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

Tempeh Tacos

  • Author: Brittany Mullins
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 2


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. 


  • 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 16oz 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


  1. 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.
  2. Crumble tempeh into small pieces using your hands and add to a bowl with tamari, lime juice and 1 Tablespoon taco seasoning.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  • Category: Lunch/Dinner
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Mexican


  • Serving Size: 2 tacos
  • Calories: 493
  • Sugar: 11g
  • Sodium: 744mg
  • Fat: 26g
  • Carbohydrates: 41g
  • Fiber: 19g
  • Protein: 28g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg

Keywords: tempeh tacos, vegan tempeh tacos