This post sponsored by the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. The delicious recipe and the opinions are all mine!
I have a fancy looking recipe of Air Fried Tofu Rancheros with Veggies for you today. It uses Little Face Salsa, which is made by a Greensboro entrepreneur, Jax Manganiello. (If you want, you can skip right to the recipe by clicking here.)
Little Face is in the beginning stages and just beginning to get into local stores. When I met with Jax, she told me about all the meetings coming up with chains, and I’m excited to see her salsa in more stores.
Little Face Salsa comes in 3 flavors: Mild Jalapeno Cilantro, Medium Habanero Cilantro, and Hot Te “Kill” Ya Habanero. Each one has a rich tomato flavor that is the star of the salsa. The best part for me is that there is no artificial preservatives, and it uses all natural ingredients.
If you live in North Carolina, be sure to try Little Face’s salsas at the Homegrown Fare. It’s presented by Lowes Foods May 19-21 at the N.C. State Fairgrounds in Raleigh.
The Got To Be NC Festival will feature 100 local food, wine, and beer companies. Admission is $3, but you and a guest can get in free if you show your Lowes Foods loyalty card. Plus you can get a free gift while supplies last by mentioning Healthy Slow Cooking at the Got To Be NC merchandise booth.
More information about the Homegrown Fare and the Got To Be NC Festival is available at www.gottobencfestival.com.
My favorite part of this recipe is the crunchy tofu that’s studded with cumin and chili powder. It’s so easy to make perfect tofu in your air fryer, but you can make the tofu in the oven if you don’t have one.
The spices stick to the tofu without any oil, but you can spritz it if you’d like to make your tofu a little crispier. I’ve started using extra firm tofu because you don’t need to press it. Sometimes, it’s labeled high protein.
I wanted to add some extra veggies, so I made a veggie topping that’s made up of grated carrot, yellow squash, and zucchini that’s mixed with a touch of salt and lime juice.
I used some Daiya cheese, but if you don’t do processed foods or eat oil-free, make my cauliflower queso and use it instead. I warm up the tortilla with cheese and the bean mixture. The tortilla becomes crispy and the cheese melts.
Finally, you add all the other toppings on your tortilla and finish it off by piling on the salsa!
Got to Be NC Air Fried Tofu Rancheros with Veggies and Little Face Salsa
For the Spice Crusted Tofu
- 1 - (20 0z) container High Protein Tofu or Super Firm Tofu (or firm that's been pressed for at least 1 hour), cut into cubes
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin powder
- 1 teaspoon ground chili powder (or less if you prefer mild foods)
- 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1/4 teaspoon salt, or to taste
For the Salsa Beans
- 1 (15.5 ounce) can organic black beans, drained (save liquid to make brownies or chocolate cookies)
- 1/4 cup Little Face Big Taste Jalapeno Cilantro Salsa (or your fav mild salsa)
- 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon liquid smoke, to suit your taste (or use 1/8 teaspoon smoked paprika)
- 1/8 teaspoon jalapeno powder, (or chipotle or cayenne) powder
- 1/8 teaspoon cumin powder
- salt, to taste
For the Veggie Topping
- 1/3 cup grated carrot
- 1/3 cup grated zucchini
- 1/3 cup grated yellow squash
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- pinch black pepper
For the Base
- 4 large flour or gluten-free tortillas (I used Ezekiel brand)
- 1 cup shredded vegan cheese (or make oil free with my cauliflower queso)
Make the Spice Crusted Tofu:
- Toss the tofu cubes with the cumin, chili powder, smoked paprika, and salt.
- Preheat your air fryer to 390° unless your model doesn’t require it. Once it’s hot, add the coated tofu to your air fryer basket.
- Set the cooking time to 5 minutes and when the time is up, shake or stir the tofu. Repeat for an additional 5 minutes.
- No air fryer? Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes, turn over and cook 10 to 15 minutes more - or until crispy.
Make the Salsa Beans:
- Mix all the ingredients together in a small bowl.
Prepare the Base:
- Take 2 tortillas and put on a baking sheet while preheating the oven to 350 degrees. Sprinkle (or spread) ¼ cup vegan cheese on top of each tortilla. Put ¼ of the salsa beans in the middle of the tortilla and bake for 15 minutes. This will warm the beans and make the tortilla crunchy.
- Once warm add on the Spiced Crusted Tofu, the shredded veggie topping, chopped tomatoes or other veggies you'd like to pile on like avocado or shredded lettuce.
- Top it all off with a heaping spoonful of Little Face Salsa!
Get more recipes using Got to Be NC brands from the bloggers below. Be aware that most will not be vegan, but many can be easily veganized:
Got to be NC Blogger Posts for #HomeGrownFare17
- Introducing Harvest Time Foods Gluten Free Products from Andrea of Good Girl Gone Redneck
- Chocolate Cherry Rum Cake Bites from Angie of Big Bear’s Wife
- Ice Cream Parfaits with Peach Wine Syrup from April of Girl Gone Gourmet
- Sweet and Tart Spaghetti and Meatballs from Emily of The Edible Coast
- Uncle Chris’ Smokin’ Habanero Pimento Cheese Mac and Cheese from Fran of Sip, Stir, Go
- North Carolina Jamaican Jerk with Mango Salsa and Rice from Hadassah of World on a Table
- Choose Better, Drink Sunshine and Brighten Your Life from Jen of JAB’s Plethorak
- North Carolina Muffaletta with Bruce Julian from Jenni of Pastry Chef Online
- Carolina Fancy Foods Takes NC Food Products to a New Level from Johanna of Durham Foodie
- Homemade Caterpillar Rolls, North Carolina Style from Kate of Life of a Ginger
- Little Black Dress Dinner Party from Leigh of HinesSight
- Discovering The World’s Best Popcorn from Linda of Hispanic Mama
- Easy Noodle Bowl with Bertie County Peanuts from Meghan of I’m Fixin’ To
- Coming Home to Gregory Vineyards from Rachel of Fit Triangle Mom