Tropical Vegan Tacos

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Whether it is taco night or just another day of the week when you’re craving some delicious Mexican food, you’ve got to give this easy Vegan Taco Recipe a shot. This is one of the best vegan taco recipes I’ve tried and it’s packed with flavor that you’ll love.

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Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Healthy and Hearty: Packed with tofu protein and vibrant tropical fruits for a nutritious meal.
  • Vegan-Friendly: Completely plant-based, perfect for vegans or those exploring meat-free options.
  • Tropical Twist: A unique combination that brings a burst of Caribbean flavor to your plate.

Recipe Ingredients

To make these vegan tacos, here’s the list of ingredients you will need.

  • Olive Oil: Creates a rich base and helps to release the flavors of the other ingredients.
  • White Onion: Adds a layer of sweet, aromatic flavor to the dish.
  • Firm Tofu: The main protein, it carries the flavors of the spices well due to its mild taste.
  • Garlic: Enhances the savory elements in the dish.
  • Salsa: Introduces a tangy depth of flavor.
  • Lime Juice: Brings a fresh, citrusy zing that brightens the dish.
  • Chili Powder/Cayenne/Paprika: These spices add heat and smokiness to the dish.
  • Oregano/Cumin: Contribute earthy and aromatic flavors.
  • Cilantro: Adds a fresh, herby note.
  • Pineapple and Mango Chunks: Provide tropical sweetness, balancing the heat of the spices.
  • Tortillas: The vessel for the taco fillings, introducing a soft, chewy texture.

Toppings

  • Avocado: Optional, but can add a creamy, rich contrast to the spicy tofu.
  • Salsa: Optional, but can enhance the tangy heat of the dish.
  • Cilantro: Optional, but can provide an extra burst of freshness as a garnish.
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How To Make Vegan Tacos?

Once you have all your ingredients ready, here’s the step by step process you’ll need to follow to make this recipe.

Step 1: Start With The Oil

Heat pan to medium heat then add in the olive oil.

Step 2: Add Onions And Cook

After oil heats, add white onion for 3 minutes to sweat.

Step 3: Add Tofu And Cook

Add crumbled firm tofu, let cook for 4 minutes.

Step 4: Add Garlic And Cook

Add garlic. Cook on low to medium for 4 minutes.

Step 5: Season With Your Favorite Spices

Add in chili powder, cayenne, paprika, oregano, cumin, and cilantro.

Step 6: Top With Your Favorite Toppings

Top with lime juice and salsa tossed together. Sauté for another 2 minutes.

Step 7: Assemble And Serve

Add tofu mix to warm tortillas. Top the vegan tacos with pineapple, mango, avocado, salsa, and fresh cilantro.

Cooking Tips

Ready to make vegan tacos the easy way? Keep these little tips and tricks handy.

  • To enjoy the authentic Mexican taste and deliciousness, use corn tortillas and add a dash of chipotle sauce on the top of each vegan taco, right before you serve.
  • Gluten free tortillas can also be a great option if you have dietary restrictions you need to stick to.
  • If you love the heat Mexican food has, you can also add some chopped chipotle peppers or cayenne pepper into the mix.

Variations

  • To enhance the flavor of the vegan taco filling, you can also add some tomato paste and a dash of hot sauce into the tofu crumble mixture, along with the other seasonings.
  • I also love adding other veggies and toppings like chopped red onion, chopped iceberg lettuce, fire roasted tomatoes, roasted cauliflower and even some pineapple salsa if I have the time to put it together.
  • Jerk seasoning can also be an excellent addition to the mixture and can lend the filling tons of extra flavor. If you don’t have it, stick to the classic taco seasoning or experiment with other smoky seasonings you have at hand.
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Storage & Reheating Instructions

  • Cooling: Allow the cooked tofu and pineapple filling to cool to room temperature before storing.
  • Refrigeration: Transfer the vegan taco filling to an airtight container or cover the pan with a lid. Refrigerate within 2 hours of cooking. Consume within 3-4 days for optimal freshness.
  • Freezing (Filling Only): If you want to freeze the taco filling for longer storage, cool it completely and transfer it to a freezer-safe container. Label with the freezing date and store for up to 2-3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator before reheating.
  • Assembling Tacos Later: If you’ve already assembled the tacos, store the components separately. Keep the cooked tofu and pineapple filling in one container and the taco shells separately. Assemble the tacos just before serving to maintain the freshness of the components.
  • Reheating: When ready to enjoy, reheat the taco filling on the stovetop or in the microwave until heated through. Warm the taco shells in the oven or a dry skillet for a few minutes.
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What To Serve With This Recipe?

  • Mango Salsa: A vibrant combination of diced mangoes, red onion, cilantro, jalapeño, lime juice, and a pinch of salt. This sweet and spicy salsa adds a burst of tropical flavor to the tacos.
  • Guacamole: Creamy mashed avocado mixed with diced tomatoes, onions, cilantro, lime juice, and seasonings like garlic powder and cumin. It’s a classic and essential accompaniment to vegan tacos, providing richness and a creamy texture.
  • Grilled Corn Salad: Fresh corn kernels grilled and mixed with diced tomatoes, red onions, cilantro, lime juice, and a hint of chili powder. This salad adds a smoky sweetness and crunchy texture to the taco spread.
  • Refried Beans: Creamy and flavorful refried beans made from scratch using cooked pinto beans, onions, garlic, cumin, and a touch of vegetable broth. They provide a hearty protein component to the tacos and can be used as a filling or a topping.

FAQ’S

Can I Prep the Vegan Tacos in Advance?

You sure can! If you love tacos, and want to prep some of it ahead of time, you can prepare the vegan taco mixture a day or two in advance and refrigerate it until you are ready to put it together.

What Other Kind of Vegan Taco Meat Can I Use?

For this vegan tacos recipe, we’ve used tofu as the key filling ingredient, but you can experiment with many other meat alternatives of your choice.

I love the idea of using mock meats and soy chunks and mince, since they replicate the texture of ground beef the most accurately.

If you don’t have them, you could also stick to a simple mixture of seasoned black beans and whip up some black bean tacos.

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Tropical Vegan Tacos Recipe With Tofu

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Whether it is taco Tuesday or just another day of the week when you're craving some delicious Mexican food, you've got to give this easy vegan tacos a shot. With little to no prep time, just a handful of ingredients and lots of delicious flavors, this is one vegan taco recipe you absolutely need to try your hands at.

In my humble opinion, these are one of the best vegan taco recipes out there, and that's simply because they are ultra delicious and flavorful, and set the perfect example of how vegan food doesn't need to be bland and boring.

I always find myself turning to this easy recipe during when I want to have a quick lunch, during busy weeknights or when we decide to have taco night at home, and it is always a win.

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup white onion (or some onion powder)
  • 1/2 block firm tofu; diced
  • 1 tablespoon garlic; minced (or some garlic powder)
  • 2 tablespoons salsa
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder (or chili flakes)
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro
  • 1/4 cup pineapple chunks
  • 1/4 cup mango chunks
  • Tortillas
  • Topping:
  • Avocado (optional)
  • Salsa (optional)
  • Cilantro (optional)

Instructions

How to Make these Easy Vegan Tacos

Once you have all your ingredients ready, here's the step by step process you'll need to follow to make this recipe.

Step 1: Start with the Oil

Heat pan to medium heat then add in the olive oil.

Step 2: Add in the Onions and Cook

After oil heats, add white onion for 3 minutes to sweat.

Step 3: Add the Tofu and Cook

Add crumbled firm tofu, let cook for 4 minutes.

Step 4: Add the Garlic and Cook

Add garlic. Cook on low to medium for 4 minutes.

Step 5: Season with your Favorite Spices

Add in chili powder, cayenne, paprika, oregano, cumin, and cilantro.

Step 6: Top with your Favorite Toppings

Top with lime juice and salsa tossed together. Sauté for another 2 minutes.

Step 7: Assemble and Serve

Add tofu mix to warm tortillas. Top the vegan tacos with pineapple, mango, avocado, salsa, and fresh cilantro.

Notes

Tips & Tricks to Make These Vegan Tacos

Ready to make vegan tacos the easy way? Keep these little tips and tricks handy.

  1. To enjoy the authentic Mexican taste and deliciousness, use corn tortillas and add a dash of chipotle sauce on the top of each vegan taco, right before you serve.
  2. Gluten free tortillas can also be a great option if you have dietary restrictions you need to stick to.
  3. If you love the heat Mexican food has, you can also add some chopped chipotle peppers or cayenne pepper into the mix.
  4. To enhance the flavor of the vegan taco filling, you can also add some tomato paste and a dash of hot sauce into the tofu crumble mixture, along with the other seasonings.
  5. I also love adding other veggies and toppings like chopped red onion, chopped iceberg lettuce, fire roasted tomatoes, roasted cauliflower and even some pineapple salsa if I have the time to put it together.
  6. Jerk seasoning can also be an excellent addition to the mixture and can lend the filling tons of extra flavor. If you don't have it, stick to the classic taco seasoning or experiment with other smoky seasonings you have at hand.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 5 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 210Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 201mgCarbohydrates: 21gFiber: 6gSugar: 7gProtein: 8g

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