Meat-Free Fridays: Taco Night

For tonight’s edition of Meat-Free Fridays- its taco night! I don’t know anyone who doesn’t love a taco, and when you think about it there are so many different version and all of them are so good. Even the cheap junky ones from Taco Bell. That’s probably what most people immediately associate with the concept of a taco, but there are also fish tacos, tacos de carne asada (steak in a tortilla with a salsa of onions and cilantro), and about a million variations on all of them.

These are our favorite tacos. We always use veggie crumbles for them. For some reason, they come out way better that way than with real meat. You can also use black or refried beans instead if that’s more your style or if you want to save a few bucks. We keep the topping simple with a fresh salsa. The addition of cool, creamy avocado in the salsa is delicious and will keep you from reaching for that sour cream! If you have any of the topping left, throw them on some greens the next day for a great salad!

What’s your favorite taco?

  • 2 plum tomatoes, seeded and diced
  • 1/2 small red onion, diced
  • 1 jalapenio, minced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 haas avocado, cubed
  • juice from 1 lime
  • 3 T chopped cilantro
  • 1 tsp chili oil
  • 1 bag vegetarian “crumbles” (or about 2 cups black or refried beans)
  • 1 packet taco seasoning
  • 1/4 c sharp white cheddar, shredded
  • blue corn taco shells (my favorites are from Garden of Eatin)

In a small, non reactive bowl,  combine first 7 ingredients (through cilantro). combine well and set aside to allow flavors to meld.

Heat chili oil in a large skillet. Add crumbles or beans and taco seasoning. Combine well and cook until hated throughout.

Place a little bit of the “meat” in the bottom of each taco shell. Top with a sprinkle of cheese and allow it to melt a bit. Top that with plenty of fresh salsa and enjoy!


Next week, I want to try something new for my Meat-Free Fridays feature: in addition to my normal post, I want to do a round up! If you have a great, healthy meatless recipe (fish is ok!) that you would like to see included, leave me a comment and post a link to with a note that you are submitting it to Meat-Free Fridays. Deadline is Thursday, April 23.


  1. I like that you used blue corn shells. They just make the colors of the filling pop out. Makes it way more appetizing. Yum-yum!

  2. Never saw blue corn taco shells! So cool!

  3. yeah baby yeah…..

  4. They look so fresh and delicious! I love chicken tacos!

  5. Natasha - 5 Star Foodie says:

    Very delicious and refreshing! Perfect for a warm spring day!

  6. MMMMMMM…Love it! I don’t have a fauvorite because I only eat this 1 or 2 a year!! Now, I want to eat it more,…so, Thanks!

  7. I prefer turkey tacos, but I stick to the pretty traditional flavoring. I’m also a fan of a crockpot shredded beef & black bean taco filling, but I like to put it in a burrito since I find those to be a bit more filling.

    I can’t find my recipe for polenta lasagna, but you pretty much make lasagna with polenta rounds instead of noodles. I love lasagna with chunky vegetables.

  8. Your veggie tacos look delicious. I admit though that my weakness is fish tacos. There’s just nothing better than a couple of those on a summer night with an aqua fresca.

  9. Hi there,
    Thank you! I would now go on this blog every day!
    Have a nice day

  10. I think I need a meat free day too, I have visitors at our place recently and now I need some light meals. I love your veggie combo, gotta try it out.

  11. I am a big fish taco fan but these look incredible. I love your idea of meat-free Fridays too!

  12. you’re gonna be shocked. I’ve never really tried tacos. But I’ve got my eye on a fish taco.

  13. Ha, yeah grapes are good. I haven’t had them in months, since yesterday. :)
    Mmmm, those tacos DO sound really good though!

  14. I have never had any taco shell that color– blue corn taco shells. I’m definitely buying those next time…

    way to bring yummy pizazz to what way too many of us associate as “taco bell” food. Definitely making these next weekend!!

  15. Marisa and Sarah- keep an eye out for the blue shells. I find them in the natural section of my store. They’re a little more money than the regular shells, but they’re sooooo good! I can’t even imagine eating a yellow corn shell since i started eating these.

    Heather -the shredded beef and black bean filling sounds really good!

    Reeni- I don’t think I’ve ever actually has a chicken taco!

    Carolyn and Deb- I love fish tacos too. never make them at home, but we have a local place that makes some pretty nice ones (and they deliver!)

    Janis- thanks for stopping by! I bet these would be the perfect light (and easy!) meal to ‘detox” a little after guests
    Doggie, Natasha, Jen, Sophie, Sophia, Taylor and Bodyc- thanks!

  16. Thanks for the feedback on TJs! I will hopefully make it up there tomorrow, I’m excited! :D

  17. Looks colorful and delicious! I like my tacos with grassfed beef (or bison), lots of organic cheese, sour cream, lettuce, cilantro, onion, and guac… sans the taco shell. :D Found you on tastespotting. Nice blog!

  18. these looks amazing! i want to try them. where do you get the veggie crumbles?

  19. just made these for my wife for her bday, she says they were the best tacos i have ever made! Thanks!! We will be using this recipe for years to come for sure!

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