I have a fun recipe today friends! This Asian fusion taco recipe brings together two of my favorite cuisines (can you guess lol): Asian and Mexican! This vegan taco recipe brings together the delicious fresh flavors of Thai cuisine with the simplicity of a taco, I don't think it gets much better than that! Actually, it does, because this recipe is made using simple clean ingredients so it is not only delicious, but super healthy!
I was inspired to create these whole foods plant based tacos after eating an Asian fusion taco at a restaurant and instantly falling in love with it. I am honestly shook that these aren't a super popular dish, because oh my goodness are they delicious. The tacos I received from the restaurant were much different, and contained a lot of processed ingredients. I knew that I wanted to create a vegan taco recipe that was full of color and healthy ingredients, and that's exactly what I did with these tacos!
Can I meal prep these tacos?
I try to make as many of my recipes meal prep friendly as possible, and these Asian fusion tacos are no exception. Of course you may lose some of that delicious crisp when you place these in the fridge, but they still meal prep very nicely. I like preparing all my vegetables and tofu and then storing them separately so that I can make them fresh each day!
Can I make these Asian Fusion Tacos Paleo?
I have been working on creating some vegan paleo recipes recently, because I do think that it is a good diet to follow (I find it too restrictive, but definitely think there's benefits!), so I want to make sure I am creating healthy recipes that everyone can try! You can make these Asian fusion tacos paleo by simply subbing out the chickpea flour for equal parts coconut and almond flour, and choosing a paleo friendly tortilla (you can find plenty of these at your local grocery store).
How to make the best gluten-free crispy tofu:
There has definitely been a huge learning curve trying to figure out how to make the perfect crispy tofu that is not only vegan, but gluten-free and oil-free as well. Thankfully I have finally figured it out and I am here to share my tips with you for this Asian fusion taco recipe! First things first, press the tofu. You can do this with any heavy item laying around your kitchen, but I seriously recommend purchasing a tofu press. Having one has seriously changed my life, like run don't walk.
The second thing is to stop using bowls to bread your tofu (Or anything for that matter). Do the shake and bake method! I seriously can not say shake and bake and not laugh lol. Simply add your ingredients to a Ziplock bag and shake it! This life hack has honestly changed my life, like it is so easy and reduces waste, because the breading mixture actually sticks.
Lastly, bake the tofu on a silicone baking mat. If you are avoiding oil (which I recommend to avoid using it when cooking), these are a game changer. If you're wondering if they actually work or not, I am here to tell you the truth that they actually do! They're so easy to use and dishwasher safe, like I am obsessed!
Ingredients for Asian Fusion Tacos:
- Almond flour
- Coconut aminos
- Coconut flour/shredded coconut
- Purple cabbage
- Daikon radish
- Gluten-free tortillas
- Peanut butter
- Date syrup
- Chickpea flour
- Miso paste
- Chopped peanuts
Asian Fusion Tofu Tacos
For the crispy tofu
- 1 block extra firm tofu
- ½ cup almond flour
- ¼ cup chickpea flour
- ⅓ cup shredded coconut/or coconut flour
- 1 tablespoon coconut aminos
For the sweet peanut sauce:
- ⅓ cup peanut butter
- 1 teaspoon miso paste
- 2 tablespoon date syrup
- water to desired consitency
For the tacos:
- 2 cups shredded purple cabbage
- 4 carrots
- 1 daikon radish
- 12 gluten-free tortillas
- crushed peanuts
- Begin by pressing the tofu, this helps it to not fall apart. Preheat oven to 400
- Once pressed chop into cubes and coat with coconut aminos.
- Combine the almond flour, coconut flour/or shredded coconut, and the chickpea flour together. Pro tip: place it in a ziplock bag, then when you add the tofu you can simply shake it in the bag and everything gets evenly coated.
- Once tofu is evenly coated, place on your silicone baking mat/sheet pan and bake for 30 minutes. You can also use an air fryer here, but for about 20 minutes.
- While the tofu is cooking shred/thinly slice your vegetables.
- Make sauce by whisking together sauce ingredients.
- Once tofu is crispy, assemble your tacos and top with peanut sauce, cilantro, and crushed peanuts, serve and enjoy!
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