Easy Tofu Fajitas
Add these Easy Tofu Fajitas to your list of quick and healthy meals to try! This vegetarian recipe can easily be made vegan, takes less than 30 minutes to make, and is packed with plant-based protein and nutritious vegetables.
Fajitas have been a staple healthy dinner meal in my family since I was a kid. I remember often coming home from hockey practice and seeing the various toppings on the dinner table. At that moment, you knew it was fajita night!
When my fiance Pat and I met and my mom learned that fajitas were his favourite food, fajita night became even more frequent than before. Now Pat and I have adopted regular fajita nights into our own dinner routine too!
As a dietitian, I’m a big proponent of eating more plants, including a variety of plant-based proteins. Whether you’re a meat-eater, flexitarian, already vegetarian, or you’re like me and would rather not put a label on it, we can all benefit from the nutrition that plant foods and nourishing vegetarian recipes can offer.
And whether you’re vegetarian, vegan or meat-eater, you’re going to love this recipe!
Ingredients for Easy Tofu Fajitas:
- A block of firm or extra-firm tofu.
- Onion. I use yellow, but red onion works too!
- Bell peppers (red, green, orange, yellow…whatever you prefer!)
- Spices including chilli powder, cumin, paprika, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, sea salt and pepper.
- Small flour tortillas. I used whole wheat!
- Toppings! Get creative. I like chopped lettuce, avocado, salsa, sour cream and cheese. If vegan, omit the sour cream and cheese. 🙂
Tips for Making Tofu Fajitas:
- Press the tofu – this helps to remove excess water and helps the tofu hold its shape when cooking. Remove the tofu from packaging and place it on a cutting board with a piece of paper towel over top. Then, place something heavy on top (I usually use my cast iron pan with a couple cookbooks on top) and leave for 15-30 minutes.
- Add water to the pan with spices. I usually add about 1/3 cup water to the pan when I add my spices/homemade fajita seasoning. This prevents the pan contents from drying out!
- Share them! This is such a great recipe to cook for family or friends. Everyone can top them how they like and it makes enough for 4-6.
Nutrition Benefits of Tofu Fajitas:
Fajitas of any kind make a wonderfully balanced meal.
So long as you have a quality protein source (which is our tofu here), vegetables or fruit (our onions, peppers, and vegetable fajita toppings), carbohydrates (the tortillas), and a source of fat (like the olive oil for cooking, or the cheese and avocado for topping), you’ve got a nutritious and balanced meal!
In addition to being a great source of protein, tofu is also a plant-based source of important nutrients like iron and calcium. The bell peppers offer vitamin C (more vitamin C per serving than an orange!), and if you use whole wheat tortillas, you’re adding fibre and extra micronutrients like folate, iron and magnesium.
More Vegetarian Recipes You’ll Love:
- Black Bean and Sweet Potato Taco Bowls
- Loaded Veggie Nachos with Cilantro Avocado Crema
- Vegetarian Chickpea Burgers
- Easy Vegetarian Lentil Meatballs
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Easy Tofu Fajitas
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 block extra-firm tofu, sliced into strips
- 1 medium yellow onion, sliced into thin strips
- 2-3 medium bell peppers, sliced into thin strips
- 1 package small flour tortillas
- salsa, sour cream, shredded cheese, chopped lettuce, chopped avocado, chopped tomatoes, cilantro
- Heat olive oil on a large frying pan over medium heat. Add sliced tofu strips and fry in the pan for 3-5 minutes. Flip the tofu and continue frying for another 3 minutes.
- Add all fajita seasoning ingredients to the pan, including the water. Stir seasoning into the tofu until coated and well-combined.
- Add sliced onion and bell peppers and cook the mixture another 5 minutes. If you notice that the pan contents are starting to dry out, add another 1-2 tbsp water. Remove from heat and prepare to serve.
- Place tortillas on a plate with a damp paper towel on top and microwave for 30 second intervals until war (optional). Serve fajita mixture in tortillas and add optional toppings. Enjoy!