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Texas BBQ Potato and Tempeh Tacos

It's like Texas... in a taco. (But, like, healthy.)
Course Hand Food, Main Course, Not So Normal
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 2 -3
Author Brewing Happiness


  • 1 medium russet potato
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon BBQ sauce*
  • 4 oz tempeh, cubed
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon liquid smoke
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt and pepper
  • dash of cayenne
  • 1/4 cup pickled jalapeƱos*
  • 1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese (sub vegan cheddar cheese)
  • 3-4 whole wheat tortillas (sub tortilla of choice)
  • Optional toppings:
  • hot sauce
  • avocado


  1. Poke holes in your potato with a fork, wrap it in a paper towel and microwave it for 2-3 minutes on high.
  2. Unwrap the potato and cut it into 1" cubes. (You don't want to over microwave your potato before cutting it, or it will turn to mush.)
  3. Heat a skillet over medium-high heat with 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Once hot, toss in your potato chunks and season with salt and pepper. Toss for 5-10 minutes, making sure the potatoes are nice and crispy on the outside and cooked on the inside.
  4. Once the potatoes are nice and crispy, add in 1 tablespoon of BBQ sauce. Toss until all of the potatoes are covered and the BBQ sauce sticks to the potatoes (around 3 min).
  5. Take the potatoes off the heat and set aside.
  6. In a clean skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil over medium heat. Add in your tempeh cubes, and gently toss for 3-4 minutes - letting the outside brown slightly.
  7. Once browned, add in your maple syrup, liquid smoke, paprika, salt, pepper, and cayenne.
  8. Toss for another 1-2 minutes, then take the tempeh off the heat and set aside.
  9. Layer each tortilla with BBQ potatoes, tempeh, pickled jalapeƱos, and grated cheddar cheese. If the cheese doesn't melt immediately, you can heat the whole taco in the microwave or oven (on broil) for 30 seconds or so.
  10. Serve with any desired toppings & EAT UP!

Recipe Notes

* Try my healthy homemade BBQ sauce!
**Wanna make your own pickled jalapenos?!? Try this healthy version I made to put on my Spicy Mexican Burger. They are a great thing to make and keep in the fridge to top any recipe with!