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Sweet Potato and Harissa Tofu Tacos

A few weeks ago Mr. Porker was off for some work thing for an entire weekend. So I decided to bake myself some bread, got some fancy salted French butter and made myself some dips and spreads to go with it.

The problem is that home-made bread isn’t all that nice on day two, let alone mine. So here I was with a bucket of hummus and pail of harissa and nowhere to put it. Or so I thought.

The ingredients for sweet potato and harissa tofu tacos sprinkled on a concrete background

I love it when a plan comes together

Then I remembered I also had a sweet potato wondering around somewhere. And I always keep a bag of tortillas around in case I need to wrap something or fry up a fresh batch nachos. And so, the sweet potato harissa tofu taco was born. I happily had this for dinner (and lunch) 3 days in a row so this really is a good one.

When do I eat sweet potato and harissa tofu tacos?

These really work any time of day. If you are planning to make all the elements yourself it will take you some time in which case breakfast is probably not an option.

What you’ll need

A small plate with a blue trim with a tortilla turned towards the camera on top, it is filled with cubes of baked sweet potato a hint of red sauce and tofu and fresh parsley. The plate sits on a blue background with some more sweet potato and parsley scattered in front and an off-white dish towel with a leopard print in the background.

Sweet Potato and Harissa Tofu Tacos

Dorothy Porker
A vegan taco recipe with filling sweet potato, creamy garlic and chickpea spread and crispy punchy harissa tofu mince.
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Resting time 8 hrs 30 mins
Course Dinner, Lunch, Main course
Cuisine Fusion, Mexican, Middle Eastern, Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings 2


  • Clean towel
  • Large saucepan
  • Ladle
  • Oven
  • Food processor
  • Heavy pot or other heavy object
  • Kitchen towels
  • Frying pan x2
  • Small food processor


For the garlic dip (optional, store bought hummus works as well)

  • 7 oz - 200 gr dried chickpeas soaked for a minimum of 8 hours or overnight
  • 3 heads garlic cloves separated but not peeled
  • olive oil
  • t t - 5 gr baking soda
  • 1/4 c - 60 ml olive oil
  • pinch salt
  • 1/4 c - 60 ml lemon juice fresh preferred
  • 1 t - 5 gr salt
  • 1/4 t - 1.5 gr cumin powder
  • 1/2 c - 120 ml tahin
  • t T - 15 gr miso
  • 3 ice cubes
  • 3/4 c - 180 ml cooking liquid from the chickpeas, see instructions

For the harissa (optional, store bought harissa works as well)

  • 1/4 t - 1.5 gr coriander seed
  • 1/4 t - 1.5 gr fennel seed
  • 2 T - 30 ml red wine vinegar Balsamic also works
  • 3 cloves garlic smashes and peeled
  • 2 T - 30 gr tomato puree
  • juice of half a lemon
  • 4 T - 60 ml olive oil
  • 1 1/2 T - 45 gr smoked sweet paprika
  • 1/4 t - 1.5 gr chili flakes
  • pinch nutmeg
  • pinch black pepper
  • pinch salt

For the minced tofu - optional, store bought (vegan) mince is fine too

  • 9 oz - 250 gr firm tofu get it from an Asian supermarket and thank me later
  • 1/2 T - 5 gr corn starch other starchy flours also work
  • pinch salt
  • neutral oil for frying

For the sweet potato

  • 1 large sweet potato peeled and cut into chunks
  • 1 T -15 gr corn flour or any other starchy flour
  • neutral oil

To finish

  • 4 tortilla's I prefer corn, but you do you
  • bunch curly parsley optional, chopped


Make the chickpea garlic dip (optional, store bought hummus works as well)

  • You can also buy ready-made hummus of choice.
  • Preheat an oven to 160° C - 320° F.
  • Spread the individual unpeeled garlic cloves in an even layer across an oven tray. Coat evenly in olive oil and salt generously.
  • Roast the garlic cloves until they have gone soft and squishy, in my oven this takes about 30-45 minutes.
  • Drain the soaked chickpeas, place them on a kitchen towel and dry them off gently.
  • Move the chickpeas to a heavy-based pan with the baking soda and cook on a low heat while stirring vigorously for 2 to 3 minutes or so.
  • Cover the chickpeas until they are submerged in about an inch of cold water and bring to a boil.
  • Leave to simmer until they are soft. This should take 30 minutes to an hour, depending on the quality and age of your chickpeas. Use a ladle to remove any foam or chickpea skins that come bubbling to the surface. Add water if your chickpeas appear to be drying out, but haven't softened yet.
  • Drain the chickpeas, making sure you hang on to the cooking liquid. You'll need it for the next step.
  • Peel or smoosh the garlic out of their skins.
  • Place the chickpeas,1/4 c - 60 ml olive oil and garlic mush into a food processor along with a first scoop of the cooking liquid. Blitz for 2 minutes. Add more of the liquid if your food processor starts to struggle.
  • Finally add 1/4 c - 60 ml lemon juice, 1 t - 5 gr salt, 1/4 t - 1.5 gr cumin, 1/2 c - 120 ml tahin, 1 T - 15 gr miso and 3 ice cubes and blend again for at least 2 minutes until well combined and fluffy. If your food processor is struggling again use a wooden spoon to beat the ingredients together until the last of the ice cubes as dissolved completely.

Make the harissa (optional, store bought harissa works as well)

  • You can also buy read-made harissa.
  • Toast the 1/4 t - 1.5 gr of coriander and fennel seeds in a dry pan until aromatic.
  • Add the toasted coriander and fennel, 2 T - 30 ml red wine vinegar, 3 cloves of garlic, juice of half a lemon, 1/4 c - 60 ml olive oil, 1 1/2 T - 30 gr sweet smoked paprika, 1/4 t - 1.5 gr chili flakes and pinches of nutmeg, black pepper and salt to a small food processor and blend until smooth. Taste and add more salt or spice as you see fit.

Make the minced tofu - optional, store bought (vegan) mince is fine too

  • You can also use store-bought mince of choice.
  • Press 9 oz - 250 gr of tofu by placing it between some kitchen towels and placing a heavy object on top for 30 minutes or so. I use a cast iron Dutch oven but use what you have.
  • While this is happening we're going to start the potato cubes and come back to the tofu once those are in the oven.

Bake the sweet potato cubes

  • Preheat your oven to 175° C - 350° F.
  • Lightly coat the sweet potato cubes in sunflower oil and 1/2 T - 7 gr of corn starch. Do not salt the cubes until removing them from the oven.
  • Place the sweet potato cubes on a sheet of parchment on a baking tray and cook until they start to brown on the edges. Usually this takes between 20-30 minutes. Be sure to check regularly because sweet potato has a tendency to burn fast.

Back to the tofu

  • Crumble the tofu into a bowl. The pieces should remain of uneven in size and shape, as if you've fried off some actual minced meat in a frying pan.
  • Thinly coat the crumbled tofu with 1/2 T - 7 gr corn flour or any starch at hand and salt generously.
  • Fry the crumbled tofu in a thin layer of neutral oil in a (non-stick) frying pan. Do this in batches to avoid overcrowding the pan and ensure crisp. Fry the tofu until golden and partially crispy.
  • Drain on kitchen towel before mixing with 2-3 T - 30-45 gr of the harissa.

Compose your tacos

  • Heat your tortillas the way you normally would, I like to heat mine in a dry non-stick frying pan until they begin to crisp.
  • Now assemble your tacos: use a back of a spoon to spread the ehr... spread on your taco, top with the harissa coated crispy tofu and oven baked (and salted!) sweet potato and a few sprigs of fresh parsley.
Keyword baked potato, harissa, minced tofu, sweet potato, tacos, tacos de moronga, tofu

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Smokey Shakshuka: Spicy Poached Eggs

I love poached eggs so when I started spotting shakshuka all over the interwebs a few years ago I knew I had to give it a go. I add extra smokiness to mine by using smoked everything whenever possible.

When do you eat shakshuka and what do you have with it?

Shakshuka is awesome and delicious and fun to say out loud, especially if you like your breakfast, lunch or brunch with a little kick to it.

Have it with your favorite bread for dipping, I like mine with pita or pide.

A frying pan with shakshuka, surrounded by bagels and some ingredients

Smokey Shakshuka

Dorothy Porker
Spicy smokey Middle Eastern poached eggs in tomato sauce are a true breakfast of champions.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Course Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch
Cuisine Middle Eastern
Servings 2


  • Frying pan with a matching lid


  • olive oil
  • 4 small shallots finely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • 3 jalapenos finely chopped, deseeded if you prefer less heat
  • 1 T - 20 gr smoked paprika regular will do if you can't find this
  • 1 t - 5 gr ground cumin
  • 14 oz - 400 gr tin tomatoes I prefer peeled plum
  • 1 T - 20 gr tomato puree
  • pinch salt
  • pinch pepper
  • 4 eggs 2 if you're eating alone
  • sprinkling parsley flat or curly, roughly chopped
  • sprinkling feta optional, crumbed with a fork


  • Pick a frying pan that will either comfortably hold 4 or 2 eggs, depending with how many people you are planning to eat your shakshuka.
  • Fry off 4 finely chopped shallots, 4 cloves of garlic and 3 jalapenos in some olive oil on a medium heat for about 5 minutes, until they turn soft and are just starting to brown.
  • Add 1 T - 20 gr of smoked paprika and 1 t - 5 gr cumin and fry off for another 2 minutes until fragrant.
  • Mush up your tin of tomatoes (I used a small knife and bang it around in the tin) before adding them to the frying pan with half a tin of water and 1 T - 20 gr of tomato puree.
  • Leave to simmer until the sauce is reduced by half (5 to 10 minutes) and season to taste with pepper and salt.
  • If you are eating alone, now is the time to remove half of the sauce with a ladle and leave it to cool so you can store the remainder of the sauce in your fridge or freezer.
  • Reduce the heat to a comfortable bubble and carefully plunk in 2 to 4 eggs. If you want to avoid breaking the yolks, break the eggs into little separate bowls before easing them into the sauce.
  • Now leave to slowly bubble away until the egg whites have set. Close your frying pan with a lid if it’s taking to long. The trick is to have set egg whites but a runny yolk.
  • Sprinkle with the fresh parsley and crumbled feta and serve with warm bread of choice.


If you are storing half of the sauce for a later date, it will keep in a closed container for up to 3 days in the fridge and 3 months in the freezer.
Keyword breakfast, brunch, lunch, poached eggs, shakshuka, spicy

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