Celebrate Taco Tuesday With These Vegan Eggplant Tacos

July 14, 2015
by Merce Muse for Thrive Market
Celebrate Taco Tuesday With These Vegan Eggplant Tacos

Full of bold, smoky flavors, the make-at-home meat substitute at the heart of this taco recipe comes together quickly from kitchen staples you probably already have in your pantry. To make these tacos raw, skip toasting the eggplant. 

Raw Vegan Eggplant Tacos

Yield: 20 mini tacos
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Walnut Taco Filling
1 cup walnuts
3/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes, soaked in boiling water 10 minutes
1 tablespoon coconut aminos
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
Pinch cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon salt

1 to 2 large eggplants rounds
1/2 red cabbage, thinly sliced
Juice of 2 limes
Salt, to taste
1 avocado, thinly sliced
Cilantro, to garnish

Place walnuts, sun-dried tomatoes, coconut aminos, vinegar, spices, and salt in the bowl of a food processor and process until roughly combined and resembles the texture of ground meat, adding in a little water if necessary.

Slice eggplants into 1/4-inch sized rounds. Heat a skillet over medium-high heat. Working in batches, place sliced eggplant in dry skillet, and toast 30 seconds to 1 minute each side, so that the eggplant softens slightly and becomes golden brown in color.

In a small bowl, toss together cabbage with lime juice and salt.

To assemble tacos, top toasted eggplant with desired amount of walnut filling, red cabbage, and avocado. Garnish with cilantro leaves.

Photo credit: Paul Delmont

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  • Olivia Lane

    Just made these. The walnut filling is delicious and unique. I cut the salt in half and could've probably done with even less since the sun-dried tomatoes plenty salty. We couldn't find eggplants as large as those you uses, so we had more like mini tapas tacos. I put plain unsweetened coconut yogurt on top as sour cream substitute. Overall, both my husband (who is not into raw food) and I enjoyed these. Thanks for the easy and healthy recipe, Merce!

  • Ennui

    This is one of the most creative ideas I've seen in quite a while. Eggplant instead of a tortilla--cool!