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Beer Battered Tofu Tacos with Chipotle Aioli (Vegan). These are basically the greatest things of all time, period.

It’s confession time.

I have this slight, shall we say, addiction. To beer-battered fish tacos topped with spicy, creamy chipotle aïoli and crunchy red cabbage slaw. This enslavement rears its ugly head at the most inopportune of times, often settling for a chain Tex-Mex joint down the street, where, I don’t care what you say, they make some damn good fish tacos. The waiters know us, and I’m just really bordering on that creepy customer.

Beer Battered Tofu Tacos with Chipotle Aioli (Vegan). These are basically the greatest things of all time, period.But O and I eat mostly vegan at home, save a couple anchovies or crumbles of goat cheese here and there. So what’s a girl to do?

Veganize it! This dish might just be the answer to all my problems (the solution even to that hideous shade of baby blue on the walls in the bathroom that I just can’t motivate myself to change)–the batter is crisp and flavorful, a bit heady from the hoppy, spiced batter. The slaw is simple but vibrant, tart from the lime juice, and perfectly crunchy. The sauce is oh-my-stars amazing–smoky and creamy and bright, all in one, and made from rich, superfood avocados! The tofu is tender and the perfect balance to the creamy sauce and the crunchy slaw.

Beer Battered Tofu Tacos with Chipotle Aioli (Vegan). These are basically the greatest things of all time, period.Beer Battered Tofu Tacos with Chipotle Aioli (Vegan). These are basically the greatest things of all time, period.It’s good, you guys.

These beer-battered tofu tacos are perfect for a vegetarian or meatless Monday summer dinner, or even dinner party, alongside some homemade refried black beans and cilantro-lime brown rice! Even meat-eaters love these bad boys, because, I mean really, what isn’t delicious when it’s beer battered and fried and topped with chipotle aïoli?

Mmmmm. Make these.

Recipe By: Cheryl Malik
4.86 from 7 votes

Beer Battered Tofu Tacos with Chipotle Aïoli


Prep 10 minutes
Cook 15 minutes
Total 25 minutes
Crispy pieces of beer-battered taco, topped with crunchy lime-red-cabbage slaw, drizzled with chipotle aioli, all wrapped in a soft corn tortilla. Vegan!
4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1- pound block extra firm tofu
  • 2 cups flour
  • 12 ounces beer (preferably Mexican)
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • ½ - 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon Salt , to taste
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 cup Water
  • 1 whole avocado
  • 1 tbsp chipotle pepper in adobo sauce
  • 1-2 teaspoons adobo sauce (depending on how spicy and smoky you like it)
  • 2 tablespoons vegan mayonnaise (I just Just Mayo and adore it)
  • 1 Juice Juice of 1/2 lime
  • 1 - 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tbsp Almond milk (or other unsweetened and unflavored alt-milk)
  • 1 tbsp Salt , to taste
  • 1 whole Small head red cabbage
  • 1 Juice Juice of 1 lime
  • 1 tsp Salt , to taste
  • Chopped cilantro , to garnish
  • 8-10 corn tortillas

Instructions

  • Drain the tofu and slice the block into about 8-12 slabs. Brine, if desired (recommended), or continue ahead to next steps.
  • Brine the tofu (optional):
  • Salt some water (it should taste salty) and bring to a boil. Stir until the salt dissolves, then pour over tofu slabs. Let sit about 15 minutes, then drain and continue on with recipe.
  • Make your slaw. Using a mandolin, slice the red cabbage thin, until it is "shredded" so to speak. Place in a medium mixing bowl. Squeeze juice of one lime and sprinkle big pinch of salt over and toss to combine. Set aside.
  • Make your aïoli. In a blender, process avocado, chipotle, 1 teaspoon adobo sauce, garlic clove(s), mayonnaise, and juice of 1/2 a lime until very smooth. Taste and add more adobo sauce, lime juice, and salt, if desired. Process again. Add milk to thin to desired consistency. Set aside.
  • Meanwhile, make the beer batter. Whisk together all dry ingredients then slowly pour in beer, whisking until smooth. In a large cast-iron or non-stick skillet, heat about 1/4-1/2" oil over medium-high heat.
  • If you did not brine the tofu, sprinkle salt over the pieces now (be generous - this is the only flavoring for the tofu!). Dip tofu pieces in beer batter then place in skillet, being careful so as not to splash any hot oil! Fry until golden-brown on each side, about 3-5 minutes per side. Using a slotted spoon, remove to paper towel-lined plate.
  • Wrap corn tortillas in a few moist paper towels and microwave in 30-second bursts (should only take about 30 seconds) or until warm and soft. Arrange with a couple pieces of tofu per tortilla, top with slaw, a drizzle of chipotle aioli, and chopped fresh cilantro.
Drizzle with chipotle aioli, and chopped fresh cilantro.

Approximate Information for One Serving

Serving Size: 1servingCalories: 399calProtein: 16gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 3832mgPotassium: 289mgTotal Carbs: 59gFiber: 3gSugar: 3gNet Carbs: 56gVitamin A: 280IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 52mgIron: 4mg
Nutrition Disclaimers
Number of total servings shown is approximate. Actual number of servings will depend on your preferred portion sizes.
Nutritional values shown are general guidelines and reflect information for 1 serving using the ingredients listed, not including any optional ingredients. Actual macros may vary slightly depending on specific brands and types of ingredients used.
To determine the weight of one serving, prepare the recipe as instructed. Weigh the finished recipe, then divide the weight of the finished recipe (not including the weight of the container the food is in) by the desired number of servings. Result will be the weight of one serving.

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23 Comments

    1. Avatar Cheryl Malik says:

      Do it! They’re so satisfying. I hope you love them 🙂

  1. Thank you so much for the recipe! I made them tonight and we gobbled them up in a flash. So lush!

    1. Avatar Cheryl Malik says:

      Yay! I’m so so glad you liked them! 🙂 We had them again a few days ago and just died

  2. Omg…these look amazing! I love tofu, but have been in a bit of a ‘tofu-funk,’ as I need a new recipe(s). What you have done, totally transforms the ingredient! Not to mention, the colors are gorgeous!

    1. Avatar Cheryl Malik says:

      Thanks Kathleen! They really are yummy. And that tofu-funk (tofunk?) is an easy trap. We eat sautéed tofu with vegan gravy so often and it gets rather boring. Time to spice it up with some battered-and-fried goodness! 🙂 LOVE your blog by the way

  3. I’ve been vegan for over two years now and the only things I miss are sushi and fish tacos. You may have solved one of my needs, thanks!

    1. Avatar Cheryl Malik says:

      Yay! Glad to be of service 🙂

  4. Hey Lady,
    What are you doing to me? I am almost in tears come across this recipe. I so love tofu tacos. I usually go to a south american restaurant that serve a mean taco dish. Now, I must make these delicious tacos at home. I will make them for my weekend dinner. Yes, I will keep the restaurant just in case not want to cook.

    Mucho Gracias!

    1. Avatar Cheryl Malik says:

      De nada! I too love tofu tacos, and these just take it to the next level.. even if they’re not QUITE so healthy. Hope you like them! 😀

  5. These tofu tacos are pure perfection, as is your beautiful photography! I can’t wait to try that chipotle aioli. I’ll have to make a double batch as I am a sauce girl! Thank you, Cheryl!5 stars

    1. Avatar Cheryl Malik says:

      Right on! I’m a sauce girl myself. EVERYTHING is better with a smoky, creamy sauce… mmmm. And thank you! 🙂

  6. I would definitely forget about all my problems too if I were eating these! Great photos + recipe!

    1. Avatar Cheryl Malik says:

      🙂 Thanks Kori!

  7. Avatar Cheryl Malik says:

    Thanks honey!! 🙂5 stars

  8. What a beautiful picture! These look awesome! And vegan too! Any carnivore would be completely satisfied with this dish. I could eat this everyday. Now I am hungry!5 stars

  9. I love a good beer battered anything, but tacos! Yum. Can you come here and make them for me, please?!

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