RECIPE

Vegan Tacos with Nut-Meat and Pineapple Salsa Recipe

Serves: 4-6
Prep: 20 minutes

Vegan Tacos with Nut-Meat and Pineapple Salsa Recipe

A while ago I took on the challenge of being completely vegan (no meat, eggs, dairy, etc) for a week to support World Vegetarian Awareness Month. I thought I might feel a little restricted or deprived with what I could eat, but the opposite happened – it forced me to be more creative. Hand on heart, I can say that I’d choose some of the meals I made during that time over any meat dish – and the same goes for my meat-loving husband. I’m not saying we need to cut out meat completely, but I do think that including at least a couple of meat-free meals in your diet every week is good for our health and the environment. To make this recipe gluten-free ensure that you use Tamari soy sauce and gluten-free corn tacos.

Ingredients

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Nut mince

  • walnuts ¾ cup
  • roasted almonds ¾ cup
  • sundried tomatoes ½ cup chopped
  • garlic 1 small clove (or ½ medium clove), minced
  • smoked paprika 1 teaspoon
  • ground cumin ½ teaspoon
  • ground coriander ½ teaspoon
  • ground chilli or cayenne pepper ¼ teaspoon
  • soy sauce or tamari 1 ½ tablespoons
  • balsamic vinegar 1 tablespoon

Salsa

  • pineapple or mango 1½ cups diced ripe
  • red onion ½, finely diced
  • vine-ripened tomatoes 3-5, diced
  • coriander ¾ cup chopped
  • lime of lemon juice 1-2 tablespoons

Guacamole

  • avocados flesh of 2 just-ripe
  • lime or lemon juice 3-4 tablespoons

To serve

  • soft corn tortillas or crispy corn taco shells 12
  • pickled jalapeños 1/3 cup

Method

  1. To make the nut-mince, place all ingredients in a food processor and pulse a few times until ingredients are crumbly and just combined – be careful that you don’t over-process the mixture or else it will lose its crumbly texture and be too smooth. The texture should reassemble that of crumbly cooked mince.

 

  1. Combine all salsa ingredients and season to taste with salt, pepper, lime or lemon juice and a drizzle of extra-virgin olive or avocado oil.

 

  1. Mash avocado and lime or lemon juice together, and season to taste with salt and pepper.

 

  1. Cook tortillas or taco shells according to packet instructions – generally taco shells you bake in the oven at 180degC for about 5 minutes, and soft tortillas you heat in a hot fry pan with a little drizzle of oil.

 

To serve, place all components of the meal in the middle of the table for people to help themselves and build their own tacos. To build a taco, spoon some nut-mince, salsa and guacamole into a tortilla/taco, top with a few jalapeños and eat!

 

Nutritional Information Per Serving
Kilojoules
2060
Calories
486
Carbs
28.2 g
Sugar
13.4 g
Total Fat
36.2 g
Protein
14.1 g

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