We take tacos pretty seriously at PeachDish, and these tempeh soft tacos are no exception. If you've always wanted to try cooking tempeh at home, this dish is an excellent introduction to cooking with tempeh. The tempeh is seasoned with an array of spices like cumin, paprika, and honey powder and topped with salty cotija. A lime-soaked radish, carrot and kale salad gives amazing texture contrast against the tender tempeh and soft corn tortillas.
Prepare mise en place: remove radish stems, cut in half and thinly slice; peel carrot, remove stem, cut in half and thinly slice; peel and mince the garlic, roughly chop or crumble the tempeh into small pieces; cut the onion into small dice; zest and juice the lime; wash the kale, remove stem, and shred leaves.
In a medium-large mixing bowl combine tempeh, garlic, tomatoes, onion, 1 Tbsp spice blend, half the lime juice, lime zest, a pinch of salt and pepper, soy sauce, and 2 Tablespoons of water. Mix together thoroughly.
Place a large sauté pan over medium-high heat. Add oil and when it begins to shimmer add the tempeh mixture, cook while stirring occasionally for 8-12 minutes to dry out, and slightly brown the mixture.
While the tempeh cooks. Combine the carrots, radish and kale in a small mixing bowl with the remaining lime juice and a pinch of salt and pepper. Mix well and set aside.
Warm the tortillas. When the tempeh-vegetable mixture has browned remove from heat, taste and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper if desired. Fill the warm tortillas with the tempeh-vegetable mixture and top with the raw radish mix, and cotija cheese. Enjoy!
With a degree in Journalism from the University of South Carolina, Robert Lupo has worked in restaurant kitchens from his hometown of Columbia, SC, to Atlanta, GA, including Motor Supply Company, The Globe in Tech Square, Eclipse di Sol, Aria, Brick Store Pub, and Leon’s Full Service. In 2012, he founded the vegetarian Sherrywood Supper Club in Atlanta, where he lives with his wife. Lupo currently works for the Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School, on the Nutrition staff.Learn More...