Spicy Chipotle Enchilada Tofu Tacos

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Although I’d like to say I have a creative, organized process for coming up with recipes, I have to admit that several recent blog post ideas have popped into my mind while driving home from work. Maybe it’s because I have a rather long and boring commute, and Ryan gets too distracted with Jeopardy or the 5:00 news to talk to me the whole time, or maybe it’s because I need to pack more afternoon snacks, but I tend to really hone in on food ideas on that trek home.

This week, while stuck on the highway with nothing to occupy my mind except brake lights and a recent love of Pop Country, I started thinking about what I would choose to eat if I could have anything in the world at that very moment. This is a dangerous game, mind you, because sometimes it requires an emergency cupcake stop, but this time it was a resounding answer of TACOS. Spicy, saucy tacos.

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These spicy chipotle enchilada tacos were the answer to my commute-craving prayers. The sauce is incredibly simple, and comes together quickly in a blender. It is a variation of the enchilada sauce used in this recipe, but with some chipotle peppers for extra smoky heat. I used 2 peppers and it was sweat-on-your-forehead hot, so if you’re wary of spice I would go with 1 pepper, or maybe even 1/2 a pepper and then work your way up from there.

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For the tofu, make sure you press it well to get out that extra liquid, because no one (NO ONE) likes soggy tofu. I include my go-to technique in the recipe below, but a tofu press would work as well. You then want to crumble the pressed tofu into a pan with onions and garlic sautéed in olive oil, and cook until lightly golden brown. Pour in the sauce, stir over medium until everything is mostly soaked up, and bam, taco goodness.

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Since I’ve been feeding Ryan a lot of cashew cream lately, I decided to top these tacos with the real deal. No cashews, and not even any Greek yogurt masquerading as cream. This recipe is straight up sour cream, cilantro, garlic powder, and salt. Super simple, flavorful, and perfect for enticing that man of mine to love his tofu tacos.

That being said, you can definitely go the cashew cream route, and have yourself a filling and nutritious vegan meal. I highly recommend this avocado cashew cream, or this cilantro garlic cashew cream.

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As I reported on Instagram earlier this week, Ryan not only devoured 3 tacos the night I made them, but also picked at them cold while I was shooting photos for this post the next day. When I pointed out he was eating cold tofu and he made a face, I asked him why he was doing it and he simply said, “because it tastes so good.”

I love a man who’s not afraid to like tofu, even if he makes a face when coming to that realization. I’ll take it!

If you make this recipe (or any of my recipes), please tell me about it! Tag me on Instagram @veggiebeastblog, and use the hashtag #veggieandthebeast. It seriously makes my day!

Spicy Chipotle Enchilada Tacos

Spicy, saucy tacos made with a quick chipotle enchilada sauce, scrambled extra firm tofu, and a smooth and tangy cilantro cream!

Yield: 4 servings (8 tacos)

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes


Spicy Chipotle Enchilada Tofu Tacos

  • 2 (14-ounce) packages extra firm tofu (preferably organic/non-GMO)
  • 1-2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce (depending on how spicy you like it), seeded
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 6 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon cane sugar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
  • 8 small corn tortillas (preferably organic/non-GMO)

Cilantro Cream

  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 cup cilantro
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/4-1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt


  1. Cut each tofu block in half lengthwise, and then in half again, so you have 4 pieces per block, or 8 total. Wrap them in a kitchen towel, set on a cutting board, top with another cutting board, and set something heavy on top (I use my dutch oven). Let sit for 15 minutes. Or, if you have a tofu press, you may use that.
  2. While the tofu is pressing, combine the peppers, broth, tomato paste, spices and sugar in a blender and blend until completely smooth. Taste and adjust seasoning to your liking - if you only used one pepper and want it hotter, add another pepper, etc.
  3. Heat the oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds, then add the onion and salt and cook for 3-5 minutes, until softened. Crumble in the pressed tofu and cook, stirring frequently, for 10 minutes. The tofu should be just lightly brown. Pour in the sauce and cook for another 5-7 minutes, until the tofu absorbs most of the sauce.
  4. Combine all cilantro cream ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
  5. Divide the tofu filling between the 8 tortillas, and top each taco with 1 1/2 tablespoons of the cream. Add desired other fillings: lettuce, tomatoes, feta, etc.

Vegan Option: Instead of the cilantro sour cream, try this avocado cashew cream, or this cilantro garlic cashew cream

Nutrition Information: Serving Size: 2 tacos with cilantro cream, Calories: 459, Total Fat: 27.2g, Saturated Fat: 8.8g, Cholesterol: 19mg, Sodium: 609mg, Potassium: 869mg, Total Carbohydrates: 38.4g, Dietary Fiber: 8.7g, Sugars: 7.2g, Protein: 23.5g


17 Responses to “Spicy Chipotle Enchilada Tofu Tacos”

  1. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — April 23, 2015 @ 9:55 am (#)

    Whoa, these tacos sound so delicious!! I love making tacos with tofu and really need to try this recipe!

  2. michelle @ Boards&knives — April 23, 2015 @ 11:26 am (#)

    I never met a taco I didn’t like, but this recipe is especially nice. I love how you could just put this together on a whim on a weeknight. 

  3. Thalia @ butter and brioche — April 23, 2015 @ 4:14 pm (#)

    You make these vegetarian tacos look seriously amazing.. I definitely am craving one right now!

  4. Nina at focusedonfit.com — April 23, 2015 @ 9:06 pm (#)

    These look incredible! We love tofu in my house, so I love the use of it in tacos…can’t wait to try it! Looks fairly healthy too, we may try wrapping the tacos in lettuce or chard wraps at our house when we are dieting! 

  5. Amy @ Thoroughly Nourished Life — April 23, 2015 @ 11:11 pm (#)

    Oh yes, the emergency stop a.ka. the ‘oh I need some spinach and how on earth did those chocolate chips make it into my shopping cart’ stop…. Not that it happens to me, ahem.
    I can’t wait until these tacos happen to me to. Next week. Taco night it’s on. 

  6. Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health — April 29, 2015 @ 11:02 pm (#)

    I made these last night for dinner and they were awesome! They were easy to throw together too.

    It was actually my first time cooking with chiptoles in adobo sauce and apparently I’ve been missing out because they added so much flavor to the tofu! My husband kept saying how excited he was to have the leftovers for lunch. :)

    Thanks for the great recipe, Katie!

    • Katie — April 30, 2015 @ 9:16 am (#)

      Oh awesome! Yeah, when I discovered chipotle peppers in adobo sauce I couldn’t believe what I had been missing – so smoky and spicy. Thanks so much for the comment, Sarah!

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  8. Lisa @ Healthy Nibbles & Bits — May 8, 2015 @ 10:18 am (#)

    This recipe couldn’t have come at a better time. I want to be more mindful about eating less meat and more tofu. LOVE that you made them into tacos! Pinning them to make another day!

  9. Lucy — January 6, 2016 @ 5:31 am (#)

    This looks like a great recipe – I’m making it tonight. One question though: what do I do with the 1 cup vegetable broth? Add it to the blender with the tomato paste and spices etc? I haven’t been able to spot it in the instructions. Thank you!

    • Katie — January 6, 2016 @ 9:08 am (#)

      Yes, add the broth to the blender with the other sauce ingredients! I’ll make sure it’s in the instructions now. Hope you love this recipe!

  10. kayleejoy — February 11, 2016 @ 10:57 am (#)

    Made this last night and put it over brown rice and black beans with avocado and cabbage. Yumm!! Thanks for the easy and tasty recipe :)

    • Katie — February 11, 2016 @ 1:00 pm (#)

      Great to hear! Thank you for the comment!

  11. Jordan — February 28, 2016 @ 4:30 pm (#)

    These look great! Trying to avoid sugar – any idea of what I could substitute? Or is the sugar even necessary? Thanks!

    • Katie — February 28, 2016 @ 9:04 pm (#)

      It balances the flavors a bit, but you can leave it out if you want! Or sub an unrefined sugar like coconut sugar, honey, maple syrup, etc. :)

  12. Erin — May 16, 2016 @ 9:39 pm (#)

    Is there supposed to be garlic powder in the cilantro cream sauce? Can’t wait to make these, thanks!

    • Katie — May 17, 2016 @ 3:12 pm (#)

      Yup! Thanks for pointing that out – fixed!