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Chipotle Tempeh Tacos
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
20 mins

Hearty, crumbly, and packed with protein...tempeh makes the best vegan taco filling! These chipotle tempeh tacos are delicious, super easy to whip up, and perfect for weeknight dinners.

Course: Entree
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Keyword: tacos, tempeh
Servings: 4 tacos
Calories: 439 kcal
Author: Alissa Saenz
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil (or high-heat oil of choice)
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 (8 ounce) package tempeh
  • 1/4 cup tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons adobo sauce (from a can of chipotle peppers)
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ancho chile powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 taco shells or small tortillas
Toppings (Pick Your Favorites)
  1. Coat the bottom of a large skillet with oil and place it over medium-high heat.

  2. When the oil is hot, add the onion. Sauté the onion for about 5 minutes, until it softens up and just begins to brown.

  3. Add the garlic and sauté for another minute, until very fragrant.

  4. Crumble the tempeh into the skillet. Cook the tempeh, stirring occasionally, until it begins to brown, about 5 minutes.

  5. Stir in the tomato sauce, adobo sauce, cumin, ancho chile powder, salt and pepper. Cook everything for 1-2 minutes more, until the sauce begins to thicken up.

  6. Remove the skillet from heat and season the mixture with additional salt to taste. Adjust any other seasonings to your liking.

  7. Stuff the tempeh taco filling into shells or tortillas. Top with toppings and serve.

Recipe Notes

Nutrition information assumes you're using corn tortillas and does not include toppings.

Nutrition Facts
Chipotle Tempeh Tacos
Amount Per Serving (2 tacos)
Calories 439 Calories from Fat 191
% Daily Value*
Fat 21.2g33%
Saturated Fat 3.3g17%
Sodium 968mg40%
Potassium 759mg22%
Carbohydrates 43.9g15%
Fiber 4.5g18%
Sugar 7.3g8%
Protein 25.1g50%
Calcium 160mg16%
Iron 5.4mg30%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.