Less Meat more Veggies? Fuel up on Tempeh Tacos with Mango-Avocado Salsa!

Tempeh Tacos

Using lettuce leaves instead of traditional shells keeps these tacos extra light and fresh, but small tortillas or hard shells can also be used in their place.

  • 2 large ripe Mango, peeled and diced
  • 2 tsp Goji Berries
  • 2 Green Onions, white and green parts thinly sliced
  • 1 Anaheim Pepper, minced
  • ½ tsp Camu Powder
  • 2 tsp Agave Nectar
  • zest and juice of 1 Lime
  • 1 large Avocado, peeled and diced
  • 8oz Tempeh
  • ¼ tsp Chipotle Powder
  • ¼ tsp Cinnamon Powder
  • 2 Tbsp Coconut Oil
  • ½ cup fresh Cilantro Leaves
  • 10-12 large Butter Lettuce Leaves
  • Sea Salt and Black pepper

Make the salsa: In a mixing bowl, toss the mango, goji berries, green onions, Anahiem pepper, camu powder, agave, lime zest and juice plus ½ teaspoon sea salt together. Add the avocado and gently fold in. Refrigerate for a minimum of 1 hour.

In a separate mixing bowl, crumble the tempeh into small bits. Add the chipotle and cinnamon, and season with salt and black pepper. Mix to combine. Heat the oil in a medium pan over medium-high heat. Once hot, add the tempeh mixture. Cook, stirring frequently, for 6-7 minutes, until spices begin to brown and tempeh is heated through. Adjust seasonings if needed, then remove from pan and transfer back to a bowl.

To assemble tacos: lay a lettuce leaf curly-side up on a flat surface. Place a spoonful or two of the tempeh at the center of the lettuce wrap, then spoon a generous amount of the mango salsa on top and sprinkle with cilantro leaves. Repeat with reaming leaves. Serve warm or cool.

Julie Morris

Executive Chef at Navitas Naturals
Julie Morris is a Los Angeles based natural food chef, superfood expert, and bestselling author of 3 books: Superfood Smoothies, Superfood Juices, and Superfood Kitchen. Currently the executive chef for Navitas Naturals, she has worked in the natural food industry for a decade as a recipe developer, culinary writer, on-camera personality, national speaker, and is an active advocate for whole, plant-based foods and superfoods for optimal health. Her mission is simple: to share recipes and nutrition tips that make a vibrantly healthy lifestyle both easy to achieve and delicious to follow. For more of Julie’s superfood kitchen, visit her at JulieMorris.net, or through her social media channels: Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.