Smoky Shredded Tofu Taco “Meat”

Close up shot of a spoonful of our smoky shredded tofu taco meat

Have you ever tried shredded tofu but, buddies? We’re into it. Tremendous agency tofu + a field grater are all you have to meet your new BFF that helps make this smoky, spicy shredded tofu taco “meat”!

Not solely is it fast & simple to make, nevertheless it’s endlessly versatile! It’s excellent for the whole lot from tacos to burritos, bowls, nachos, and past. Simply 20 minutes required and ideal for making forward for a fast protein all through the week. Let’s shred! 🎸⛷️

Red onion, garlic, adobo sauce, spices, water, tofu, red bell pepper, and jalapeño

This 1-pan recipe begins with a candy and savory base of sautéed onion and pink bell pepper, plus jalapeño and garlic for a bit warmth and taste. Chili powder, smoked paprika, salt, adobo sauce, and water mix for a smoky, flavorful, saucy combination.

Drizzling water into a skillet of sautéed onions, peppers, and adobo sauce

Subsequent, we add the shredded tremendous agency tofu, which isn’t solely excessive in protein however has a agency texture that permits it to shred particularly properly.

Adding shredded tofu into a skillet of sautéed peppers and onions

A couple of minutes of cooking to permit the tofu to take in the flavors, and it’s time for dinner!

Stirring a skillet of vegan shredded tofu taco meat

We hope you LOVE this tofu taco “meat”. It’s:

Subtly spicy
Protein-packed (virtually 20 grams/serving!)
Fast & simple
& SO versatile!

This recipe is ideal for making initially of the week to get pleasure from in numerous methods over a number of days. Attempt it in a breakfast bowl with roasted potatoes, sliced avocado, and salsa. Or make a dinner bowl with beans, rice, roasted candy potatoes, and guacamole. It’s additionally nice for tacos, nachos, and extra. Let your creativity shine!

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Hand placing down a bowl with rice, black beans, limes, tofu taco meat, tortilla chips, jalapeños, and guacamole

Prep Time 10 minutes

Prepare dinner Time 10 minutes

Complete Time 20 minutes

Servings 4 (~3/4-cup servings)

Course Most important Course, Protein

Delicacies Gluten-Free, Mexican-Impressed, Vegan

Freezer Pleasant 1 month

Does it preserve? 3-4 Days

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  • 2 Tbsp olive or avocado oil
  • 1/2 massive onion (any shade), finely diced (1/2 onion yields ~1 ¼ cups or 180 g)
  • 1 massive pink bell pepper, finely diced (1 pepper yields ~1 ¼ cups or 120 g)
  • 1 medium jalapeño, finely diced, seeds eliminated (1 jalapeño yields ~1/3 cup or 60 g)
  • 4 medium cloves garlic, minced or pressed
  • 1 Tbsp chili powder (or store-bought)
  • 1 ½ tsp smoked paprika
  • 3/4 tsp sea salt
  • 2-3 Tbsp adobo sauce (from a can of chipotle peppers in adobo // optionally, for extra warmth, add 1/2-1 chipotle pepper, finely diced)
  • 1/4 cup water (plus extra as wanted)
  • 16 oz. tremendous agency excessive protein tofu, drained and shredded
  • When you haven’t already shredded your tofu, achieve this now. Drain the tofu and pat dry. Then, utilizing the biggest facet of a box grater, shred the tofu and put aside.
  • Warmth oil in a big skillet over medium warmth. As soon as sizzling, add the onion and cook dinner for 3-5 minutes, till delicate, translucent, and starting to brown.

  • Add bell peppers and jalapeños and cook dinner for one more 2-3 minutes, till softened. Add the garlic and toss to mix. Then add the chili powder, smoked paprika, and salt. Combine to evenly coat the veggies within the spices, then add the adobo sauce, non-obligatory chipotle pepper, and water and blend as soon as extra.

  • Add the tofu to the saucy veggies and toss to evenly coat. Unfold the tofu into a fair layer, flip the warmth up barely, and cook dinner for 2-3 minutes till the underside of the tofu begins to sizzle. Stir the tofu and scrape up any browned bits. Style and regulate as wanted, including extra water if too dry, adobo sauce for extra warmth/smokiness (we added the total quantity), or extra salt to style. If the tofu is simply too moist, proceed to cook dinner uncovered to evaporate any further liquid (we didn’t discover this mandatory!).

  • Take pleasure in! We love serving this tofu in bowls with beans, rice, roasted candy potatoes, and guacamole, or in tacos topped with guacamole and slaw. This tofu additionally makes a scrumptious topping for nachos!
  • Leftovers preserve in a sealed container within the fridge for 3-4 days or within the freezer for 1 month (or longer).

*Diet info is a tough estimate calculated with avocado oil, the lesser quantity of adobo sauce, and with out non-obligatory substances.

Serving: 1 serving Energy: 267 Carbohydrates: 11.9 g Protein: 19.1 g Fats: 16.1 g Saturated Fats: 2.8 g Polyunsaturated Fats: 1.2 g Monounsaturated Fats: 4.9 g Trans Fats: 0 g Ldl cholesterol: 0 mg Sodium: 547 mg Potassium: 361 mg Fiber: 5.1 g Sugar: 4.2 g Vitamin A: 694 IU Vitamin C: 61 mg Calcium: 139 mg Iron: 4.3 mg