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Vegetarian Quinoa Taco Meat Tostadas recipe

Vegetarian Quinoa Taco Meat Tostadas

This Vegetarian Quinoa Taco Meat Tostadas recipe is a quick and simple meat-free weeknight main entree. The quinoa taco meat is must-try for any vegetarian! / Quinoa Taco Meat adapted from Minimalist Baker.
Course Main
Cuisine Vegetarian
Servings 6 servings
Calories 201 kcal
Author Shelly Westerhausen


  • 1/2 package of Tostadas (about 10)

For the quinoa meat:

  • 2 cups salted water
  • 1 cup white quinoa , rinsed well
  • 1/2 cup chunky tomato-based salsa
  • 1 Tbsp nutritional yeast , optional (I've made it with when I have it on hand and without when I don't and it always turns out delicious)
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • Dash of salt and pepper

For the sauteed veggies:

  • 1 yellow bell pepper , sliced into strips
  • 1 red bell pepper , sliced into strips
  • 1/2 cup frozen corn
  • 1 red onion , cut into large chunks
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • Dash of salt / pepper

Other topping ideas:

  • Lettuce
  • Sour cream (omit if wanting to keep vegan)
  • Sliced avocado
  • Sliced tomatoes
  • Salsa
  • Cilantro
  • Pickled jalapenos
  • Lime juice
  • Hot sauce


  1. Bring 2 cups of salted water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Once boiling, add quinoa and reduce to a simmer. Cover and let simmer for 15 minutes. Remove from heat and let sit, covered for an additional 10 minutes or until most of the liquid is absorbed.
  2. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 375 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a mixing bowl, combine 1/2 cup salsa, nutritional yeast (if using), olive oil, cumin, chili powder, paprika, oregano, and a dash of salt and pepper.
  3. Once the quinoa has sat, fluff with a fork and transfer to mixing bowl. Fold until the quinoa is completed coated with the salsa mixture and transfer to prepared baking sheet. Spread out into an level layer on the baking sheet to ensure even baking.
  4. Bake for 25 to 35 minutes (time varies so much because different salsas will have different amounts of water content), stirring halfway through, or until most of the quinoa has browned.
  5. Remove from heat and serve warm.
  6. Meanwhile, heat 1 Tbsp olive oil in a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add in bell pepper, onion strips, corn, and a dash of salt and saute until slightly softened, about 7 to 10 minutes (I like mine still slightly crunchy but saute for longer if you prefer them softer).
  7. To serve: Top tostadas with quinoa taco meat, sauteed vegetables, and any toppings from the list above you'd prefer.
Nutrition Facts
Vegetarian Quinoa Taco Meat Tostadas
Amount Per Serving
Calories 201 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 186mg8%
Potassium 434mg12%
Carbohydrates 29g10%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 1205IU24%
Vitamin C 64.5mg78%
Calcium 38mg4%
Iron 2.5mg14%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.