California Walnut “Chorizo” Crumble



64 % raw California walnuts
24 % black beans (rinsed and drained)
4 % olive or vegetable oil, divided
1.5 % white vinegar
1.5 % smoked paprika
1.5 % Ancho chili powder
1.5 % oregano (dried)
0.5 % kosher or sea salt
0.5 % chipotle (ground)
0.5 % cumin (ground)
0.5 % coriander (ground)


This vegan meat substitute made with California walnuts is a perfect complement to breakfast burrito and also great on its own as taco filling!


To prepare the “chorizo” crumble, place walnuts and beans in a food processor; pulse until coarsely chopped.

Add oil and remaining ingredients to food processor and pulse again until mixture is finely chopped and resembles ground meat, stirring several times and moving the mixture from the bottom of the food processor bowl to the top to evenly mix.

Heat remaining oil in a very large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add “chorizo” mixture to skillet and cook for 10 minutes or until mixture is nicely browned and resembles ground meat, stirring frequently. May be prepared several days ahead and stored tightly covered in the refrigerator.