Recipe developer Jaime Shelbert of Wholly Nourished has a recipe for tofu breakfast tacos that will turn even non-tofu fans into tofu lovers. As she puts it, "I’ve made this for people who are wary of tofu and have made them believers." What’s not to love? This turmeric-infused, vegetable-laden recipe has it all when it comes to healthy ingredients like spinach and avocado. Other than that, the flavor is on par with classics you’d find at your favorite Mexican restaurant.
Beyond a bite that will blow you away, we are loving the versatility of this easy-to-make tofu taco dish, with Shelbert noting, "Usually I make this for breakfast, but it can be enjoyed for dinner as well in my opinion." And the best part is that the tasty, tofu-based meal comes together quite quickly and with just a few ingredients, whether it’s made and enjoyed first thing in the morning, for brunch, lunch, or dinner. After making this recipe once, you’ll find yourself going back to it again and again.
Gather your ingredients to make these scrumptious breakfast tacos
Ready to make tofu breakfast tacos? Okay, then you will need extra virgin olive oil, half an onion, a red pepper, garlic, a block of firm tofu, turmeric, salt, spinach, and corn and flour tortillas. Shelbert also recommends avocado and salsa as toppings.
Shelbert chose turmeric for this dish "for its anti-inflammatory properties as well as the nice color it adds to the otherwise bland-looking tofu." It’s worth noting that eating turmeric may also lessen your risk of developing cancer (via WebMD). It can potentially help you cope with depression, may improve arthritis, and boasts benefits for the brain as well as the heart.
Meanwhile, Shelbert also suggests using sweet onion specifically to create her tofu breakfast tacos, as well as fresh spinach over frozen, "so that your scramble doesn’t get mushy." Nope, no one wants that!
Mash your tofu, and prep the veggies
Making tofu breakfast tacos is fairly easy. The first step is to heat your favorite olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. You will then add in the diced onion and red pepper, sautéing the fragrant veggies for about four minutes until they are just starting to soften. At that point, you can add in the garlic and sauté your vegetable mixture for about one minute more.
While your onion, pepper, and garlic is sautéing away, you will drain the water from your firm tofu, and place it in a bowl. Shelbert advises home cooks to mash the block of tofu with the back of a fork, with the goal of making it look like scrambled eggs. And just wait — the turmeric will infuse the tofu with the golden color of scrambled eggs, too. And, voila! Tofu breakfast tacos are almost yours to devour.
Sauté the tofu and veggies, and assemble your tacos
At this stage, you will add your mashed tofu to the skillet where your veggies are already cooking away. Continue to sauté the mixture for about two minutes. Worried about your tofu sticking to the pan? Shelbert says, "I do not have any issues with this using a good quality non-stick pan — I use the Green Pan — and a bit of olive oil."
Meanwhile, mix a tablespoon of water with turmeric in a small bowl. Then, add the water and seasoning to the tofu mixture. Stir everything until it’s well-combined, and season the mixture with salt.
Next, in goes the spinach. You want the leafy greens to wilt, and then remove the skillet from the heat. The final step is to warm up your tortillas in the microwave. Fill each taco with the tofu scramble, with Shelbert suggesting a topping of diced avocado and salsa, as spicy as you’d like it!