Plant-Powered Taco Bowls

vegan taco bowl

This plant-based taco bowl will please all eaters! A delicious, umami-packed meatless dish that packs nutrition & flavor. Great for meal prep, too!



For the taco bowls:

  • 2 cups rice of choice (Mexican, white, or brown work well)
  • 3 cups shredded purple cabbage
  • 12 avocados, diced
  • 1 cup diced cherry tomatoes (or 1/2 cup salsa)
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 TBSP olive oil
  • 1/4 cup white onion, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 container baby bella mushrooms (or 2 cups)
  • 1 cup raw walnuts, soaked in water for 10 minutes
  • 1 TBSP ground cumin
  • 1 TBSP chili powder
  • 1 TBSP smoked paprika
  • 1 TBSP tomato paste
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 TBSP Tamari (or soy sauce)
  • 1/3 cup water
  • Spicy Cashew Sauce (below)
  • 1 lime
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 bunch fresh cilantro

For the Spicy Cashew Sauce:

  • 1 cup raw cashews, soaked in water for up to 1 hour
  • 1 cup water
  • juice from 1/2 lemon
  • 1 TBSP sriracha 
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika


  1. Cook rice according to package directions. If using microwavable rice to save time, skip to #
  2. Chop cabbage, avocado, tomatoes, bell pepper, and add to 4-6 serving bowls. Divid black beans among bowls.
  3. Add olive oil, diced onion, and garlic to a saute pan and cook for ~2-3 minutes or until onion is translucent. While cooking, add mushrooms and drained walnuts to a food processor (or Vitamix), and chop until it resembles a ground meat-like texture (but still with chunks, not pureed).
  4. Add walnut mushroom “meat” mixture to pan with onions and garlic along with cumin, chili powder, paprika, tomato paste, oregano, Tamari, and water. Cook and stir for ~8 minutes. Once done, divide among bowls.
  5. Next, create the cashew sauce by adding all sauce ingredients to a food processor or high speed blender. Blend until smooth and creamy. Drizzle among bowls.
  6. Top dishes with fresh chopped cilantro, a squeeze of lime juice, and salt and pepper to taste. Enjoy!


*want to save time? Use microwavable rice and use packaged taco seasoning in place of the individual seasonings when cooking the ‘meat’.

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