Buffalo Tempeh Tacos | Vegan + GF

Buffalo Tempeh Tacos

If you’ve never had tempeh it can be a little intimidating. One look at it can make your eyes the size of golf balls. It basically looks like a block of nuts hahaha!! Don’t worry—it’s all about the flavor & cooking process that makes this recipe DIVINE.


Tempeh is made from cooked & slightly fermented soybeans; it is very high in protein & calcium which make it a great meat substitute! It has a mild nutty flavor, but definitely needs to be jazzed up in my opinion ;) This is a FABULOUS first timer tempeh recipe. C’mon, who doesn’t like buffalo flavor?!?! Aaaaand it holds together very well, unlike tofu!


This is a pretty easy weeknight recipe & it lacks NO flavor <3


**NOTE** When I make this recipe for dinner, my toddler will obviously not eat spicy ass buffalo strips. Before tossing the strips in the buffalo sauce at the end, I put a few strips off to the side for him. I toss his in a mixture of ketchup & vegan ranch—BOOM. Dinner for all :)

 

 


Serves: 4

Prep Time: You tell me…

 

SHIT YOU’LL NEED:

1, 8 oz package tempeh

1/3 c soy milk (unsweetened, or any non-dairy milk)

lettuce cups (iceberg, butter, romaine etc)

red cabbage, thinly sliced

vegan ranch (or regular ranch if not doing vegan)

 

|  FLOUR MIXTURE  |

½ cup brown rice flour

1 tbsp Italian seasoning

½ tsp salt

¼ tsp garlic salt

½ tsp thyme, dried

½ tsp oregano, dried

½ tsp garlic powder

freshly ground pepper to taste

 

|  BREADCRUMBS  |

1 cup gluten-free panko crumbs

2 Tbsp Italian seasoning

 

|  BUFFALO SAUCE  | ****NOTE** When I make this recipe for dinner, my toddler will obviously not eat spicy ass buffalo strips. Before tossing the strips in the buffalo sauce at the end, I put a few strips off to the side for him. I toss his in a mixture of ketchup & vegan ranch—BOOM. Dinner for all :)

½ cup Frank's buffalo sauce (YES, it’s vegan! Their “natural butter flavor” contains NO actual dairy) <3

2 tbsp vegan butter, earth balance (or regular butter if not doing vegan)

1 tbsp ketchup

 

HOW TO DO THE SHIT:

1.    In a medium saucepan bring 4 cups of water to boil over high heat. Remove tempeh from package. Slice into 8 long strips, & then in half so you’re left with 16 small strips.

2.    Once the water is boiling, lower heat to medium-high, add tempeh, & boil for 15 minutes. Drain & rinse with COLD water.

3.    Set out 3 bowls. 1) Pour in soy milk. 2) Combine flour & seasonings (flour mixture). 3) Add panko crumbs & Italian seasoning.

4.    Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

5.    Place each strip in milk, then coat in flour mixture, & then briefly re-dip into milk. Toss with panko crumbs, coating well. Set on a lightly oiled baking sheet. Repeat with remaining tempeh strips.

6.    Once all are coated & on baking sheet, lightly spray all strips with olive oil cooking spray. Place in oven & bake for 10 minutes. Flip strips over & bake for an additional 10 minutes.

7.    While they are baking, place wing sauce ingredients in a medium-sized bowl. Cover with saran wrap & heat in microwave on medium-high setting for a minute & a half. Remove from heat & whisk ingredients together until homogenous.

8.    Wash & cut your lettuce & red cabbage; set aside.

9.    When wings are finished baking, toss with sauce.

10.    Assemble your buffalo tempeh tacos!! Take a lettuce cup, add thinly sliced red cabbage, place your buffalo strips on top, & drizzle with vegan ranch (or regular)!

 

Buffalo Tempeh

Buffalo Tempeh

Buffalo Tempeh

Buffalo Tempeh

Buffalo Tempeh

Buffalo Tempeh

Buffalo Tempeh

Buffalo Tempeh

Buffalo Tempeh

Buffalo Tempeh

Buffalo Tempeh

 

Comments

Submitted by Guess Who's Cooking (not verified) on Sun, 01/12/2020 - 09:19

These were delicious! I just made them as wings rather than tacos. I think pre-cooking the tempeh is crucial. It softens it and mellows the flavor. I used whole wheat flour and omitted the ketchup since I didn't have any, and they were awesome! Thanks for this recipe!

YAY!!! I am so happy that you gave this recipe a try!! Making them as wings sounds like a fabulous idea! The lettuce was just a vessel to get the delicious buffalo-ness in anyways ;) <3

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