5-Ingredient Tofu Fajitas
Today we're taking a detour into Tex-Mex cuisine, serving you simple, delicious tofu fajitas. Dinner will be on the table in just 30 minutes, and you may be surprised to find that you can get full from the following five ingredients. But for those who are particularly hungry, I have a few ideas for dinner extensions further down in the text.
Along with quesadillas, enchiladas, and burritos, fajitas are among the best-known dishes for Tex-Mex cuisine, which is influenced by both U.S. and Mexican cooking. We now even encounter the term "fajitas" on the menu of a fairly large sandwich food chain, but what is it? Traditionally, meat (often beef and/or chicken), bell peppers, and onions end up together on the grill or in a frying pan. Well, that sounds like a reasonable basis for a 5-ingredient recipe, doesn't it?
####These are the five ingredients of this recipe:
Bell peppers: Bell peppers are a must for fajitas, and I picked the unloved green bell pepper which I often saw in traditional fajitas recipes. You are, of course, allowed to do whatever you want at home, so you can also go for the all-time-favorite red bell pepper. Still, I can only recommend you to give the tart green bell peppers a try this time. Here's a small fun fact about them: green bell peppers are not a different variety, but actually unripe bell peppers. However, since they don't ripen after harvest, you don't need to get your hopes up that your green peppers will eventually turn yellow or even red after all.
Red onion: Onions couldn't be missing from this dish either. I prefer red onions, but you can use any other kind of onion.
Peanut tofu: There was a range of options as a meat substitute. I initially went with a simple alternative: tofu. At first, I would use natural tofu, but then I remembered that I could only use five ingredients, so I had to get the best out of each one. And this is how the plain tofu turned into peanut tofu, which has more flavor of its own and a great consistency. You can find it in organic grocery stores.
Spices: If you're already in a German organic grocery store, you can directly visit the spice department afterwards. "Lebensbaum" has recently added a taco and burrito spice which is also perfect for these fajitas. The mixture contains paprika, onion, coriander, garlic, chili, cumin, cocoa powder, allspice, and lovage – each of them from organic farming. The blend tastes spicy, slightly tart, and warm. "Lebensbaum" is 100% organic and operates sustainably, socially, and fairly. This approach is certified with the "We Care" seal, which guarantees that "Lebensbaum" acts sustainably along the entire supply chain – from the purchase of raw materials and design of the packages to the treatment of employees. However, "Lebensbaum" doesn't only offer spices, but also tea and coffee. You can find them in organic grocery stores and online on their website.
Vegan sour cream: Our tofu fajitas were complete with four ingredients, so there was still one ingredient left for serving. After much discussion with myself, I decided on vegan sour cream, which provides creaminess and acidity. You don't have to settle for just five ingredients at home, of course, so you can also serve your fajitas with tortillas, rice, guacamole, salsa, cilantro, and more!
5-Ingredient Tofu Fajitas
- 3 bell peppers (green and yellow)
- 2 red onions
- 400 g (14 oz) peanut tofu
- 1 tbsp spice mixture (e.g. taco and and burrito seasoning from Lebensbaum)
- vegetable oil for frying
- vegan sour cream for serving
Deseed bell peppers and cut them into strips. Peel, halve and slice red onions. Crumble the tofu by hand to get larger chunks of it.
Heat vegetable oil in a large frying pan. Fry the peanut tofu over medium heat until it’s browned from all sides.
Parallelly, heat some more vegetable oil in a second frying pan. Start by frying the onion for approx. 2-3 minutes or until translucent. Add the bell pepper and keep frying for approx. 10 minutes to soften them. Add the spice mixture and season your fajitas with salt and pepper. Keep on frying until the bell peppers are browned, then add peanut tofu and toss to mix.
Tip: If you only want to use one pan, you can also start by frying the onion, then remove it from the pan and go on with the remaining ingredients.
- Serve your tofu fajitas with vegan sour cream!