These buffalo tofu tacos are deliciously spicy, and you’ll be surprised how easy it is to make crispy tofu in the oven. This recipe is perfect for a tasty plant-based taco night!

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I have to admit that I’m not a huge fan of tofu. When it comes to soy-based protein, I usually reach for tempeh. But I wanted to create a tofu taco recipe and make the tofu really crispy. This wasn’t too hard to do in the air fryer, but I wanted to share a recipe that could be made in the oven, since I know many of you don’t have air fryers. Luckily, with a few tricks, I created a super crispy tofu recipe packed with flavor!

buffalo tofu taco ingredients

Ingredients & Substitutions

  • Tofu– Be sure to use extra firm tofu. Softer tofu won’t get as crispy. Pressing the tofu is necessary to remove some of the moisture to create super crispy tofu cubes.
  • Oil- I used olive oil, but any neutral oil is fine.
  • Cornstarch- A little cornstarch helps absorb excess moisture and create a crispy texture.
  • Buffalo sauce– This adds lots of spicy flavor. If you don’t want it too spicy, just use a mild sauce.
  • Bread crumbs- This adds a crunchy coating that gives these tofu bites the texture of a fried protein, even though they’re baked in the oven!

What is extra firm tofu?

Extra firm tofu has less water, so it has a firmer texture that makes it easier to create crispy tofu. Because it has less moisture, it’s less porous, which means it doesn’t absorb flavors as easily. That’s why we’ll toss it in buffalo sauce rather than marinate it.

extra firm tofu

How to Press Tofu

Cut the tofu into small, evenly sized pieces and spread them on a paper towel or clean, lint-free kitchen towel. Top with another layer of paper towels or a second clean kitchen towel. (I usually do a layer of paper towels and then a kitchen towel on top of that.) Top with something flat and heavy like a large cookbook or a cast iron skillet. Let it sit for at least 10 minutes or up to 30 minutes if you have time. This will help extract extra moisture from the tofu.

How to Make Tofu Tacos