Vegan tacos are gluten-free and oil-free. These healthy, 20-minute vegan tacos are so easy to make! They're filled with seasoned pinto beans then topped with a tangy cilantro-lime sauce, diced onion, and fresh cilantro.
Vegan tacos with Spanish rice are always a hit with the family.
So on my recent trip to the supermarket, I grabbed a pack of organic tortilla sliders. I envisioned the cute little tortillas filled with seasoned pinto beans and topped in a creamy sauce.
Well, last week, I was short and time and in need of a quick and easy lunch.
Looking in the fridge I spotted the tortilla sliders and some leftover brown rice. The vegan tacos I had envisioned instantly came to mind!
So, I dug around the pantry and came out with 2 cans of pinto beans and some Mexican-inspired seasonings for the taco filling.
Next, I threw together the sauce by modifying my BBQ Ranch Dressing, and within 20 minutes my family was enjoying these time-saving Vegan Tacos with Cilantro Lime Sauce.
Vegan tacos are topped with a tangy cilantro lime sauce—made from soaked cashews.
How to soak cashews
To quick soak the cashews, start by boiling about a cup of water. Then carefully add the cashews to the boiling water and turn off the heat. It will only take about 10 minutes for the cashews to soften, which is enough time to prep the bean filling.
Once the cashews have softened, drain & rinse them. Then add them to a blender with the remaining sauce ingredients and blend away!
Vegan Tacos with Cilantro Lime Sauce
Let’s talk more about these amazingly quick, yet super delicious vegan tacos.
The tacos are filled with pinto beans and brown rice simmered in veggie broth and seasonings. The tacos are then slathered in a tangy cilantro-lime sauce and topped with diced onion and fresh cilantro.
These 20-minute tacos will have the whole family coming back for more!
Make these vegan tacos a filling meal and serve them alongside Spanish rice and chips and salsa!
Or add vegan tofu crumbles for more protein and a meatier texture.
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- 8-10 corn tortillas
- Fresh cilantro
- Fresh onion, finely diced
Pinto Bean Filling
- 2 (15oz) cans pinto beans, drained and rinsed
- ½ cup rice or grain of choice, precooked/leftover
- 1 cup vegetable broth
- 2 teaspoons onion powder
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- ¾ teaspoon himalayan salt Himalayan pink salt, or to taste
- ¾ teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
- ½ teaspoon paprika
- ½ teaspoon chili powder
- optional: 1 Tablespoon nutritional yeast
- optional: cayenne pepper for added heat
Cilantro Lime Sauce
- ½ cup raw cashews, soaked
- ½ cup fresh cilantro, packed and divided
- ¼ cup freshly squeezed lime juice, about 3 limes
- ¼ cup non-dairy milk
- ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
- ¼ teaspoon maple syrup
Pinto Bean Filling:
- Place the bean filling ingredients into a saucepan. Simmer the bean mix over medium heat for 8-10 min, stirring occasionally.
- While the beans cook, prep the sauce and dice the onion.
- Once most of the liquid in the beans has evaporated, mash a few of them to thicken the filling. Continue cooking over low heat until desired thickness. If they become too dry add a bit more veggie broth, or water.
- Adjust seasonings to taste.
Cilantro Lime Sauce:
- Set aside half of the cilantro.
- Drain and rinse the soaked cashews.
- Place the cashews along with the remaining ingredients into a NutriBullet or equivalent. Blend until the sauce is creamy.
- Add in the cilantro you set aside and pulse the sauce a few more times to break it up. Don’t over blend, you'll want to leave some flecks of cilantro. If needed, add more non-dairy milk to desired consistency. I usually add a bit more for a thinner sauce.
To Assemble Tacos:
- Place a scoop of bean mix on the tortilla. Top with cilantro lime sauce, diced onion and fresh cilantro. Serve alongside chips and salsa or Spanish rice.
- This recipe makes 8-10 regular-sized tacos or about 16 sliders.
- Leftovers make a super quick lunch. Simply reheat the leftover beans in a small pan with about a teaspoon of water to keep them from sticking.
- The filling is also a delicious replacement for the refried beans in my potato tacos.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 16 Serving Size: 2
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 96Total Fat: 3gUnsaturated Fat: 2gSodium: 162mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 2gSugar: 1gProtein: 4g
**Nutritional info is provided as an estimate based on the ingredients I used and for convenience and as a courtesy only.**
Note: This recipe makes 8-10 tacos or about 16 sliders. I’ve found that leftovers make an even quicker lunch. Just reheat the leftover beans in a small pan with about a teaspoon of water to keep them from sticking. The filling is also a delicious replacement for the refried beans in my potato tacos.