These Chipotle Tofu Tacos are so simple to make and are going to be your NEW favorite way to substitute meat in your tacos! The tofu turns out crispy and packed with flavor- this is definitely one for the tofu skeptics out there!

Y’all! i am OBSESSED with how these tacos turned out! I saw a shrimp version of these tacos on social media recently and I knew I NEEDED to try them with tofu.

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I absolutely love how they turned out and I can’t wait for you to try them.

ALSO this method of cooking tofu has become my new go to. Tearing the pieces into bite sized chunks, covering them with spices/ marinade and letting that sit for a bit before tossing them in a little cornstarch. It’s a WINNING combination of flavor and crispiness.

chunks of cooked chipotle tofu in a tortilla (tacos) topped with a mango salsa and chopped cilantro. tacos are sitting on a pink plate

Ingredients we’re working with:

  • Extra or super firm tofu
  • Spices: including smoked paprika, chipotle chili powder, onion powder, and garlic powder
  • Cornstarch to help make the tofu crispy
  • Mango and avocado for the salsa
  • Sour cream to make a simple but delicious crema!
  • All your favorite taco fixings.
close up shot of chipotle tofu chunks in a skillet

If you make NOTHING ELSE, then you NEED to try this chipotle tofu! I absolutely love how crispy it turns out every time and is teh closest thing to a chicken substitute that I have found.

Lets quickly go over how to make the tofu:

  1. Press your tofu first. You can follow my full guide HERE on how to press tofu with or without a tofu press.
  2. Once pressed, use your hands to tear the tofu into bite sized chunks. There’s really no right or wrong way to do this and typically I end up with several different sizes. Tearing your tofu like this helps give it lots of rough edges that will crisp up in the pan. It also creates lots of little pockets to capture the flavors from the seasoning/ marinade that you’re using in whatever recipe.
  3. Drizzle on the olive oil, lime juice, and spices. Toss to coat and let it sit while you prepare the rest of the recipe. After 10 minutes, mix in the cornstarch.
  4. once ready to cook, heat some olive oil in a skillet and add in the tofu. Cook for about 10 minutes, stirring every few minutes. It’s important to let the tofu sit, undisturbed, for a few minutes at a time to get those really crispy edges.
chunks of cooked chipotle tofu in a tortilla (tacos) topped with a mango salsa and chopped cilantro. tacos are sitting on a pink plate

I’m not exaggerating when I say that these might be my ALL TIME favorite tofu tacos (and I’ve tried a LOT of tofu tacos!). The flavors + the crispiness of the tofu are just unmatched!

They are a little on the spicy side but the crema + the mango salsa really help cut through that. However, you could substitute the chipotle chili powder for regular and the smoked paprika for regular paprika. As much as I love spicy food, I don’t have a super high tolerance myself.

Either way, you’re going to LOVE these tacos!

chunks of cooked chipotle tofu in a tortilla (tacos) topped with a mango salsa and chopped cilantro. tacos are sitting on a pink plate

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chunks of cooked chipotle tofu in a tortilla (tacos) topped with a mango salsa and chopped cilantro. tacos are sitting on a pink plate

Chipotle Tofu Tacos


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  • Author: Brita Britnell
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

These Chipotle Tofu Tacos are seasoned with a delicious chipotle seasoning and topped with mango salsa for a simple and DELICIOUS vegetarian taco!


Ingredients

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For the chipotle tofu:

  • 1 block of extra firm tofu, pressed
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil, divided
  • Splash of lime juice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of chipotle chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon of smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon of cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon of onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons of cornstarch
  • tortillas and more cilantro for serving

For the mango salsa:

  • 1 ripe mango, diced
  • 1 ripe avocado, diced
  • 1 jalapeño, seeds and ribs removed, finely diced
  • 2 tablespoons of cilantro, finely chopped
  • Juice of 1 lime

For the crema:

  • 1/4 cup of sour cream
  • 1/2 tablespoon of lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon of cilantro, finely chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Cut the tofu into cubes OR break it into bite sized chunks with your hands. Place it into a large bowl and drizzle with 1 tablespoon of olive oil and a splash of lime juice. . Sprinkle on the spices: chipotle chili powder, smoked paprika, cumin, onion powder, garlic powder, and sea salt. Toss to coat the tofu and let sit for 10 minutes (you can also do this overnight and leave in the fridge in an air tight container).
  2. Meanwhile, make the salsa by combining all of the ingredients in a medium bowl. Set aside.
  3. Make the crema by combining all of the ingredients in a small bowl. Set aside.
  4. Once ready to cook, toss the cornstarch onto the tofu and mix so that the tofu is evenly covered in the cornstarch. Heat a large skillet over medium heat and add in the remaining tablespoon of olive oil. Once hot, add in the tofu and cook for 10 minutes, tossing every couple of minutes.
  5. Assemble the tacos by spreading a little of the crema on the bottom of a tortilla. Top with a scoop of the tofu and some of the mango salsa. Sprinkle on additional cilantro and ENJOY!

Notes

– Recipe adapted from Dishing Out Health’s Chipotle Shrimp Tacos

-Nutritional info DOES NOT include the tortillas

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: tacos
  • Method: skillet
  • Cuisine: american