Crispy Tofu and Pineapple Salsa Tacos

May 23, 2023

Welcome to my flavor-packed Mexican-inspired adventure! Today, I’m thrilled to share a recipe that combines the irresistible crispiness of tofu with the vibrant freshness of pineapple salsa. These Crispy Tofu and Pineapple Salsa Tacos are a match made in taco heaven. It’s guaranteed to satisfy your taste buds and leave you craving more.

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Preparing the Tofu

We start by pressing the tofu on a tofu press, ensuring we remove any excess moisture. Once pressed, the tofu is cut into long strips and then generously seasoned with an array of aromatic spices and coated with cornstarch. This combination sets the stage for a crispy and flavorful tofu experience. Then, we fry the tofu to golden brown color in a drizzle of olive oil. We allow the outside to develop a perfect crunch while keeping the inside tender and packed with flavor.

The Corn Tortillas

When it comes to enjoying this recipe, warm tortillas are an absolute must! For our crispy tofu and pineapple salsa creation, we specifically opt for corn tortillas. While there are various methods to warm them up, my personal favorite involves a touch of culinary theatrics. Picture this: gently holding each corn tortilla over an open flame, allowing the edges to char ever so slightly. This method brings out a smoky flavor that elevates the overall taste experience. So, grab your tongs and let the flames work their magic, giving your tortillas that extra touch of charred perfection.

Experiencing the Crispy Tofu and Pineapple Salsa Tacos

As you take your first bite into these Crispy Tofu with Pineapple Salsa Tacos, the combination of textures and flavors will transport you to a place of taco bliss. The crispiness of the tofu and the burst of tropical sweetness from the pineapple salsa held in place by a warm, charred corn tortilla create an unforgettable experience. So, gather your ingredients, press that tofu, and get ready to embark on a taco adventure like no other!

Crispy Tofu and Pineapple Salsa Tacos

Recipe by Raquel QuevedoCourse: EntreeCuisine: MexicanDifficulty: Medium


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Each serving is 2 tacos


  • 8 corn tortillas

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil for frying the tofu

  • Crispy Tofu:
  • 2 blocks of extra firm tofu (total 28 oz) pressed for 20 minutes each.

  • 4 tablespoons cornstarch

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika

  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder

  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • Pineapple Salsa:
  • 1 1/4 cups small diced pineapple (250 grams)

  • 2 medium tomatoes small diced (250 grams)

  • 1/2 red onion small diced(100 grams)

  • Cilantro bunch finely chopped (40 grams)

  • 1/2 cup lemon or lime juice – I use 1 lime and 1 lemon (115 ml)

  • 3 cloves of garlic crushed

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt


  • Press each tofu block for 20 minutes. I like using a tofu press but you can cover the tofu with a dish cloth and place weights such as books or a kettle over the tofu. Drain water from the press or the dish where tofu is in often.
  • Cut the tofu into long strips. Each block should be cut into 12 strips. Gently mix the cornstarch, cumin, smoked paprika, cayenne pepper, salt, garlic powder over the tofu.
  • Place a frying pan on stove, turn stove to medium heat. Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil to frying pan and once oil is heated place half the tofu strips in pan. Fry the tofu until golden brown, turning them to fry on all sides.
  • Warm the corn tortillas. My favorite way is to char them on an open gas flame (if you have a gas stove). If this is not an option, warm them in the oven for 5 minutes.
  • Now it’s time to assemble the tacos. Add 3 strips of the fried tofu on the charred corn tortillas.
  • Place 2-3 spoons of the pineapple salsa over the tofu.
  • Pineapple Salsa:
  • Dice all the vegetables, fruit and cilantro. Mix in the lemon juice, garlic and salt.


  • I recommend assembling the tacos just before you’re ready to eat them. The corn tortillas will get soggy if the pineapple salsa sits on them for too long.

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