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Where to Find Tasty Vegan Tacos in Portland

Mushroom adobo, seitan asada, nopales, banana blossom tacos, and more

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Mis Tacones vegan tacos
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As food businesses were forced to adapt to the pandemic over the past year, Portland’s taco spots managed to hang in there — partly due to the resilience of the restaurant industry, partly because tacos are well suited for outdoor dining and takeout. Vegans and vegetarians have no shortage of options, as many taco shops offer at least one meatless or can-be-made-vegan item. In addition to covering Mexican restaurants and food carts serving complex guisados and juicy nopales with spicy salsas on hand-pressed tortillas, this map also explores other meatless interpretations: seitan asada, fried tofu chicharrón, beer-battered banana blossom “fish,” and even panko-breaded pea protein “shrimp.”

The points on this map guide are not ranked; rather, they’re organized geographically.

A number of Portland restaurants have resumed outdoor dine-in service. The level of service offered is indicated on each map point. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for onsite dining, as there are still safety concerns: for updated information on coronavirus cases in your area, please visit the Oregon Health Authority’s COVID update page. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Republica

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721 NW 9th Ave #175
Portland, OR 97209
(541) 900-5836
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Located in the Ecotrust building in the Pearl, Republica demonstrates its prowess in guisados and masa with a knockout vegan option — a rich, earthy mushroom adobo with intense depth of flavor and lingering fiery notes that are contrasted by creamy avocado. The extra-soft house-made tortillas are especially memorable, not just for its multicolor hues and giant size, but how each masa offers a nutty, almost sweet flavor complement to the savory mushroom filling. The restaurant offers takeout and outdoor seating.

A photo of Republica’s vegan mushroom adobo tacos served with avocado, onion, and cilantro
Republica mushroom adobo tacos
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2. Kayo's Ramen Bar

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3808 N Williams Ave #124
Portland, OR 97227
(503) 477-6016
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In addition to the ramen menu that lures diners to Williams, Kayo’s Ramen Bar offers a creative Japanese twist on tacos, serving familiar flavors and ingredients from the shop’s popular ramen bowls. Corn tortillas arrive filled with grilled tofu, slathered in house-made matcha mole or mala sauce, topped with pickled ginger, sliced cucumber, and chopped daikon. The restaurant is open for takeout, delivery, and patio dining.

A picture of three vegan tacos with tofu, black bean sauce, and chimichurri style sauce at Kayo’s Ramen Bar
Kayo’s Ramen Bar vegan tacos
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3. Mis Tacones

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3536 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Portland, OR 97212

Polo Bañuelos and Carlos Reynoso, behind the pop-up Mis Tacones, describe their tacos as a mashup of Los Angeles street style and Baja California, Mexico style. Their tortillas are hand-pressed to order, then filled with extra juicy al pastor, asada, and cilantro-lime-marinated house-made seitan, dressed with chipotle crema and salsas. Inspired by Gay4U in Oakland, Mis Tacones provides free meals to trans people of color, and plans to set up a pay-it-forward system soon. Catch some of Portland’s most exciting vegan tacos at Local Lounge every first and third Saturday of the month, and follow along on Facebook and Instagram for announcements.

A photo of an assortment of vegan tacos from Mis Tacones accompanied by lime and salsa in a takeout box
An assortment of tacos from Mis Tacones
Waz Wu / EPDX

4. Robo Taco

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607 SE Morrison St
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 232-3707
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At this divey taco spot on Morrison, the faux pork al pastor taco — with marinated soy curls and bright slices of pineapple served on two corn tortillas — is a favorite among Portland vegans. Robo Taco also offers a mushroom taco and “meaty” house-made chorizo taco, best enjoyed with the habanero salsa for an extra kick and flavor. All three are available for takeout and delivery.

A photo of the faux pork al pastor, vegan chorizo, and mushroom tacos from Robo Taco
Robo Taco vegan tacos
Waz Wu / EPDX

5. Los Gorditos

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1212 SE Division St
Portland, OR 97206
(503) 445-6289
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Well known for its menu of vegan, vegetarian, and meat tacos, Los Gorditos offers a number of meatless options, including fajita veggies, tofu chunks, grilled soy curls, and soy chorizo. Tacos arrive with onion and cilantro, but diners can add on more toppings like jalapenos, refried pinto beans, vegan cheese shreds, and vegan sour cream. Online ordering is available at multiple locations.

A photo of an assortment of vegan tacos from Los Gorditos, topped with vegan cheese, sour cream, and cilantro
Los Gorditos vegan tacos
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6. Plant Based Papi

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1412 SE Morrison St
Portland, OR 97214

Since opening a shop on Morrison, Plant Based Papi has garnered attention for its vegan takes on seafood dishes and In-N-Out burgers. However, Jewan Manuel’s pop-up began with tacos, which remain the heart of the menu on Tuesdays. The selection rotates, but one can expect to find comforting creations, from chicken-fried jackfruit tacos drizzled with agave habanero sauce to crispy jackfruit birria tacos served with consome for dipping, and even a taco loaded with the restaurant’s popular jalapeno mac with cashew cheese. The menu is announced on Instagram.

A photo of crispy birria tacos with consume and spicy avocado sauce from Plant Based Papi
Plant Based Papi crispy birria tacos
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7. Chilango

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2223 NE Alberta St
Portland, OR 97211
(971) 280-5364
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This Mexico City street food cart on Alberta layers corn tortillas with red rice, meatless guisados, vegan sour cream, and house-made salsas. First timers can order the four taco bundle — chipotle-braised jackfruit and caramelized onion tinga, garlicky mushrooms, fried tofu chicharrón, and jackfruit suadero — then add on the esquites (corn in a cup), which comes topped with house-made almond queso fresco. After a hiatus due to an arm injury, owner Vanessa Arochi will be reopening Chilango. Follow along on Instagram for the latest updates.

A photo of the jackfruit tinga, mushroom, tofu chicharron verde, and jackfruit suadero tacos from Chilango food cart
Vegan tacos and quesadilla from Chilango
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8. Tight Tacos

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2707 NE Sandy Blvd
Portland, OR 97232

Although Tight Tacos’ Instagram feed is mostly dominated by burrito cross sections, the tacos, served on soft, hand-pressed tortillas, are still a major attraction. Out of the meatless fillings, the soy chorizo and cleverly named Impastor — adobo-marinated cauliflower instead of pork — pack the most flavor. Tacos are topped with plenty of minced onions and cilantro, but customers can add on a mountain of guacamole too. Online ordering for pickup is available at both the Zipper and Division locations.

A photo of the vegetable, cauliflower, and soyrizo tacos from Tight Tacos in a takeout box
Tight Tacos vegetable, cauliflower, and soyrizo tacos
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9. La Taquiza Vegana

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2838 NE Glisan St
Portland, OR 97232
(503) 764-5409
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At La Taquiza Vegana, Nicholas Eiser Vela and Devyn Marie serve four distinct tacos representing a range of Mexican street food flavors: adobo-marinated soy curl al pastor, slow-cooked jackfruit birria, mushroom-tempeh chorizo with potatoes, and grilled cactus and onions with ancho oil. Served on rustic house-made tortillas, the fillings are topped with pico de gallo, chopped pineapple, and dollops of guacamole. Keep an eye on Instagram as the cart regularly announces specials, like crispy birria con consomé. The cart will soon reopen at the Scout Beer Pod on Glisan.

A photo of the nopales, chorizo and potato, and jackfruit birria tacos from La Taquiza Vegana food cart in a takeout box
La Taquiza Vegana nopales, chorizo and potato, jackjfruit birria tacos
Waz Wu / EPDX

10. Mestizo

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2910 SE Division St
Portland, OR 97202
(503) 384-2273
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This Latin American restaurant on Division serves a number of vegan and gluten-free dishes, including the beer-battered banana blossom tacos dressed with coconut cream and house-made orange habanero sauce. Soft with a flaky and fibrous texture, banana blossoms are reminiscent of fried fish when fried to a crispy golden brown. To round out the meal, diners can add on the refreshing coconut ceviche with plantain chips and cocktails from Mestizo’s mezcal and tequila-heavy bar menu. Call (503) 384-2273 to make dine-in reservations.

A photo of three banana blossom tacos, coconut ceviche with plantain chips, and margarita at Mestizo
Banana blossom tacos and coconut ceviche at Mestizo
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11. Taquería Los Puñales

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3312 SE Belmont St
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 206-7233
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Specializing in guisados and house-made tortillas, this Belmont taco shop serves a number of meatless taco fillings, including sauteed zucchini, poblano chilis with vegetables, and soy curl tinga. Los Puñales’ vegan mole taco — made with “meaty” soy curls braised in savory-rich poblano mole sauce — is not to be missed. The restaurant also serves vegan horchata, house-made agua frescas, and cocktails to-go, which customers can order through the website.

A photo of the el poblano, vegan tinga, and vegan mole tacos from Taquería Los Puñales
Taquería Los Puñales vegan tacos
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12. Tacovore

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3707 NE Fremont St
Portland, OR 97212
(503) 719-4898
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Veggie lovers can score vegetable-heavy tacos packed with roasted cauliflower and smoked tofu at this family-friendly chain out of Eugene. Tacovore’s current herbivore special includes braised leeks, rainbow chard, and asparagus slaw, with generous dollops of serrano-mint cashew crema. The restaurant is open for takeout and outdoor dining.

A photo of a hand holding a vegan taco filled with cauliflower, pickled red onions, and cashew crema from Tacovore
Tacovore cauliflower taco
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13. Tierra del Sol

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7238 SE Foster Rd
Portland, OR 97206
(503) 975-4805
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Chef Amalia Sierra’s Oaxacan moles and crunchy tlayudas are highly praised, but her tacos are just as enjoyable. Like many other Portland restaurants, Tierra del Sol uses Portland-based Three Sisters Nixtamal, but the unmistakable flavor of blue corn stands out in these house-made tortillas. There are three meatless fillings — mushroom, cactus, and veggie stew — which come sprinkled with toppings like pico de gallo, avocado, onions, and cilantro. Tierra del Sol has two locations: a spot at Rocket Empire Machine food hall in Montavilla and a cart at Portland Mercado on Foster.

A photo of the veggie stew, nopalito, and mushroom tacos from Tierra del Sol food cart
Tierra del Sol veggie tacos
Waz Wu / EPDX

14. Sharks Cove

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3612 SE 82nd Ave
Portland, OR 97266
(503) 319-9167
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Best known for its tropical nachos and vegan loco moco, Sharks Cove food cart serves up panko-breaded “shrimp” tacos on Tuesdays. Crispy on the outside, succulent on the inside, the pea protein shrimp is accompanied by shredded coconut, mango chunks, house-made habanero-pineapple hot sauce, and house-made apricot pineapple sauce. Not only are these some of the most colorful tacos in town, it’s a satisfying animal-free alternative to traditional shrimp tacos.

A photo of the vegan pea protein shrimp tacos from Sharks Cove, accompanied by cabbage slaw, pineapple hot sauce, and apricot pineapple sauce
Sharks Cove vegan shrimp tacos
Waz Wu / EPDX

15. La Osita

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1515 -A, SE 122nd Ave
Portland, OR 97233
(503) 358-3364
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This Mexican breakfast and lunch food cart serves tacos, burritos, and coffee. Served on a crispy corn tortilla, the vegan taco includes sauteed vegetables topped with vegan cheese, pickled onion, and seared avocado. By default, it comes with a mild serrano chili and tomatillo salsa, but those looking for extra heat can request one of La Osita’s spicier house-made salsas. Customers can order online or at the cart.

A photo of the vegan tacos with crispy corn tortillas and vegetables from La Osita food cart
La Osita vegan tacos
Waz Wu / EPDX

1. Republica

721 NW 9th Ave #175, Portland, OR 97209
A photo of Republica’s vegan mushroom adobo tacos served with avocado, onion, and cilantro
Republica mushroom adobo tacos
Waz Wu / EPDX

Located in the Ecotrust building in the Pearl, Republica demonstrates its prowess in guisados and masa with a knockout vegan option — a rich, earthy mushroom adobo with intense depth of flavor and lingering fiery notes that are contrasted by creamy avocado. The extra-soft house-made tortillas are especially memorable, not just for its multicolor hues and giant size, but how each masa offers a nutty, almost sweet flavor complement to the savory mushroom filling. The restaurant offers takeout and outdoor seating.

721 NW 9th Ave #175
Portland, OR 97209

2. Kayo's Ramen Bar

3808 N Williams Ave #124, Portland, OR 97227
A picture of three vegan tacos with tofu, black bean sauce, and chimichurri style sauce at Kayo’s Ramen Bar
Kayo’s Ramen Bar vegan tacos
Kayo’s Ramen Bar / Official

In addition to the ramen menu that lures diners to Williams, Kayo’s Ramen Bar offers a creative Japanese twist on tacos, serving familiar flavors and ingredients from the shop’s popular ramen bowls. Corn tortillas arrive filled with grilled tofu, slathered in house-made matcha mole or mala sauce, topped with pickled ginger, sliced cucumber, and chopped daikon. The restaurant is open for takeout, delivery, and patio dining.

3808 N Williams Ave #124
Portland, OR 97227

3. Mis Tacones

3536 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Portland, OR 97212
A photo of an assortment of vegan tacos from Mis Tacones accompanied by lime and salsa in a takeout box
An assortment of tacos from Mis Tacones
Waz Wu / EPDX

Polo Bañuelos and Carlos Reynoso, behind the pop-up Mis Tacones, describe their tacos as a mashup of Los Angeles street style and Baja California, Mexico style. Their tortillas are hand-pressed to order, then filled with extra juicy al pastor, asada, and cilantro-lime-marinated house-made seitan, dressed with chipotle crema and salsas. Inspired by Gay4U in Oakland, Mis Tacones provides free meals to trans people of color, and plans to set up a pay-it-forward system soon. Catch some of Portland’s most exciting vegan tacos at Local Lounge every first and third Saturday of the month, and follow along on Facebook and Instagram for announcements.

3536 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Portland, OR 97212

4. Robo Taco

607 SE Morrison St, Portland, OR 97214
A photo of the faux pork al pastor, vegan chorizo, and mushroom tacos from Robo Taco
Robo Taco vegan tacos
Waz Wu / EPDX

At this divey taco spot on Morrison, the faux pork al pastor taco — with marinated soy curls and bright slices of pineapple served on two corn tortillas — is a favorite among Portland vegans. Robo Taco also offers a mushroom taco and “meaty” house-made chorizo taco, best enjoyed with the habanero salsa for an extra kick and flavor. All three are available for takeout and delivery.

607 SE Morrison St
Portland, OR 97214

5. Los Gorditos

1212 SE Division St, Portland, OR 97206
A photo of an assortment of vegan tacos from Los Gorditos, topped with vegan cheese, sour cream, and cilantro
Los Gorditos vegan tacos
Waz Wu / EPDX

Well known for its menu of vegan, vegetarian, and meat tacos, Los Gorditos offers a number of meatless options, including fajita veggies, tofu chunks, grilled soy curls, and soy chorizo. Tacos arrive with onion and cilantro, but diners can add on more toppings like jalapenos, refried pinto beans, vegan cheese shreds, and vegan sour cream. Online ordering is available at multiple locations.

1212 SE Division St
Portland, OR 97206

6. Plant Based Papi

1412 SE Morrison St, Portland, OR 97214
A photo of crispy birria tacos with consume and spicy avocado sauce from Plant Based Papi
Plant Based Papi crispy birria tacos
Plant Based Papi / Official

Since opening a shop on Morrison, Plant Based Papi has garnered attention for its vegan takes on seafood dishes and In-N-Out burgers. However, Jewan Manuel’s pop-up began with tacos, which remain the heart of the menu on Tuesdays. The selection rotates, but one can expect to find comforting creations, from chicken-fried jackfruit tacos drizzled with agave habanero sauce to crispy jackfruit birria tacos served with consome for dipping, and even a taco loaded with the restaurant’s popular jalapeno mac with cashew cheese. The menu is announced on Instagram.

1412 SE Morrison St
Portland, OR 97214

7. Chilango

2223 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR 97211
A photo of the jackfruit tinga, mushroom, tofu chicharron verde, and jackfruit suadero tacos from Chilango food cart
Vegan tacos and quesadilla from Chilango
Waz Wu / EPDX

This Mexico City street food cart on Alberta layers corn tortillas with red rice, meatless guisados, vegan sour cream, and house-made salsas. First timers can order the four taco bundle — chipotle-braised jackfruit and caramelized onion tinga, garlicky mushrooms, fried tofu chicharrón, and jackfruit suadero — then add on the esquites (corn in a cup), which comes topped with house-made almond queso fresco. After a hiatus due to an arm injury, owner Vanessa Arochi will be reopening Chilango. Follow along on Instagram for the latest updates.

2223 NE Alberta St
Portland, OR 97211

8. Tight Tacos

2707 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland, OR 97232
A photo of the vegetable, cauliflower, and soyrizo tacos from Tight Tacos in a takeout box
Tight Tacos vegetable, cauliflower, and soyrizo tacos
Waz Wu / EPDX

Although Tight Tacos’ Instagram feed is mostly dominated by burrito cross sections, the tacos, served on soft, hand-pressed tortillas, are still a major attraction. Out of the meatless fillings, the soy chorizo and cleverly named Impastor — adobo-marinated cauliflower instead of pork — pack the most flavor. Tacos are topped with plenty of minced onions and cilantro, but customers can add on a mountain of guacamole too. Online ordering for pickup is available at both the Zipper and Division locations.

2707 NE Sandy Blvd
Portland, OR 97232

9. La Taquiza Vegana

2838 NE Glisan St, Portland, OR 97232
A photo of the nopales, chorizo and potato, and jackfruit birria tacos from La Taquiza Vegana food cart in a takeout box
La Taquiza Vegana nopales, chorizo and potato, jackjfruit birria tacos
Waz Wu / EPDX

At La Taquiza Vegana, Nicholas Eiser Vela and Devyn Marie serve four distinct tacos representing a range of Mexican street food flavors: adobo-marinated soy curl al pastor, slow-cooked jackfruit birria, mushroom-tempeh chorizo with potatoes, and grilled cactus and onions with ancho oil. Served on rustic house-made tortillas, the fillings are topped with pico de gallo, chopped pineapple, and dollops of guacamole. Keep an eye on Instagram as the cart regularly announces specials, like crispy birria con consomé. The cart will soon reopen at the Scout Beer Pod on Glisan.

2838 NE Glisan St
Portland, OR 97232

10. Mestizo

2910 SE Division St, Portland, OR 97202
A photo of three banana blossom tacos, coconut ceviche with plantain chips, and margarita at Mestizo
Banana blossom tacos and coconut ceviche at Mestizo
Waz Wu / EPDX

This Latin American restaurant on Division serves a number of vegan and gluten-free dishes, including the beer-battered banana blossom tacos dressed with coconut cream and house-made orange habanero sauce. Soft with a flaky and fibrous texture, banana blossoms are reminiscent of fried fish when fried to a crispy golden brown. To round out the meal, diners can add on the refreshing coconut ceviche with plantain chips and cocktails from Mestizo’s mezcal and tequila-heavy bar menu. Call (503) 384-2273 to make dine-in reservations.

2910 SE Division St
Portland, OR 97202

11. Taquería Los Puñales

3312 SE Belmont St, Portland, OR 97214
A photo of the el poblano, vegan tinga, and vegan mole tacos from Taquería Los Puñales
Taquería Los Puñales vegan tacos
Waz Wu / EPDX

Specializing in guisados and house-made tortillas, this Belmont taco shop serves a number of meatless taco fillings, including sauteed zucchini, poblano chilis with vegetables, and soy curl tinga. Los Puñales’ vegan mole taco — made with “meaty” soy curls braised in savory-rich poblano mole sauce — is not to be missed. The restaurant also serves vegan horchata, house-made agua frescas, and cocktails to-go, which customers can order through the website.

3312 SE Belmont St
Portland, OR 97214

12. Tacovore

3707 NE Fremont St, Portland, OR 97212
A photo of a hand holding a vegan taco filled with cauliflower, pickled red onions, and cashew crema from Tacovore
Tacovore cauliflower taco
Waz Wu / EPDX

Veggie lovers can score vegetable-heavy tacos packed with roasted cauliflower and smoked tofu at this family-friendly chain out of Eugene. Tacovore’s current herbivore special includes braised leeks, rainbow chard, and asparagus slaw, with generous dollops of serrano-mint cashew crema. The restaurant is open for takeout and outdoor dining.

3707 NE Fremont St
Portland, OR 97212

13. Tierra del Sol

7238 SE Foster Rd, Portland, OR 97206
A photo of the veggie stew, nopalito, and mushroom tacos from Tierra del Sol food cart
Tierra del Sol veggie tacos
Waz Wu / EPDX

Chef Amalia Sierra’s Oaxacan moles and crunchy tlayudas are highly praised, but her tacos are just as enjoyable. Like many other Portland restaurants, Tierra del Sol uses Portland-based Three Sisters Nixtamal, but the unmistakable flavor of blue corn stands out in these house-made tortillas. There are three meatless fillings — mushroom, cactus, and veggie stew — which come sprinkled with toppings like pico de gallo, avocado, onions, and cilantro. Tierra del Sol has two locations: a spot at Rocket Empire Machine food hall in Montavilla and a cart at Portland Mercado on Foster.

7238 SE Foster Rd
Portland, OR 97206

14. Sharks Cove

3612 SE 82nd Ave, Portland, OR 97266
A photo of the vegan pea protein shrimp tacos from Sharks Cove, accompanied by cabbage slaw, pineapple hot sauce, and apricot pineapple sauce
Sharks Cove vegan shrimp tacos
Waz Wu / EPDX

Best known for its tropical nachos and vegan loco moco, Sharks Cove food cart serves up panko-breaded “shrimp” tacos on Tuesdays. Crispy on the outside, succulent on the inside, the pea protein shrimp is accompanied by shredded coconut, mango chunks, house-made habanero-pineapple hot sauce, and house-made apricot pineapple sauce. Not only are these some of the most colorful tacos in town, it’s a satisfying animal-free alternative to traditional shrimp tacos.

3612 SE 82nd Ave
Portland, OR 97266

15. La Osita

1515 -A, SE 122nd Ave, Portland, OR 97233
A photo of the vegan tacos with crispy corn tortillas and vegetables from La Osita food cart
La Osita vegan tacos
Waz Wu / EPDX

This Mexican breakfast and lunch food cart serves tacos, burritos, and coffee. Served on a crispy corn tortilla, the vegan taco includes sauteed vegetables topped with vegan cheese, pickled onion, and seared avocado. By default, it comes with a mild serrano chili and tomatillo salsa, but those looking for extra heat can request one of La Osita’s spicier house-made salsas. Customers can order online or at the cart.

1515 -A, SE 122nd Ave
Portland, OR 97233

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