Tofu is such an incredible and diverse ingredient in vegan cooking. I love using it for my Crispy Tofu Chicken and Basic Tofu Scramble. Today I’m showing you how to transform tofu into a delicious and super healthy taco meat substitute.
Why you’ll LOVE this Tofu Taco Meat
This tofu taco recipe is super easy and delicious. There is no prep work involved (like pressing or marinating) and it will be ready for the table in under 10 minutes.
It’s really the perfect tofu recipe for the novice.
Here’s a few more points to note:
Mimics the texture of hamburger perfectly
low in saturated fat and cholesterol
high in protein
low sodium (if you stick to the recipe as written)
Ingredients to make the recipe
This vegan meat substitute is made for the beginner, so all of the ingredients are easy to find in-store and even easier to put together. The walnuts add an extra dimension of flavor and texture that really elevates this “meat” to the next level.
Here’s what you’ll need:
1 block of extra firm tofu. You can find this in the produce or deli section
1/2 cup raw walnuts. If all you have is toasted and/or salted those will work here as well.
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp chipolte powder
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
3 tbsp tomato paste
the juice of 1 lime
How to make the Tastiest Tofu Maco Meat
The method for making this healthy taco meat replacement is super simple.
Here’s what you need to do:
Place a large non-stick pan over medium heat.
Open and drain the package of tofu.
Add the raw walnuts to the pan and toast for 3-4 minutes, being careful not to burn them.
Add the tofu to the pan by breaking it into very small pieces. I do this by squishing it between my fingers as I drop it piece by piece into the hot pan.
Sprinkle the tofu with the spices and stir.
Reduce the heat to low and cook for another 5 minutes to allow the spices to penetrate the tofu.
Remove the pan from the heat and add the tomato paste and lime juice, stirring to combine. It’s helpful to pre-mix the tomato paste and lime juice before adding it to the pan. The fresh lime brings out the depth of flavor without adding salt, and the tomato paste adds umami for a meaty flavor.
You shouldn’t need to add any water (or oil) to the pan to prevent sticking when you’re using a good non-stick pan. We use T-Fal in our house for all of our non-stick cooking and it’s incredible.
How to serve Tofu Taco Meat
I usually serve this over a large salad topped with steamed corn, peppers, and black beans.
Of course you can easily use this in a hard or soft taco shell, or burrito.
Here are some of my favorite toppings and accompanying menu items:
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Megan Kerry is a Vegan Lifestyle Educator and Licensed Practical Nurse. Her content focuses on vegan recipes and ethical living. She is a mom of four children, a long time vegan, and an even longer time foodie. She loves veganizing any and all dishes and sharing her recipes and lifestyle tips with all of you!