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Tempeh Tacos Recipe
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5 from 1 vote

Tempeh Tacos

Tempeh tacos are made from Baja citrus-marinated tempeh, grilled to perfection and topped with fresh pineapple salsa, live lettuce and cool slices of avocados.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Entrees
Cuisine: Mexican
Diet: Vegan
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 298kcal


Baja Citrus Marinade

  • 6 ounces Mexican Beer I used Corona Beer
  • 1 orange juiced and the zest of the orange
  • 2 Tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • ½ cup minced white onion
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Pineapple Salsa

  • 3 Roma tomatoes diced
  • 1 jalapeño pepper deseeded, deveined and diced
  • ½ cup red onion diced
  • ½ cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 cup diced fresh pineapple
  • 1 Tablespoon lime juice

Other ingredients

  • Flour or corn tortillas
  • 1 avocado sliced thin
  • 1 head live lettuce or lettuce of choice
  • 1 package tempeh cut into 2 pieces, boiled, then marinated overnight



  • Combine all ingredients in a measuring cup and whisk together.
  • Remove tempeh from the package and cut it into 2 pieces.
  • Place both pieces of tempeh into a medium-sized pan and cover with water.
  • Bring to a boil, and boil for 10 minutes.
  • Drain tempeh and place half the marinade in a refrigerator safe container.
  • Add half the marinade to the base of the container.
  • Then, add both pieces of tempeh and cover with the remaining marinade.
  • Refrigerate overnight, allowing tempeh to absorb the flavors of the marinade.


  • Combine all the ingredients in a bowl, and stir.
  • Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.


  • Preheat the grill to 400 degrees
  • It is all about cooking it low and slow.
  • Use a grilling mat, or directly on the grill, place a single layer of marinated tempeh on the grill.
  • Reserve the Baja citrus marinade in the container.
  • Cook 8 minutes on each side, using a spatula to flip pieces.
  • Put tempeh back into the container for an extra coating of citrus Baja marinade.
  • Slice the tempeh into thin strips for the tempeh tacos (wait until cooled)
  • Heating the tortillas
  • The tortillas can be warmed on the stove in a skillet on medium-low heat.
  • For quick and easy warming, place tortillas, wrapped in aluminum foil, in a 300-degree oven for 15 minutes.
  • constructing tempeh tacos
  • Place a warm tortilla on a flat surface, place a lettuce layer, and a few slices of grilled tempeh.
  • Add a generous amount of pineapple salsa.
  • Now, add a couple of thin slices of avocado.
  • Serve with Mexican rice, black beans, vegan sour cream, or vegan Coleslaw with Avocado and Cilantro with Avocado and Cilantro.


In my opinion, simple ingredients sometimes make the best and most flavorful meals. For example, tempeh tacos' simplicity is why they taste so good. 
  • Tortillas of choice (corn or flour)
  • Live lettuce, or lettuce of choice
  • Baja Citrus Marinated Tempeh
  • Pineapple salsa
  • Sliced avocado


Calories: 298kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Sodium: 1695mg | Potassium: 1007mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 1618IU | Vitamin C: 62mg | Calcium: 133mg | Iron: 3mg