Tropical Tempeh Tacos

I made these tacos and they were pretty good and really fast but I will have to work on the recipe before I post it. All I did was boil the tempeh with soy sauce while meanwhile sauteing the onion, garlic, and red cabbage. After the tempeh cooked for 10 minutes I added it to the saute and then finally the pineapple. I topped with with green onions, lime juice, cilantro, and a little bit of the parsley pesto I had left over. I think when I try again I will grill everything instead of sauteing. They were really good, fast, and easy. I ate too much.

Do you like Tempeh? Mr Smurf adores it, he can eat it plain and still cold and wonders why it isn’t more popular at restaurants. I thought about it and I couldn’t remember ever coming across it at any Austin restaurants, even the Indonesian place.  I like to buy it because of the health benefits and  because it has a really unique taste but I would love to try a restaurant version. How do you like your tempeh?

13 thoughts on “Tropical Tempeh Tacos

  1. Alin

    I love tempeh, but only at Wheatsville. In their Tempeh Tacos, or Ginger Tempeh Pasta Salad.

    Mother’s serves it, and like most things at Mother’s, is pretty boring.

    I’ve been too scared to cook it myself, but I think I’m going to try the spicy tempeh and broccoli rabe pasta recipe from Vcon soon.

    Those look really tasty, well done!

  2. lazysmurf Post author

    Alin- I forgot about Wheatsville! I do love their tempeh chili, I make the PPK version quite a bit too. I don’t ever go to Mother’s, I have always been really disappointed by their food.

  3. Sarah C.

    I love tempeh (it’s totally my favorite of the holy trinity of vegan proteins), pretty much in all forms. But since you’re asking about restaurants, have you tried the tempeh at Mellow Mushroom (I think there’s one in Austin, right?). They marinate it in something wonderful (at least the Fort Worth branch) and make a delightful sandwich or pizza topping. yum

  4. Jes

    Honestly, I’m not a super big fan of tempeh, but it’s alright in BBQ sauce. 🙂 Almost anythings alright in BBQ sauce though! The tacos look pretty tempting, I must admit!

  5. Alin

    Oh, I forgot how good Wheatsville’s tempeh chili is! Over some Frito’s with onions and jalapenos!?!! Hell yeah.

    I have to eat at Mother’s tonight. 😦 Friend wants to go and it’s not worth fighting about. Fingers crossed I get something good.

  6. twoveganboys

    You know as much as I cook the only way I have had tempeh is the hot wing recipe from “Don’t Eat off the Sidewalk”. I need to be more creative with it. I use seitan more often b/c I make my own. The tacos you made look delicious.

  7. lazysmurf Post author

    Sarah C.-There is a mellow mushroom, I have never been there, how cool that they have tempeh on pizza!

  8. taleoftwovegans

    Mmm, pineapple in tacos is great idea! Have you tried the hot sauce glazed tempeh from the Veganomicon? I’m convinced that that recipe can turn anyone into a tempeh-lover.

  9. lazysmurf Post author

    taleoftwovegans- I really want to try that one but it calls for 1/4 cup of hot sauce! That seems like an awful lot so I am kind of afraid.

  10. taleoftwovegans

    It is pretty spicy, but serving it with rice or quinoa helps. Funny story: I used to dry-fry it, but my boyfriend feels like he’s been maced when I do it (runny eyes, nose, everything!), so I have to bake it. (he still loves to eat it, though!) P.S.: I tried kombucha today because of your post on it – it’s so different and good! Thanks! Eve

  11. lazysmurf Post author

    Eve- that is great! It took me a lot of different kinds until I found one I like so it is worth exploring, they make me feel so good.

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