I’m half mexican. Meat, or no meat, I’m not giving up my tacos.

I set out to find a great way to make a meatless taco without using those “crumbles”, and here it is:



  • 1 cup uncooked rinsed quinoa
  • 1  15 oz. can garbanzo beans-drained
  • 1-2 Tablespoons (or to taste) non-dairy taco seasoning ( if it’s store bought, you might need more)
  • 10 good tortillas of your choice (I love, love, love,  these the uncooked ones from Costco).
  • Salsa of choice ( I made a quick homemade one posted below)
  • Guacamole (I also made a quick homemade one posted below)
  • Shredded lettuce
  • vegan cheddar cheese (such as Daiya) not much, a little goes a long way!


Fresh Salsa

(These measurements are “abouts” I never measure when I make this sorry!) :)

  • 2-3 roma tomatoes-seeded and diced
  • 2 green onions chopped
  • handful fresh cilantro leaves
  • juice from 1/2 small lemon
  • 1/4-1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4- 1/2 teaspoon crushed salt

Mix all ingredients and season to taste!


Fresh Guacamole

(The “abouts” measurements also apply here like the salsa!)

  • 2 ripe avocados -scooped out and chopped up (I like to leave mine pretty chunky)
  • 1/4 cup salsa
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • juice from 1/2 a small lemon

Fold in all ingredients, and season to taste!



Cook quinoa as directed in veggie broth or water ( I used broth). While quinoa is cooking, pour the can of garbanzo beans into a large bowl or on a plate and smash them up. I used a potato masher. Don’t smash them into hummus,  just until you have a crumbly texture.

When your quinoa is done cooking, mix in the garbanzo beans and taco seasoning ( 2-3 tablespoons or to taste) with the quinoa in the pan and cover to keep warm.

Chop up your lettuce, get out (or make) your salsa and guac, vegan cheese and  any other ingredients you like on tacos! Layer on tortilla and enjoy!




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Artist and tech nerd based in the US. I own and run Art for Kids Hub with my family. It's an online art resource for kids, parents, and teachers.  I'm also a partner/owner of My Social Practice, a dental social media marketing agency. When I'm not doing anything else I'm taking pictures or painting.

  • Kristen

    We really liked these tacos! Thanks for the great recipe. We also enjoyed the enchilada pasta the other night. Hope you and yours are doing well!

    • http://basilandcloves.com Teryn

      I’m so glad you liked the dishes! I hope you are well also! I saw your mom and Shelby the other day!!xo