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Tempeh Fajitas!

on May 20, 2012

Last weekend we started on our fun with Tempeh quest.  Tempeh is probably my least fav of the big three (Tofu, Tempeh and Seitan), mainly because it’s texture leaves a bit to be desired.  The soybeans and processed with barley, giving the tempeh a very grainy and often dry texture.   After my Knoxville fajitas, I wanted to recreate the experience at home, and thought tempeh was a great way to do it!

Fajita Ingredients

  • 1 package of three grain tempeh
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 cubanelle pepper (green pepper but milder flavor than a green bell pepper)
  • 1 cup sliced mushrooms
  • 1 roma tomato
  • few big handfuls of spinach
  • 1/2 package of taco seasoning


  • Cut the tempeh in half lengthwise, then cut into 1/4 inch strips
  • Marinate the tempeh overnight with the taco seasoning and about 1/4 – 1/2 cup water.  This helps with the consistency as it softens it up a bit, and gets some flavor in the pieces
  •  Next day – cut up the peppers in long slices, then toss in the veggies in a pan with pam
  • Let cook until soft (Tip: I like to cover them to let them steam a bit, which cuts down on the need for oil)
  • A few minutes before ready to serve, toss in the spinach and let it cook through
  • Meanwhile, pour about 1/2 to 1 tbs of oil in a large skillet, let heat through
  • Add the tempeh, cook on medium heat
  • If it looks dry, cover and let steam
  • Once it starts to brown, remove from heat 

To replace the creamy texture usually satisfied by sour cream, I planned on just cutting up some fresh avocados. Instead, I felt inspired to make my own guacomole for the first time! Result: totally yummy.

  • Cut avocado in half lengwise and twist.  The pit will wind up on one side, and you can then remove this with a knife
  • Scoop out the insides and put into a bowl
  • Add: 1/8 cup lime juice, 1/4ts garlic and 1/8ts cumin – mix well
  • Note: Mine was definitely lime heavy, but super fresh and delicious!
Assemble fajitas with the tempeh, guac, and veggies on a whole wheat tortilla and enjoy 🙂




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