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vegan tofu tacos on a white plate with onions and cilantro

Sheet Pan Vegan Taco Meat (Gluten-Free)

  • Author: Jasmine @ Sweet Simple Vegan
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings
  • Diet: Vegan


Perfect vegan taco meat made from tofu! This delicious gluten-free recipe is easy to make, full of flavor, and is ready in less than an hour. Plus, it only requires one bowl, one sheet pan, and no pressing of the tofu is required!


  • 1 14-ounce package firm tofu
  • 1/2 medium onion, finely diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup tomato sauce
  • 3 tablespoons tamari
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon oregano



  1. Preheat the oven to 400ºF and prepare a half baking sheet with a silicone baking mat or a light layer of oil.
  2. Open the package of tofu and drain out the excess liquid. Use your hands to crumble the tofu into a medium bowl.
  3. Add in all of the remaining ingredients (onion, garlic, tomato sauce, tamari, apple cider vinegar, oil, nutritional yeast, chili powder, cumin, smoked paprika, black pepper and oregano) and mix through until well-combined.
  4. Transfer the tofu mixture (and all of the liquid) to your baking sheet and use a spatula to spread it out into a single layer.
  5. Bake for 40-45 minutes, stirring halfway through, or until golden.
  6. Serve your taco meat as desired and enjoy!


  • Firm tofu: If you don’t have firm tofu on hand, extra firm will work well too. 
  • Onion and garlic: We like to use fresh but if you don’t have any on hand, you can also use powdered. 
  • Tamari: Soy sauce can be used in its place if you are not gluten-free.
  • Oil: If you prefer not to use any oil, you can also leave it out!  
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Category: Entree
  • Method: Oven

Keywords: tacos, entree, tofu tacos, taco meat, baked, sheet pan, 1 hour, dinner