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Vegan taco filling in an iron skillet with avocado slices on top and halved avocados and a jalapeno next to the pan

Healthy Vegan Taco Filling

This taco filling is made with whole plant-based foods and it’s really easy to make. It’s crumbly, chewy, and spicy, just like a good taco filling is supposed to be.
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Course: Entree, Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican, Vegan
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 8 Servings
Calories: 156kcal
Author: Linda & Alex


  • ½ large cauliflower
  • ½ cup raw sunflower seeds
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 large yellow onion finely diced
  • 1 jalapeno pepper seeded and finely diced
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 3 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt or more or less to taste
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper optional
  • 15 ounce cooked black beans
  • ½ lime juiced
  • ½ cup cilantro chopped


  • Crumble the cauliflower in a food processor or with a knife. Once the cauliflower begins to crumble, add the sunflower seeds and pulse until they’re broken down.
  • In a large skillet, heat the oil (see note) on medium heat and add the onion and jalapeno, cook until the onion begins to turn translucent, approximately 5 to 7 minutes. Add the cauliflower and sunflower mixture and the spices and stir to combine. Add the beans and stir to combine. Squeeze the lime juice over the filling. Cook for approximately 15 minutes, or until the cauliflower is tender, not mushy. Turn off the heat and stir in the cilantro. It will wilt, but shouldn’t cook. If you don’t like cilantro, leave it out.


The Nutrition Facts are and estimate only. If you don’t cook with oil you can use a few tablespoon of water or vegetable broth to cook the onions and jalapeno. Add more as it evaporates, but don’t add so much that it becomes watery. Add a few more tablespoon once you add the cauliflower mixture. Store in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to a week or in the freezer for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator and then reheat.


Calories: 156kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 345mg | Potassium: 363mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 1120IU | Vitamin C: 8.3mg | Calcium: 42mg | Iron: 2.5mg
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