Once in a while I make a recipe that I end up getting giddy excited to share with you. This 5 minute raw nut taco meat is one of those recipes! Can you imagine not having to deal with the greasy mess of browning hamburger meat for tacos, but still have the amazing flavor of taco meat? This recipe keeps your stove off and will please even the meat eaters in your life.
I served this to my kids last night and said, “I’m trying out a new recipe. It is chopped up nuts that are flavored with taco seasonings. Nuts are super good for you and will give you the protein and good fats that our bodies need. Try it and let me know if you like it.” Okay, so I only told 2 of my daughters that. My youngest HATES nuts, so I did not tell her what was in her taco until she devoured it. Hee! Sneaky Mom! She looked at me with wide eyes and a dropped jaw when I told her. Then crossed her arms over her chest and said “Mom! Why didn’t you tell me?” I answered “I thought just maybe you were getting old enough to start liking nuts, but I was not sure.” She was not sure if she liked that answer!
5 Minute Raw Nut Taco “Meat”
1/2 cup cashews
1/2 cup almonds (or walnuts)
1/3 cup sun dried tomatoes packed in oil
1/2 tsp chili powder
1/4 tsp cumin (or to taste)
pinch red pepper flakes (or more if you want more spice)
1/4-1/2 tsp salt (to taste, start with 1/4. If using salted nuts, you may not need salt!)
2-4 tbsp olive oil (or hemp, or flax, etc)
Put all ingredients into food processor. Pulse until you get desired consistency. Add more oil if it looks too dry. Do not over process or it will be a paste! The flavor is best once it sits a bit.
I used unsalted nuts. The original recipe I found on Pinterest. It is from Raw Veggies & Yoga. It called for an entire teaspoon of salt, which just about ruined my batch. It was WAY too salty. Fortunately I had enough ingredients to double my batch and I ended up saving it.
I went for years without a food processor, and now I don’t know how I lived without it. I use mine all the time. I have a 7 cup Kitchen Aid Food Processor. I love using it for chopping onions and veggies for soups, for making nut butters and date pastes, and my yummy healthy chocolate mudballs.
I am new to the world of sun dried tomatoes, but bought them for a pasta recipe that I will be sharing with you soon. I am now a HUGE fan. The flavor they add to this recipe is key. I had no idea how much flavor these packed! I now keep a jar in my refrigerator at all times.
I used these Chia Seed Flour Tortillas that I just found at Trader Joes this week. They are my new favorite. Boy, do they fill you up with all that extra fiber from the Chia. New to Chia? Read all about this mega superfood here.
I just put the tortilla on a plate, added some rice and cheese. I microwaved it for 30 seconds until the cheese melted and the tortilla was soft. I put the Raw Nut Taco Meat right on top.
Would you consider having a meat free meal once a week? Do you think you could get your family to try this recipe?