Austin / Texas

6 Best Spots for Vegan Tacos & Mexican Eats in Austin

Updated March 3, 2024

If you’re vegan and a fan of Mexican cuisine, you might think it’s challenging to find delicious options in Austin. But that’s not the case! 

Whether you’re looking for jackfruit carnitas, crunchy chalupas, or queso-covered nachos, you’ll find it and more!

I’ve scoured Austin to bring you the best vegan tacos, and Mexican eats to satisfy your cravings and leave you wanting more. Get ready for a mouthwatering culinary journey through Austin’s top spots.

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Can’t Miss Spots for Vegan Tacos & Mexican Food in Austin

#1 Nissi VegMex

9012 Research Blvd Unit C-6, Austin, TX 78758

What to get: two orders of the Birria tacos!

I am not kidding when I say you need two orders of those incredible Birria tacos! These little tortillas of joy are packed with savory veggie meat, melty cheese, and come with a flavorful dipping consommé — talking about them makes my mouth water!

In addition to the killer Birria tacos, this Austin vegan Mexican spot has almost everything you could wish for and more! It’s hard to pass up their giant loaded burritos, flautas topped with cashew crema, crispy chalupas, and much more! Make sure you also pair your order with a tall glass of their sweet Hempchata — a house-made Horchata made with nutty hemp milk. 

a basket of golden vegan birria tacos next to a cup of dipping sauce at nissi vegmex in austin

#2 Vegan Nom

2324 E Cesar Chavez St #A, Austin, TX 78702

What to get: an order of creative Bomb nachos!

This community-focused vegan food truck is slinging loads of creative Tex-Mex-inspired eats — there are no bland black bean tacos here! When you roll out of bed, head here for a couple of their savory breakfast tacos loaded with scrambled tofu, chorizo, spicy sausage, Ranchito sauce, and much more!

If you don’t make it here for a breakfast taco (breakfast is served until 4 PM), no worries; there is so much more to sample! Their all-day menu features massive burritos, even more tacos, and epic Bomb nachos! These nachos are loaded with traditional fixins’ like veggie ground beef, queso, pickled jalapenos, and so many more unique concoctions! If you’re looking for something different, don’t pass up the KBBQ nachos loaded with Korean BBQ chick’n, green onions, queso, and more. 

#2 Mr. Natural

Two locations in Austin with slightly different operating times

What to get: savory tofu Migas!

If you love a hearty, savory breakfast as much as I do, you must go here! This family-run vegetarian Mexican spot serves up a mouthwatering lineup of authentic eats without meat or dairy! 

In the morning, this is the perfect place to come to make sure you’re fully fueled for the whole day — seriously, you won’t be hungry for a while! Almost all of their breakfast plates have vegan options. If this is your first visit, you can’t pass up their special Tofu Migas made with scrambled tofu and simmered for hours in their house-made salsa ranchera. 

If you’re in the mood for tacos, no worries; they’ve got plenty! You can either build your own taco feast or try out one of their specialties loaded with seitan fish, veggie bacon, potatoes, tofu scramble, and more. 

giant round white plate filled with vegan tofu migas and beans in front of a tofu scramble at mr. natural in austin

#3 The Vegan Yacht

2000 Southern Oaks Dr, Austin, TX 78745

What to get: a giant, loaded burrito!

Burrito lovers, you can’t miss this fan-favorite burrito spot! They are well known for stuffing every savory veggie thing they can into these giant burritos, from smoked tempeh to cilantro lime crema!

If burritos aren’t your jam, that’s no problem; they have plenty of other Mexican-inspired delights! You’re guaranteed to love their creamy frijoles con queso or unique Freeto Pies (tempeh chili on top of corn chips, topped with avocado and cheese). 

four vegan burritos held on top of each other at the vegan yacht in austin
Credit: Vegan Yacht

#4 Lick it Up

2421 Webberville Rd, Austin, TX 78702

What to get: crispy flautas covered in house-made avocado sauce!

This vegan spot is famous! No, seriously, you might have caught them on Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives!” The show highlighted their fantastic Mexican street food, and the popularity allowed them to grow their business — YAY!

No matter what you’re craving, I bet they’ve got it! Their menu is full of creative, veganized classics — tacos, burritos, flautas, tortas, and more! You’re pretty much guaranteed to love absolutely everything, but I’m particularly obsessed with flautas, especially if they’re covered in house-made avocado sauce and crema!

a plate of three vegan flautas covered in avocado sauce next to tortilla chips at lick it up austin
Credit: Lick it Up

Vegan-Friendly Mexican Spots in Austin

Whether you’re going out with a group or just looking to try something new, these vegan-friendly Mexican spots have great options!

#5 Veracruz All Natural

Multiple locations throughout Austin
You’ll find these vegan-friendly taco spots peppered all over Austin, making it easy to get your fix no matter where in town you are! They have two vegan taco options, which are marked (thank you!) — El Diferente Taco (refried beans, potato, mushroom, peppers, corn, and avocado) and Furioso Taco (refried beans, cauliflower, carrot, corn, spinach, salsa, and avocado).

Make sure you also grab a side of their vegan cashew queso to dip your tacos!

#6 Buenos Sabores

11416 N FM 620, Austin, TX 78726
This family-run Mexican food truck is delighting everyone’s taste buds with its flavorful Mexican fare! Don’t worry about being stuck with just one lousy taco; there’s a vegan option for just about everything on the menu! You’ll find loaded burritos, veggie-packed bowls, tortas, tacos, and more.

About Author

Rebecca is the founder of the vegan travel company Veggies Abroad. In 2021, she bid her 15-year career goodbye and ventured into the world of ethical business with the launch of a vegan travel blog (the one you’re reading!). As the blog flourished, Rebecca expanded her vision to encompass personalized travel planning services and launched Veggies Abroad's inaugural vegan tour to Thailand, marking the beginning of many more eco-conscious, plant-powered adventures to come. Follow her adventures on Instagram or Facebook @veggiesabroad