I was a vegetarian before I entered high school. I also grew up in a farming town with a family who ate meat as the centerpiece of every plate. They to this day get confused or don’t know what to cook for vegetarians.

Just because I don’t eat meat doesn’t mean I don’t like food. Becoming vegetarian helped open up the things I was willing to try drastically. But one classic staple that is easy to switch up is tacos. A simple dinner or a feast of flavours there’s something everyone will enjoy.

picture of vegetarian tacos being made through a phone screen

Quinoa Taco Stuffing

Easy and full of flavour, this is a great substitute to whip up if you only have one vegetarian and a bunch of omnivores at a dinner party. The the crunch and flavours will be similar in your vegetarian and non-veg tacos. This also works wonderfully if you want to make vegetarian taco salad.

By The Minimalist Baker

Mushroom Tacos

A classic vegetarian non-meet substitution is mushrooms. There are so many varieties of mushroom tacos, so find one with flavours that you like and make sure it has cabbage in it.

Asian Inspired Flavours Recipe by Well Plated

Mushroom ‘Carnitas’ by Gimme Some Oven

Cauliflower Tacos

A relatively newer protein substitute in the vegetarian cuisine scene, cauliflower is great because it can take on so much flavour and be roasted, breaded, or fried. This is a great option for making vegetarian tacos if you want to keep costs low and make a variety of filling flavours.

Cauliflower Tinga Tacos by Half Baked Harvest

Simple Cauliflower Tacos by The Modern Proper

Tacos with Beans or Legumes

Beans and legumes are the go-to for protein substitutes in all cuisines around the world. Black beans are used in a lot of Central American cooking, but chickpeas and Navy beans also high in protein.

Beans and rice together are a complete protein, so make some good dirty rice filling, or make a creamy black bean and sweet potato taco filling.

Black Bean and Sweet Potato Tacos By Food With Feeling

Vegetarian Black Bean Tacos by Isabel Eats

Crispy Chickpea Tacos by Nourish and Fete

Lentil Walnut Taco “Meat” by Lettuce Veg Out

What’s your favourite vegetarian taco recipe? I would have to say cauliflower is my go to when entertaining because for the familiar texture and it’s ability to take so many different flavours. Let me know in the comments below!

vegetarian taco array served on wood platter