This spicy beef-style walnut meat is our go-to recipe for Taco Tuesday and beyond! It’s easy to make, with only 9 ingredients and 5-10 minutes of active time, and the flavor is totally addictive.
It’s no secret how deep my love for walnut meat runs. In fact, as far as animal-free ground meats go, I’d venture to say walnut meat is my all-time favorite. But this does strike me as a bit odd because, while walnut meat is AWESOME, the texture is a bit harder and less tender than a seitan or soy-based version.
There’s just something about walnut meat that has my heart. Maybe it’s that it’s CRAZY easy to make and therefore, always there for me when a last-minute taco craving hits. Or perhaps it’s that the depth and richness of its amazing flavor has me mesmerized.
It could also partially be that I love the way “walnut meat” sounds. Walnut meat. Walnut meat. WALNUT MEAT! That phrase just sounds so perfectly badass and also kinda fancy at the same time. LOVE. IT.
Whatever the reason, I highly suggest you give the whole walnut meat thing a try!
We LOVE this beef-style walnut meat!
A while back, we shared this recipe for sausage-style walnut meat, but the one we’re sharing today is a spicy beef-style walnut meat we love on everything from pastas and salads to tacos (with our easy vegan queso) and casseroles.
Once you have your walnuts soaked (20 minutes in cool water, NBD), this walnut meat recipe takes about 5-10 minutes to throw together, and the flavor will have you instantly hooked.
Like, so hooked you won’t be able to stop eating it straight outta the food processor. So, plan ahead and make a little more than what you need. As always, I speak from major experience here. 😉
If you have more willpower than me, (j/k I can sorta kinda, mostly keep it together), you can store leftovers in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to a week. This is awesome for meal prep because there’s a million different ways you can use it throughout the week to spice up your everyday salads, pastas, and of course, taco night!
When you try this beef-style walnut meat magic, let us know how it goes and how you used it! You can rate the recipe and leave a comment below or tag us in your kickass photos on Instagram! If you’re not already following along, we’re @theplantpowercouple with the “the”.
We hope you have fun with this recipe, friends. Until next time!
This spicy beef-style walnut meat is our go-to recipe for Taco Tuesday and beyond! It's easy to make, with only 9 ingredients and 5-10 minutes of active time, and the flavor is totally addictive.?
10 minPrep Time:
10 minTotal Time:
- 2 cups raw walnuts, soaked in cool water 20 minutes
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/4 cup yellow onion, minced
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 2 Tbsp olive oil*
- 2 Tbsp nutritional yeast
- 1 Tbsp dried oregano
- 2 tsp ground cumin
- 1 tsp cayenne pepper**
- Once your walnuts are soaked, drain the water and add them to your food processor. Add the rest of the ingredients and pulse until the mixture achieves a ground meat texture, stopping to scrape the sides as needed.
- You can use this walnut meat on everything from tacos and salads to pastas and casseroles. Have fun with it! Leftovers can be stored in an air-tight container in your fridge for up to a week.
*To make this recipe oil-free, simply sub 1 Tbsp vegetable broth for the olive oil. (We like to use our bouillon powder here to add a little depth of flavor!)
**Double the amount of cayenne if you like it really, ridiculously spicy. Use 1/2 tsp or omit completely if you're not a spicy fan!