Veggie Tacos El Pastor

Replacing the meat, with veggies and tempeh, makes these vegetarian worthy tacos healthier and just as delicious as their meaty cousins. The tempeh lends the meaty texture that is missing in most vegetable tacos and these are pleasing to even the most die hard carnivores. Thank you Thug Kitchen for this terrific recipe.
Course Entree, Vegetables
Keyword sweet potatoes, tacos


  • ½ a sweet onion diced
  • 1 cup canned pineapple chunks with ¼ cup juice
  • ¼ cup lime juice
  • 2 tsp liquid smoke
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 3 tbsp mild chili powder
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • ½ tsp dried oregano
  • 2 tbsp olive of safflower oil
  • 8 oz tempeh cut into 1-inch long strips
  • 3 cups shredded raw sweet potato
  • 2 tbsp Bragg’s aminos or soy sauce
  • Corn tortillas


  1. Toppings, chopped green onions, jalapeños, cilantro, pineapple salsa, queso fresca, diced avocado or sour cream mixed with chili powder
  2. Place onion, pineapple, lime juice, chili powder, liquid smoke, smoked paprika, cumin, and oregano in a food processor or blender and pulse until smooth. Let rest.
  3. In a large skillet, warm oil over medium heat. Add tempeh and sauce for 2 minutes, fold in sweet potato and sprinkle with the Bragg’s or soy sauce. Cook 3-5 minutes until sweet potato softens.
  4. Pour the sauce from step 1 over the tempeh and sweet potato mixture and cook 3 minutes stirring gently.
  5. Warm the tortillas and then fill ⅓ full with tempeh and sweet potato mixture and garnish with toppings of choice.

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For another plant-based entreé idea that’s a bit unique, try my Miso Glazed Japanese Eggplant recipe.

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