When I first started eating vegetarian, I had this sense that tacos were not an option anymore. Apart from just substituting beans for the meat, there didn’t seem to be many exciting recipes. Boy, was I wrong! With a little research, I found many recipes that have even more flavor than tacos with meat. Here are 25 amazing vegetarian taco recipes for you to try!
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1. Smoky Chipotle Mushroom Tacos
Portobello mushrooms marinated in a smoky chipotle sauce served with tangy red cabbage slaw and smashed avocado. These mushrooms tacos are full of flavor, filling and will leave you wanting more!
2. Roasted Sweet Potato and Cauliflower Tacos
An easy vegetarian tacos recipe filled with easy roasted cauliflower, roasted sweet potatoes, black beans, topped with vegan chipotle lime cashew crema. These roasted sweet potato + cauliflower tacos are totally weeknight-friendly, made in 40 minutes or less, making this a front runner in vegetarian taco recipes for Taco Tuesday!
3. Vegan Tofu Tacos
If you’ve ever had doubts about trying tofu, this is the place to start. This recipe will blow your mind! It is seriously exactly like beef, except it’s tofu – you can’t tell the difference. This is a super cheap dinner that can be “beefed up” (ha) with black beans, if you need a little extra something.
4. Epic Vegetarian Tacos
Not only was I initially intrigued by the name, but once I found out what the ingredients are, I was excited! This vegetarian taco recipe features refried pinto beans, creamy avocado sauce, quick-pickled onions, feta cheese, and fresh garnishes.
5. Vegan Korean Fried Tofu Tacos
The extremely crispy tofu in this vegetarian taco recipe will remind you of fried chicken! Add that kimchi and spicy aioli, and this is a slam dunk meal packed with flavor. You could also use the corn flake-crusted tofu for other dishes as well – I know I’m always looking for ways to get my tofu crispy and crunchy.
6. Jackfruit Street Tacos
I’ve been eating vegetarian for a year, and one of the things I miss the most is barbecue pork. Well, jackfruit is the perfect substitute. It has the same texture and flavor as pork, and makes excellent tacos. Yum!
7. Chipotle-Roasted Butternut Squash Tacos
The perfect alchemy of spicy and sweet, these roasted veggie tacos are equal parts nutritious and flavorful. Crispy cubes of butternut squash, fiber-filled beans, poblano peppers, and a cooling avocado sauce. Is there any better combination for homemade tacos?
8. Baja Tofu Tacos
These Baja tofu tacos are a delightful and delicious vegan version of the popular fish tacos from Southern California. Enjoy the battered tofu cutlets in a soft corn tortilla with a creamy white sauce and crisp cabbage slaw. A bit of lime juice and some hot sauce drizzled on top makes for taco perfection!
9. Root Vegetable Tacos
These tacos are extremely healthy, with roasted potatoes, carrots, and beets. Add the vegan sunflower seed queso for extra creaminess and flavor. It’s the perfect recipe for meatless taco tuesday!
10. Spicy Mango, Black Bean and Avocado Tacos
This taco recipe has it all – sweet, spice, crunch, and nutrition. Make these as a yummy and fresh summer weeknight dinner.
11. Mushroom Al Pastor Tacos with Garlic Lime Special Sauce
These are best for when you’re craving hearty Mexican, but want to keep things healthy. Sesame chipotle pineapple sauce, tossed with a mix of cremini and shiitake mushrooms (in place of pork), stuffed into charred tortillas and topped with the most addicting “special” sauce. The perfect weeknight taco that’s made in just about 30 minutes too. These are quick, simple, healthy, and so delicious.
12. Buffalo Cauliflower Tacos
Vegan Buffalo Cauliflower Tacos are a healthy, easy recipe for dinner. The buffalo cauliflower is baked, then broiled for a crispy texture. It’s then wrapped up in corn tortillas, topped with a dairy free avocado sauce and jalapeno carrot slaw, creating a totally delicious & gluten free taco recipe!
13. Maple Glazed Tempeh Tacos With Pineapple Salsa
Mmmm, I couldn’t find too many tempeh taco recipes, so I had to include this one. Sweet and spicy get along so well here with the maple tempeh, pineapple, and jalapeno. Delicious!
14. Quinoa and Black Bean Tacos
Refreshing, sweet and savory all at the same time! Amazing combinations in a bowl. This black bean taco recipe is so simple to make: you only need a few pantry staples, 1 skillet, & just 30 minutes start-to-finish. Plus, they’re 100% vegetarian, & very easily made vegan &/or dairy-free.
15. Vegan Chorizo and Potato Tacos
This vegan chorizo and potato tacos recipe is packed with spicy chorizo flavor. It’s a meatless meal that will satisfy even carnivores! Make chorizo spiced tempeh sauteed with potatoes, peppers and onions and serve in a charred tortilla with lots of herbs.
16. Sheet Pan Veggie Tacos
Portobello mushrooms, potatoes, and onions? Sign me up! This is a very easy recipe that makes a satisfying, healthy, and delicious meal. This is one of the easiest vegetarian taco recipes on this list!
17. Vegan Teriyaki Tofu Tacos with Roasted Pineapple Salsa
This recipe is where Asian and Hispanic cuisines meet in a taco shell. The teriyaki tofu is salty and rich, and it pairs perfectly with the sweetness and spiciness of the pineapple salsa. Although the name of the recipe is long, it’s actually pretty simple. Perfect for a delicious weeknight dinner out on the porch.
18. Korean-Inspired Crispy Tofu Tacos
I’ve never seen a recipe with tofu cooked like this – crumbled, coated in cornstarch, sauteed, and then tossed in a delicious sweet and spicy brown sauce. This recipe calls for a quick pickled cucumber and some shredded cabbage, but I also think kimchi would be an excellent topping. This is one of my favorite vegetarian taco recipes!
19. Chickpea Tempeh Tacos with Cashew Crema
Taking less than an hour to make, these chickpea tempeh tacos are packed with flavor. They’re savory, zesty, with a hint of spice. Every bite contains bits of crispy spiced chickpea and tempeh crumbles and a creamy cashew crema.
20. Sweet Potato Tacos with Brussels Sprouts Slaw
This recipe is a little different, featuring sweet potatoes, black beans, and brussels sprouts! It’s the perfect taco recipe for fall, and has a nice savory and fresh flavor.
21. Vegan Carnitas with Mushrooms
This delicious taco can be made with mushrooms and/or jackfruit. Jackfruit will end up with a closer texture to actual meaty carnitas, but both are yummy. In my opinion, you can never have too many mushroom recipes (especially when in tacos!).
22. Roasted Veggie Tacos with Creamy Cilantro Sauce
This is one of the easiest vegetarian taco recipes on this list. Chop and roast your veggies, and make the sauce – that’s it. Also, you can use whatever veggies you have on hand, not just what’s in the recipe. Yum!
23. Sweet Corn and Black Bean Tacos
These hearty summer tacos feature lime-marinated fresh corn, jalapeño and radishes on top of warm black beans. Feta and avocado make these complete. Recipe yields 10 tacos (a lot!).
24. Tempeh Asada Tacos with Mango Pico de Gallo
For those times when only a fiery, decadent taco will satisfy you, tempeh asada tacos with mango pico de gallo is ready to answer the call. The perfect combination of spicy and simple tempeh asada combined with sweet, tangy mango pico de gallo is a force worthy of any shell you can wrap your hands around and swiftly get to your mouth.
25. Black Bean Tacos with Avocado Cilantro Lime Crema
Healthy Black Bean Tacos just got a whole lot more exciting! These are loaded with flavor, they’re a breeze to prepare and the filling only needs to cook for 5 minutes! In other words say hello to a new favorite super fast dinner.