first thought the comes to mind, although I've never done this myself, would be to try olives (canned and drained or from a jar) plus some olive oil instead of sun-dried tomatoes soaked in oil. Of course, the flavor will be different, but the texture would be similar so might work well in a recipe like this taco meat. Also, they are not technically raw, but it's an interesting idea.

Wow, this is a huge comment, but apparently I had lots to say on the matter!

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Nia 's Review

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I make this a LOT and I can truly say I have never had a better "taco" meat substitution before this one, if I lose this recipe I will lose my mind. I'm drooling just thinking about all the things I make using this "meat". I am not vegan or vegetarian, sometimes semi raw but this recipe is a game changer. TRY IT! And THANK YOU soooooo Laura-Jane for this fabulous recipe!! Hands down to the Queen! <3

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Don't lose it Nia. We do *not* want you to lose your mind ;)

How have you been enjoying this one? On salads, in a wrap, in tacos? Do tell :) It goes really well with green pepper slices, by the way!

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Nia Marchetti's Review

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I'm actually soaking sun dried tomatoes as I write. I def double this recipe because I can't get enough, lol. I am a wrap addict topped with jalepenos, red onion and raw peppers. I usually spread hummus first then taco meat then toppings but it's great as a salad topper too! I'm type O negative blood type so I have mad cravings for meat and this taco meat helps big time! I would love to be 100% vegetarian or vegan but not sure if I can 100% commit so I try to do vegetables and meat dishes but I've been adding less and less meat and more vegetables, mushrooms also help to get that "meatiness" I crave. Again this recipe is pure genius and hits the spot when I crave spicy meatiness! <3

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Hi Nia!

So glad this vegan taco meat is working your meatiest of cravings!! Go girl.

Totally agree about mushrooms doing a meatiness factor too!

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This was the first savoury raw dish I made and I just love the simplicity. I made raw sour cream with it for a bit of indulgence. Thank you much Laura-Jane

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That's great, Bob. Glad you likey! :)

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Jordasche Kingston's Review

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I made this just a bit ago. I followed the recipe exactly and I thought it was terrific!! I wrapped it in a green cabbage leaf with tomato, bell pepper, garlic, onion, spinach, homemade salsa, and nutritional yeast flakes. It was seriously delicious!!! Thank you so much for sharing your recipes, I love them.

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Mmm, sounds yummy. Glad you enjoyed, Jordasche!

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if using adzuki beans, do you put them in the blender mixture? i'm not sure what you mean by sprouted...Also the person that used the mushrooms, just add them to the blender mixture also???

my first day to read these type recipes. I ordered a dehydrator and it should be here by tuesday. i am so excited to read all of this. it sounds sooo simple and best of all delicious!!! I am so excited to find your sites and cannot wait to continue exploration and to read the newsletters. Thank you so much!!!

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Hi Cheryl! I just mean to eat them together — do not put them in the blender mixture :)
For example, make a lettuce wrap and stuff with taco meat, sprouted adzuki beans (essentially bean sprouts!), sliced tomatoes etc!

I'm glad to hear you're enjoying the site. Enjoy!

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This was so delicious. I was only doing a raw food diet for 20 days but this recipe is a keeper.

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That's great, Keita! It's good to have a new fave recipe!

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can you use regular tomatoes instead of sun dried?

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Hi Marilyn, no, sorry, flavors won’t be the same (also, textures won’t be the same either).

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can you use regular tomatoes instead of sun dried

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Hi Marilyn, no, sorry, flavors won’t be the same (also, textures won’t be the same either).

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can you use regular tomatoes instead of sun dried

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No, the flavor or texture won't be the same with regular tomatoes.

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2nd of your recipes I have tried so far- Both winners
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Music to my ears, Keith! I'm glad you're enjoying!

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Minnie 's Review

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Your blog is absolutely beautiful! Great work! I'm so super excited to make and devour this recipe, thanks so much!

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