Quick Walnut Tacos

At Trio Plant-Based in Minneapolis, the first Black-owned plant-based restaurant in Minnesota, chef-owner Louis Hunter uses walnuts as a protein-rich substitute for ground beef to make these tacos. The ground nuts mimic the texture of meat quite nicely.

Quick Walnut Tacos
Photo: Brittany Conerly
Active Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
15 mins


  • 2 ¼ cups walnut halves

  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin

  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder

  • 2 teaspoons onion powder

  • 1 ½ teaspoons paprika

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 2 teaspoons cider vinegar

  • 1 teaspoon reduced-sodium tamari

  • 1 (15 ounce) can no-salt-added black beans, rinsed

  • 2 cups shredded iceberg lettuce

  • 1 cup diced tomato

  • ½ cup diced onion

  • ½ cup fresh salsa or pico de gallo

  • 8 corn tortillas, warmed

  • 4 tablespoons vegan sour cream (optional)


  1. Place walnuts in a food processor and pulse until finely chopped, but not ground. Add cumin, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika and salt. Pulse just until blended. Transfer to a large skillet; toast over medium heat until heated through and fragrant, about 5 minutes. Add vinegar to taste and tamari and mix well.

  2. Serve the walnut mixture, beans, lettuce, tomato, onion and salsa (or pico de gallo) in tortillas. Top with sour cream, if desired.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

631 Calories
40g Fat
62g Carbs
19g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Serving Size 2 tacos
Calories 631
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 62g 23%
Dietary Fiber 14g 50%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 19g 38%
Total Fat 40g 51%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Vitamin A 2962IU 59%
Sodium 537mg 23%
Potassium 704mg 15%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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