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Tempeh and Walnut Ground

A protein double whammy
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Tempeh and walnuts, two protein packed foods, team up in this dynamic recipe. Place the tempeh into a food processor with the walnuts, onion and peppers. Once well combined, the mixture serves as a perfect filling for chili, tacos and more. 

Recipe courtesy of Nava Atlas, author of Plant-Powered Protein: 125 Recipes for Using Today's Amazing Meat Alternatives

Ready in
35 m
5 m
(prepare time)
30 m
(cook time)
Calories Per Serving


Equipment needed: skillet, food processor


  • 1 Tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 medium red or green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 (8-ounce) package tempeh
  • 1 Cup walnut pieces
  • 1 (15- to 16-ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon good-quality chili powder
  • 1 Tablespoon sweet paprika
  • 1 Teaspoon ground cumin
  • salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste


Step 1: Heat the 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet. Add the onion and sauté over medium heat until translucent. Add the bell pepper and continue to sauté until the onion is slightly browned, 6 to 8 minutes.

Step 2: Cut the block of tempeh into a few chunks. Place in a food processor and pulse a few times. Add the 1 cup walnuts and the onion and pepper mixture and pulse until everything is finely and evenly chopped. Be careful not to overprocess—you don’t want to turn this into a puree.

Step 3: Transfer the mixture to the same skillet. Add the can of tomato sauce, 1 tablespoon chili powder, 1 tablespoon paprika and 1 teaspoon cumin. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Stir and bring to a gentle simmer over medium-high heat. Lower the heat and cook for 15 to 20 minutes to allow the flavors to heighten and blend, stirring often.

Step 4: Serve straight from the skillet, or cool and store for future use. This keeps in the refrigerator in a well-sealed container for up to four days. It freezes well, too.

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