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Blackened Tofu Tacos

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  • Prep 15 min
  • Total 20 min
  • Servings 8
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Meatless Mondays and Taco Tuesdays have joined forces in this easy weeknight dinner. Mildly spicy, blackened tofu is tucked on top of a sweet coleslaw and covered with a fresh and easy fire-roasted salsa for a quick, tasty dinner.
Updated May 23, 2022
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Tofu Tacos

  • 1 package (14 oz) extra-firm tofu
  • 1 packet (1 oz) Old El Paso™ Original Taco Seasoning Mix
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons dried oregano (or 3/4 tbsp oregano powder)
  • 1 box (4.6 oz) Old El Paso™ Crunchy Taco Shells (12 Count)
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • Grated sharp cheddar cheese for topping

Cauliflower Coleslaw

  • 1 cup cauliflower florets, cut into very small crumbles
  • 1 tablespoon sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1 tablespoon green onions, sliced thinly
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Fire-Roasted Pantry Salsa

  • 1 can (14 oz) Muir Glen™ Organic Tomatoes Fire Roasted
  • 1/4 purple onion
  • 1/4 cup cilantro
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • 1
    Remove the tofu from the package, drain and pat dry with a paper towel, removing as much moisture as possible. Cut it into bite-sized cubes.
  • 2
    Prepare spice mixture by combing dried oregano and Old El Paso™ Taco Seasoning in a medium-sized bowl. Stir together until well combined.
  • 3
    Dip the tofu cubes into the spice mixture, coating thoroughly.
  • 4
    In a non-stick grill pan or large skillet, heat olive oil to medium-high heat. Add tofu to the hot oil and cook for 1-2 minutes on each side, until the spice mixture on the outside of the tofu is black and crispy, but not burned.
  • 5
    In a small bowl, mix together the cauliflower coleslaw ingredients. Salt and pepper to taste.
  • 6
    In a blender, combine the fire-roasted pantry salsa. Blend until puréed. Salt and pepper to taste.
  • 7
    In taco shells, layer coleslaw, tofu and salsa. Top with cheese.

Expert Tips

  • tip 1
    When pan-frying the tofu, you don't want to actually burn it to achieve the blackened look. The oregano in the recipe turns a darker shade, giving the tofu its final blackened look and flavor.
  • tip 2
    To give your taco shells that extra fresh flavor and crunch, always crisp the shells in a hot oven for a few minutes, according to package directions.
  • tip 3
    Be sure to purchase extra firm tofu, as other tofu might crumble when fried.

Nutrition Information

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