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Tempeh Bacon with Guacamole Vegan Plant-Based Recipe

Tempeh Bacon with Guacamole is a perfect game day or other party food! The smokey, spicy bacon really compliments the fresh and creamy guac.

Tempeh Bacon with Guacamole Vegan Plant-Based Recipe

Tempeh Bacon is super easy to make. Just start with thinly sliced tempeh. Marinate in maple syrup, soy sauce, liquid smoke, black pepper, and salt. Then either fry or bake until browned.

Tempeh Bacon with Guacamole Vegan Plant-Based Recipe


The thinner the better is usually the rule when making tempeh bacon. I made mine just a bit thicker because I was planning on having it with the guacamole.

Tempeh Bacon with Guacamole Vegan Plant-Based Recipe

I’ve sauteed this with no oil, too, in a nonstick pan. It’s great that way, but can be more “bacony” if you use just a bit of oil. However you choose to make it, it’s delicious alone, on sandwiches, alongside tofu scrambles, or dipped in delicious, creamy guacamole.

About Tempeh

Tempeh is cooked, whole soybeans that have been fermented with the zygomycete known as Rhizopus oligosporus.

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Tempeh is basically beans held together with thick, white, sticky fungus. Mmm, yum! It’s actually way more appetizing than it sounds. Tempeh is quite delicious, smells fresh, and is good for you. It’s also remarkably versatile, and, like tofu, takes on the flavor of what it’s cooked with.

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Tempeh differs from tofu in that tofu is made from coagulated soy milk. Making soy milk removes a lot of the soybean fiber so tempeh is more of a “whole food.” It’s incredibly healthy and full of protein.

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It’s not all that difficult to make your own tofu and tempeh but tempeh is available just about everywhere now.

The Guacamole

Mmm, creamy, fresh avocados with lots of cilantro, please! This is a very simple way to make guacamole. Just mash a few ripe avocados and stir in a few tablespoons of your favorite salsa, a bit of lime juice, and cilantro. So easy but so delicious.

Tempeh Bacon with Guacamole Vegan Plant-Based Recipe
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Tempeh Bacon with Guacamole

A delicious, healthy, easy to make recipe for game day or any party! Great for snacking, too!

Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine Vegan
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 3
Calories 270 kcal


Tempeh Bacon


  • 3 avocados, pitted and mashed
  • 1/4 cup good salsa
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro (more or less, as desired)


Tempeh Bacon

  1. In a bowl, mix together the maple syrup, soy sauce, liquid smoke, salt, pepper, paprika, and cayenne. 

  2. Slice the tempeh as thin as possible without it falling apart. Place in a bowl.

  3. Pour the marinade over and make sure all the tempeh is covered. Let stand for an hour or so or overnight. 

  4. Saute in a nonstick pan with or without added oil. 

  5. *or Bake in 400 degrees F oven for 15 minutes or until browned. 


  1. Slice the avocados in half, remove the pits, and scrape the avocado flesh into a bowl.

  2. Add the remaining ingredients and mash together with a fork, 

  3. Add a few dollops of sriracha sauce to the guacamole, if desired. 

Nutrition Facts
Tempeh Bacon with Guacamole
Amount Per Serving
Calories 270
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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XO Lisa

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