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Tempeh Tacos with Avocado Kiwi Salsa

These Tempeh Tacos with Avocado Kiwi Salsa are a unique, refreshing, and ultra-tasty meat-free way to celebrate taco Tuesday (or taco Everyday).

This Tempeh Tacos recipe tastes just like meat, and with Avocado Kiwi Salsa, it's a refreshingly unique and delicious meal you're going to love.

If you’re on the hunt for delicious vegetarian tacos that don’t consist completely of vegetables, then tempeh tacos are your solution.

Ever since I learned that tempeh makes the best ground meat substitute in the form of this chili, I’ve been dying to try it again. And what better way than in the form of tacos? Because not only is is Taco Tuesday (a weekly holiday that I’m still trying to convince the tulip-man of accepting), but the thing I miss most about living in America are the tacos. And guacamole. And salsa. And Chipotle.

This Tempeh Tacos recipe tastes just like meat, and with Avocado Kiwi Salsa, it's a refreshingly unique and delicious meal you're going to love.

But these tempeh tacos fill the Mexican food void in my belly that has grown exponentially since moving to Holland. They’re a bit spicy with a super ground-meaty texture, but also refreshing and creamy from the avocado kiwi salsa.

This Tempeh Tacos recipe tastes just like meat, and with Avocado Kiwi Salsa, it's a refreshingly unique and delicious meal you're going to love.

Oh yea, did I mention the kiwis? The THREE kiwis this recipe packs in?  In honor of our kiwi spotlight, and because they have more vitamin C than oranges, and because kiwis deserve more than to be contained strictly to sweet recipes, we’re using them to create a bright green, acidic yet creamy, taco topping salsa! Taco Tuesday: engage.

This Tempeh Tacos recipe tastes just like meat, and with Avocado Kiwi Salsa, it's a refreshingly unique and delicious meal you're going to love.
This Tempeh Tacos recipe tastes just like meat, and with Avocado Kiwi Salsa, it's a refreshingly unique and delicious meal you're going to love.
This Tempeh Tacos recipe tastes just like meat, and with Avocado Kiwi Salsa, it's a refreshingly unique and delicious meal you're going to love.

Tempeh Tacos with Avocado Kiwi Salsa

If you’re on the hunt for delicious vegetarian tacos that don’t consist completely of vegetables, then these tempeh tacos are your solution.
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Course: Main Dishes, Sandwiches and Wraps
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: tempeh tacos, vegetarian tacos
Diet: Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Occasion: Birthdays, Cinco de Mayo, Game Day
Time: 30 minutes or less, 45 minutes or less
Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 20 mins
Total: 30 mins
Servings: 8 tacos
Calories: 613kcal
Author: Sarah Bond
5 from 2 votes

INGREDIENTS

Tempeh Taco Filling
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil 30 mL
  • 14 oz tempeh 400 g, 3 cups
  • 1 Tbsp cumin
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 3 Tbsp tomato paste 45 mL
  • 2 Tbsp water 30 mL
  • 8 taco shells
Avocado Kiwi Salsa
  • 3 kiwis peeled and diced
  • 1 avocado diced
  • 1 jalapeno seeded and finely diced
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • Juice of 1/2 lime
  • Pinch of salt
Optional yums
  • Hot sauce
  • Cilantro or parsley

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Heat oil in a large saute pan over medium/high heat.
  • Roughly grate tempeh using a box grater, then add to the pan. Cook until it starts to brown, about 5 minutes.
  • Add the spices, salt, garlic, and tomato paste. Cook another 5 minutes, then add the water and cook just until water has evaporated.
  • Combine all Salsa ingredients in a separate bowl.
  • To serve, spoon tempeh taco filling into shells. Top with kiwi salsa and optionally garnish with a splash of hot sauce and cilantro or parsley.

NUTRITION

Serving: 2tacos | Calories: 613kcal | Carbohydrates: 53g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 37g | Sodium: 860mg | Fiber: 8g
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  1. Jonathan says:

    Amazingly delicious

    1. Sarah says:

      So happy to hear, Jonathan! 😀

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  3. N Jam says:

    DELICIOUS! I prefer making my own tortilla with just corn flour and water! The kiwi salsa was sooo interesting! I did not have tomato paste for the tempeh, but fried some onions and tomatoes with some taco mix seasoning before adding in the rest of the ingredients. Tasted superb! Thank you for the creativity!

    1. Sarah says:

      So happy to hear you liked them!! All your alterations sound FANTASTIC (and the homemade tortillas 😍). Have you tried out homemade tortillas yet? They’re flour rather than corn, but have lots of flavor add-ins you might like if you’re a fan of making your own tortillas!

  4. Eugene Peterson says:

    Amazing recipe! Fresh and unique flavors — absolutely loved it! Tempeh can be bland and smokey, these ingredients took it to a novel place. Grating it is brilliant. Thank you so much for sharing this!

    1. Sarah says:

      Thanks so much, Eugene!! I’m so happy you liked it. One of my favorite ways to cook with tempeh 😀

  5. George Christie says:

    Loved them. Climate activist Greta Thunberg has convinced me to reduce my meat intake so we’re trying new vegetarian ideas. This has become an instantaneous favorite. Thank you.5 stars

    1. Sarah says:

      Amazing, so happy to hear you’re making this step! Glad you enjoyed it! 😀

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