Tempeh Gyro Tacos with Cucumber Salsa

Tempeh Gyro Tacos with Cucumber Salsa by Alison's AllspiceIt’s official, I’m obsessed with all things gyro!  I absolutely love the explosion of flavors, especially the tzatziki.  I remember the first gyro I ever had at a sandwich shop in college.  The sandwich maker asked if I wanted to add the tzatziki, and I didn’t know what it was at the time.  He explained that it’s a creamy sauce that you will either love or hate.  Well,  I loved it, needless to say.  My husband loves tacos, so these tempeh gyro tacos with cucumber salsa were a success!

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Variations on the Tempeh Gyro Tacos with Cucumber Salsa recipe:

  1. Not everyone loves tempeh, like me, so try your favorite protein in this taco. I have used chickpeas with the marinade with amazing success as well!
  2. Use a vegan yogurt alternative to make these tacos dairy-free.  Try corn tortillas to make them gluten free.
  3. Dried dill will also work in a pinch.  Try 1 tsp in place of the fresh dill.

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Tempeh Gyro Tacos with Cucumber Salsa
 
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Take a fresh new look at vegetarian gyros with my tempeh gyro tacos with cucumber salsa recipe! Full of flavor, and perfect for you next meatless meal!
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Mexican Greek
Serves: 6 tacos
Ingredients
  • 8 oz block tempeh, sliced
  • Splash olive oil
  • 6 6-in whole wheat tortillas
Tempeh Marinade
  • ½ tsp oregano, rosemary, onion powder, and garlic powder, each
  • ¼ tsp smoked paprika, salt and black pepper, each
  • 1 TBS lemon juice, tomato paste, low sodium tamari sauce, and sesame oil, each
Tzatziki Sauce
  • 6 oz non-fat greek yogurt
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 TBS fresh dill, minced
  • 2 tsp red wine vinegar
  • ¼ tsp salt and black pepper, each
Cucumber Salsa
  • 1 cup cucumber, diced
  • 1 roma tomato, diced
  • ¼ cup red onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients for the tempeh marinade. Toss with tempeh slices and let sit for 20-30 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, combine all ingredients for the tzatziki sauce in a small bowl, and all ingredients for the cucumber salsa in another small bowl. Set aside.
  3. Heat a splash of olive oil in a large skillet. Add tempeh slices to the skillet so that they all have contact with the skillet's surface. Cook in batches if necessary. Cook tempeh until golden brown and starting to crisp.
  4. To prepare tacos, spread about 1 TBS tzatziki sauce over each of the tortillas. Top with tempeh strips, cucumber salsa, and another drizzle of tzatziki. Serve.

Recipe adapted from my Tempeh Gyros with Cucumber Tzatziki  recipe.

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12 responses to “Tempeh Gyro Tacos with Cucumber Salsa

  1. Like you I love everything gyro! I have never tried them with tempeh but it sounds delicious 🙂 Perfect for Fiesta Friday!

  2. Your Tacos look delicious! Hope you are having a great weekend and thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  3. I think I love anything tortilla-wrapped – these look absolutely amazing! Sound so tasty! Thanks for sharing at Fiesta Friday party!

  4. With so many wonderful spices this recipe must be gorgeous! It certainly looks it:) Happy FF!

  5. Those look amazing! I definitely need to try them 😉 Pretty to look at too!

  6. As someone who grew up in Indonesia I used to eat a lot of tempe but normally deep-fried or braised with soy sauce and eaten with chilli sauce. I love it that way but I’ve never tried any other methods with it. But I have to say your version is such a great idea, combining tempe with Greek and Mexican flavours. I can imagine the flavour would work really well. <3

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