The Best Tofu Taco Filling Recipes We Can Find

As veganism continues to take the world by storm, more and more people are discovering the wonders and versatility of tofu.

Tofu is made by pressing condensed soy milk into a solid block. Tofu can be purchased in a variety of textures, ranging from silken to extra firm. 

Tofu is high in protein and is used by many vegans as a staple component in their diet. The flavor can be bland, but marinating the tofu before cooking will imbue it with the flavors of the marinade.

Tofu is low in calories but high in nutrients such as manganese, calcium, selenium, phosphorus, copper, magnesium, iron, and zinc. It is an incredibly nutrient dense food. 

Tofu tacos are one of the best ways to eat tofu, as the strongly flavored spice mix gives it a new kick. 

Mexican-Inspired Tofu Tacos With Chili-Lime Slaw

This Mexican inspired recipe from Vanilla and Bean is incredibly flavorful and super simple to make. The filling can be frozen at home without compromising on the taste or texture.

The tofu does not just work well as a taco filling, it makes the ideal topping for a burrito bowl or in toasted pitta bread. The recipe is suitable for vegetarians and vegans, and can be made gluten free as well. 

Tofu Tacos

Source: Well Plated

This recipe from Well Plated makes crumbly and lightly spiced tofu taco filling. The recipe is simple to follow and you can pull it together in under 30 minutes.

The resultant taco filling has a crispy texture, making it incredibly satisfying to consume. Even tofu skeptics will be begging you for seconds once they’ve tried this.

The recipe creator recommends adding some black beans to the mixture to up the protein content and make the dish more satisfying. 

Meaty Tofu Tacos

Source: Nora Cooks

This recipe from Nora Cooks creates a chewy tofu texture bursting with Mexican inspired flavors. This tofu is very versatile and makes the perfect addition to nachos, burritos, rice bowls, salads, and tacos.

The texture is similar to that of seasoned ground beef you would typically find inside tacos. 

The tofu is seasoned with a smoky chili paste and baked, giving it the irresistible texture and flavor combination. The whole thing can be pulled together in under 20 minutes. 

Vegan Tofu Taco Crumbles

This recipe from It Doesn’t Taste Like Chicken is described as magical. Extra-firm tofu is crumbled into small pieces and doused in a spice seasoning mix.

This is then placed in the oven to dry it out, darkening the tofu. This dries the tofu out and makes the texture crispy and crunchy. 

The creators recommend serving the crumbles in tacos topped with salsa. This allows them to reabsorb some of the moisture and makes the texture more chewy.

Vegan Taco Meat

This recipe from Loving It Vegan makes a large quantity of taco meat. This means that you will have a ton of leftovers. This makes it ideal for bulk meal prep or for serving to a large group of people. It is super simple to make.

The base ingredients for this taco meat are tofu and walnuts, crumbled to make it more texturally similar. A spice mix containing garlic, onion, cumin, smoked paprika, and cayenne pepper to name a few coats the tofu, making it incredibly flavorful.

Cajun Tofu Tacos

These Cajun tofu tacos come from Olive magazine. They only take 30 minutes to make and are suitable for people following a vegan diet. The recipe also contains directions to make a salsa to compliment the taco meat. 

This salsa contains green chilis, shallots, red pepper, mango, and coriander. It is juicy and refreshing and tastes perfect with the tofu taco meat. 

Tofu Tacos

Source: Tasty

This recipe from Tasty is fairly simplistic compared to some of our other choices. It is the ideal recipe to follow if you are looking to get your kids involved in the cooking process.

The flavors in the dish are simple and kid-friendly, plus they will love crumbling the tofu into a bowl. 

The crumbled tofu is then baked in the oven for 20-25 minutes, before you get all of the fun of assembly. This will give your kids a good insight into the prep, cooking, and assembly process of the dish.

Baked Tofu Tacos With Creamy Cilantro Sauce

This recipe from Veggie Inspired is for baked strips of tofu to be used as a taco filling. The tofu cubes are pressed and then marinated, before being baked at a high temperature. This allows a crispy exterior crust to form, while keeping a firm and meaty texture in the center. 

The cilantro sauce is creamy and flavorful, perfectly complementing the tofu. It is recommended that you serve the tacos with crunchy corn, fresh tomatoes, leafy spinach, all wrapped up in a soft flour tortilla.

Spicy Tofu Tacos

This recipe for spicy tofu tacos comes from the Living Well Kitchen. This is a vegetarian recipe packed with flavor. The tofu gets pressed and then soaked in a sweet, spicy, and tangy marinade to take on some of these flavors.

The tofu is then baked and served on top of creamy avocado and a coleslaw mix, dredged in the leftover marinade. It’s too good to resist. 

Chipotle Tofu Tacos

Source: Eating Well

This taco recipe comes from Eating Well. The tofu is torn instead of cut to create a more unique and appealing texture when eaten. The tofu chunks are dredged in corn flour before baking, creating a crispy texture reminiscent of fish tacos. 

These tacos are best served with soured cream, finely shredded raw cabbage, chopped fresh cilantro, and a squeeze of lime juice. 

Vegan Chipotle Tofu Sofritas

This recipe comes from Delish Knowledge. The recipe is inspired by the sofritas served at Chipotle. There’s no longer a need to go out and buy these tacos. This recipe gives you the perfect copycat product without you ever needing to leave your home. 

To make this recipe you will need poblano and chipotle peppers, garlic, tomatoes, cumin, paprika, tofu, and tortillas.

It is a good idea to add in some pinto or black beans for additional protein and fiber. Serve the sofritas in a tortilla on top of lettuce, avocado, rice, and fresh cilantro. 

Beer Battered Tofu Tacos With A Chipotle Cashew Soured Cream

This recipe comes from Sainsbury’s magazine. The tofu tacos are served alongside chipotle soured cream, guacamole, lettuce, fresh cilantro, lime wedges, and dried chili flakes.

The recipe requires some forethought as there is some prep involved that needs to be done in advance. 

The beer batter adds a unique textural and flavor profile to the tofu. Once you have tried it, you’ll never see tofu in the same way. 

Spicy Sofritas Tofu

Source: Pinch of Yum

This recipe is from Pinch of Yum, and is a real crowd pleaser. This is a great addition to tacos, burritos, rice bowls, nachos, and to be honest, anything! It is great served alongside beans, avocado, and a fresh, crunchy coleslaw. 

Again, this recipe is inspired by Chipotle. A flavorful sauce is made and then liberally poured over the top of the crumbled cooked tofu. This is then gently simmered to create a thick, rich, and delicious sofritas tofu mix.