Easy Vegan Taco Meat Recipe

Vegan Taco Meat – Quick Easy Recipe with Next Level Hack!!

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I’ve perfected vegan taco meat! Seriously, if you’ve gone vegan but have a craving for beefy tacos, then this recipe is for you!

I grew up in Texas. Which means I ate my fair share of Tex-mex. So, when I went vegan, I had to make sure my taco cravings were covered.

Taco meat is something I haven’t had in years. Especially, proper taco meat. Because, before I went vegan I was living in NYC and they simply don’t have the kind of Mexican food I’m used to.

So, when I found Next Level Hack and created my vegan taco meat recipe with it, I was thrilled. It’s a perfect substitute, especially considering no one was hurt to make it.

Next Level Hack – The Perfect Vegan Taco Meat Base

Easy Vegan Taco Meat Recipe

I’ve been making this recipe with tofu, but recently discovered a mince meat product that a German grocery chain, makes. It’s taken my tacos to the next level. Funny enough, the product is called Next Level Hack and it’s available at Lidl stores. 

This product is scarily similar to ground beef, or mince as they call it here in Europe. It’s made from vegetables, pea protein, soy protein, and wheat protein. It looks very much like miced meat with a slightly more pale color. The texture of the raw mince is more firm that the “real” deal, but once cooked it’s very convincing…as far as I can remember anyway.

Plus, as an added bonus the package is 100% recyclable and climate neutral.

It’s perfect for tacos, burritos, enchiladas, beefy quesadillas, nachos and any other Mexican concoction you can imagine.

Everyone Loves This Vegan Taco Meat

Easy Vegan Taco Meat Recipe

I recently brought this taco meat to a garden party for a friend’s birthday celebration. Three vegans…four non-vegans. As is typical, the non-vegans wanted to sample the vegan meat. Luckily, they were polite enough to wait until we had finished eating our fill.

The verdict? Vegans and omnivores alike gave this mixture two thumbs up!

Vegan Taco Meat – Substitute the Mince

Now, while I love this new discovery I do also love making this recipe with firm tofu. It’s actually how I’ve been making it for around a year now and it’s a staple in my weekly dinner rotation. In fact, it’s probably my boyfriend’s favorite dish I make. 

So, if you can’t get your hands on Lidl’s Next Level Hack or some other form of vegan minced meat you can absolutely use extra firm tofu or even tempeh and still have a delicious vegan taco meat.

Is This Recipe Really Fast?

Easy Vegan Taco Meat Recipe - INSANELY Delicious by Using Lidl Next Level Hack Vegan Mince!
Watch this video on YouTube.

But don’t worry! Just because these tacos are incredible, doesn’t mean they take forever to make. You can have tasty vegan taco meat in under 30 minutes! Just watch the above video and you can see for yourself.

Seriously…it’s that fast!

So, without further ado…here’s is my Vegan Taco Meat Recipe!

Vegan Taco Meat – Quick and Easy Recipe with Lidl Vegan Hack

Vegan Taco Meat

This vegan taco meat will please even the biggest taco fan! It's full of flavor, extra meaty, and absolutely delicious!
Prep Time7 mins
Cook Time23 mins
Total Time28 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican, Tex-mex
Keyword: Vegan Taco Meat
Servings: 10 tacos
Author: Randi Delano, Creator and Owner, Veggie Visa


  • Large skillet or saute pan
  • Large Wooden Spoon
  • Knife
  • Cutting Board
  • Measuring spoons
  • Measuring Cup


  • 275 grams Lidl Next Level Hack Vegan Meat Can use any vegan minced meat or extra firm tofu
  • 1 Onion
  • 1 Red, Yellow, or Orange Bell Pepper
  • 2-3 Garlic Cloves
  • 3 Tablespoons Mexican Chili Powder
  • 1/2 Tablespoon Smokey Paprika preferably Spanish but any will do
  • 1/2 Tablespoon Nutritional Yeast
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cumin
  • 1/2 Tablespoon Oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • 1-1.5 Cups Water
  • 1-2 Tablespoons Canola Oil


  • Peel and chop onion into small dice.
    Cut in half, core, de-seed, and chop bell pepper into small dice.
    Smash, peel, and chop garlic cloves into small dice.
  • Heat a large skillet on medium high heat until hot and add 1-2 tablespoons of canola, rapeseed, or any neutral flavored oil that has a high smoke point to the pan and heat.
  • Once the oil is hot (but not smoking) add the vegetables. Stir, add a few pinches of salt.
    Cover and cook on low for about 5 minutes or until the onions are translucent.
  • Remove lid, stir, and push vegetables to one side.
    Crumble vegan mince meat into the pan. Break into small pieces with a fork.
    Season with a pinch or two of salt and a few turns of pepper. Stir.
    Add the lid and cook for about five minutes just until the mince begins to brown.
  • Remove the lid and stir.
    Add all of the dry spices, and a pinch of salt and pepper, and stir the mixture.
    Add water and scrape any bits that are stuck to the bottom of the pan.
    Cover and cook on medium low heat with the lid on for 3-4 minutes.
  • Remove the lid and cook at a slow boil until most of the liquid has evaporated. You may need to turn the heat down to low depending on how strong your stovetop is.



Enjoy this taco meat on corn tortillas or flour tortillas. Top with lettuce, tomato, guacamole, hot sauce, radishes, or whatever your heart's desire.
About the Author

Randi Delano, Creator and Owner, Veggie Visa

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Randi is the creator and owner of the vegan travel and lifestyle website Veggie Visa, and the co-creator and owner of the travel website Just a Pack. She's vegan, loves to cook, do yoga, and workout. She is happiest when laying on a beach in a foreign country. Her favorite ice cream flavor is salted caramel, she love cows, goats, bees, and cacti. Her written work has been featured in publications like Marie Claire, XOJane, and A Women’s Thing. Randi also has a background in marketing, culinary arts, and is a Certified Health Coach.

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Quick and easy VEGAN TACO MEAT RECIPE & VIDEO using Lidl's Next Level Hack vegan mince meat! This recipe won't have you standing at the stove for hours, but it will result in a vegan taco meat that tastes like you spent all evening making it!

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