Warm tortillas are stuffed with a crispy potato mix, a homemade walnut-bean chorizo and a tangy avocado salsa. Taco Tuesday has never tasted this good!
Taco Tuesday is a weekly tradition in my house – not only because it takes the thinking out of “What’s for dinner?” every Tuesday, but also because it’s a slam dunk when it comes to feeding me (the vegan) in my non vegan household. Everyone can eat the same meal AND get what they want.
Why I love these Vegan Chorizo & Potato Tacos
I’m not sure where to start with the deliciousness that are these tacos! It starts with the layer of crispy potatoes, a combination of Russets and sweet that are fried and salted to perfection. Next up is the walnut and black bean chorizo that packs a protein punch. Topping it all off comes the limey avocado salsa that ties it all together.
In addition to how delicious this recipe is, I’m a big fan of how easy it is to serve the whole family with this meal. For the non vegans, add some regular chorizo or ground beef on the side to add to the rest of the mix.
What is Vegan Chorizo?
These Vegan Chorizo & Black Bean Tacos are filled with a Walnut & Black Bean Chorizo, which is a vegan chorizo alternative made primarily from a combination of walnuts and black beans, along with various seasonings and spices. This mixture is designed to mimic the flavor, texture, and appearance of traditional chorizo sausage while being entirely plant-based.
Ingredients for Vegan Chorizo & Black Bean Tacos
We’re using a mix of Russets and sweet potatoes, but any combination (or singular variety) works. Just make sure they are crispy to add a layer of texture, as well as flavor to your tacos.
Walnut & Black Bean Chorizo
We’re using a homemade chorizo that you can prep ahead of time, making these tacos a quick and easy weeknight meal.
We’ve combined two of our favorite taco toppings – salsa and guacamole – into one salsa that mixes chopped onion, cilantro and avocado together with lots of fresh lime juice.
Any type of taco shell will do, but we prefer a soft corn tortilla for these tacos. Just heat them on the burner (vs frying them).
How to Make Vegan Chorizo & Potato Tacos
- Fry the potatoes:
Finely dice your potatoes and fry them in canola oil until crispy. Drain and salt.
- Make the Walnut & Black Bean Chorizo:
Combine all of the ingredients in a food processor and pulse until coarsely chopped. In the same skillet as the potatoes, pan “fry” the chorizo until browned and slightly crispy.
- Prepare the salsa:
Chop and combine your ingredients in a small bowl. Add the lemon juice and season to taste.
- Warm the tortillas:
Heat a dry pan or place them over an open flame.
In the case of a nut allergy, pepitas or sunflower seeds can be used instead of walnuts.
Replace the homemade avocado salsa with any variety you prefer. You can also sub a store-bought salsa.
Instead of potatoes, you could swap rice, cauliflower rice or any other type of grain.
Meal Prep & Storage Tips
Make the Vegan Chorizo:
- Prepare the Walnut & Black Bean Chorizo ahead of time and store until ready to assemble the tacos.
- If possible, store the taco fillings separately from the taco shells or tortillas to prevent them from becoming soggy. You can assemble the tacos when you’re ready to eat.
Use airtight containers for storage:
- You can also line the container with a paper towel or parchment paper to help absorb any excess moisture and maintain crispiness.
What to Serve with Vegan Chorizo & Potato Tacos
Complement your tacos with one or more of the following side dishes:
- Mexican Rice
- Serve fluffy Mexican rice with flavors like tomato, onion, and spices.
- Refried Beans:
- A classic Mexican side dish, refried beans (made vegan, without lard) add protein and creaminess to your meal.
- Mexican Street Corn (Elote):
- Grilled or boiled corn on the cob slathered with a mixture of vegan mayo, chili powder, lime juice, and vegan cheese.
- A refreshing coleslaw with a tangy dressing can provide a crunchy contrast to the tacos.
- Tortilla Chips:
- Serve with tortilla chips and a selection of vegan dips like salsa, guacamole, or vegan queso.
- Grilled Vegetables:
- Grilled bell peppers, zucchini, or mushrooms make for a tasty and healthy side dish.
- Jicama Slaw:
- A crunchy jicama slaw with a citrusy dressing can add a unique and refreshing element to your meal.
- Cilantro Lime Rice:
- A variation of Mexican rice, cilantro lime rice is fragrant and pairs well with tacos.
Vegan chorizo can vary in spiciness depending on the spices used. Some are mild, while others can be quite spicy. Adjust the quantities to your heat level preference.
They can be a healthy choice, especially when using whole-grain tortillas, loading up on vegetables, and opting for minimal oil in the cooking process. They can be a good source of protein, fiber, and various vitamins and minerals.
Toppings can include diced tomatoes, pickled red onions, shredded lettuce or cabbage, sliced avocado or guacamole, vegan cheese, salsa, pickled jalapeños, chopped cilantro, vegan sour cream, and lime wedges.
Yes, you can do so by using gluten-free tortillas or taco shells and ensuring that the vegan chorizo and all other ingredients are gluten-free.
Yes, you can freeze the taco filling for future use. Portion it into airtight containers or freezer bags, label them with the date, and store them in the freezer. Thaw and reheat before using.
You can use other plant-based proteins like tempeh, tofu, seitan, or a mixture of lentils and mushrooms as alternatives to vegan chorizo in your tacos.