A simple, delicious recipe for Vegan Chorizo made with walnuts, lentils, and Mexican spices that can be used as a meat substitute in tacos, tostadas, quesadillas, and burritos, burrito bowls, nachos or breakfast bowls. Make it ahead and keep it in the fridge for busy weeknights! 

Smoky, savory, spicy Vegan Chorizo made with walnuts and lentils and Mexican Spices- a tasty plant-based alternative to chorizo to use in tacos, tostadas, quesadillas, burritos, burrito bowls, nachos or breakfast bowls. Make it ahead and keep it in the fridge for busy weeknights! 

Smoky, savory, toasty and nutty,  this Vegan Chorizo is a delicious way to add the flavor of Mexican Chorizo to your dishes without the meat! This vegan chorizo can be made in literally 10 minutes!  The walnuts give this an earthy meaty flavor, great texture, delicious depth and a lovely richness.

TIP: For a quick low-carb version, double the walnuts and skip the lentils.

Ingredients in Vegan Chorizo

  •  walnuts (or pecans)
  •  cooked lentils (or cooked black beans, or use more walnuts for a low-carb version)
  •  kosher salt
  •  granulated garlic powder ( or garlic clove)
  •  cumin
  •  coriander
  •  smoked paprika
  •  chili powder
  •  dried oregano (or thyme)
  •  ground chipotle (or sub cayenne), more to taste
  •  cinnamon
  •  tomato paste

How to make Vegan Chorizo

Ingredients in Vegan Chorizo

Step 1: Place ingredients in a food processor and pulse. 

blended ingredients

Pulse until combined but not overly smooth.

Cook the vegan chorizo in a skillet

Step 2: Brown the vegan chorizo in a greased skillet until nutty and fragrant. 

Smoky, savory, spicy Vegan Chorizo made with walnuts and lentils and Mexican Spices- a tasty plant-based alternative to chorizo to use in tacos, tostadas, quesadillas, burritos, burrito bowls, nachos or breakfast bowls. Make it ahead and keep it in the fridge for busy weeknights! 

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Ways to use Vegan Chorizo

Smoky, savory, spicy Vegan Chorizo made with walnuts and lentils and Mexican Spices- a tasty plant-based alternative to chorizo to use in tacos, tostadas, quesadillas, burritos, burrito bowls, nachos or breakfast bowls. Make it ahead and keep it in the fridge for busy weeknights! 

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Smoky, savory, spicy Vegan Chorizo made with walnuts and lentils and Mexican Spices- a tasty plant-based alternative to chorizo to use in tacos, tostadas, quesadillas, burritos, burrito bowls, nachos or breakfast bowls. Make it ahead and keep it in the fridge for busy weeknights! 

Vegan Chorizo

  • Author: Sylvia Fountaine | Feasting at Home
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 5
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 2 cups 1x
  • Category: Plant-based
  • Method: blended
  • Cuisine: Mexican
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

Smoky, savory, spicy Vegan Chorizo made with walnuts and lentils and Mexican Spices- a tasty plant-based alternative to chorizo to use in tacos, tostadas, quesadillas, burritos, burrito bowls, nachos or breakfast bowls. Make it ahead and keep it in the fridge for busy weeknights!


Ingredients

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Instructions

  1. Place walnuts, lentils,  spices, salt, tomato paste and water in a food processor and pulse until combined, but not over smooth- a little texture is good.
  2. Taste, adjust salt and heat.
  3. If using the vegan chorizo as a taco or tostada filling, heat it up in a greased skillet, and if it gets overly dry, feel free to add another tablespoon or two of water so it doesn’t dry out in the pan, or another drizzle of olive oil.
  4. Sometimes I’ll saute a little onion or shallot in a skillet with olive oil until fragrant, then add the chorizo, for even more flavor.

Notes

Vegan Chorizo will keep 3-4 days in the fridge or can be frozen.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: ¼ cup
  • Calories: 134
  • Sugar: 1.2 g
  • Sodium: 188.3 mg
  • Fat: 9.9 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0.9 g
  • Carbohydrates: 8.8 g
  • Fiber: 3.6 g
  • Protein: 4.9 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

Keywords: vegan chorizo, walnut chorizo, lentil chorizo, vegan chorizo recipe, vegan ground meat, vegan ground meat recipe,

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    1. Hi Annie- yes, you can use all walnuts, and black beans too (a little mashed up). Mushrooms also- maybe chop them up finely and cook long enough, so all the liquid cooks out of them.

  1. Super easy, super delicious 😋. Made a double batch with black beans, used for tacos and breakfast hash.

  2. I’ve made this chorizo with walnuts, and it is mind-blowing good! Meat eaters will never know it’s not meat. The flavor is unbeatable. You have to try it!

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Chef and author of the whole-foods recipe blog, Feasting at Home, Sylvia Fountaine is a former restaurant owner and caterer turned full-time food blogger. She currently lives in the Pacific Northwest and shares seasonal, healthy recipes along with tips and tricks from her home kitchen.

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