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5 Minute Raw Nut Taco “Meat”

raw nut taco "meat"

5 Minute Raw Nut Taco “Meat”

Once in a while, I make a recipe that I end up getting giddy excited to share with you.  This 5-minute raw nut taco meat is one of those recipes!  Can you imagine not having to deal with the greasy mess of browning hamburger meat for tacos, but still have the amazing flavor of taco meat?  This recipe keeps your stove off and will please even the meat eaters in your life.

I served this to my kids last night and said, “I’m trying out a new recipe.  It is chopped up nuts that are flavored with taco seasonings.  Nuts are super good for you and will give you the protein and good fats that our bodies need.  Try it and let me know if you like it.”

Okay, so I only told 2 of my daughters that.  My youngest HATES nuts, so I did not tell her what was in her taco until she devoured it.  Hee!  Sneaky Mom!  She looked at me with wide eyes and a dropped jaw when I told her.  Then crossed her arms over her chest and said “Mom!  Why didn’t you tell me?”  I answered, “I thought just maybe you were getting old enough to start liking nuts, but I was not sure.”  She was not sure if she liked that answer!

red chili pepper and cumin
5 Minute Raw Nut Taco "Meat"
Prep Time
5 mins
Resting Time
10 mins
Total Time
5 mins

Such a great meat alternative for those Taco Tuesdays or Meatless Mondays! My family now prefers this over ground beef. Bonus: no heating up the oven or stove!

Recipe Type: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: food processor, meatless, Mexican, raw, vegan
Servings: 5
  • 1/2 cup cashews
  • 1/2 cup almonds or walnuts
  • 1/3 cup sun dried tomatoes packed in oil
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp cumin or to taste
  • pinch red pepper flakes or more for heat
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp salt to taste, start with 1/4.  If using salted nuts, you may not need salt!
  • 2-4 tbsp olive oil (or hemp, or flax, etc)
  1. Put all ingredients into food processor.  Pulse until you get desired consistency.  Add more oil if it looks too dry.  Do not over process or it will be a paste!  The flavor is best once it sits a bit.
raw cashew pieces

I used unsalted nuts.  The original recipe I found on Pinterest.  It is from Raw Veggies & Yoga.  It called for an entire teaspoon of salt, which just about ruined my batch.  It was WAY too salty.  Fortunately, I had enough ingredients to double my batch and I ended up saving it.

food processor

I went for years without a food processor, and now I don’t know how I lived without it.  I use mine all the time.  I have a 7 cup Kitchen Aid Food Processor.  I love using it for chopping onions and veggies for soups, for making nut butter and date pastes, and my yummy healthy chocolate mudballs.

sun dried tomatoes

I am new to the world of sun-dried tomatoes but bought them for a pasta recipe that I will be sharing with you soon.  I am now a HUGE fan.  The flavor they add to this recipe is key.  I had no idea how much flavor these packed!  I now keep a jar in my refrigerator at all times.

Trader Joe's chia seed flour tortillas

I used these Chia Seed Flour Tortillas that I just found at Trader Joes this week.  They are my new favorite.  Boy, do they fill you up with all that extra fiber from the Chia.  New to Chia?  Read all about this mega superfood here.

raw nut taco meat
This is the finished Raw Nut Taco Meat.  Oh. My. Yum!
I make a large batch of brown rice each week in my rice maker, and keep it in small mason jars.  I love to freeze it, too, so I always have it on hand.  Using brown rice instead of white keeps your blood sugar level and gives an extra punch of fiber.
Notice we only use a VERY light sprinkling of cheese on our tacos.  We eat very little dairy around here, really just shredded cheese, but small portions.

I just put the tortilla on a plate, added some rice and cheese.  I microwaved it for 30 seconds until the cheese melted and the tortilla was soft.  I put the Raw Nut Taco Meat right on top.

Raw nut taco meatraw nut taco meat
We topped it with lettuce and wrapped it up.  My husband had his with some salsa, and loved it.  I can’t wait to sprinkle it on top of my salad today for lunch.  I will add some black beans and crunch with tortilla chips. Taco Salad! Mmmm.
5 minute raw nut taco "meat"

Would you consider having a meat-free meal once a week?  Do you think you could get your family to try this recipe?

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  • MomCat
    February 26, 2014 at 8:36 pm

    Made for an outdoor event – served on scoop-style tortilla chips – everyone loved them especially the kids without nut issues

  • Kristen Kelley
    January 28, 2014 at 4:17 am

    As a vegan who really loves raw foods but cannot eat raw walnuts, I am SO THRILLED to see a raw taco meat that doesn’t contain walnuts. Thank you!!!!

  • Kate@StillRoomToGrow
    January 25, 2013 at 3:49 am

    This sounds amazing, i cant wait to try it!

  • Jennifer
    January 19, 2013 at 6:32 pm

    Nuts as a meat replacement, I love it! Sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing!

  • Anonymous
    January 19, 2013 at 7:44 am

    I Soooo wish that you would fix you site so that we can copy the text of your recipes. I like to copy & paste so that I can include some of stories behind the recipe. Also, I like to copy some of the reviews to go with the recipe.
    I just copy & paste to WordPad & then save the recipes to my recipe folders. You have a lot of good recipes on here & I like your site a lot, but this is a real problem for me. I hope you will consider making changes. BTW this recipe can’t even be printed with the way it is set up.


    • Amy Bowman
      January 19, 2013 at 8:05 pm

      Hi Linda
      Please use the green print button at the bottom of each post. It takes you to a page where you can choose to remove the images if wanted, and you can easily delete any text you don’t want to print. If copying is what you want, you can copy the text at that site.

      I had too many people stealing my content and claiming it as their own, so for now these are the settings I need to keep. I’m sorry for the inconvenience.

      You can always pin the posts to PInterest, or copy and paste the url, or bookmark the page, but if copying the recipe or printing the recipe is what you want, that is what that green button is for.

      Let me know if it works for you.

      Thanks for reading.

    • Amy Bowman
      January 19, 2013 at 8:06 pm

      oh, and you can always take a screen shot. on a mac, it is command+shift+4. You will have to google how to do it for anything other than a mac.

  • Ferah
    January 18, 2013 at 2:23 am

    I can’t wait to try it!! YUM!

  • Barb Brookbank
    January 17, 2013 at 5:55 pm

    That looks divine! I’m going to pick up the ingredients today!

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