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Tempeh Tacos with Cashew Lime Cream

15 min


The pan-fried and spiced tempeh makes for a protein-packed filling in these hearty tacos. Adjust the spices to be as mild or as fiery as you'd like, and load the tacos full of your favourite toppings!



15 min


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  • 1 Tbsp (15 mL)
    vegetable oil
  • 2
    shallots, minced
  • 3
    cloves garlic, minced
  • 10.5 oz (300 g)
  • 2 tsp (5 g)
    onion powder
  • 1 tsp (2 g)
    paprika powder
  • 1 tsp (3 g)
    ground cumin
  • ½ tsp
    chili powder
  • ½ tsp
    dried oregano
  • ¼ tsp
    ground black pepper
  • 1⅔ cups (400 g)
    canned diced tomatoes
  • 2 Tbsp (30 mL)
  • 8
    corn tortillas

Cashew cream

  • ½ cup (65 g)
    raw cashews
  • ⅓ cup (80 mL)
    boiling water
  • 1
    lime, juiced*

Optional toppings

  • avocado
  • cherry tomatoes
  • fresh cilantro
  • fresh lime slices
  • red hot chili
  • red onion
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  1. To a large pan on high heat, add the oil. When hot, add the shallots and garlic and sauté for 2 minutes.
  2. Crumble the tempeh with your hands into the pan and cook for 6 - 7 minutes, stirring until lightly golden and crispy. Add splashes of water as needed to deglaze the pan.
  3. Meanwhile, make the cashew cream by adding the ingredients to a small food processor, and blend until smooth. Add more water if needed to achieve your desired consistency.
  4. To the pan, add the spices and sauté for 20-seconds until fragrant, then add the diced tomato and soy sauce, cooking for 3 - 5 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, heat the tortillas on a skillet and when the tempeh has absorbed the tomatoes to your liking, spoon it onto the warmed tortillas. Add the toppings of your choice, and enjoy!


Plate method

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Grains 18%

corn tortilla

Proteins 41%


raw cashews

Fruits & Veggies 41%


clove garlic

canned diced tomatoes


No significant sources of calcium

vegetable oil

raw cashews

Nutrition info

We believe that focusing on numbers can harm our relationship with food. Instead, our philosophy is to Nourish the Cells & the Soul. If you require specific nutrition information due to a medical condition, please consult with a dietitian or physician. The nutritional information provided is composed with the utmost care. However, we cannot guarantee the correctness of the displayed values, see also our disclaimer.

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Sahar - April 13, 2021, 2:43 a.m.

My first time trying Tempeh and I love it!
Thank you so much for your fantastic website that makes it so easy to change servings and check things off the list as I go along.
You are amazing!!!

PUL Team - April 14, 2021, 2:14 a.m.

Woohoo! So happy your first time was a success, Sahar, and so glad you're enjoying the new website functionalities 🤩

Lauren - March 30, 2021, 6:05 p.m.

This recipe has become a fixture in our household (though we use tofu rather than tempeh). Love it!

PUL Team - April 3, 2021, 12:44 a.m.

Thanks for sharing, Lauren! So happy to hear 🥰