Spicy Beef-Style Walnut Meat

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 minutes of active time, and the flavor is totally addictive. #vegan #walnuts #vegetarian #veganrecipes

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!

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 minutes of active time, and the flavor is totally addictive. #vegan #walnuts #vegetarian #veganrecipes

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), a vegan crunchwrap, and even 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. 😉

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 minutes of active time, and the flavor is totally addictive. #vegan #walnuts #vegetarian #veganrecipes

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!

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 minutes of active time, and the flavor is totally addictive. #vegan #walnuts #vegetarian #veganrecipes

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Spicy Beef-Style Walnut Meat

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.?

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Ingredients

  • 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**

Instructions

  1. 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.
  2. 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.

Notes

*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!

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51 thoughts on “Spicy Beef-Style Walnut Meat

      1. Very good for keto tortillas! Able to have 2 Low carb tortilla shells are still 10 carbs. Lettuce wraps next. I have eaten this plain..delicious!
    1. Hi, Leah! Yes, nuts are very rich in both fat + calories. It's important to note though, this recipe makes a LOT of walnut meat and the calories you see listed are for the entire batch. And we definitely do not recommend eating the whole batch, lol! Although, I have absolutely been tempted to do so. :)
      1. I can’t eat soy because of inflammation issues. Instead of soy sauce, I use Coco Aminos. It comes in a variety of flavors and is absolutely tasty. I can’t wait to try this recipe! I need more vegan alternatives, I’m a newly medically necessary Vegan! I welcome advice, recipes and anything helpful that will help with this transition.🥗😋
  1. Hi Brittany I would just like to say thank you very much for sharing your recipes. I recently transitioned to vegan keto and was deep in soy overload and unfortunately reaped negative repercussions. However, I desired a healthier protein type food substitute to go with my veggies. I have made the sausage meat and the mince beef and they are both delicious! Looking forward to trying some of your others recipes too. Good health, peace and love you both :-)
  2. I think they ment Worcestershire sauce lol That can contain anchovies I believe but yes soy sauce is vegan.
  3. Just made the Spicy Beef-Style Taco Meat. Tastes amazing. Do you know if you can freeze left overs?
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  4. Hi, this was really good! I added it to a vegan moussaka and I loved the results. When I was cooking it I was unsure how the cumin flavor would taste in the moussaka, but the end result was great and the cumin flavor wasn't noticeable. Thanks for sharing!
    1. You can use it in soup, but it may be a good idea to toast the walnut meat at low heat for 5-10 minutes before you add it to the soup. (Be careful you don't burn it though.) This will help the flavor adhere to the walnut pieces better! Let us know if you give it a try!
  5. This walnut meat is wickedly delicious!! The soy sauce made it way too salty even using low sodium so I'll use less next time or replace with coconut aminos. Can't wait to make this again. Thanks for the amazing recipe!
  6. I must be blind, because I can’t find the nutritional info. Where is it? Also, I made this on Sunday and it was great! Thanks.
    1. Hi, Naomi! I would not recommend walnut flour, as the texture would be waaaay too fine and not meat-like. I've actually never used walnut flour before, so we don't have any recipes for it.
  7. thank you ever so much for posting this recipe, its a great alternative for vegan mince meals. are you on instagram? I would love to follow ye!
    1. Hi, Janice. I don't know if I would suggest using this mixture for a hamburger. If you are looking for a good hamburger recipe, we are very proud of this little beauty: https://www.plantpowercouple.com/recipes/vegan-burgers/ Hope you love it!
  8. Love this so much! Yes, I know walnuts can be fatty and this is fattening. But I make taquitos/enchiladas, using maybe 1 tbsp per wrap, a long with vegan cheese shreds and salsa. You can even add a few slices of avocado. So good. Making the sausage flavored ones tonight
    1. Sounds delicious, Frances!! Yes, walnuts are indeed quite high in fat, but that's all people seem to remember when they think about this highly maligned, poorly understood not-true-nut. It's also very high in antioxidants and omega-3s! (So if someone tells you they're high in fat, tell them about the better aspects.) Thanks for sharing and hope you LOVE the sausage style! Let us know!
  9. I don’t have a food processor. Do you think it would work okay if I pulsed a few times in the vitamix? I don’t want to pulverize it ;)
  10. Easy to make. The spices and taste were spot on. I;d like to make the walnuts a little softer for texture. I assume soaking longer?
    1. Glad you liked it, Douglas! Yes, that's exactly right, but also make sure the water your using is good and hot as well. You may even wish to replenish the hot water after the first cools a bit.

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