Pecan Tacos

Everyone loves tacos! Easily make vegetarian superfood tacos using ground pecans as a nutritious plant-based protein for taco “meat.”

Pecan Tacos

The pecan taco “meat” is made using ground pecans as a nutritious, vegetarian option that’s still full of flavor!


Taco Filling

  • 1 cup raw pecan halves or pieces (or lightly toasted)
  • 1 teaspoon pecan or extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 medium onion, diced (about 1/2 cup)
  • 1 tablespoon coconut aminos (or low sodium tamari)
  • 1 teaspoon cumin*
  • 1 teaspoon oregano*
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder*
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder*
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper*
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne*

To serve (optional)

  • Corn tortillas
  • Shredded green or red cabbage
  • Tomatoes
  • Green onion
  • Cilantro
  • Jalapeños
  • Lime
  • Guacamole

* Use 1 heaping tablespoon of natural taco seasoning mix instead of the cumin, oregano, chili powder, garlic powder, black pepper, and cayenne if you’re in a time crunch.


  1. In a pan over medium heat, add oil, onion, coconut aminos, and spices. Cook about 4 minutes, until onion is translucent.
  2. Add pecans and onion mixture to food processor and pulse until consistency of ground beef, about 8 to 10 pulses.
  3. Use to make tacos with classic ingredients such as corn tortillas, shredded green/red cabbage, tomatoes, green onion, cilantro, jalapeños, lime, and guacamole.

Yield:1 cup taco “meat.”

Nutrition facts: Calories 200 Fat 19g Sat Fat 1.5g Sodium 190mg Carbs 6g Fiber 3g Protein 3g

Submitted by: Dawn Jackson Blatner, RDN

Recipe and photo used with permission from: American Pecan Council