Vegan Street Tacos

Vegan Street Tacos

Taco Tuesday is Back!

Is it taco Tuesday but you’re a little bit too vegan?  Do you feel like you’re wasting your life way waitin’ on a sombrero in the corner to resume its rightful position?  A garden fresh  vegan street taco is the easy solution for all your vegan blues. 

Coming from a hispanic background if a taco didn’t have heat, it wasn’t worth a heap. 

 I’ll apologize in advance if these sweet and spicy treats offend your tastebuds! You can easily modify by adding a smidge less cayenne pepper.  

Fresh Taco Fixings
Fresh Taco Fixings
vegan taco filling
What Can I fill my Vegan Taco With?

What Can I put in Tacos Instead of Meat?

  • There are actually a ton of options here! The novice vegan may choose something a little more traditional that mimics a standard beef taco.  These could include 
  • Tofu (use extra firm, squeeze out the water with your hands and crumble). 
  • Textured vegetable protein. 
  • Commercial manufactured beef crumbles such as Boca crumbles. 
  • Jackfruit (this kinda mimics the taste of beef). 
  •  Quinoa
These filling options combined with classic taco seasoning will likely yield the similar flavor of a beef taco for consumers. 
However, I prefer a taco with no rules! So lets get crazy with some new ideas. My best list would include fillings like: 
  • Cauliflower (breaded and baked)
  • Sautéed mushrooms
  • Black Bean
  • Lentil
  • Sweet Potato
  • Chickpeas

Are Soft Taco Shells Vegan?

Taco shells will traditionally be created with corn or flour as a base.  

Most taco shell brands you can purchase that the grocery today will be vegan.  This is because the oil which is used to create manufactured taco shells is typically plant based.  

Historically, lard would be used create tortilla products.  However this is much less common today than it was in  say 1980. 

However, if grandma is making soft tortilla shells you might want to examine the ingredients!  Homemade tortillas still likely contain lard and therefore are not a good option for someone following a vegan path. 

tortilla in basket
Tortilla In Basket
Roasted sweet potato
Roast Sweet Potatoes for 15 Minutes

What are the Healthiest Tacos?

Has your day to day become mundane?  Have you been desperately searching for that little miracle in every moment?  

Do yourself a favor.  Get yourself a bag of sweet potatoes.  Discover the new best friend you never knew you needed. 

Now I don’t truly believe there is a “healthiest” taco.  But one made entirely from your favorite plants will be lower in fats and higher in fiber when compared to our meat filled taco competitor. 

The kind of nutrients you will you find in a sweet potato taco like this one include: 

  • Vitamin A– supporting vision and immune system. 
  • Vitamin C– for collagen formation and immune support. 
  • B6
  • Protein
  • Potassium
  • Fiber
  • Manganese

Other ways to make your taco a little more nutrient dense is by not frying your taco shell. This will reduce calories and fats on the menu! 

Fun Taco Toppings

Radishes are an under utilized natural beauty that completes any dish.  Especially a garden fresh taco! 

Some thing you might not know about radishes is that they contain calcium, vitamin K, zinc, copper, and manganese. They are also pretty dang easy to grow yourself if you’re feeling adventurous.

I tucked these little beauties In with a bed of garden sprouts.  Garden sprouts come in all varieties.  My first choice was some radish sprouts but we’re still out of season for those here. These micro salad greens really did the trick.  Either will work for this recipe.  

Garden sprouts are rich in thiamin, b6, folate, iron and selenium.  

Fresh Radish Bushell
Fresh Radish for Crunch
Fresh Limes
Fresh Limes for Vegan Cream Sauce

From The Garden-Cheese Sauce Without Animal Origins

I used to think the worst day of my life was going to be that in which I disconnected from that deep yellow brick of joy so many of us use as an excuse to call any meal exciting. Cheese. For several weeks after transitioning to more of a vegan lifestyle, my daily routine craved the ability to knock a couple slices off the old block, toss it on a cracker or other, and call it a “meal.” This behavior was a farce.  These were not meals or snacks as far as I’m concerned these days! They were attempts to enhance flavor for an otherwise poorly constructed meal by loading on saturated fat and calories.  A fresh taco needs to be… well FRESH! Not aged for how many whatever’s creating a false sense of meal security! I encourage you to take your mind out of that animal based products box. This cashew cheese sauce is finger licking’ good without the face derivative to accompany it. All of the ingredients for this dish and this scrumptious vegan cheese sauce can be found on a plant.

Vegan Taco Seasoning

I used to truly believe that I could not produce a taco without that little packet of 99 cent crap they convince you in the store is necessary for fiesta success. 

Guess what-real taco seasoning is made from real spice! Taco seasoning doesn’t need all that additional junk they put in the packets either.  

For example corn syrup.  maltodextrin anyone? Gross,  why on earth do I need or want these ingredients in my taco!

Make your vegan taco seasoning with these ingredients instead: 

  • cumin
  • paprika
  • dill 
  • oregano
  • berbere
  • onion powder 
  • cayenne pepper
  • curry powder

Think outside the mystery packet.  Combine these flavors in any way you like to create the perfect vegan taco. 

What's Your Favorite Taco on a Tuesday?

If you’re looking for a taco treat straight from the garden you’ve come to the right place.  If you’re looking for a kick of spice with a savory finish I’ve got you covered. Love even more spice?  Try tossing on some jalapeño salsa to these fresh tacos.  

What are some of your favorite ways to build a taco masterpiece with less traditional ingredients such as sweet potato? Do you love spicy or savory?  Please share your wisdom with a new vegan foodie below! 

Fresh Taco Made From Plants
savory cajun plant based tacos
Fresh Taco Made From Plants
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Vegan Street Tacos

This vegan spicy, sweet, and savory dish is your perfect fresh taco recipe. It brings taco tuesday back to face free foodies!
Prep Time1 hr
Cook Time15 mins
Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: fresh taco, vegan fresh taco
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 540kcal
Cost: $10


  • baking sheet


  • 8 small tortillas corn or flour
  • 2 medium sweet potatoes
  • 1 cup cilantro
  • 1 cup garden sprouts
  • 1 whole avocado large

Vegan Taco Seasoning

  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp cayanne pepper
  • tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • tsp rosemary
  • 1 tsp crushed red pepper

vegan cheese sauce (nooch)

  • 1 cup soaked cashew
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp lime juice fresh squeezed
  • 4 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 cup water more for desired texture


Creating Cajun Seasoning

  • Combine salt, oregano, paprika, rosemary, pepper, onion powder, cayenne pepper, red pepper flakes, and black pepper in dish.
  • chop up sweet potatoes for fresh taco fixings
  • cover sweet potatoes in olive oil and seasonings. Lay flat on sheet pan and bake at 400°F for 15 minutes (a little less or more for desired tenderness).

Cheesy Vegan Cream Sauce

  • soak 1 cup cashews for about an hour. Drain.
  • add cashes, garlic, lemon juice, water, apple cider vinegar, and nutritional yeast to high powered blender. Blend. Add water at the end slowly until desired consistency is achieved.

Building Your Fresh Tco

  • Top flour or corn tortillas with about 1/2 cup sweet potato. Add radishes, sprouts, about 1/4 avocado, and 2 tbsp vegan cream sauce.



Please note nutrition information is approximate and will vary based on portion sizes of toppings.
Nutrition Facts
Vegan Street Tacos
Amount Per Serving (2 tacos)
Calories 540 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Fat 19g29%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 15g
Sodium 500mg22%
Potassium 936mg27%
Carbohydrates 50g17%
Fiber 11.5g48%
Sugar 14g16%
Protein 15g30%
Vitamin A 513IU10%
Vitamin C 50mg61%
Calcium 16mg2%
Iron 13mg72%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


Serving: 2tacos | Calories: 540kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 15g | Sodium: 500mg | Potassium: 936mg | Fiber: 11.5g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 513IU | Vitamin C: 50mg | Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 13mg

Shena Jaramillo. Registered Dietitian

Hi I'm Shena. I believe in choosing plants first, honoring your hunger, and that a little humor goes a long way.

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