Easy and Delicious Vegan Tofu Tacos with Cajun Slaw

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Easy and Delicious Vegan Tofu Tacos with Cajun Slaw. I am always looking for new and interesting ways to serve my velveted tofu. I usually use an Asian inspired peanut sauce or maybe a spicy sweet and sour type sauce, but I wanted something that would be really good in tacos. And what better than my vegan crispy tofu filling in tacos?

Easy and Delicious Cajun Tofu Tacos with Slaw

Tacos, like Burritos, are a food that I often crave but rarely cook for myself. I have no idea why, although I think it could be because I’m usually only cooking for two and I feel that Tacos are food for a crowd. Plus I always end up chopping way too much lettuce and tomato for them, but a generous portion is never a bad thing.

I first tried Tacos at Taco Bell in the US, and, whilst I wasn’t disappointed, I wasn’t blown away by them. I knew there had to be more to Tacos than this fast food joint could offer. Later on the same trip, we visited a Mexican restaurant that served the most delicious green chilli pork tacos and I was permanently converted. Whilst I no longer eat meat, I love the fact that with such amazing ingredients as Jackfruit or Tofu or Seitan, we can replicate the textures of the foods that many of used to enjoy.

I don’t think it’s bad to admit that you used to enjoy certain foods before you became plant-based. In many respects it reveals your absolute dedication to your new lifestyle, whether you’ve made the change because of ethical or health reasons. Before I made the change, I really enjoyed meat and dairy to the max and justified it to myself by always choosing the organic option. Whilst this is still a better choice than meat/dairy straight off the supermarket shelves, it doesn’t address the ethical or health reasons that people really become vegan or plant-based. But that debate should not be on a recipe page for Tacos

What are Tacos?

In case you have had the misfortune in life never to have tried a Taco, it is a small flour or corn tortilla, sometimes crunchy, sometimes soft, filled with all sorts of delicious toppings. It is a Mexican street food or Antojitos but is just as commonly seen on the dinner table nowadays due to its versatility.

In Mexico, fillings vary from region to region, for example, fish tacos from Baja, and more traditional fillings such as organ meat are found in true taco taquerias throughout the country. One of the fillings that I come across the most, and is seen in adverts for taco shells and seasonings (in the yellow packaging) is a minced beef filling with shredded lettuce, cheese and salsa. This was probably the least satisfying of all the taco fillings to me, even when I made them with vegan mince.

My recipe is definitely a mutt, using flavours from Cajun cooking, a slaw and then some traditional taco toppings too, but it really works. And if it tastes good, I’m a happy girl.

Easy and Delicious Cajun Tofu Wraps with Slaw

Ingredients in my Easy and Delicious Vegan Tofu Tacos with Cajun Slaw

Tofu

Make sure to use firm tofu. Press it and dry it between kitchen paper before coating. To press it, I wrap it in a couple of layers of kitchen paper, place it in a bowl and put a chopping board on top with some cans. If your tofu is extra firm, you don’t really need to go to all this trouble, just drain and dry.

The Tofu Spice Mix

Easy Vegan Cajun Spicy Tacos
  • This was my first spice blend. I used to coat chicken and fry it, but it works great on tofu or (drumroll……) in mashed potatoes!)
  • 2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp white pepper
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 tsp thyme
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder

What is velveted tofu?

Click here to read my tips about velveting tofu.

Tortilla Wraps

I like soft flour ones. They should be of the small size, 4″ dia or thereabouts. I’m not a fan of the crunchy ones as they are just annoying to eat but, if they’re your preference, use these! Ideally fresh ones, but I know that’s not always possible (certainly not around here).

The Slaw

Easy and Delicious Cajun Tofu Wraps with Slaw

I used a pre-sliced coleslaw mix which contained red and white cabbage, carrot and a little bit of red onion. You can of course slice your own veg, add some spring onions or radish for some extra crunch.

The sauce is a slightly healthier version that full fat mayo. My favourite brand of vegan mayo is Hellmann’s. I think they’ve just nailed the flavour without it being too vinegary, and it’s just delicious. I like to mix it with a little vegan Greek yogurt as it just lifts the slight heaviness that mayo on it’s own can have. This is optional. By all means use all mayo if you prefer!

I then flavour the mayo/yogurt mixture with mustard, jalapeno, lime, smoky paprika and a secret ingredient of maple syrup which helps counterbalance all the spicy, smoky, sharp flavours. A perfect umami balance.

Easy and Delicious Cajun Tofu Wraps with Slaw

Vegan Tofu Tacos with Cajun Slaw

5 from 29 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Cajun
Keyword: Quick Suppers, Vegan Tacos
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 4 people

Ingredients

Cajun Spice Mix

  • 2 tsp Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 tsp Ground White Pepper
  • 1 tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • 1 tsp Dried Thyme
  • ½ tsp Onion Powder
  • 4 tbsp Cornflour

Slaw

  • 300 g pack prepared Coleslaw Mix
  • ¼ cup Vegan Mayo
  • ¼ cup Vegan Greek Yogurt
  • 1 tbsp Maple Syrup
  • ½ tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • ½ tsp Chilli Flakes
  • 1 tsp Dijon Mustard
  • 1 finely chopped Green Chilli
  • 1 juice of Lime
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

For the Tofu Tacos

  • 1 block Firm Tofu, drained, dried and cut into cubes
  • Pack of Mini Tortilla Wraps or Tortilla wraps of your choice
  • Chopped toppings of your choice: lettuce, tomato, cucumber, red onion
  • 3 tbsp Vegetable oil for frying the Tofu

Instructions

To make the spice mix

  • Add all the ingredients from the spice mix ingredients together in a large ziplock bag, seal and shake well to mix!

To make the Cajun Slaw

  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together all the ingredients except for the coleslaw mix.
  • Taste for seasoning.
  • Stir in the coleslaw mix, or your own sliced veg if using.

To assemble the tacos

  • Cube your drained and dried tofu and drop into the Ziplock bag and gently mix to ensure it is all coated. You can now refrigerate overnight, or freeze for upto a month before using.
  • Heat a couple of tablespoons of oil in a frying pan until it starts to shimmer slightly.
  • Drop in your coated cubes of Tofu and fry, turning frequently, until browned and crisp on all sides.
  • Drain on kitchen roll.
  •  Heat your frying pan and warm your tortillas until they puff up. No oil is needed.
  • Then, starting with your chopped lettuce and tomato, start building your tacos! Add some cubes of fried tofu, then top with some slaw.
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  1. I love the flavours in this recipe, they’re so delicious in a taco. Thanks Freya

  2. Tofu tacos are the best. This recipe is so flavorful.

  3. These look perfect!

  4. I love tacos so much! These look amazing!

  5. I am the same way with tacos, I have no idea why I never make them! I’ve recently started cooking tofu though and I can’t wait to give these a try!

  6. Tofu tacos are awesome! I’m feeling the spice mix a lot ??

  7. I never had this! Will have to try !!! Thanks for sharing!

  8. What a great healthy dinner idea! Thank you for this recipe.

  9. Jimmy Clare says:

    Send me some right now

  10. This is such a great recipe! Thanks for sharing!!

  11. LaRena Fry says:

    What a new and tasty spin on an old classic. Sounds so good.

  12. Tacos with a slaw are an A+ in my book! These look so yummy!

  13. Oh yeah….you’re speaking my love language with these tacos.

  14. Your tacos have everything a good taco should have…IMHO — some spice, crunchy slaw, and a little tangy lime juice! Perfect!

  15. This was perfect timing! I’ve currently been looking into good tofu recipes to try and this looks like a fitting meal! I can’t wait to try the cajun spice!

  16. Who doesn’t love tacos? I think every night could be taco night! Thanks for putting this recipe together. 🙂

  17. I love tacos and this a great option for my meatless Monday.

  18. Charissa says:

    I’ve never tried tofu tacos — in fact, I’ve never tried tofu-anything before. But your recipe and photos look delicious, so I may have to give these tofu tacos a try!

  19. We are carnivores at heart, but these really look amazing!

  20. Fantastic easy to follow tofu taco recipe. Super quick and easy great midweek meal!

  21. These look delicious! I love tacos but never had a tofu taco.

  22. Looks and sounds delicious! I’m always on the lookout for more tofu recipes and definitely need to try them in tacos.

  23. Yum this looks awesome! Can’t wait to try this!

  24. Jere Cassidy says:

    5 stars
    Glad to have your tofu taco recipe for our meatless nights. We usually have tofu in the fridge so this will be a go-to recipe.

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