Everyday Tofu Tacos

These easy everyday tofu tacos have a light smoky flavour and come together in no time at all from pantry ingredients.  Perfect for an easy, meatless taco night!

tofu tacos in corn tortillas

I wish every night was taco night.

I love tacos in every shape and form from seafood tacos to breakfast tacos.

Our go to for an easy taco dinner is lentil tacos, but I thought that I would give tofu a try for a meat free taco meal and they just might be the next best thing!

These tofu tacos are so easy to make and come together from pantry ingredients which is great for those nights that you want a quick, healthy meal without having to shop for special ingredients.

How to make tofu tacos

These tofu tacos are as simple to make as they are delicious.

Start with a block of tofu cut into cubes, then mash with a fork until the tofu is crumbled into small pieces.

Heat a large skillet to medium heat and add a couple of tablespoons of oil. When the oil is hot, add the tofu add saute while stirring occasionally to cook out the excess moisture in the tofu.

When the tofu has dried a bit and begins to crisp, add the water, tomato paste, chili powder, cumin, paprika, onion powder and nutritional yeast to a bowl and mix together. Pour the spice mixture onto the tofu in the skillet and reduce the heat to low.

Simmer the tofu in the sauce for about 10 minutes.

Prepare your tortillas according to package directions and serve with your favourite toppings, because tacos are pretty much a delivery system for all the yummy things you can put on top of them and the list is endless!

three tofu tacos with garnish

Dietary Considerations and Accommodations

This recipe for tofu tacos is suitable for the following diets:

  • vegan
  • vegetarian
  • gluten free
  • dairy free

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Tofu Tacos

easy, everyday smokey spiced tofu tacos
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword tofu tacos
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 10 tacos
Calories 114kcal
Author Courtney


  • 14 oz extra firm tofu
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tsp fine sea salt
  • 1⁄2 tsp cumin
  • 1⁄2 tsp sweet smoked paprika
  • 1 tbsp nutritional yeast optional but encouraged!
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 10 corn tortillas


  • Cut the tofu in cubes and place in a bowl. Using a fork, mash the tofu until it turns into crumbles.
  • Heat a large skillet to medium heat and add a tablespoon or 2 of oil. When the oil is hot, add the tofu to the pan and cook while stirring with a spoon occasionally until the excess moisture has evaporated off the tofu.
  • At this point the tofu should move more freely around the pan and seem less sticky.
  • In a small bowl, dissolve the tomato paste in the water and add the chili powder, sea salt, cumin, paprika, onion powder and nutritional yeast then mix well.
  • Pour the spice mixture over the tofu and reduce the heat to low. Allow the tofu to simmer in the sauce for about 10 mins, or until the tofu has absorbed most of the water……
  • Serve with your favourtie taco toppings.

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