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3 3 3 Taco

3 Layer Taco with 3 ingredients in each layer


Dinner time can be easy and fun even on a week night. Today’s quick post is highlighting exactly that.

These tacos were a weeknight dinner that was put together within 30 minutes. It turned out so festive and delicious that I felt the need for a post rather than a simple 1-min Instagram video 🤷🏻‍♀️

This taco was built with 3 layers – ingredient layer 1 (tempeh, black beans & red onions); ingredient layer 2 (purple cabbage, spring onions & sesame paste); and a simple salsa to top it off…. Hence the name 3 3 3 😜 

Let’s dissect each of the layers individually –

Layer 1 – Started off with a base of Tempeh. Tempeh is a vegan protein made from soy beans. It is naturally gluten-free and packed with goodness. The tempeh is pan-fried to a nice crisp texture. Bring in red onions and black beans. Fry the red onions to give a good flavor, add the tempeh and beans, and toss it together. Layer 1 is done. 

This is the only ‘cooking’ part, not counting toasting the tortillas. 

Layer 2 – Take crisp purple cabbage and slice it very thin. Add sliced spring onions or green onions. Toss it with a heaping teaspoon of sesame paste. Layer 2 is done. 

Note – Sesame paste is readily available in jars. If you want to make it at home, soak toasted sesame seeds in a few teaspoons of warm water and blend it to a thick paste. 

The whole point here is, let 1-2 ingredients shine for a delicious and flavorful meal. Layer 1 is all about the crisp tempeh.

Layer 2 is all about Sesame paste, which is subtle yet powerful. I know how contradicting that may sound, but you get it, right? 

Toast up some taco wraps on a flame to give it a nice char-grill. Layer it up – 1, 2, 3. Enjoy with a big spoon of smashed guacamole. 

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3 3 3 Taco

Dinner time can be easy and fun even on a week night. Today’s quick post is exactly highlighting that. This taco was build with 3 ingredient layer 1 ; 3 ingredient layer 2 and a simple salsa to top it off…. Hence the name 3 3 3 😜 
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 4 Tacos


  • 4 Taco shells soft
  • 2 tbsp Salsa garnish

Layer 1 –

  • 1 package Tempeh
  • 1 cup Black beans cooked
  • 1 large Red Onion sliced

Layer 2 –

  • 1 cup Purple Cabbage shredded
  • 4 stalks Green onions stalks and stems, sliced
  • 1 tsp Sesame paste


  • Take a skillet and pan fry the tempeh (cut into strips) to a crisp texture, set aside
  • Next add red onions to the skillet and fry it to golden brown color, add drained black beans and tempeh and toss together 
    Season as preferred 
  • Next take a mixing bowl and mix together purple cabbage, green onions and sesame paste 
  • Lets assemble the tacos – toast the taco shell directly on a flame to get char marks
  • On a plate, put a teaspoon of layer mixture in the center of one half
  • Next put layer 2 mixture next to the layer 1
  • Finally top with salsa as layer 3
  • Wrap the taco and serve

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