Superfood Pecan Tacos

Superfood Pecan Tacos

Submitted by: Dawn Jackson Blatner, RDN

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


  • 1 cup raw pecan 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


  1. In a pan over medium heat, add oil, onion, coconut aminos, and spices. Cook about 4 minutes, until onion is translucent.
  2. Add pecan pieces and onion mixture to food processor and pulse until consistency of ground beef, about 8 to 10 pulses. Makes 1 cup taco “meat.”
  3. To serve: Heat taco “meat,” if desired. Then use to make tacos with classic ingredients such as corn tortillas, shredded green/red cabbage, tomatoes, green onion, cilantro, jalapeños, lime, and guacamole. Serve immediately.

*Recipe notes: 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.

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