These are the best vegan taquitos ever! The base is made of beans and veggies mixed with spices and two secret ingredients that up the flavor.
This recipe is the perfect combo of healthy food that gives a junk food feel but without the actual junk! I love to make extra and freeze them for busy nights.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Mi Rancho. The opinions and text are all mine.
This post was originally published on September 9, 2019.
These vegan taquitos pair amazing with homemade guacamole, fresh Mexican salsa and my incredible vegan cheese sauce!
My husband lovingly refers to these vegetable taquitos as Jack in the Box tacos without the crappy feeling after eating them. I take that as a solid win!
By using only the best plant-based ingredients and skipping the frying you can create the most delicious rolled tacos that are way healthier than the taco shop!
- Mild or sweet pepper, or diced green chiles
- Raw cashews (these help give a creaminess and extra flavor)
- White distilled vinegar (this secret ingredient helps give the flavor that extra oomph!)
- Corn tortillas
The Best Tortillas for Taquitos
We have been using Mi Rancho corn tortillas for years. Not only because they are made from few whole food ingredients but because this brand knows what they are doing. The tortillas are soft, taste homemade, and for those of you that avoid oil, they are oil free!
The amazing flavor comes from this special process called nixtamalization. It's a slow process that brings out the very best in these corn tortillas. Learn more about it here in this video!
They also boast other great characteristics:
- non GMO
- no added sugar or salt
- 11-18 grams of whole grains per serving (depending on the size)
I also love the company itself. They are family owned (love supporting family owned businesses) and they have been making tortillas for 80 years! I mean, mind blowing right? That's called dedication and it's no wonder they are so good!
They started as a small Mexican grocery store in Oakland and through hard work built themselves into a premium tortilla manufacturer. I just love a good story...such a sap.
How to Make Homemade Taquitos
- Put all filling ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth.
- Place the filling in the center of a tortilla.
- Fold over the edge and roll it up.
- Arrange the rolled taquitos on a parchment lined cookie sheet and bake until crisp.
What to Serve with Taquitos
This vegan taquitos recipe is delicious on its own, but it's even better when loaded up with toppings, and served along with sides for an even more amazing meal.
- Shredded lettuce
- Fresh salsa
- Jalapeño slices
- Salsa cream sauce
- Spicy cilantro sauce
- Citrus salsa
- Vegan queso
- Vegan cheese sauce
- Vegan sour cream
Side dish ideas:
- Soak the cashews before using so they purée better.
- You can also grind them dry with a coffee grinder.
- The amount of salt needed for the filling will depend on if your veggies have been cooked with salt.
- If using leftovers, then don’t add any extra salt until you try the filling.
- Make sure at least ½ cup of the veggies are either a fresh mild or sweet pepper or diced green chiles in the can. It just adds a good flavor punch to the final result.
- The remaining cup can be anything you have lying around. Use up leftovers, those veggies about to go bad, whatever! I would only caution using anything too sharp in flavor because you don't want it to take over.
- My favorite veggies to use are:
- My favorite veggies to use are:
- The recipe also calls for a cup of lentils. After trying multiple types of beans, these were our favorite. However many other beans will work.
- Black beans or pinto beans are the next best substitute, but if you wanted to try another kind too, go for it!
How to Make Mini Vegan Taquitos
One of my favorite things about Mi Rancho, is their organic taco slider tortillas. I love that they are the perfect size for party appetizers and for little fingers to hold. Plus, I can eat more since they are small. It doesn't really count when you eat little things right?
When I make this vegan taquitos recipe for party snacks, I have a good system that gets a ton done in a quick time. Here is what I do:
- Wrap the tortillas in a damp paper towel, heat in the microwave to get them even softer and super pliable.
- Set a stack of the tortillas on the table with my filling and a parchment lined cookie sheet.
- Put some filling in the center of the tortilla at the top of the stack.
- Roll it by putting the edge right in the middle of the filling, and tightly roll so that the filling spreads to the end and seals it.
- Put on the parchment paper seam side down. No toothpick is needed because the tortillas are so soft that they easily stick with the addition of the filling.
- Repeat until done!
Make Ahead and Storage Tips
You can simply prepare the filling in advance and keep it in an airtight container in the refrigerator until you are ready to assemble. Or, wrap up the filling in the tortillas and freeze them using one of the following methods:
- Half bake, freeze, then bake the rest of the way right before you will eat them.
- Freeze unbaked, then fully bake once you are ready to eat.
- The only downside with this is because they haven't baked at all, you will need to freeze in a flat single layer to keep them together and keep their shape.
- Freeze just the filling and put together when ready to eat.
I wouldn't recommend fully baking them and freezing because once you defrost you will need to bake them again to get them crispy and then they will end up over baked.
Here is how I prep my taquitos for putting them in the freezer:
- Make sure they are completely cool
- Wrap in parchment paper
- Next, wrap in foil
- Store in an airtight container or ziptop freezer bag
The main difference between the two, is that taquitos (like these vegan taquitos) are made from corn tortillas, while flautas are made from flour tortillas. Taquitos are also generally smaller and more-so served as appetizers, while flautas are bigger and a main meal. I love both, and use the Mi Rancho Flour tortillas when making flautas.
Let them cool completely before wrapping in parchment paper, then foil, and then finally sealing in an airtight container.
The classic taquitos you'll find at your local restaurant are not very healthy since they are generally fried. However, it's easy to make a healthy baked version at home with this easy recipe.
More Vegan Taco Recipes
We love rolled tacos, but the classic form is amazing too! After trying this vegetarian taquitos recipe, try out these tasty plant based taco recipes:
Vegan Taquitos (With Hidden Vegetables)
- 1 cup cooked lentils
- 1 cup cooked veggies (see note)
- ½ cup chopped mild or sweet pepper ,or diced green chiles (a 4 ounce can)
- ½ cup raw cashews , soaked overnight (see note)
- 1 tablespoon white distilled vinegar
- 1 tablespoon water
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- ¼ - ½ teaspoon sea salt , taste and add more if needed (see note)
- 9 regular sized corn tortillas , or 18 taco slider sized ((I use Mi Rancho brand for both sizes)
- Guacamole or avocado
- Fresh or roasted salsa
- Shredded lettuce
- Jalapeno slices
- Cheese sauce
- Spicy cilantro sauce
- Salsa cream sauce
- Preheat the oven to 400 F/ 205 C
- Put all ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth.
- Warm the tortillas to make them softer and able to stick together to seal the taquitos. Wrap them in damp paper towels, then wrap that in a kitchen towel. Heat them in the microwave for about 1 minute. Check and heat in 15 second increments until soft and pliable. The kitchen towel helps seal in the heat to almost steam the tortillas.
- Carefully so you don’t burn yourself, put 1 ½ -3 tablespoons (depending on tortilla size) of filling in the center of a tortilla.
- Fold over the edge so that it lands in the middle of the filling, exposing a little bit on the edge. This will help seal the taquito.
- Roll on the tighter side, but not so tight that you squeeze out all the filling. You want the edge of the tortilla to seal down with a bit of filling.
- Place on a parchment lined cookie sheet. Repeat until done.
- Bake for 30-35 minutes until crisp.
- Serve fresh with toppings of choice!
- This recipe works great with almost any veggie, but avoid any that have super strong flavors. I love zucchini, spinach and mushrooms.
- Because a food processor is recommended for this recipe, I suggest you soak the cashews so they puree easier. You can also grind them dry with a coffee grinder.
- The amount of salt will depend on if your veggies have been cooked with salt. If using leftovers, then don’t add any extra salt until you try the filling.
- The filling makes about 2 cups.
- Serving size is 1 regular sized taquito or 2 mini sized.
- This recipe makes 9 regular sized taquitos or 18 mini ones.
- Nutrition info is for the taquitos only.
- Make the filling and store in fridge or freeze until ready to use. You can also make the taquitos and freeze them for later use.
Recipe by Veggies Don’t Bite, visit our site for more great plant-based recipes.
Nutrition and metric information should be considered an estimate.
I was skeptical of baking instead frying, but honestly I didn't miss the fried at all! These had the perfect crunch and didn't make me feel all gross, which is definitely a plus!
These looks delish but I can't have nuts or seeds except for hemp, flax and chia. Do you have a replacement suggestion for the cashews?
Hi Carla! So happy these look delish to you! We love them! So, if you can't have the cashews, you could try hemp although it won't have the same creaminess. You could try mixing in some plain yogurt or sour cream (dairy free to keep these vegan) to add some of that creaminess or tang. You can also try white beans, potato, and/or cauliflower as well. Let me know what you do!
These are amazing!! I put mine in an air fryer at 350 for 10 minutes and they are so delicious. Highly recommend!
So happy you like them Kristen!! Yay!
Oh my goodness. These were delicious!! Total success! 🙂 Thanks!!
Yay! I am so happy you liked them! Thank you so much for the great review!
Looks and sounds delicious! What do the cashews do in this recipe? Wondering if I can leave them out
Hi Lindsey! They give a creamy cheesy flavor. You can definitely leave them out but it won't be as rich. Still great though!
So happy to be able to make taquitos at home! Came out amazing!
So happy you liked them!! It's surprisingly easy!
What does the vinegar do in this recipe ? If it is necessary, would ACV substitute ?
You can definitely leave out if you don't want it! It simply gives a nice depth of flavor. But ACV works too!
Another make again meal in this house! So easy to make, love the extra veggies, they are packed with flavor and the best is to double up to freeze for the teenagers lunches. The 3rd time I made them, I added some carrot with the zucchini and black beans to the lentils cause I was cleaning the fridge and they turned out just a delish as before. The spicy cilantro sauce is freakin tasty with these!!
I'm so happy you love these as much as we do!!! Thank you so much for the great review!
These were awesome!!! I will make these again. The only problem I had was my tortillas cracked when rolling. They were still delicious!!!
Thank you so much Tonya! I am so happy you like them! Make sure to heat the tortillas in both sets of towels and also for long enough so that they get almost sticky. If you haven't tried the Mi Rancho brand it's the best!
YUM. These were delicious!! Such a good idea for those leftover veggies I always end up throwing out. My picky eaters even ate them!
So happy to hear!!!! Yay!!
These were fantastic, we had them with your salsa crema. I used leftover zucchini and you couldn't taste it.
Woohoo!! So happy you liked them!!
Yay! This look great Sophia. We’ve never had taquitos before, but I will definitely make your recipe soon! Thanks.
Thanks for the freezing advise! I'm a single vegetarian and don't have time to cook every day.
So glad all the info helped!! Hope you like them!