Chipotle Lime Tempeh Taco Salad

Let’s talk about the oh-so-common condition known as ‘midweek blaaaaaahs.’ Each and every wednesday, I come down with a terrible, unremitting case of the ‘midweek blaaaaahs’ so severe that no amount of trashy reality television can cure me. I think the only real anecdote is the promise of an upcoming weekend, but this pseudo-salad definitely helps. I don’t know if it’s the super flavorful tempeh, the cheese, the sour cream, the salsa, the crunchy tortilla bowl, or the lettuce,  but it sure does taste good. Actually, let’s get real. It’s not the lettuce.

Chipotle Lime Tempeh Taco Salad
Adapted from: Peas and Thank You Cookbook 
Printable Recipe

1 8oz package tempeh
juice of 1 lime
1-2 chipotles in adobo sauce + 2T sauce (more or less depending on spice tolerance)
1/4C water
1 tsp salt
1tsp cumin
1T low-sodium soy sauce
2T agave (or sugar)
lettuce, salsa, beans, cheese, sour cream, etc, etc, etc, etc, etc

In a food processor, pulse lime juice, chipotle peppers, adobo sauce, water, salt, cumin, soy sauce, and agave until smooth. Crumble tempeh into the processor and pulse several times until the texture is similar to ground beef/taco filling. Place mixture into refrigerate and let marinate for a minimum of 1 hour (overnight is best if you have the time). Once marinated, place tempeh mixture into a preheated non-stick pan. Sauté for 5 minutes, until mixture is heated through. Taste and adjust seasonings.

To make the tortilla taco bowls: Preheat oven to 400. Find a jar, ramekin, or bowl that is oven-safe (Look around your kitchen – be creative). Invert the object onto a baking sheet. Lay a tortilla shell over the ‘mold’ pressing gently to help form a bowl shape. Place in oven and cook for 5-7 minutes, until just starting to brown. Then, take bowls off of the bowl-molds and turn them right side up onto the cookie sheets. Return them to the oven and cook for an additional 3 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool.

Be impressed by this ‘how-to’ picture even though it is really not all that helpful…

To finish: Take a taco bowl. Add lettuce, beans, tempeh, salsa, sour cream, cheese, etc. Oh my. Oh my.

Everybody loves a taco salad, right?


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