Vegan Tempeh Tacos
I made these vegan tempeh tacos on a camping trip and they were so easy and tasty I decided to share them on the blog. These tacos aren’t fancy but despite their simplicity they’re incredibly delicious and really hit the spot when you want a quick and easy dinner that doesn’t skimp on taste.
What is Tempeh?
Unfamiliar with tempeh? Tempeh is made from fermented soybeans and is one of my favourite vegan protein sources. For more on exactly what tempeh is and how to use it, check out my guide to tofu and tempeh. I used store-bought tempeh for this recipe, cut into strips.
To prepare it for the recipe, just lay the strips in a good non-stick pan stovetop and cook until brown and crispy. You can also bake it at 400 F until browned. You can also try it in my Brown Rice and Baked Tempeh Bowls or Tempeh Quinoa Macro Bowl.
The great thing about tacos is they work for just about anything…there’s no right or wrong answer when it comes to tacos! Making tacos vegan is so easy too.
They’re a great intro plant-based eating that everyone will love. Tacos are inexpensive, easy, customizable, healthy (well, can be healthy!) and always taste amazing. My favourite taco ingredients are:
- lentils, tempeh, tofu, walnuts, quinoa or mushrooms for the taco “meat”
- grated garrot
- black beans, pinto beans or refried black beans
- pickled beets or pickled red onion
As for sauces, for everyday tacos I usually don’t add anything besides salsa but you could to do quick tofu sour cream, cashew sour cream, avocado lime sauce, chipotle sauce or homemade taco sauce. For these tempeh tacos we’re keeping it simple though, so no sauce needed. They taste great with just avocado and salsa!
More Topping Ideas
Homemade Vegan Refried Beans
You can use store-bought refried beans of course but lately I’ve been making my own refried beans from canned pinto beans. They’re easy to make, taste great and you get to decide exactly what goes in them. I use store-bought too sometimes. Just watch that they’re vegetarian refried beans as some brands use animal lard.
I like pinto beans best for homemade refried beans. You can use black beans too but I find pinto beans softer and creamier and just work better. To make homemade refried beans for this recipe, you’ll need onion, salt, garlic, chili powder, cumin, 1 can of pinto beans and some water.
You can also try these homemade Instant Pot Refried Black Beans. They’re super yummy and so easy to make!
Homemade Refried Beans Ingredients
- 1/4 cup white onion, finely chopped
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 tsp each chili powder and ground cumin
- 1 14 oz can of pinto beans, drained and rinsed
- 1/4 cup water
- squeeze of fresh lime juice
Cook the onions and salt in a saucepan with a splash of water until the onions are soft, about 5-10 minutes. Stir in the garlic and spices and cook another minute or so then add the beans and water. Cover and let that cook for another 5 minutes or so, then turn off the heat and mash the beans with a masher or fork until you reach your desired consistency.
I like them really smooth so I use my immersion blender right in the pot. You can also use a food processor but I don’t like making the extra mess. If they seem to dry, just add a bit of extra water. Lastly, stir in a squeeze of fresh lime juice.
For spicy refried beans, either add 1/2 a minced jalapeno with with the onions or a good pinch of red pepper flakes with the spices.
Vegan Tempeh Tacos Recipe
To make these vegan tempeh tacos all you’ll need is corn tortillas, tempeh, carrot, salsa, avocado, refried beans (or any beans), carrot and lettuce. Of course you can customize the fillings as needed but those are my favourites.n
These tacos are really nothing fancy. All you need to do is heat some tempeh and stick it in a tortilla with your favourite toppings. If you’re looking for a protein-rich, easy and healthy plant-based meal though, this just might be it.
More Vegan Mexican Recipes
For more Mexican-inspired recipes, try my:
- Vegan Quinoa Fiesta Salad
- Vegan Burrito Bowls with Chimmichurri Sauce
- Vegan Breakfast Tacos
- Healthy Vegan Lentil Tacos
- Vegan Lentil Tostadas
- Vegan Lentil Taco Salad
- tempeh (2 pieces per taco)
- corn tortillas
- refried beans (or any beans of choice)
- grated carrot
- shredded lettuce
- fresh lime juice
- To make the tempeh, lay the strips in a non-stick pan and “dry-fry” over medium-high heat until browned and crispy.
- Heat the tortillas in the oven, microwave or stovetop in a pan.
- To make the tacos, start by spreading some refried beans over each tortilla then smashing the avocado over that (better avocado distribution…yum), then top with salsa, grated carrot, lettuce. 2 strips of tempeh )per taco), cilantro and lime.
Keywords: healthy, easy, protein, plant-based, vegetarian