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Moroccan Quinoa Mince Tacos with Creamy Harissa Dressing [vegetarian] by The Flexitarian

Moroccan Quinoa Mince Tacos with Creamy Harissa Dressing [vegetarian]

Moroccan Quinoa Mince Tacos with Creamy Harissa Dressing. A Mexican dish with some Moroccan flavour.
5 from 1 vote
DieTARY CHOICEHigh Fibre Recipes, Low Fat Recipes, Nut-Free Recipes, Soya-Free Recipes, Vegetarian Recipes
Prep Time 40 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr 25 mins
Course Entertaining, Family Meals, Meatless BBQ
Cuisine Mexican, Moroccan
Servings 12 tacos
Calories 184 kcal


  • saucepan
  • Frying pan
  • mixing bowl


  • 250 g chestnut mushrooms
  • 125 g quinoa
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp ground coriander
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp harissa
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 organic eggs
  • 8 Tbsp breadcrumbs
  • 50 g raisins
  • 125 ml vegetable stock
  • 1 small onion - very finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves - crushed
  • 3 Tbsp freshly chopped mint leaves
  • 3 Tbsp freshly chopped coriander leaves
  • olive oil
  • 12 to 15 taco shells


  • 3 Tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1 to 2 tsp harissa
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 handful of finely chopped coriander leaves


  • Chopped tomatoes
  • Chopped avocadoes
  • Chopped lettuce
  • Chopped herbs etc....


  • Heat some water in a saucepan. When boiling, cook the quinoa according to packet instructions. When cooked, drain well and set aside.
  • In the meantime, wash and clean the mushrooms. Mince them very finely.
  • Heat some olive oil in a large frying pan. Add the very finely chopped onion and crushed garlic.
  • Next add the ground cumin, ground coriander, cinnamon, ground ginger, paprika, turmeric, harissa and tomato paste. Fry gently until the onion is soft.
  • Add the minced mushrooms. Fry gently for 2 mins.
  • Add the vegetable stock, raisins, chopped mint and chopped coriander.
  • Cook for 10-12 mins until all liquid has evaporated.
  • Transfer the mushrooms to a bowl. Mix in the beaten eggs, cooked quinoa and breadcrumbs. Season to taste with lemon juice plus salt and pepper. Leave to rest for 20 mins. At this stage, you can also put the "quinoa mince" in the fridge overnight in an airtight container.
  • On the day you want to eat the tacos, put the quinoa mixture in a frying pan with some olive oil. Cook under medium heat. You want to fry it as you would do with minced beef, leaving small and medium chunks together.
  • While the quinoa mince is cooking, prepare the dressing and toppings.
  • Mix together in a bowl the mayonnaise, harissa, coriander and lemon juice to make harissa dressing.
  • Prepare and chop your chosen toppings such as tomatoes, lettuce, avocado, chopped herbs etc...
  • Heat the taco shells following pack instructions.
  • Use quinoa mince to fill the tacos. Add toppings of your choice with creamy harissa dressing as desired.


Serving: 3tacosCalories: 184kcalCarbohydrates: 26gProtein: 5gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 29mgSodium: 177mgPotassium: 293mgFiber: 3gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 158IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 51mgIron: 2mg
Keyword quinoa, tacos
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