Vegan tempeh taco meat in taco shell on white background

Tempeh Taco Meat

Flavor-packed vegan Tempeh Taco Meat with smoky spices and the perfect texture (and it's ready on the stove in under 15 minutes)!
Course Main Dishes
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword taco meat, vegan taco meat, vegetarian taco meat
Diet Gluten-Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Occasion Birthdays, Cinco de Mayo, Game Day
Time 15 minutes or less, 30 minutes or less, 45 minutes or less
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 3 cups
Calories 99kcal
Author Sarah Bond


  • 1 8-oz package tempeh 226 g
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil 15 mL
  • 1 tsp each cumin and chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp each salt and smoked paprika
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 Tbsp tomato paste 30 g
  • 1 Tbsp water 15 mL


  • Cook Tempeh: Roughly grate tempeh using a box grater. Heat oil in a large saute pan over medium/high heat, then add tempeh. Cook until golden brown, about 5 minutes.
  • Flavor: Stir in remaining ingredients. Continue cooking for 5 minutes, until the sourness from the tomato paste cooks out.


Serving: 0.5cup | Calories: 99kcal | Carbohydrates: 4.9g | Protein: 7.3g | Fat: 6.5g | Saturated Fat: 1.2g | Sodium: 203mg | Potassium: 218mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 0.7g | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 1.4mg