One of my favorite childhood memories is my mom making me taquitos when I came home from school. Of course, those taquitos were frozen and by no means vegan at all. Since then, I learned not only to ‘veganize’ my favorite foods, but I also make them healthy as well. My oil-free vegan taquitos, made with a variety of fillings can be baked or fried.
Taquitos, also called rolled tacos are traditionally fried, but I bake or air-fry my vegan taquitos. Furthermore, flour or corn tortillas can be used interchangeably for this recipe as well. My mom, for example, used to give us guacamole, salsa, and hot sauce to dip our taquitos.
Regardless of what filling and toppings you choose, vegan taquitos are for a weeknight meal or a snack. And, kids LOVE them!
VEGAN TAQUITOS CAN BE FILLED WITH A VARIETY OF VEGAN GOODIES
For tonight’s taquitos, I decided to fill my taquitos with the lentil taco meat from my Vegan Lentil Tacos recipe. Additionally, I suggest other fillings that taste great in these little 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 seasonings)
- 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 seasonings)
WHAT INGREDIENTS ARE NEEDED FOR LENTIL TACO FILLING?
- Brown, Red, or Green Lentils
- White Onion
- Rotel Fire Roasted Tomatoes with Green Chilies
- Organic Vegetable Broth
- Vegan Taco Seasoning
HOW TO MAKE BAKED 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). Flour tortillas, on the other hand, do not need to be heated before using, as they are more sturdy. Regardless of the filling, I make it ahead of time and use it cool or cold to make it easier to work with.
Unlike a standard taco, vegan taquitos use a small amount of filling, on one side of the tortilla. Then, each taquito is tightly rolled.
As an added fun extra, I brush each taquito with fresh lime juice and sprinkle with chili powder.
- 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
- Takes twice the time as the air-fryer
- Not as crispy as the air-fryer
HOW TO MAKE AIR-FRIED TAQUITOS
Similar to the baked version, the vegan taquitos are rolled and also brushed with lime juice and sprinkled with chili powder. But instead of being placed on a silicone baking mat on a baking sheet, the taquitos are placed in the base of the air-fryer.
BENEFITS TO AIR-FRYING
- Very crispy like a fried taquito
- Takes half the time of an oven
NEGATIVES TO AIR-FRYING
- Can only air-fry 3 to 4 taquitos at a time
Once cooked, I served my vegan taquitos with a salad dressed with 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)
The next time you consider Taco Tuesday, think about making taquitos instead. Not only are they crunchy, vegan taquitos are a fabulous way to get the kids excited about a plant-based meal.
DO YOU LOVE HEALTHY MEXICAN FOOD? CHECK IT OUT!
- Vegan Greek Quesadilla
- 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