Baja-Style Grilled Tempeh Tacos

Total Time
1hr 20mins
Prep 20 mins
Cook 1 hr

From the Veganomicon. I add lots of hot sauce to this (both in the lime creme and the tempeh marinade). It's very pretty with shredded purple cabbage, but you can substitute with lettuce if you'd prefer.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Prepare the slaw first: Mix first 6 ingredients (cabbage through ground black pepper) in a large bowl (don't use metal). Cover and place in fridge. Weigh down slaw with canned beans or full pickle jar. Slaw improves the longer it's allowed to mellow. Allow to press for at least 1 hour. When ready to use, squeeze out handfuls to release any excess juice.
  2. Make the lime cream: Blend ingredients from yogurt to 1/2 t salt in a blender until creamy and smooth. Add more salt or lime juice to taste, if desired. Pour into an airtight container and chill for 1 hour.
  3. Make the marinade: Whisk together ingredients from beer to cumin and pour into a glass pie plate or casserole dish.
  4. Prepare the Tempeh: Boil water in a 2 qt pot. Slice tempeh into 3 pieces lengthwise and then in half horizontally through the middle. Add the tempeh to the water, reduce heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove pieces with tongs and place directly in marinade dish. Marinate for 1 hour flipping occasionally to cover.
  5. Preheat the oven to 200. Preheat a greased grill pan over medium-high heat.
  6. Grill tempeh for 5 minutes on each side, while basting with marinade. Remove from heat and slice into thin strips. Keep warm, covered in foil in the oven while assembling tacos.
  7. Heat a corn tortilla, spread lime crema down the center, top with slaw, tempeh and then any garnish you like (diced tomato, pickled jalepenos, hot sauce, avocado, lettuce, etc). Fold & eat.


Most Helpful

This is a fabulous recipe. I saw a pic of this on Amazon from reader submissions from Veganomicon. I love spicy cabbage slaw with tacos. I marinated the tempeh and decided to just break it up and fry it up in a frying pan, it is delicious. Also I made my own cabbage slaw recipe, mine includes the pickled jalapeno juice instead of this cider vinegar dressing. It adds spice and it makes it very similar to that in a Mexican restaurant. All in all the recipe is a keeper, makes great tacos.

ntotheozmom November 13, 2011

I'm not a fan of bigger pieces of tempeh in dishes, so like another reviewer suggested, I think I'll crumble it next time. Even with the bigger slices, this was a hit for me. The flavors in the marinade, slaw and lime crema blended wonderfully and made for a fabulous dinner. I quadrupled the recipe for my large family (I made it directly from Veganomicon), but I omitted the beer and I used plain almond milk yogurt instead of soy. It's not an everyday sort of meal (at least for me!), but it was well worth the effort.

worldmom12 October 03, 2011

Love these tacos. Love this cookbook. This was the first recipe I tried from it, and I was not disappointed. Done all at once, the recipe is time-consuming, but none of the steps are difficult or long. The slaw, crema, and marinated tempeh can all be made in advance, at different times if desired. Then the tacos themselves come together rather quickly. Even the dedicated omnivores liked this one. It's a good recipe to use for a mixed crowd.

Cinnamon Turtle July 20, 2011

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