One of my favorite childhood memories is my mom making taquitos when I arrived home from school. But, of course, those taquitos were frozen and by no means vegan. Since then, I learned how to 'veganize' my favorite foods, but vegan taquitos taste much better than I remember. My oil-free vegan taquitos are baked or air-fried with various filling options.
Taquitos, also called rolled tacos, are traditionally fried, but I bake or air-fry my vegan taquitos.
My mom, for example, used to give us guacamole, salsa, and hot sauce to dip our taquitos.
Regardless of what fillings and toppings are chosen, vegan taquitos make a great snack, lunch, or dinner. And, kids LOVE them!
Vegan Taquito Fillings
I decided to fill my taquitos with the lentil taco meat from my Vegan Lentil Tacos recipe for tonight's taquitos. Additionally, I suggest other filling options that taste great in these tiny rolled tacos.
OTHER POSSIBLE TAQUITO FILLINGS (CHOOSE YOUR VEGAN FILLING)
- Potato Tacos (a filling made of potatoes, seasonings, onions, and jalapenos)
- Walnut Meat Tacos (a filing made from raw walnuts, sun-dried tomatoes, and herbs)
- Tofu Tacos (grilled taco flavored tofu)
- Tempeh Tacos (grilled tempeh marinated in a southwest marinade)
- Mushroom Chorizo Tacos (a combination of mushrooms, walnuts, and seasonings)
- Roasted Cauliflower Tacos with Avocado-Cilantro Cream (roasted cauliflower and herbs)
How to make vegan lentil taco filling for vegan taquitos
- Brown, Red, or Green Lentils
- White Onion
- Rotel Fire Roasted Tomatoes with Green Chilies
- Organic Vegetable Broth
- Vegan Taco Seasoning
How to bake taquitos
First, choose the type of tortilla. If using corn tortillas, heat them in a pan or microwave before filling to make them more pliable (so they don't break).
On the other hand, flour tortillas don't need heating before use because of their sturdiness. However, since the taquitos require hand rolling, allow the chosen filling to cool before handling.
Unlike a standard taco, vegan taquitos use a small amount of filling on one side of the tortilla. Then, roll each taquito tightly.
I brush each taquito with fresh lime juice and sprinkle it with chili powder as an added fun extra.
- Use a silicone baking mat or parchment paper on a baking sheet
- Bake at 400 degrees
- Cook for 20 minutes until crisp
BENEFITS TO BAKING
- Can bake several taquitos at one time
NEGATIVES TO BAKING
- It takes twice the time as the air-fryer
- Not as crispy as the air-fryer
How to make air-fried taquitos
The vegan taquitos are rolled, brushed with lime juice, and sprinkled with chili powder like the baked version. However, instead of placing on a silicone baking, place a single layer of taquitos in the base of the air fryer.
BENEFITS TO AIR-FRYING
- Very crispy like a fried taquito
- It takes half the time of an oven
NEGATIVES TO AIR-FRYING
- Can only air-fry 3 to 4 taquitos at a time
What to serve with vegan taquitos
Once cooked, serve the vegan taquitos with a salad dressed in Vegan Southwest Dressing, homemade guacamole, jalapeños, and lime wedges.
OTHER POPULAR TOPPINGS FOR VEGAN TAQUITOS
- Sour Cream (vegan)
- Fruit Salsa Recipe
- Tomatillo Salsa
- Nacho Cheese Sauce(vegan)
- Southwest Dressing (vegan)
So, the next time you consider Taco Tuesday, think about making taquitos instead of tacos. Not only are vegan taquitos crunchy, but they also taste fabulous. When planning a meal for the family, kids love vegan taquitos,
Do you love vegan Mexican food? Try these healthy recipes!
- Vegan Enchiladas
- Green Plant-Based Potato and Kale Enchiladas
- Mexican Lasagna
- Mexican Corn Salad
- Southwest Salad
- Vegan Taco Salad
- Vegan 7 Layer Taco Dip
- Chili Cheese Dip
- Vegan Tortilla Soup
- Cinnamon Tortilla Chips
Hi! My name is Kathy, I am a retired high school English teacher & vegan enthusiast and blogger. My entire blog is fully plant-based vegan. I truly believe what we eat & how we live determines our health & the preservation of our planet! 🙂