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High Protein Vegan Tacos

Servings 10 big tacos


  • 2 medium sweet potatoes peeled & diced (smaller chunks)
  • 1 block tofu pressed and crumbled (slightly bigger chunks than the sweet potatoes)
  • 3 Tbsp avocado or olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp diced chipotle peppers + sauce more peppers/seeds = spicier, adjust as needed
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 2 tsp chili lime seasoning from Trader Joes or Tajin
  • 1 Tbsp avocado or olive oil
  • 1 cup quinoa uncooked
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1/3 cup fresh cilantro chopped
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1 can black beans drained and rinsed

Avocado Sauce

  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1/3 cup cilantro stems and all
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 3 - 4 Tbsp water
  • 8-10 small corn or flour tortillas
  • Optional: limes salsa, cilantro, hot sauce, etc.


  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
  • In a bowl combine, sweet potatoes, tofu, oil, chipotle peppers, oregano, and chili lime seasoning. Mix well. Note: make sure you press some of the water out of the tofu before cooking. You can do this by putting your block of tofu between kitchen towels and placing a heavy can or object on top - for 15-20 minutes or longer, if you remember.
  • Pour onto baking sheet lined with foil. Bake for 15 minutes, flip with a metal spatula, and bake another 5 - 10 minutes. Potatoes should be cooked through and tofu should start to brown.
  • Meanwhile, place 1 Tbsp oil in a medium sauce pan and heat over medium high heat. Add uncooked quinoa, chili powder, and cumin. Toast for 3-5 minutes stirring occasionally. Add vegetable broth. Cover and bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce to a simmer and cook for 15 - 20 minutes or until broth is absorbed and quinoa is cooked through.
  • In a large bowl, combine sweet potato and tofu with the quinoa. Add cilantro and lime juice. Stir to combine. Your filling is finally done!
  • In a food processor or blender, combine the avocado sauce ingredients - avocado, garlic, cilantro, salt, lime juice, and water. Blend well. Add water until it is the desired consistency.
  • Make your tacos! 3/4 cup quinoa filling + 1/4 cup black beans + 1 Tbsp avocado sauce + 1 tortilla


Other Thoughts:
  • This filling is awesome alone, if tacos aren't your thing. But if that's the case, we might not be friends. 
  • This is a great make-ahead recipe - or meal prep for the week.
Athletes: Each taco is packed full of complex carbohydrates, plant-based protein, and healthy fats. One taco has 15 gm protein and 40 gm carbohydrates - but who says you have to stop at one?!
Healthy Eating: Build your own taco to your liking - or make it into a bowl - or put it over greens for a salad. The options are endless! Look into different tortillas to dramatically change the overall nutrition - corn tortillas, higher protein wraps, or whole wheat wraps are just a few options.
Kids: Let your kiddos build their own taco and they are much more likely to try new things.