Need a quick and easy vegan recipe? These vegan tacos with guacamole hummus are sure to make you happy! Even non vegans can get on board with this vegan taco tip to make tacos with mushrooms or beans.
While we aren’t vegans, we eat a lot of vegan meals. We do this for two reasons: 1. I’m still dairy free from nursing Robert who has a dairy intolerance and 2. beans and mushrooms are much cheaper than meat.
The Hesitant Vegan
At first, I was hesitant to eat Mexican food without cheese. I can remember not wanting to even try tacos for the longest time. One day I was really craving some Mexican spice and I decided to give it a try. That night, Tom had some cheese on his tacos and I didn’t have any. I remember being sad at the time. Fast forward 10 months and I don’t miss it too much. It helps that I don’t buy cheese for Tom anymore so he has to be dairy free at dinner time too. As a bonus, not buying cheese has saved us quite a bit of money. You don’t realize how much cheese costs until you stop buying it every week.
For the longest time I was using ground turkey for all of our Mexican meals such as tacos, burritos and taco soup. When Tom and I hit our lowest financial point after I quit my job, we had to cut out meat for a couple of weeks and found that beans and mushrooms make a perfect sub for meat. While these do have less protein than meat, we find that when we pair them with other foods we are able to get a complete protein. I try hard to pair foods correctly in order to get all of our amino acids when we aren’t eating meat.
How to use beans and mushrooms as a sub for taco meat
Start out with pre-cooked beans or mushrooms. Any bean works, we tend to use either black beans or lentil, or a mixture of the two.
Cook them in the skillet with taco seasoning just like you would cook ground meat. Most pre-packaged taco seasonings instruct you to add water with the seasoning and bring to a boil, then reduce to simmer.
I love being able to serve tacos on a budget. I recently started serving them with this delicious guacamole hummus. Not only is this flavorful, but it is so easy. Robert absolutely loved it too!
- one avocado- peeled and pitted
- 8 oz. of cooked or canned chickpeas
- 2 tbsp. tahini
- 1/4 C. olive oil
- 1 clove of garlic- crushed
- Put all the ingredients into a food processor and process until smooth.