Quinoa Taco "Meat"
Dinner,  Vegan

Quinoa Taco “Meat”

I used to believe it would be hard to make the switch to being vegetarian or even vegan. That I would miss all my favourite foods and not have very much variety in my diet. I was so wrong. The world today has a vegan option for almost anything! This Quinoa Taco “Meat” is no exception. Mimicking the texture of ground beef, it’s awesome to use in burrito’s, taco’s or even chili’s.

Quinoa is a nutritional powerhouse and I use it a ton in place of meat and even rice sometimes. It’s pretty neutral on it’s own, but this recipe mixes it with some spices to kick it up a notch. Cooking your quinoa in a low sodium vegetable stock instead of water will help add flavour right at the start.

Boasting 9 grams of protein per 1 cup, quinoa also offers 5 grams of fibre and an assortment of important vitamins and minerals.

Quinoa Taco "Meat"

A perfect vegan replacement for meat, also great instead of rice - it works really well for burrito's, taco's and so much more!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes


  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 1 1/2 cups low sodium vegetable stock
  • 1/2 cup salsa
  • 1 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • salt & pepper


  • Begin by cooking your quinoa in the vegetable broth in a rice cooker or over the stove. 
  • Preheat oven to 375°. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Add cooked quinoa to a bowl and combine with all other ingredients (salsa & spices).
  • Spread evenly on the baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes (stirring halfway).