I feel confident in saying that you can make pretty much anything savoury using mushrooms, including meat like taco toppings. So here comes my mushroom “taco meat” with walnuts for a little bit of crunch and nuttiness. I put taco meat in citation marks because for some reason it doesn’t sound right to me and I tried to look up if this is a term used by anyone else but food bloggers but didn’t find any good answers. I also couldn’t think of a better term so here we are and “taco meat” it is also for this food blogger. Please let me know if you have any insight on this or if you workshoped a better term for me.

Anywho, this recipe makes a deliciously flavourful and umami rich replacement for actual meat as well as store bought vegan mince. For those of you who love mushrooms as much as I do this will be a delight and for those who don’t I still think you might enjoy it rolled up in a warm tortilla with a delicious salsa and some other bits and bobs. Try it!

Malin x

Mushroom and Walnut Taco Meat

Serves 4-6


2 tbsp avocado or rapeseed oil

1 white onion

4 garlic cloves

400 g chestnut mushrooms

100 g shiitake mushrooms

2 tbsp tomato paste

2 tsp dried oregano

1 tsp cumin

1 tsp smoked paprika

1 tsp garlic powder

0,25 tsp chili flakes

Salt, to taste

1 cup toasted walnuts

Serve with:

Corn tortillas

Roasted tomato salsa

Black beans

Sweet corn

Fresh coriander

Sliced jalapeño, optional