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Barbecue Tofu Hash and Kansas Farm Food Tour 2.0 Part II

A vegan barbecue dish might sound silly but one bite of this hash and you will be hooked. Serve it for breakfast with toast and egg or with rice for dinner. Plus read all about my food adventures on Kansas Farm Food tour 2.0

You have blown me away with your response to Kansas Farm Food Tour 2.0 (Part 1) post (find it here). I have been reading all your comments, messages, emails and social media comments. I promise that I will respond to each one of you. I am also in touch with the experts on relevant subjects to make sure that you all have the correct and reliable information from people who know about it best. Today, we will carry on from where we left in the last post. I told you about The Places we visited and The People we met while on the tour. Therefore, what remains, you ask? The food! Of course, you knew it was coming.

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The Food

Jack Stack Barbecue

So, as you might recall from part 1 of this post (read it here), our first stop was in Elanco in Kansas City area. When you are in KC, barbecue becomes the obvious choice. Do not get me wrong here, this city has so much to offer in the food scene…but Kansas City BBQ…I mean..has to be. We enjoyed some Jack Stack Barbecue for lunch. The best thing was that there many great vegetarian sides options.

A smoky barbecue dish that is vegan? Yes please! Make this vegan tofu has with blackbeans, corn and belle peppers and you have breakfast (or dinner) sorted out.

Mama’s on the Hill

For dinner we made it to Mama’s on the Hill, an Italian restaurant in St. Louis that boasts about Chef Robert Irvine’s custom created dish for them – Rabbit Bolognese. The serving sizes were huge, food delicious and wine crisp. I finished the meal with their signature Tiramisu that was out of the world.

Braisserie – by Niche

Next day our dinner was at Braisserie by Niche, a French restaurant in St. Louis. I ordered the Roasted chicken and tried some vegetable tart from my friend Amy of France Family Farms. The entree was phenomenal along with appetizer and dessert.

Central Missouri Meat & Sausage

During the last day of the tour, we headed to Central Missouri Meat & Sausage and ate at their restaurant. Their barbecue sauce, made in house blew me away. Luckily, other than serving the sauce in the restaurant, they also sell it. So I brought some home with me. Today’s recipe of Barbecue Tofu Hash is inspired by and uses Central Missouri Meat & Sausage Barbecue Sauce.

A smoky barbecue dish that is vegan? Yes please! Make this vegan tofu has with blackbeans, corn and belle peppers and you have breakfast (or dinner) sorted out.

The Recipe

You know I am a big fan of tofu. One, because it is a great source of vegan protein. In addition, it picks up any and all of the flavors added to it. So when I experimented with the barbecue sauce, I was pleasantly surprised. As always, use extra firm tofu, press it for some time (read instructions here) and get it crispy in a nonstick or cast iron skillet. Details in instructions below.

Recipe Run Down

While researching for this recipe (which basically means while looking for a fancy name) I found out that hash comes from a french word “hacher” (from the very trusted Wikipedia) meaning “to chop” and usually consists of chopped meat and veggies. So I am loosely calling this recipe a hash.

Barbecue Tofu Hash with black beans, corn and bell peppers. A vegan barbecue recipe with the same smoky and deep flavors that you desire, but no meat!

There is no meat involved but I have added tofu with vegetables, black beans and corn. How ironic! BBQ sauce from a meat processing plant and I am making a vegan dish with it – that is the beauty of food. Seasonings add a tex-mex flavor and the barbecue sauce brings a slight spice along with a depth of flavor. The dish is protein-rich (tofu and black beans…hello?) and easily customizable with any veggies that you have on hand or like. Here is your handy dandy printable:

Barbecue Tofu Hash

A vegan barbecue dish might sound silly but one bite of this hash and you will be hooked. Serve it for breakfast with toast and egg or with rice for dinner.
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword Barbecue, Breakfast Muffins, tofu, vegan
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 4
Author Vaishali


  • 2 tablespoons avocado or olive oil divided
  • 14 ounces Extra firm tofu drained and pressed
  • 2 teaspoon taco seasoning divided
  • 1 clove of garlic minced
  • 1 medium jalapeño or serrano trimmed and finely chopped (seeds removed if you want it less spicy)
  • 1/2 medium yellow onion finely chopped 1/2 cup
  • ½ medium yellow or red bell pepper diced small
  • 1 cup corn kernels frozen or fresh
  • 1 can black beans drained and rinsed
  • 3 tablespoon Barbecue sauce or to taste
  • 4 green onions (scallions) trimmed and both green and white parts thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup roughly chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Take tofu out of the package, pat it dry and roll in a clean kitchen towel. Press with something heavy on top, such as a skillet or pan. While the tofu is draining, chop and prep your other ingredients.
  2. Set a wide, nonstick/heavy bottomed skillet of medium high heat and add ½ tbsp. olive oil to it.
  3. Unwrap the tofu and cut it into bite sized pieces. Once the pan is hot, add the tofu cubes to the pan and sprinkle a teaspoon of taco seasoning, and some salt. Cook on high heat for 5-7 minutes or until the tofu is nicely browned and crisp. Do not skip this step. Crispy tofu is everything.
  4. Remove the tofu to a serving bowl. I usually use the bowl that I am going to serve the dish in. Less dirty dishes is a major win in my books!
  5. Set the pan back on medium heat and add the remaining 1.5-tablespoon oil. Once the oil is nice and shiny, add the minced garlic, chopped jalapeno pepper, chopped onions followed by bell peppers.
  6. Season with a pinch of salt and pepper and stir. Cook until softened, about 5 minutes.
  7. Now add the corn and drained black beans. Sprinkle rest of the taco seasoning and mix.
  8. Add the tofu back into the pan and add the barbecue sauce. Give everything a big mix and check for seasonings, adjust if needed.
  9. Add chopped green onions and cilantro and let everything mingle in the pan for 2-3 minutes on medium low heat.
  10. Serve warm!
  11. Enjoy with eggs and toast for breakfast or over a bowl of rice/with roti for dinner. A healthy vegan dish that is full of nutrition and flavor.

Recipe Notes

Since it is a hash, feel free to add potatoes to this dish. After you crisp up the tofu, add diced potatoes to the skillet with some oil and cook on medium high heat for 8-10 minutes, until crispy and cooked through.

Use and adjust barbecue sauce to your liking. The hash will taste great even if the barbecue sauce is not used. You might have to add a little more taco seasoning.

Barbecue Tofu Hash with black beans, corn and bell pepper

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Love – Vaishali.

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  1. Nadja

    June 28, 2019 at 12:06 pm

    I’ve never been a tofu fan but this method makes it sound rather yum! Then again, I’m rather hungry at the moment 😂

  2. Martin

    June 28, 2019 at 3:40 pm

    Got some Vegan friends visiting over the weekend, and for once in the UK its sunny!! I might give this a try for dinner and have something diffrent for the BBQ. Thanks for posting

  3. Matija Antonić

    June 29, 2019 at 6:00 am

    This looks amazing and it sounds delicious, this might just be something I will do for a few friends on the upcoming BBQ that we are having, so that a few of the non meat eaters can enjoy that smokey taste, thank you for sharing

    1. Vaishali

      June 29, 2019 at 10:54 pm

      Thanks Matija. It does develop a great bbq flavor that non meat eaters can enjoy!

  4. Ellen

    June 29, 2019 at 9:08 am

    Not a big fan of veggies alone as long as they’re bbq or fried, I’ll def try some!


    June 29, 2019 at 9:39 am

    The recipe looks delicious. I actually love anything with jalapenos in it!

    1. Vaishali

      June 29, 2019 at 10:12 pm

      Thank you. I think jalapenos add a lot of flavor without much heat. Perfect!

  6. Vetta

    June 29, 2019 at 10:13 am

    Oh my! We are vegan and would be trying this soon! Looks so good! Yum! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Vaishali

      June 29, 2019 at 10:11 pm

      Thanks Vetta. I hope you guys like it..:)

  7. anshul

    June 30, 2019 at 8:20 am

    This looks really yummy. I will surely try this recipe. My friends here are vegans and they’ll love it.

  8. Elizabeth O

    June 30, 2019 at 6:28 pm

    This looks delicious. Barbeque tofu isn’t your ordinary barbeque dish but its worth the try .

    1. Vaishali

      July 1, 2019 at 3:30 pm

      Thanks Elizabeth. It definitely is and I hope you do try it

  9. Tracy C

    June 30, 2019 at 7:09 pm

    The great thing about tofu is that it takes on the flavors of what it’s cooked with. This sounds like an awesome meatless dish. Can’t wait to try it.

    1. Vaishali

      July 1, 2019 at 3:29 pm

      My thought exactly! That’s why it is so versatile..:)

  10. Nick DePasquale

    June 30, 2019 at 7:31 pm

    This recipe looks delicious! We make tofu often, but only in Asian style dishes. BBQ tofu would be a great change!

    1. Vaishali

      July 1, 2019 at 3:28 pm

      Thanks Nick. It is a great change and my family was very happy with this one!

  11. Kendra Case

    July 1, 2019 at 7:42 am

    I need this in my belly right this moment! May just have to make this for dinner this week!

    1. Vaishali

      July 1, 2019 at 3:28 pm

      Thanks Kendra! It comes together rather quickly!

  12. Alexine

    July 1, 2019 at 2:28 pm

    What a great recipe, It’s really nice to get to try this tofu barbecue. I’m pretty sure that it’s delicious!

  13. Hackytips

    July 1, 2019 at 4:22 pm

    Looks yum. Your food tour posts are making me envy. Looks like you got a lot to eat and met new people.

    1. Vaishali

      July 1, 2019 at 11:11 pm

      Ha ha..thank You. It was a great experience.

  14. Itzel Gomez

    July 2, 2019 at 10:45 am

    I have been wanting to get into tofu. This looks delicious!

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