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Potato Taco Recipe | Vegan

Delicious, healthy baked potatoes stuffed and seasoned with your favorite taco toppings! It’s time for a fiesta with this potato taco recipe!

vegan potato taco on white plate with beans, vegan cheese, and sour cream

These fiesta potatoes really are so versatile. Endless topping possibilities and vegan potato taco style is most definitely a favorite for us.

What you’ll love about these potato tacos is that they’re…

  • Wonderfully versatile
  • Hearty & filling
  • Full of flavor
  • Packed with healthy ingredients
  • Fresh
  • Crowd pleasers

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overhead shot of two vegan stuffed baked potatoes

How to make potato tacos

A full list of ingredients, measurements, instructions, and a print button can be found in the recipe card at the bottom of the page.

You’ll want to begin by washing and baking your potatoes. I like to wrap mine in parchment paper and foil and then bake them in the oven at 400°F for approximately 1 hour, depending on the size of the potato.

whole yellow potatoes on wooden board

Another quicker option is to microwave the potatoes on high for around 5-6 minutes, again depending on the size of the potato. You’ll want to poke a few holes in the potatoes and wrap them in a damp paper towel before cooking so there won’t be an explosion in your microwave.

While the potatoes are cooking, go ahead and prepare the taco bean filling.

How to make the taco filling for potatoes

Begin by making the taco flavored beans. This is another great versatile part of the recipe because you can really use any type of bean you like best.

Taco-flavored beans mixture

I tend to make a blend of black beans and red kidney beans. Sometimes I also like to add pintos. Make your own fresh beans in an Instant Pot or buy canned.

beans in colander

If using canned beans, I always recommend dumping them in a colander and rinsing to remove some of the salt and preservatives.

Add the cooked beans, fire-roasted tomatoes, bulgur (if using), and taco seasoning to a microwavable bowl or pot and heat until warm.

What is bulgur?

Bulgur used in this recipe is a whole wheat grain that is cooked exactly like rice in about 15 minutes. (Follow package directions).

cooked bulgur in stainless pot with spoon

I like to make a big batch of it and store in the freezer to use in recipes like tacos, stews, chili beans, etc. because bulgur adds a ground beef texture and soaks up the flavors of the dish you’re preparing.

clear mixing bowl with beans, bulgur, salsa, taco seasoning

Normally, I have my bulgur already cooked and stored in the freezer for recipes like this, but it is super easy to add uncooked bulgur if you prefer.

Simply add the uncooked bulgur to the mixture of beans, fire-roasted tomatoes, and taco seasoning. There will already be some liquid from the fire-roasted tomatoes, but you’ll need to mix in an extra 1/2 cup of water and allow it to heat on the stovetop or microwave until the bulgur is cooked.

bean bulgur taco mixture with taco shells in background

While this is heating up or cooking (if using raw bulgur), go ahead and chop up the veggies you want to use. I love to include lettuce, tomato, onions, and cilantro.

diced veggies

I am often asked what knives I use and recommend for cooking, and my favorite brand is Victorinox Swiss Army Cutlery. Yes, that’s the same company that makes the Swiss Army Knife. These knives come with a lifetime guarantee and are very reasonably priced. I absolutely love mine.

Stuffing a potato taco

Once everything is ready, it’s time to slice and stuff those potatoes.

Best way to cut open a baked potato

An old friend of mine used to work at a restaurant when she was a teenager, and she showed me years ago the best way to soften a potato when you are about to load it up. Simply cut baked potatoes open and press on sides like this.

baked potato being sliced and opened

Press a little firmer and it breaks up the potato flesh inside to create a softer bed for a toppings landing.

persons hand wrapped around sliced baked potato

Next, begin stuffing the potatoes with the taco bean mix and other fixings.

Delicious, healthy baked potatoes can be stuffed and seasoned with your favorite taco toppings like salsa, vegan sour cream, green chives, and Cheese’ Sauce! It’s time for a fiesta!

baked potato on brown paper stuffed with vegan cheese, sour cream, and veggies

Check out the video below to see me demonstrating how easy it is to make this tofu sour cream and serve it on our taco potatoes while we were on vacation recently at a lake house.

*Original publish date April 2016.

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Yield: 5
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

Delicious, healthy baked potatoes stuffed and seasoned with your favorite taco toppings! It's time for a fiesta!

Ingredients

Bean/Bulgur/Taco Mix

  • 1/2 cup cooked bulgur
  • 4.5 cups cooked beans, any variety, or 3- 15 oz cans
  • 1/4 cup dry taco seasoning, (purchased or homemade)
  • 1 15 oz can fire roasted tomatoes, diced
  • pinch cayenne pepper, (optional)

Vegan Cheese Sauce

  • 1 cup potatoes, peeled & diced
  • 1/4 cup carrots, diced
  • 1/4 cup onions, sliced
  • 1 cup broth from veggies
  • 1/2 cup raw cashews, unsoaked, (or 1/2 cup white beans)
  • 4 Tbsp nutritional yeast flakes
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • pinch cayenne pepper

Baked Potatoes

  • 5-6 large baked potatoes
  • 1/2 cup diced onion, for topping (optional)
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, for topping (optional)

Instructions

Baking Potatoes

  1. You’ll want to begin by washing and baking your potatoes. I like to wrap mine in parchment paper and foil and then bake them in the oven at 400°F for approximately 1 hour, depending on the size of the potato.
  2. Another quicker option is to microwave the potatoes on high for around 5-6 minutes, again depending on the size of the potato. You’ll want to poke a few holes in the potatoes and wrap them in a damp paper towel before cooking so there won’t be an explosion in your microwave.
  3. While the potatoes are cooking, go ahead and prepare the taco bean filling.

Bean/Bulgur/Taco Mix

  1. Begin by making the taco flavored beans. This is another great versatile part of the recipe because you can really use any type of bean you like best.
  2. I tend to make a blend of black beans and red kidney beans. Sometimes I also like to add pintos. Make your own fresh beans in an Instant Pot or buy canned.
  3. If using canned beans, I always recommend dumping them in a colander and rinsing to remove some of the salt and preservatives.
  4. Add the cooked beans, fire-roasted tomatoes, bulgur (if using), and taco seasoning to a microwavable bowl or pot and heat until warm.
  5. Normally, I have my bulgur already cooked and stored in the freezer for recipes like this, but it is super easy to add uncooked bulgur if you prefer.
  6. Simply add the uncooked bulgur to the mixture of beans, fire-roasted tomatoes, and taco seasoning. There will already be some liquid from the fire-roasted tomatoes, but you’ll need to mix in an extra 1/2 cup of water and allow it to heat on the stovetop or microwave until the bulgur is cooked.
  7. While this is heating up or cooking (if using raw bulgur), go ahead and chop up the veggies you want to use. I love to include lettuce, tomato, onions, and cilantro. Once everything is ready, it’s time to slice and stuff those potatoes.
  8. Delicious, healthy baked potatoes can be stuffed and seasoned with your favorite taco toppings like salsavegan sour cream, green chives, and Cheese’ Sauce! It’s time for a fiesta!

Vegan Cheese Sauce

  1. In a medium pot, bring about 3 cups of water to a boil. Place potatoes, carrots, and onion in the pot and allow to cook until veggies are tender approximately 15 minutes. Cooking time will vary based on how small the veggies are diced.
  2. When veggies are tender, drain and place them in a blender. NOTE: reserve 1 cup of the broth, and add to blender. Add all the remaining ingredients, and blend until smooth.
  3. Now you are ready to load your taco potato. Cut baked potatoes open and press on sides like this.
  4. Push the sides in a little bit to widen and soften them.
  5. Add spoonfuls of the bean/bulgur/taco mixture. Next, drizzle the cheese sauce over the top. Other toppings we enjoy are vegan sour cream, salsa (bought or my recipe link below), fresh cilantro, and diced green onions. Serve immediately.

Notes

 Detailed instructions, in-process photos, and my personal helpful tips can be found in the article above.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 115Total Fat: 4gFiber: 5gProtein: 6.2g

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Mairby

Wednesday 26th of August 2020

Love your cheese sauce. I like the white beans. I am not much of nut eatter. I actually blended the Bean Bulgur Taco Mix and it looked like refried beans. Glad I only did a little to see how it would taste.

Terri Edwards

Wednesday 26th of August 2020

Hi Mairby- I'm so glad that you love the cheese sauce with beans!

Dawn

Thursday 12th of July 2018

Always looking for new potato recipes. Love this!

Shannon Martin

Saturday 7th of April 2018

We had this for dinner today and WOW! So wonderful. We really enjoyed the cheese sauce that went over it too. Thank you for this recipe. It's a keeper!

EatPlant-Based.com

Saturday 7th of April 2018

Awesome! The 'cheese' sauce is a favorite at our house too. It's good on so many things--baked potatoes, steamed broccoli, veggie pizza, nachos, and so much more!

kim

Monday 25th of September 2017

delicious!

Lee Fevig

Thursday 16th of March 2017

This was delicious! I served it to my husband (who has been wonderfully supportive and open to trying all the vegan recipes I'm testing), my daughter (who has been skeptical and teases me about my new vegetarian/semi vegan lifestyle), and my 6 year old grandson. Everyone loved it! My picky daughter said "Wow Mom, I'm impressed. This is actually good. I'd eat this again anytime."

I agree with the previous comments as well. The bulgar/bean filling will be great for other recipes/quick lunches, the "cheese" recipe will be wonderful for pasta, etc. Maybe a broccoli and "cheese" soup? I didn't know anything about bulgar before, so I'm glad to have found out about it.

This is the first recipe I'm printing for a recipe binder I'm going to put together. Thanks!

EatPlant-Based.com

Thursday 16th of March 2017

Lee, that's fabulous to hear! I do have a great Broccoli Cheddar Soup recipe made with the 'cheese' sauce that you might like as well--link included. Wishing you the best of health! https://eatplant-based.com/recipe/vegan-cheddar-broccoli-soup/