Skip Nav

Tempeh Taco Recipe

These Red Pepper and Corn Tempeh Tacos Are Vegan and Perfect For Taco Tuesday

Need a quick protein-packed, plant-based dinner? These tempeh tacos are so easy to make and so satisfying, you'll wish it was Taco Tuesday every night.

The filling is made with crumbled tempeh, sautéed onions, red peppers, and corn. It's perfectly soft and tender, and slightly spicy — even meat eaters will be instant fans! Honestly, my meat-loving husband said the tempeh texture was so much like ground beef.

These tacos were topped with sliced red cabbage, avocado, and halved cherry tomatoes, but you could doll up this recipe by adding black beans, salsa, roasted sweet potatoes, or a homemade cashew cream or sour cream.

You can make the filling ahead of time on a Sunday and Taco Tuesday will come together in minutes! If you've never cooked with tempeh, this is the perfect first recipe to try.

Tempeh Tacos

From Jenny Sugar

Tempeh Taco Recipe


  1. 1 tablespoon olive oil
    1/2 medium yellow onion, chopped (1/2 cup)
    1/2 red bell pepper, diced
    1 8-ounce package tempeh, crumbled
    2 teaspoons cumin
    1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
    1 teaspoon chili powder (optional)
    1/4 teaspoon sea salt
    Juice from one small lime
    1/2 cup frozen corn
    6 corn tortillas


  1. Heat olive oil in a cast-iron pan over medium heat. Once hot, add in the chopped onion and cook for about five minutes until the onion becomes translucent.
  2. Add the bell pepper and cook for another couple minutes.
  3. Add the crumbled tempeh to the pan and add in the spices and the lime juice. Cook for a few minutes then stir in the corn and cook for another few minutes. Give the tempeh filling a taste and add seasonings or spiciness to your liking.
  4. Fill a tortilla with one-sixth of the tempeh filling and add whatever toppings you like — salsa, hot sauce, avocado or guacamole, red cabbage, diced tomatoes, or sour cream.

Nutritional info is for one taco:

More from POPSUGAR
From Our Partners
How Forest Bathing Helped Ease My Seasonal Depression
A Simple Trick For Tackling Your New Year's Resolutions
Healthy New Year's Resolutions Not About Losing Weight
What It Was Like to Take the Morning-After Pill as a Teen
Expert Tips For Staying Fit Over The Holidays
The Difference Between Nerves and Anxiety
15 Healthy, Make-Ahead Lunch Recipes
How to Comfort a Partner With Anxiety
The Mediterranean Diet May Relieve Symptoms of Depression
An Adorable Llama Yoga Calendar For 2020
The Best Aussie Food Bloggers To Follow
What It's Like to Gain Weight After an Eating Disorder
Latest Health & Fitness
All the Latest From Ryan Reynolds