Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Tofu Trial #1: Tofu Tacos, yes I said Tofu!

I have always been skeptical of tofu. My first experience with tofu was not good, even if it was in a stir fry that could have been yummy. I was on a college campus tour at a dining hall for lunch, and I swear I just didn't see the tofu in there when I was filling up my plate. It literally startled me when I ate it! "So this is what crazy folks are calling tofu!" I didn't end up attending that college anyway, but not because they tried to serve me tofu on the sly.

So here is my first "real" attempt at eating tofu. We have been watching our meat intake as we are fighting my husband's nemesis, Cholesterol and his sidekick, Weight Gain. I have never been a big fish eater (what can I say? I live in Florida, but I'm from the Midwest) but I loves the seafood. So here is my first package of tofu straight off the grocery store shelf:

Now below is after I opened it up, drained off the water, and squeezed out some of the water on a towel. By now I am physically nervous about these tacos. I stop taco prep and remove refried beans from the freezer to act as backup taco filling.

Here is the tofu taco filling finished:

The verdict? It tasted like tacos, but honestly, it just didn't taste like anything in particular. We kept eating and rolling it around in our mouths, trying to pin down the taste. But we kept on saying "It really doesn't taste like anything!" I am planning on putting more tofu into other recipes where it doesn't take such a starring role. My husband said he'd keep eating the tofu, so I'm so proud of him for having an open mind!

Tofu Tacos

1 14 oz package firm tofu
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/4 cup onion, minced
1 8 oz can tomato sauce
1 tablespoon chili powder (or less to taste)
1 teaspoon cumin (or less to taste)
1 teaspoon garlic powder (or onion powder)
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon worcestershire sauce

Over a medium heat fry the tofu, oil, and onion in a large skillet for 5 minutes. Add the tomato sauce, chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, salt, pepper and worcestershire sauce to the skillet and stir. Cook for 3 minutes. Spoon mixture in a serving bowl. Spoon the tofu mixture into taco shells. Top the mixture with your favorite taco fixin's!

Does anyone have any family favorite tofu recipes? Please let me know good, surefire ways to serve tofu!

Easy Cooking | Simple Cooking  


  1. I just found you through TJ and I have to say - I am loving some of your ideas! :)

    Did you know, if you FREEZE tofu, then defrost sitting in a water bath (whole container) it becomes much more 'meaty'. True 'nough. I like to put one # of gr turkey and 1 # of tofu together (really stretches it that way).

    Thanks for the great blog. You are going on my bloglines.

    CraftTeaLady (aka Gina)

  2. Hi Gina!
    Thank you for giving me a new way to try tofu - It will for sure show up in my Tofu Trials!