4.63 from 127 votes
Vegan Tofu Taco Crumbles
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
50 mins

Chewy and perfectly spiced. Layer on a taco (or burrito) with your favourite toppings for the ultimate vegan taco. These can be made ahead and reheated making dinner a breeze. 

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 4 (makes 2 cups)
Calories: 89 kcal
  • 1 tablespoon light oil (such as canola or vegetable)
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce (gluten-free if preferred)
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne (optional for spice)
  • 1 block (350g) extra-firm tofu, drained (no need to press it)
  • 3/4 - 1 1/4 cups salsa
  1. Preheat your oven to 350F (180C). Line with parchment paper or lightly grease a large baking sheet.

  2. Mix the oil, soy sauce, and all the spices in a large bowl. It will make a brown paste-like texture.

  3. Crumble the block of tofu with your fingers into the bowl with the seasoning. Mix the tofu crumbles with the seasoning making sure all of the tofu is evenly coated. Spread the tofu crumbles evenly over the pan. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, stopping to stir the tofu every now and then. Keep a close eye on it towards the end so that it doesn't burn. You want the tofu to be nice and browned. The smaller crumbles will be darker than the larger crumbles, and that's ok because it will provide a variety of texture.

  4. Remove the tofu crumbles from the oven and add to a pan with the 3/4 cup salsa. You may need more salsa depending on how watery the salsa is and how wet you would like your tofu crumbles to be, add more salsa to taste. Heat through and serve hot on taco shells with desired toppings or in a burrito.

Recipe Notes

You can store vegan tofu taco crumbles in an air-tight container in the fridge for 3-4 days.

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