Vegan Lentil Walnut and Mushroom Taco "Meat"

This vegan lentil walnut mushroom taco "meat" is incredibly reminiscent of traditional taco meat seasoned with a packet of taco seasoning. This is perfect for tacos, nachos, quesadillas, or for any other recipe that calls for traditional taco meat.
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 people
Author India


  • 1 cup dry lentils brown or green
  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 1 cup baby portobello mushrooms roughly chopped
  • 2 tbsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 3 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp gluten free tamari/soy sauce
  • 1 tsp red miso paste
  • 2 tbsp olive oil


  1. Place lentils in a small sauce pan. Add 2 cups water. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer until lentils are tender, about 15-20 minutes.
  2. While lentils are cooking, using a food processor, pulse the walnuts until they are broken down into small pieces, but not crumbles. Remove and place in a large bowl. Place the mushrooms in the food processor and pulse a few times until the mushrooms are about the same size as the walnuts. Add to the bowl with the walnuts. Once lentils are cooked, add the lentils to the bowl with the walnuts and mushrooms. Six to throughly incorporate the ingredients.
  3. In a small bowl, add the tamari, miso paste, and 1/2 cup water. Whisk until thoroughly combined. Add the chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, crushed red pepper flakes, dried oregano, paprika, ground cumin, salt, and black pepper. The mixture should be a thick liquid--not a paste, but pourable. If necessary, add more water tablespoon by tablespoon until total water is 3/4 cup.
  4. In a large sauce pan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the lentil mixture. Pour the spice mixture over the lentils, walnuts and mushrooms. Stir to completely coat the lentil mixture. Cook the mixture for approximately 5 minutes, stirring often until mixture is warmed through and liquid has evaporated.