Tempeh Joes

Tempeh Joes

So last week the special dinner at one of the local vegetarian restaurants, Seva, was tempeh joes. Since having one last week I’ve had the craving for another and since it was a weekly special I needed to make one for myself. It’s pretty simple so here it is:

1 package of tempeh diced
1 medium onion diced (I used a purple one on hand)
4 cloves of garlic minced
1 jalpeño minced
1 can of dice fire roasted tomatoes
3-4 tablespoons of chilipowder (I used a combination of La Mesa dark and Smoked Chili powders)
1-2 tablespoons of vegetable oil or olive oil
1/2-1 cup white wine
Salt and pepper

The recipe is easy. Heat up the oil up in a pan over medium heat. Add the tempeh, onions, garlic, and jalapeño, cook until onions start to become translucent and the tempeh starts to brown. Add the chili powder and cook for another minute or 2. Add the can of tomatoes and the white wine, cook at medium for another few minutes and then turn the heat down and let it cook on low for a little while longer. Add some salt and pepper to season it further. Serve it up on a bun with whatever toppings you like, we just added a slice of cheddar cheese.

As for the baked fries in the photo. Just follow this previous post, I spiced these up with a bit of my chili powder mix (La Mesa Dark and Smoked Chili), another spice concoction mainly used for burgers (Chili powder, mace, paprika, cayenne, white pepper, coarse ground black pepper, kosher salt, onion powder, cumin, and garlic powder), and some freshly ground sea salt. The mace in the burger spice was a nice sweet addition to the fries.

The pics are a bit dark, but the food was delicious.

Tempeh Joes


  1. YUM! Yes please! We should do dinner night with you two soon!

  2. Amy, yes – we should! Let’s plan something soon!

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