Smoky Tempeh Taco Meat Recipe

Try this delicious smoky, vegan taco filler, perfect for your meal prepping endeavors. Pour it over salads to add a bit of savory depth to your lunch.

| March 2019

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Tacos are a favorite food for many of us, so this “meat” will come in handy for quick meals. It’s also great in burritos, over salad or simply scooped up with chips.


  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 lb (500 g) tempeh, chopped
  • 4 tsp (20 mL) chili powder
  • 2 tsp (10 mL) smoked paprika
  • 2 tsp (10 mL) dried oregano
  • 1-1⁄2 tsp (7 mL) salt
  • 1 cup (250 mL) ready-to-use reduced-sodium vegetable broth or Homemade Veggie Stock


  1. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add onions and cook, stirring, until starting to sizzle. Reduce heat to medium and cook, stirring, for about 5 minutes or until softened.
  2. Add garlic and tempeh; cook, stirring, for 3 to 4 minutes or until tempeh is browned and starting to stick. Sprinkle with chili powder, paprika, oregano and salt; stir, then stir in broth. Cook, stirring, until pan is nearly dry.
  3. Transfer tempeh to an airtight container, let cool completely and store in the refrigerator for up to 1 week or in the freezer for up to 4 months.

Tip: Chop the tempeh to make a texture similar to ground beef. If you have a food processor, you can use the steel blade to pulse cubed tempeh into a chunky mince.

Variation: If you like spicier tacos, substitute 1 tsp (5 mL) chipotle chile powder (or to taste) for the smoked paprika.

Makes 8 servings (about 4 cups/1 L)




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