Tofu Black Bean Tacos

4.38 from 16 votes
1 hour 35 minutes
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Tofu Black Bean Tacos are easy, delicious, packed with protein and a healthful way to enjoy tacos.  Even a diehard carnivore won’t miss the meat!

Photo of Tofu and Black Bean Tacos on wooden board garnished with lime wedges.

Even a diehard carnivore won’t miss the meat with these delicious, hearty Tofu and Black Bean Tacos that are full of plant-based protein!

I think tofu gets a bad rap.  Yes, it’s bland on its own.  No one sits down to a meal of plain tofu and says….”Woohoo!  Plain tofu!”  Just like a plain baked chicken breast or plain baked piece of fish isn’t going to excite anyone either.

However, the fact that tofu is so plain, makes it a blank culinary canvas.  It’s also a very inexpensive protein and who can’t love that?

Photo of Tofu and Black Bean Tacos on black square plate garnished with avocado, cilantro, lime wedges and lettuce.

How to prepare and drain tofu:

There’s just a little bit of prep work involved with tofu as it’s packed in water and it needs to be drained and pressed.

  • Slice the tofu block into “planks.”
  • Place on a thick layer of paper towels or a clean kitchen towel placed on a cutting board or large baking sheet.
  • Place another layer of paper towels or another clean kitchen towel over the tofu
  • Set another baking sheet on top.
  • Put a heavy object such as a big cookbook on the baking sheet and let sit for about an hour.
  • Or, simply use a tofu press!

After prepping the tofu, these come together very quickly.  Serve with all your favorite taco “fixins:”

  • Cheese
  • Lettuce
  • Avocado
  • Lime
  • Cilantro
  • Peppers
  • Scallion or onion

And of course, these can be made vegan by using a plant-based “cheese.”  Enjoy!

Photo of Tofu and Black Bean Tacos on wood board garnished with lime wedges and cilantro.

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Tofu Black Bean Tacos

4.38 from 16 votes

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By: Carol | From A Chef's Kitchen
Tofu and Black Bean Tacos are easy, delicious, packed with protein and a healthful way to enjoy tacos.  Even a diehard carnivore won't miss the meat!
Prep Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 35 minutes
Course Vegetarian / Vegan Entrees
Cuisine Southwestern / Mexican
Servings 4
Calories 276 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 block (14-ounce) extra-firm tofu
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 2 teaspoons dried Mexican oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon chipotle powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt - or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil - divided
  • 1 small onion - finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic - minced
  • 1 can (10-ounce) diced tomatoes with green chiles - undrained
  • 1 can (15-ounce) black beans - drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 8-10 to tortillas - corn or flour, warmed
  • Shredded cheese, shredded lettuce, chopped green bell pepper, sour cream, lime wedges, chopped scallion, avocado wedges, cilantro - shredded lettuce, chopped green bell pepper, sour cream, lime wedges, chopped scallion, avocado wedges, cilantro

Instructions
 

  • Cut tofu into six "slabs" lengthwise. Lay tofu out on several layers of paper towels or a clean kitchen towel. Place several more layers of paper towels or another kitchen towel over the tofu. Top with a baking sheet and place something heavy such as several cookbooks on the baking sheet. Let drain 1 hour. Cut tofu into cubes.
  • Combine chili powder, cumin, coriander, oregano, chipotle powder, salt and black pepper in a small bowl. Season tofu cubes with half of the spice combination.
  • Heat half the canola oil in a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the tofu and sear well on all sides. Transfer to a plate or bowl.
  • Heat remaining oil over medium-high heat. Add the onion, reduce heat to medium and cook 8-10 minutes or until soft.
  • Add the remaining spice combination, garlic and tomatoes. Bring to a boil. Stir in black beans and tofu and heat through. Stir in cilantro. Adjust seasoning with salt and black pepper.
  • Serve in tortillas with all your favorite taco "fixins!"

Nutrition

Serving: 1 | Calories: 276kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 776mg | Potassium: 263mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1360IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 120mg | Iron: 4mg

These are estimated values generated from a nutritional database using unbranded products. Please do your own research with the products you're using if you have a serious health issue or are following a specific diet.

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