Tuesday, February 6, 2024

How to Make the Perfect Tofu Tacos

Most of you would totally click out of this recipe as soon as you saw the word TOFU, but hear me out.  Yes, we are a mostly plant-based home, but listen, MEAT IS EXPENSIVE.  Yes ma'am it is.  You are looking at $7 dollars or more for one pound of ground beef where as tofu is a couple of dollars a block and this recipe alone make 12 tacos!   

The reason this works is because tofu is a flavorless sponge.  It tastes like whatever you season it with.  This along with a few simple techniques that I will share in this post and this PERFECT TACO recipe will give that "meaty" texture you love. These Perfect Tofu Tacos are so flavorful I dare say that if you didn't know you wouldn't know.  My family absolutely loves them.  I can't wait to share them with you.  Here is how I make it. 


Q:  How do a get the tofu to feel like meat?

A:  I have a few simple suggestions to help you get the best texture for your tofu tacos.  First of all you will want to buy the firmest tofu you can.  I personally recommend the SUPER FIRM block.  You don't have to press this one and it eliminates a step.  Next, when you get home from the store pop the tofu in the freezer.  Thaw it out the day you want to use it.  I don't know the scientific specifics of this, but someone freezing your tofu changes the texture and gives you this amazing meaty feel to it.

Q:  What if I can't find Gravy Master?  

A:  You can use Kitchen Bouquet or omit it all together.  It is mostly for color and deepen the "meaty" flavor.  

Q:  My store doesn't have super firm tofu.  What can I use instead?

A:  Just get the firmest tofu you can.  If you can't find the super firm you will need to press as listed in the recipe card. 

Q:  Do I have to buy organic tofu?

A:  I STRONGLY recommend buying organic anytime you are using soy products. 

Q:  I don't have liquid smoke.  What can I replace it with?

A:  You can use 1 tsp of smoked paprika here or omit it.  This just adds to the umami flavor.  They will be just as delicious without it. 


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