These tasty vegetarian taco bowls are one of our go-to dinners! Each bowl features fluffy yellow rice, a delicious homemade cauliflower walnut taco meat, fresh salsa, guacamole, and veggies!
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These vegetarian taco bowls are filled with all your favorite taco toppings and ready to rock your Taco Tuesday. You can make everything from scratch or utilize your favorite store-bought shortcuts to have these on the table in record time.
Even better? They’re a breeze to prep in advance, making them a rockin’ meal prep item that’s also great for heat and eat lunches that can be enjoyed in just minutes.
meal prep taco bowl tips
We’ll have tacos one night, taco bowls another night, and even some easy cheesy quesadillas or nachos if we’re feeling fancy.
For meal prep taco bowls, I like to store the elements that are best enjoyed warm (the rice, taco filling, and optional cheese) in one container and the cold toppings in another. This way you can heat up one container and then just dump all the chilled toppings on top and dig in!
Feeling Extra? Make an edible tortilla taco bowl!
You can use a handy dandy ruffled Tortilla Pan to make your own edible taco bowls. I have a set of these and they’re amazing.
It’s hands-down one of the most fun foodie gifts I’ve received! and you should totally gift these to all your kitchen-savvy friends. Or just run out and buy one for yourself.
Microwave a large flour tortilla for 10 seconds to soften. Rub or spray with a little bit of your favorite healthy oil and place it in the non-stick tortilla pan shell. Bake at 350 F for 6-10 minutes. Now you have a crispy tortilla to fill with all your favorite taco bowl or taco salad ingredients!
They also work with corn tortillas so feel free to snag a few of those if you’d like to make gluten-free taco bowls. Easy peasy!
special diets and swaps
The ingredient combo below can 100% be used as a basic blueprint for creating your ideal taco bowls. For this vegetarian recipe, I used a tasty cauliflower walnut taco meat as my protein.
If you’re feeling a T-Rex vibe, by all means feel free to use seasoned ground beef, ground turkey, or shredded chicken here.
If you’re paleo, keto, low-carb or following whole30 you can skip the beans/corn and nix the rice in favor of cauliflower rice or, since the veggie taco meat is loaded with riced cauliflower, serve it taco salad style!
As written the recipe is totally vegan, but if you’re vegetarian and craving some cheese, go for it!
Vegetarian Taco Bowls
Vegetarian Taco Bowls
These tasty vegetarian taco bowls are one of our go-to dinners! We start with a bed of fluffy yellow rice topped with a tasty seasoned taco meat (that's totally vegetarian - whoo!) plus fresh pico de gallo, veggies, and more!
Cauliflower Walnut Taco Meat
- 6 oz cauliflower florets or .5 cups riced cauliflower
- 1 cup unsalted walnut pieces
- 1/2 TBSP chili powder
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- 1/4 tsp garlic powder
- 1/4 tsp salt plus extra to taste
- 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper (optional)
- 1 tsp hot sauce
- 1-2 TBSP enchilada sauce or taco sauce
First let's make the faux taco meat! Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
If using cauliflower rice, just set aside 1 + 1/2 cups and pulse your walnuts in a food processor until it resembles fine crumbles. Using florets? Add both walnuts and cauli to the food processor and blend into crumbles together. There's a photo in the blog post for size reference, if needed.
Season cauli-walnut mxiture with chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, salt, and optional cayenne pepper. Mix well and spread on a greased baking sheet in a thin layer. Roast for 30 minutes, stirring at the 15-minute mark for even browning. Once done, add hot sauce enchilada/taco sauce and mix it up.
While your cauliflower mixture roasts, cook the yellow rice via package instructions, approx. 20 minutes.
While everything cooks, prep your veggies and toppings. Once the rice and seasoned cauliflower mixture are ready, layer them both at the bottom of two bowls and top with your choice of toppings. Enjoy!
Feel free to add any extras your heart desires. Chopped avocado works just as great as guac, sour cream for a tasty + tangy topping, lime wedges for an added burst of citrus, etc... Have fun with it!
Don't forget to check out the blog post for tips on making edible taco bowls, extra toppings and swaps, plus some awesome meal prep tips for this recipe!
Cauliflower taco meat adapted from Pinch of Yum
If you get a chance to try this taco bowl recipe, let me know! Leave some love in the comment form below or tag your photos with @peasandcrayons on Instagram so I can happy dance over your creation! I can’t wait to see what you whip up!
more taco night favorites
If you’re a fan of seafood you have goooooot to try my Spicy Sriracha Shrimp Tacos with Cilantro Lime Slaw <– they’re one of the most popular recipes on my blog!
You can also get your vegan on with some tasty Roasted Cauliflower Tacos. I absolutely LOVE these!