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Tempeh Burritos


4-5 Servings

Prep Time:

10 Minutes

Cook Time:

30 Minutes

Total Time:

40 Minutes

Quinoa, black beans, and tempeh come together in this tasty protein packed burrito recipe.



  • 1 cup of quinoa

  • 1 cup water or vegetable broth

  • ½ teaspoon of sea salt

  • Juice of ½ a lime

  • ¼ cup chopped cilantro


  • 1 can or 2 cups of cooked black beans

  • ¼ cup of water

  • 1 teaspoon of cumin

  • ½ teaspoon of onion powder

  • ½ teaspoon of salt


  • ½ yellow onion, diced

  • 1 block tempeh (8oz)

  • 3 garlic cloves, minced

  • 2 tbsp water

  • 1 tbsp tomato paste

  • 1 tbsp soy sauce or tamari

  • 1 tbsp maple syrup

  • 1 tbsp lime juice

  • 2 tsp chili powder

  • 1 tsp ground cumin

  • 1 tsp smoked paprika

  • ½ tsp salt

  • ¼ tsp black pepper

Other ingredients:

  • Salsa

  • Lettuce

  • Avocado

  • Cilantro

  • Hot sauce

  • Large whole wheat or flour tortillas


Rinse the quinoa then combine with water or broth and a pinch of sea salt in a saucepan. Bring to a simmer, then cover and cook over low heat until liquid is absorbed which should take about 15 minutes. Remove from heat and let sit for 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork then add lime, water, and cilantro and fluff again.

For the beans, add all ingredients to a small pot on low medium heat and cook for 5-6 minutes.

For the tempeh, roughly grate or use clean hands to crumble into a bowl.. Combine water, tomato paste, soy sauce, maple syrup, and lime juice in a bowl. Set aside. Warm a pan over medium-low heat. Add the diced onion. Cook, stirring frequently, for 3 minutes or until fragrant. Add crumbled tempeh, minced garlic, chili powder, cumin, smoked paprika, salt, and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, for 3 minutes or until the tempeh browns. If needed, you can add an extra dash of water to prevent sticking. Then, add the liquid “marinade” and cook for another 5 minutes.

Assemble burritos by adding quinoa, black beans, tempeh, avocado, salsa, cilantro and hot sauce to a large tortilla. Fold and enjoy.

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