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Blackened Tofu Tacos

Blackened Tofu Tacos

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.MORE+LESS-

Updated January 22, 2020

Tofu Tacos


package (14 oz) extra-firm tofu


package (1 oz) Old El Paso™ taco seasoning mix

1 1/2

tablespoons dried oregano (or 3/4 tbsp oregano powder)


box Old El Paso™ Taco Shells

Grated sharp cheddar cheese for topping

Cauliflower Coleslaw


cup cauliflower florets, cut into very small crumbles


tablespoon green onions, sliced thinly

Fire-Roasted Pantry Salsa


can (14 oz) Muir Glen™ Organic Tomatoes Fire Roasted

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  • 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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Be sure to purchase extra firm tofu, as other tofu might crumble when fried.

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