Buffalo Tempeh Quesadillas


I am weak.


I had a cheese quesadilla and rice and beans smothered in cheese this weekend.


Then I had 8 slices of a very cheesy pizza.


I AM THE WORST VEGAN EVER. I feel like I need a scarlet D on my shirt for all of the dairy I have consumed recently. Everywhere I turn, it’s just…cheese. You can’t go to a Mexican restaurant and avoid it! You can’t go to my local, sketchy pizza joint where all of the employees yell at each other and get a pizza without cheese! I cannot escape it! I really feel like it’s not my fault, I’m a product of my environment.


I also accidentally drank a latte with skim milk so I’m just counting August as a loss.



Time: 1 hour (prep + cooking) | Serves: 2 quesadillas


  • 1 package of tempeh, cut into cubes
  • 1 cup of arugula, packed
  • 1 onion, sliced thin
  • 1/4 cup of cilantro, chopped
  • Some jalapenos if you are a masochist
  • 4 whole wheat burrito-size tortillas
  • 2/3 cup of hot sauce
  • 1/2 cup of olive oil + 4 tbsp.
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. of white vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp. of Worcestershire
  • 1 tbsp. of smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp. of cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. of garlic powder
  • S+P, to taste

How to:

  • In a food processor, combine hot sauce + 1/2 cup of olive oil + white vinegar + Worcestershire + paprika + cayenne + garlic + S+P, pulse until well-combined
  • Pour into a sauce pan + heat over low-medium heat until it starts to bubble, remove from heat
  • Meanwhile, heat a tbsp. of olive oil in a skillet over medium
  • Add onion + S+P, let caramelize for 6-7 minutes, set aside
  • In the same skillet, heat another tbsp. of olive oil + add tempeh + cook for 4-5 minutes letting them get a lil crispy
  • Once crispy, toss tempeh in the buffalo sauce
  • To prepare the quesadillas, heat another tbsp. of olive oil in the same skillet over medium heat
  • Lay down a tortilla + top with 1/2 the onion + 1/2 the arugula + 1/2 the tempeh + 1/2 the cilantro + top with another tortilla, cook for 3 minutes, flip + cook another 1-2 minutes
  • Repeat with remaining ingredients
  • Serve hot with extra cilantro
  • Fold over quesadilla triangle + tilt head back + let quesadilla contents slide down gullet


Buffalo sauce adapted from here!



21 thoughts on “Buffalo Tempeh Quesadillas

  1. woodboneandstone says:

    I need to play around with tempeh some more. I wasn’t super impressed with my first experience. Should have had it in a quesadilla.

    I did the cheese thing today too. I’m not vegan though, so I only compromised my efforts at moderation.


  2. Shelby says:

    The “bacon” tempeh they have at Sprouts is really good imo. Some people find the fake smoke flavor to be too much but I think it adds depth to meatless dishes


  3. Osyth says:

    I was sympathetic until you owned up to the skimmed milk latte. Now I have to mark you down as pathetic. Cheese is forgivable but non-soy latte – shame on you!


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