Tempeh Tacos with Tempeh Taco “Meat”



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These easy tempeh tacos are loaded with Mexican flavor! Create a taco bar and let everyone load up the tacos with their favorite toppings. This post is sponsored by Lightlife.

Three tempeh tacos with avocado and tomatillo dressing on a plate.

I’m so glad you have been trying and loving my tempeh recipes recently! Today I’m teaming up with Lightlife (my favorite brand of tempeh) to share with another tempeh recipe that’s absolutely perfect for summer.

I know tempeh can be kind of intimidating, but once you start cooking it at home and find a few recipes you love, it’s such an easy protein option to keep in the fridge. Plus, it’s an amazing source of protein and fiber, which is great if you’re following a plant-based diet or just want to try something new!

Three tempeh tacos with cilantro, avocado and tomatillo dressing on a white plate.

Tempeh Tacos FTW

Today I’m excited to share this tempeh taco recipe with you. It’s the perfect recipe for summer entertaining! Few things are better than having friends over for a summer dinner. I’m a huge fan of doing taco night when friends come over, because everyone can build their own tacos based on their preferences. And everyone loves tacos, right?

Three tempeh tacos on a white plate, topped with avocado and cilantro.

How to Make Tempeh Taco “Meat”

The base recipe for tempeh tacos is the basic tempeh taco “meat.” Once you know how to make this you can make a variety of different tacos or even tempeh taco salad.

  1. First you’ll want to crumble the tempeh into small pieces using your hands and add to a bowl with seasonings. I like using tamari or coconut aminos, lime juice and 1 Tablespoon taco seasoning.
  2. To heat the tempeh “meat,”  just add a little oil to a skillet. Once warm, and add tempeh mixture and cook, stirring frequently until tempeh starts to brown and is warm throughout, about 5-7 minutes. Remove from skillet and start building tacos.

What to Serve with Tempeh Tacos

I love pairing these tempeh tacos with my tomatillo avocado dressing which PSA: also makes a delicious dip for tortilla chips! Round out the meal with these skinny palomas. I highly, highly recommend whipping up a batch of palomas (aka the BEST summer cocktail) to pair with the tacos! Your friends will thank you. 😉

If you’re not entertaining, this is still a quick and easy dinner. You can use fresh onion and peppers or use a frozen fajita veggie mix to make the prep even simpler! Not in the mood for tacos? Make these tempeh veggie burgers instead. They are perfect for summer entertaining too!

Hand holding one tempeh taco topped with avocado, cilantro, and tomatillo dressing.

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4.67 from 3 votes

Tempeh Tacos

These gluten-free and vegan tempeh tacos are perfect for summer entertaining! Create a taco bar and let everyone load up the tacos with their favorite toppings. 
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 2


  • 4 teaspoons avocado or olive oil
  • 1 8 oz package of Lightlife tempeh, any variety will work
  • 2 Tablespoons low-sodium tamari
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh lime juice, juice from 1 lime
  • 1 Tablespoon + 1 teaspoon taco seasoning
  • 1 16 oz package of frozen fajita veggies, bell pepper and onions
  • Avocado, sliced
  • Broccoli slaw
  • Tomatillo dressing
  • 4 corn tortillas
  • Optional: limes, salsa, hot sauce, pickled onions


  • Add 2 teaspoons of oil to a medium skillet (I used a cast iron skillet), add fajita veggies and 1 teaspoon of taco seasoning. Sauté veggies until tender and hot, about 5-7 minutes. Move to a bowl.
  • Crumble tempeh into small pieces using your hands and add to a bowl with tamari, lime juice and 1 Tablespoon taco seasoning.
  • In the same skillet you used to cook the veggies, add another 2 teaspoons of oil and add tempeh mixture into the skillet. Cook, stirring frequently until tempeh starts to brown and is warm throughout, about 5-7 minutes. Remove from skillet and start building tacos.
  • For tacos fill one tortilla with tempeh, fajita veggies, slaw and avocado slices. Top with tomatillo dressing. Add salsa, hot sauce, pickled onions and a squeeze of fresh lime juice, if using.


Serving: 2tacos | Calories: 493kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 26g | Sodium: 744mg | Fiber: 19g | Sugar: 11g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Lunch/Dinner
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: tempeh tacos, vegan tempeh tacos
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Hey there, I’m Brittany, the creator of Eating Bird Food, cookbook author, health coach and mama of two littles. Here you’ll find quick and easy recipes that make healthy fun and enjoyable for you and your family!

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  1. 4 stars
    That taco looks scrumptiously delicious. I would love to try this one. Thank you for sharing this healthy recipe.

  2. 5 stars
    Brittany, these are great! I used a couple of different toppings than you did, but I love how you use tempeh here. Thanks for another keeper of a recipe!

  3. Wow it’s the first time I am trying tempeh and this recipe is so good and easy to make! Thank you so much 🙂

    1. Ah yay!! This makes me so happy to hear, Alyson. I’m so thrilled you tried it out and enjoyed it. Thanks for the review!