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Tinga Tempeh Tacos

Tinga Tempeh Tacos
Tinga Tempeh Tacos

Tinga tempeh tacos; tasty, tantalising, tender. These really are an absolute winner all round and one to try. Steaming the tempeh before frying gives it a soft, almost meatiness consistency and will be sure to wow whoever is lucky enough to get their tinga on with you!


Before you start

Large frying pan | High sided frying pan | Steamer Basket | Saucepan


For the Tinga Tempeh

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 200g tempeh
  • 2tbsp chipotle in adobo or chipotle paste, heaped
  • 1 onion
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 3 large vine tomatoes
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp maple syrup
  • ½ vegetable stock cube
  • 150ml water

For the guacamole

  • 2 large avocados
  • 4 spring onions
  • 20g coriander leaves
  • 1 tbsp jalapenos from a jar
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • Salt to taste

To serve

  • 8 corn tortillas
  • 1 red chilli
  • 2 limes
  • 1 baby gem lettuce


  1. 1.

    Prepare the Tinga Tempeh ingredients | Cut the tempeh into 1cm chunks and steam for 3-4 minutes in a bain marie | Peel, trim and finely slice the onion | Peel and grate the garlic | Dice the tomatoes

    Make the Tinga Tempeh | Warm the olive oil in a high sided frying pan over a medium heat | Add the tempeh to the pan and stir for 2 minutes | Add the onion and a pinch of salt to the pan and stir for 2-3 minutes (add a splash of water if the pan gets too dry) | Add the garlic and stir for 1 minute | Add the tomatoes and spices and stir for 3-4 minutes | Add the paste, maple syrup, stock cube and water to the pan, stir to combine, turn the heat down and simmer for 10-15 minutes until the sauce has thickened

    Prepare the guacamole | Halve and destone the avocados | Scoop the avocado flesh into a bowl and mash with a fork | Trim and finely slice the spring onions | Finely slice the coriander leaves | Dice the jalapenos | Halve the lime and squeeze it over the avocado | Add the spring onions, coriander leaves and jalapenos to the bowl and fold everything together to combine | Taste and season to taste with salt

    Prepare the the remaining ingredients | Warm the tortillas according to package directions | Finely slice the chilli | Cut the limes into wedges | Trim and shred the lettuce

    Time to serve | Put everything in separate bowls, take them to the table and let your guests build their own tacos!