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Vegan Quesadillas with Mushroom Bacon

Vegan Quesadillas with Mushroom Bacon

Nisha Vora
Indulgent vegan quesadillas packed with a hearty tofu scramble, a smoky and chewy mushroom bacon, lots of vegan cheese, and served with an easy avocado salsa! The perfect way to wow your weekend brunch guests, even avowed meat lovers!
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 30 mins
Course Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine Mexican-inspired, New American
Servings 4

Ingredients
  

Quesadillas Ingredients

  • Mushroom Bacon (recipe below)
  • Tofu Scramble (recipe below)
  • 2 cups (~225g) shredded vegan cheese of choice
  • 8 large flour tortillas (can use gluten-free tortillas)
  • Cooking oil of choice for cooking quesadillas
  • For Serving: Avocado-Tomato Salsa (recipe below or salsa of choice and/or vegan sour cream)

Mushroom Bacon Ingredients

  • 8 ounces (~225g) of King Oyster mushrooms OR shiitake mushroom caps
  • 2 tablespoons tamari or soy sauce (I use reduced-sodium tamari)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil, plus more for brushing the pan
  • 1/2 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon liquid smoke (optional but adds that nice smoky flavor)
  • 1/2 tablespoon pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika (use more if not using liquid smoke)

Tofu Scramble Ingredients

  • 1 (14-ounce or ~400g) block of extra firm tofu
  • 1/2 teaspoon kala namak (also known as Himalayan black salt (or just use sea salt))
  • Freshly cracked black pepper to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 3 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 1/4 cup (60mL) unsweetened plain nondairy milk
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Avocado-Tomato Salsa Ingredients

  • 1/2 pint cherry tomatoes (~150g), quartered
  • 1/2 small red onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro (~15g)
  • 1 jalapeño, diced
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 small ripe avocados, or 1 large ripe avocado, diced

Instructions
 

Quesadillas Directions

  • First, make the Mushroom Bacon.
  • While the mushrooms are marinating or are in the oven, make the Tofu Scramble.
  • Assemble the quesadillas. Spread an even layer of the vegan cheese (1/2 cup) onto one of the eight tortillas. Arrange 1/4 of the tofu scramble on top (about 1/3 cup) and 1/4 of the mushroom bacon on top. Place another tortilla on top to cover.
  • Lightly grease a large skillet with a bit of oil and place over medium heat. Once the skillet is hot, add the prepared quesadilla to the skillet. Place a smaller skillet on top of the quesadilla so that it presses down on the quesadilla, resulting in a nice crispy exterior. Cook the quesadillas for 2-3 minutes or until nicely browned on one side, then flip and cook another 1-2 minutes, or until both sides are crispy and nicely browned. Repeat with the remaining sauce, filling, and tortillas.
  • Serve the quesadillas with the Avocado-Tomato Salsa or salsa of your choice and vegan sour cream, if desired.

Mushroom Bacon Directions

  • Adjust oven rack to center position and preheat oven to 350°F./175°C. Fit a cooling rack onto a rimmed baking sheet and then line it with a sheet of parchment paper (or aluminum foil). Brush the parchment paper with a bit of olive oil.
  • Slice the mushrooms. If using King Oyster mushrooms, slice lengthwise into 1/8th- to 1/6th-inch slices. If using shiitake mushrooms, slice lengthwise into 1/4-inch thin slices.
  • Combine the tamari, 1 tablespoon olive oil, sesame oil, liquid smoke, maple syrup, and smoked paprika in a shallow dish and whisk to combine.
  • Add the sliced mushrooms, and stir gently to combine. Marinate the mushrooms at room temperature for at least 20 minutes, or up to 60 minutes.
  • Arrange the mushrooms in a single layer on the baking sheet.
  • Bake the mushrooms for 20 minutes. Flip mushroom slices carefully with a thin spatula and continue baking until they are well-browned and chewy but crisp, about 20 minutes longer.
  • Remove from the oven and transfer the mushrooms to a paper towel-lined plate to drain any excess oil.

Tofu Scramble Directions

  • Press the tofu: place the block tofu on a cutting board lined with paper towels. Cover the tofu with paper towels and then place a heavy cookbook or skillet on top of the tofu block. Press for at least 10 minutes, or up to 30 minutes.
  • Crumble the pressed tofu with a fork or your hands into large chunks.
  • Mix together the kala namak (or sea salt), black pepper, turmeric, paprika, and nutritional yeast in a small bowl. Pour in the almond milk and whisk to combine.
  • Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Once hot, add the olive oil. Then add the crumbled tofu and break it apart as needed with a wooden spoon or spatula. Add the spice mixture and stir until well combined. Cook for 5 to 7 minutes until the tofu is lightly browned.

Avocado-Tomato Salsa Directions

  • In a bowl, combine all of the ingredients except for the avocado and stir to combine. Then add in the avocado and gently toss to combine, taking care not to mash the avocado. Taste, and add more salt or lime juice as needed.
Keyword mushrooms, nut-free, quesadillas, vegan cheese
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