21 Vegan Taco Recipes for Your Weekly Rotation

By Lisa Esile, MS,

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Tacos are a great family friendly meal, perfect for busy weeknights and entertaining. Filled with grains, beans, fruits, veggies, herbs, and spices, vegan tacos are affordable, easy to pull together, and fun to eat. Here are some of our favorite vegan taco recipes guaranteed to get your taste buds tingling and your mind thinking of all the great combinations to try. As an added bonus all the recipes are oil-free, so they’re healthy, too!

For more winning family meal ideas check out our favorite veggie burgers or this collection of plant-based mac and cheese recipes.

Mediterranean Tacos with Spicy Roasted Cauliflower on an orange wood background

Mediterranean Tacos with Spicy Roasted Cauliflower

Think of this tasty fusion recipe as a cross between a shawarma wrap and a taco. It starts with whole wheat pita bread slathered in hummus. Next come roasted cauliflower and potatoes, both seasoned with bright red sumac, paprika, and cumin for tartness and color. Garnish with a drizzle of lemony tahini dressing, sliced japaleños, crunchy red cabbage, and aromatic cilantro. A fan writes, “This is fantastic. It comes together really easily and tastes amazing. I highly recommend!”
Plant-based tacos with a mushroom chorizo filling served on a blue table

Mushroom Chorizo Tacos con Papas

In this plant-based take on chorizo tacos, a richly spiced mix of mushroom, chickpeas, and walnuts stands in for the meat and is combined with steamed potato and onion for a hearty, melt-in-your-mouth filling.
delicata squash tacos with avocado on a yellow surface

Delicata Squash Tacos

The hero ingredient in these tantalizing tacos is delicata squash. Roasted with onion wedges, lime juice, and chili powder, and stuffed into corn tortillas along with a five-minute black bean–corn salsa and avocado, each bite is like a sweet, smoky tidbit of heaven. Note: Delicata squash are named for their thin, “delicate,” edible skin—no peeling required!
Vegan Taco Salad Bowls on a light pink plate

Vegan Taco Salad Bowls

Sure to be a hit with kids and adults alike, these cute taco bowls are made by baking tortillas between the cups of an upside-down muffin pan until crunchy. This recipe calls for a tasty Tex-Mex-inspired filling featuring nutty quinoa, earthy black beans, sweet corn kernels, and the usual taco finishings, but once you get the hang of these bowls, feel free to get creative and load them with your favorite taco fillings. A commenter writes, “Delicious and nutritious, and I love the bowls!”
Quinoa Taco Bowls in orange ceramic bowls against a light orange fabric tablecloth

Quinoa Taco Bowls

Made with leftover quinoa and a packet of frozen veggies, these nutritious grain bowls are a breeze. Taco seasoning adds just enough spiciness, while fresh kale grounds the bowl with earthy goodness. Top with a zesty homemade pico de gallo, a few chunks of buttery avocado, and a little lime juice. Serve with warm tortillas on the side, which you can use to wrap around tasty mouthfuls of the mix.
Vegan Sushi Tacos on an orange plate

Vegan Sushi Tacos

These delicious Japanese-inspired tacos are sure to zhuzh up your taco routine. The nori wrap delivers the subtle salty flavor that makes sushi so endearing and pairs well with the chewy brown rice filling. Adzuki beans add extra heft, and shredded veggies lend a fresh crunch to every mouthful. Top with tangy salsa, fresh cilantro, and a few slices of creamy avocado. Throw on some pickled ginger or a sprinkle of sesame seeds for the ultimate sushi flavor. Delish!
a close-up of four veggie tacos filled with peppers and grilled peaches, with lime slices on the side

Peach and Pepper Tacos

Exploding with the spirit of summer, these sensational tacos are packed with orange-infused grilled peach, tender red bell pepper, and chewy barley. One reader notes, “I’m framing this recipe and hanging it in my kitchen (I’m not kidding). … I won’t share with anyone how many I ate the first time I made them.”
Charred Cauliflower Tacos

Red Onion and Charred Cauliflower Tacos

Succulent, spicy, and seriously satisfying, it’s hard to believe these tasty tacos—featuring jarred chipotle salsa, black beans, roasted corn, cabbage, and cauliflower—are ready in just 25 minutes. One reader writes, “Very easy to make! The chipotle salsa and fresh cabbage really go well together!”
Taco Lettuce Wraps with Melon Salsa on square white plates

Taco Lettuce Wraps with Melon Salsa

The fresh crunch of lettuce pairs well with the warm, tender filling and is an excellent alternative to corn or wheat tortillas. Pinto beans and chewy quinoa give the meal heft, corn kernels add pops of color and sweetness, and red onion provides a tangy crunch. But it's the cool notes of the mint-infused cantaloupe salsa—cutting through the heartier flavors to create a perfectly balanced meal—that make these tasty wraps stand out. A reviewer shares, "This recipe was a hit! My youngest son and husband really liked it. I'm sure I'll make it again and again."
Full Taco Bar

Full-On Taco Bar

These delectable rustic lentil tacos from plant-based heroes Rip and Jane Esselstyn are made using pantry staples such as canned refried beans, taco seasoning, and cooked lentils, which means you can whip them up on a whim—perfect for days when planning has eluded you.
Spinach-Potato Tacos

Spinach-Potato Tacos

The spicy, garlic-y, spinach and potato filling in these is divine. What a gorgeous lunch or evening meal to serve family and friends.

Crunchy Plant-Based Falafel Tacos

This fusion falafel taco recipe is great with corn tortillas, green sauce, and salsa. Before you know it, dinner is served!
street corn tostadas

Street Corn Tostadas

Broaden your taco routine to include crispy tostadas: The tostada base looks and tastes great, and all you have to do is bake corn tortillas for 5-7 minutes in the oven, rather than heat them in a pan. This tasty recipe uses a combination of mashed chickpeas and fresh grilled corn for a succulent, sweet, and creamy topping. Note: If you don’t have fresh corn, use frozen fire-roasted corn, or even just plain frozen corn.
Spiced Sweet Potato Tacos: Vegan tacos shown from above on a gray table, open tortillas topped with sweet potato, peppers, and avocado

Spiced Sweet Potato Tacos

This meal is a kid favorite and the potato wedges make it easy to keep the stuffing in the tacos.
spicy vegan tacos

Spicy Stir-Fry Tacos

In these vibrant tacos, a bounty of quick-steamed veggies, such as butternut squash, chard, mushrooms, broccoli, and carrots, are given tangy stir-fry flavor with a sauce featuring ginger, garlic, tamari, and rice vinegar.
Sweet Potato Hash

Black Bean and Sweet Potato Hash

This dish can be an ideal breakfast, a lunch, or a light dinner. It’s great made into soft tacos garnished with avocado, cilantro, and other favorite toppings.
Vegan Recipe

Chipotle Jackfruit Tacos

The fibrous structure and mild flavor of jackfruit superbly soaks up spicy chipotle flavors in these toothsome tacos, which also feature garlicky potatoes and canned tomatoes.

Mango and Black Bean Tacos

Prepare to be dazzled by these rainbow-colored tacos packed with a delicious mix of mango, black beans, bell pepper, avocado, red onion, and lime juice. Added bonus: They’re ready in just 10 minutes. One reader remarked, “This was simple to put together and absolutely delicious!”
Grilled Nopales Tacos on a blue tabletop

Grilled Nopales Tacos

Nopales (prickly pear cactus) is a popular ingredient in Mexican cooking. The giant cactus pads, which you can find at Mexican grocers, have a tender, meaty texture when cooked. Combine them with a little seasoning and succulent veggies such as sweet bell peppers and onion, serve the mouthwatering medley on grilled tortillas, and top it all off with crispy shredded lettuce, and you’ve got top-level tacos. Add a little pico de gallo for an unforgettable taco night!

Quick Black Bean Tostadas

In this simply delicious 30-minute meal, refried black beans seasoned with onion, garlic, and cumin lend a comforting earthy flavor and pair perfectly with fresh salad ingredients such as lettuce, tomato, and green onion. A fan writes, “These are SO good. We’ve made them twice already.”

Orange Black Bean Taquitos

We thought this close cousin to the taco deserved a spot in this roundup. The orange zest and juice in this recipe brighten the dish and elevate the ordinary black bean to new heights. These taquitos are also great for hearty snacking.

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Lisa Esile, MS

Lisa Esile is an author, illustrator, blogger, vegetable gardener, and whole-food enthusiast with a special fondness for potatoes. She has a master’s degree in human nutrition and is passionate about showing people how to live happier, healthier lives. She is the author of Reach Your Big Calm and the co-author of Whose Mind Is It Anyway? Find her on Facebook.
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