Taco “Meat”

This will fool literally anyone. Promise. If not feel free to let me know! This has become a party go to and even my friends who consider themselves carnivores eat it without complaining. This comes down to cooking out your spices and really letting everything get happy together. I used to use a similar recipe with ground meat so if that’s your thing you just need to brown it and add it in when it says to add the nuts. I would suggest you try it vegan, though, because it’s very, very good! (This is a big recipe, but you won’t mind having leftovers!)

Ingredients

2 cups Raw Walnuts
1 cup Raw Cashews
1 med Onion diced
2 cups Diced Tomatoes
1 tbsp Lime Juice
1 tbsp Chili Powder
½ tbsp Cumin
1 tsp Garlic
1 tsp Onion Powder
¼ tsp Cayenne Powder
1-2 tbsp Oil of your choice

Method

  1. Crush walnuts and cashews until they resemble breadcrumbs. I used my food processor, but putting them in a ziplock and crushing them with a pan works just as well and maybe makes a better texture
  2. Place diced onion into a fairly large skillet with a bit of oil if ya feelin’ it. Sauté the onion until it just becomes translucent.
  3. Add the chili powder, cumin, garlic powder and onion powder. Stir and allow to cook through.
  4. Add the lime juice and stir and to combine. Allow to cook through for a few more moments or about a minute.
  5. Add the crushed nuts and stir until they are coated with the spice mixture and the onions are evenly distributed. This is where I would add a second dose of oil just to make sure everything browns nicely.
  6. Spread the nut mixture in an even layer in the skillet and allow to sit undisturbed for a minute or two. Then stir completely and repeat the process of spreading evenly and letting it rest (really you’re just forming some brown good stuff, so if you see that you’re doing this right!)
  7. After the nuts start to brown add in the tomatoes and stir to combine. You are going to repeat the same process as before except now you’ll wait about 5 minutes between each stir and rest. Trust me this is what makes it taste so good! Just take your time. You can really do this part for as long as you’d like! I’d say at least three times. It will just get better, but it should resemble “taco meat” at this point.

You are so very welcome, haha!

Enjoy!

Jessica Kapusta

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