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Meatless Meat Taco

Meat Free Recipe

The Whole-istic Person
This is my best Meat-free Monday | Dinner recipe. This is a great meat free alternative that even meat eaters will love.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 4 people
Calories 277.5 kcal


  • Pan
  • Can Opener
  • Spatula/Wooden Sppon
  • Whisk


  • 1 bag Cooked Quina Boil-in-Bag
  • 1 packet 1 packet of Taco Bell Original Taco Seasoning Follow the instructions on the packet. (I add about 1 to 1 ½ cups of water and whisk thoroughly).
  • 2 cans 365 unsalted pinto beans (no salt added)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil optional


  • Follow the instructions on the box for the quinoa and set aside after draining.
  • Drain liquid from both cans of pinto beans, and empty both cans of beans onto the pan.
  • Carefully cut the bag of quinoa to empty its contents on the pan on top of the beans.
  • Whisk the taco seasoning with 1 to 1 ½ cups of water or follow the directions on the packet.
  • Pour seasoning mix onto the beans and quinoa on the pan.
  • Mix ingredients.
  • Turn stove on medium to high heat.
  • Mix all ingredients until the liquid begins to dry to your liking. (I mix it until its drier, because I want it to have more of a meat texture and thicker consistency).
  • Do not leave the stove unattended.


Alternative ideas and combinations:
  • Using different beans such as black beans, mixed beans, or your favorite beans. (I use pinto beans in this recipe).
  • Use romaine lettuce leaves to make a lettuce taco, or taco shells, or corn tortillas, or flour tortillas to make soft tacos or burritos, and also you can just have this with veggies and make a “burrito bowl”, or put the recipe on top of rice, or have it on bread to make a sandwich, the possibilities are endless.
  • Use your favorite taco seasoning mix or use the one I mention in the recipe.
  • Cook your own batch of quinoa, or use the boil-in-a-bag like I do because there are not enough hours in the day for me and I’d probably burn it anyway.
  • The burrito I put together after making it had shredded carrots and red cabbage in it. I literally crave this stuff lately.  
  • I don't like counting calories, I prefer to use a calorie counter to stay balanced with protein, fat, and carbs (Cronometer). I understand that this may be important or necessary for some people so I will include it here for everyone.
  • Calories can be calculated by taking the calories of the whole batch (approx. 1,110 calories) and dividing it by the number of servings (people).
  • For example, at our home with four people it comes out to (approx. 277.5 calories) a person.
  • The box of quinoa comes with 4 bags, but I only used 1, so the cost of using 1 bag would come out to approximately $0.60 (1 box is $2.38 purchased at Walmart).  
  • Each can of 365 Everyday Value Pinto Beans is $0.79, so for two cans, the total equals $1.58 (I get all my canned beans at Whole Foods grocery store).
  • 1 packet of Taco Bell Original Taco Seasoning Mix costs $0.67 at Walmart.
  • The grand total (drum-roll please…) is $2.85!, for one batch of Non-meat-meat. Total grocery bill? $4.63 plus tax, for a batch of Non-meat-meat...
Keyword Meat Alternative, Meat-free, Meat-free Monday