California Walnut Chorizo Meat

BY : PUBLISHED : February 8th, 2019 UPDATED: March 19th, 2022

Did you know that heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States? That's why it's important to recognize that February is American Heart Month, and to show that by consuming heart-healthy foods, we have control over our health destiny.

That's what I talked about with Big Al and Scott Moak on my latest segment of Studio40 Live! I showed them how you can make a delicious chorizo made from, wait for it ... walnuts! I used a modified version of a recipe that I found on the California Walnuts website, and I've become totally obsessed with it! I got a big batch of walnuts from the Sprouts bulk bins, and I've been getting really creative with them in the kitchen.

A wood spoon in a cast iron skillet of walnut chorizo filling.

The original recipe was created by Adam Moore, and the photo is from the California Walnuts website.

A wood spoon in a cast iron skillet of walnut chorizo filling.

California Walnut Chorizo Meat

Toni Okamoto
Walnuts are super heart-healthy and because of their good fats, they make an amazing meat substitute.
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Dinner
Cuisine Spanish
Servings 8 servings
Calories 308 kcal
METHOD Stovetop
DIET Vegan


  • 2 cups of California walnuts
  • 15 ounces of garbanzo beans, drained
  • ¼ cup of vegetable oil
  • ½ Tablespoon of white vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons of salt
  • 2 ½ teaspoons of dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons of ground chipotle
  • 2 Tablespoons of ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons of ground coriander
  • 2 teaspoons of nutritional yeast (optional)


  • Combine all ingredients in a food processor and pulse until walnuts are the size of a grain of rice.
  • Transfer walnut chorizo to a skillet and cook on medium-low heat until warmed through.
  • Serve warm or reserve until ready to use.


Walnuts are one of the meatiest nuts there are, so I don't recommend any substitutions here.


Calories: 308kcalCarbohydrates: 13gProtein: 8gFat: 27gSaturated Fat: 7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 14gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gSodium: 741mgPotassium: 261mgFiber: 5gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 193IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 74mgIron: 3mg
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About Toni Okamoto

"They say you are what you eat, so I strive to be healthy.
My goal in life is not to be rich or wealthy,
'Cause true wealth comes from good health and wise ways...
we got to start taking better care of ourselves " - Dead Prez

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