Tempeh Tacos with Black Beans and Kale

I know I seem to be posting a lot of tempeh recipes but I just seem to be craving the stuff lately! I don’t feel guilty at all though, because it’s a great source of protein, fiber, phytosterols and iron, and it’s so versatile that it can be used in many different types of recipes – from stir-fries to grills, baked dishes, tacos, burritos, chili and sandwiches!

One night, I can home craving tacos, and whipped up this easy dinner in less than 20 minutes. It was delicious, loaded with nutrients from the black beans, the tempeh, kale and peppers, and was much healthier than anything I could have ordered from a take-out place!

Tempeh Tacos with Black Beans and Kale  (serves 2; serving size = 2 tacos)


1/2 package of tempeh (Lightlife or SoyBoy)
1/2 cup of no-salt added black beans, rinsed and drained
1 clove garlic, minced (or 1/2 tsp garlic paste)
2 tsp olive or canola oil
1 cup of frozen mixed peppers, thawed (e.g. Trader Joe’s brand)
1 large handful of kale, rinsed and chopped (about 2 cups chopped)
1 large roma tomato, chopped
4 Tbsp shredded cheese (vegan, rice-based or dairy)
4 (or more!) Tbsp salsa
1/4 avocado, diced
4 corn tortillas (taco sized), lightly warmed
salt and pepper to taste
Optional toppings: sour cream (vegan or dairy), hot sauce


1. Heat oil in a large skillet or sauce pan. While oil is heating, chop tempeh into 1/2 inch cubes and add to the pan. Add garlic and saute for 1-2 mins until lightly browned.

2. Add black beans and saute for an additional 2 minutes. Remove from pan and set aside on a plate.

3. Add kale and peppers to the pan (use cooking spray if needed). Add a pinch of salt and pepper (about 1/4 – 14 tsp of salt, 1/2 tsp of pepper) and saute for 2 minutes until kale has wilted down. Add tomatoes and saute for an additional 1 minute.

4. Divide kale mixture among the 4 tacos. Add 1/4 of the black bean and tempeh mixture to each taco and top with 1 Tbsp of salsa, 1 Tbsp of avocado, 1 Tbsp shredded cheese and sour cream (if using). Add hot sauce if desired and enjoy!



Posted on December 27, 2011, in General. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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