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Cauliflower Tacos Recipe: Delicious and Healthy Plant-Based Tacos

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Scrumptious homemade Cauliflower Tacos

If you’re looking for a delicious, healthy, and easy-to-make meal, cauliflower tacos are a fantastic choice. Roasted cauliflower tacos pack a flavorful punch with spices like cumin and paprika, making them a satisfying vegetarian option.

You’ll find different ways to prepare these tacos, from crispy breaded cauliflower with tangy avocado crema to smoky and spicy versions with homemade romesco sauce. They are versatile, gluten-free, and can be ready in just 30 minutes.

Serve these tasty cauliflower tacos with your favorite toppings like cabbage slaw, refried beans, or tangy avocado sauce for a meal that’s both satisfying and nutritious. Whether you’re a vegetarian or just looking to incorporate more veggies into your diet, this recipe is sure to be a hit.

Exact Ingredients (+ Possible Substitutes)

To make delicious cauliflower tacos, you’ll need a few key ingredients.

Main Ingredients:

  • Cauliflower: 1 medium head, cut into florets. Substitute with broccoli if desired.
  • Olive Oil: 2 tablespoons. You can also use avocado or vegetable oil.
  • Taco Seasoning: 1 packet or 2 tablespoons homemade. Use fajita seasoning as an alternative.
  • Tortillas: 8 small corn or flour tortillas. Use gluten-free tortillas if needed.

Toppings:

  • Cabbage: 1 cup shredded. Sub with lettuce for a different texture.
  • Cilantro: 1/4 cup chopped. If you dislike cilantro, parsley works too.
  • Lime: 1 for juice. Lemon juice is a good substitute.
  • Pico de Gallo: 1 cup. Salsa or chopped tomatoes with onions can replace it.
  • Guacamole: 1 cup. Smashed avocado with a pinch of salt and lime if you’re in a hurry.

Additional Optional Toppings:

  • Sour Cream: 1/2 cup. Greek yogurt is a healthier option.
  • Jalapeños: Sliced thin. For less heat, use bell peppers.
  • Cheese: 1 cup shredded. Use vegan cheese if dairy is an issue.

These ingredients will give you all the flavor you need for amazing cauliflower tacos. Enjoy creating your own variations with the possible substitutes!

Instructions

Prepare the Cauliflower:

  1. Preheat your oven to 425°F.
  2. Chop the cauliflower into bite-sized florets.

Season the Cauliflower:

  1. In a large bowl, mix together olive oil, cumin, coriander, chili powder, garlic powder, paprika, and salt.
  2. Toss the cauliflower florets in this mixture until they’re well-coated.

Roasting:

  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat.
  2. Spread the cauliflower evenly on the baking sheet.
  3. Roast for 20-30 minutes, stirring halfway through, until the cauliflower is crispy and golden brown.

Prepare the Toppings:

  1. While the cauliflower is roasting, make your favorite toppings like guacamole and pico de gallo.
  2. Chop some fresh cilantro and slice lime wedges for garnish.

Assemble the Tacos:

  1. Place warm tortillas on a plate.
  2. Add a spoonful of refried beans or your favorite base.
  3. Top with some cabbage, a few pieces of roasted cauliflower, and your prepared toppings.
  4. Add a drizzle of Yum Yum sauce or a creamy cilantro sauce.

Serve Immediately:

  1. Garnish with chopped cilantro and a squeeze of lime.
  2. Enjoy your homemade cauliflower tacos!

Tips, Tricks & Storing

1. Spicing It Up

  • Experiment with different spices like cumin, paprika, and oregano to find your perfect blend.
  • Add a pinch of cayenne pepper for extra heat if you like it spicy.
  • Make sure to coat the cauliflower evenly for the best flavor.

2. Perfect Roasting

  • Preheat your oven to 425°F for that ideal crispy texture.
  • Flip the cauliflower halfway through baking for even browning.
  • Use parchment paper or a silicone mat to prevent sticking.

3. Freshness Matters

  • For the best taste, use fresh cauliflower and freshly chopped fillings like guacamole and pico de gallo.
  • Wash and thoroughly dry the cauliflower florets to ensure they roast well.

4. Toppings Variety

  • Top your tacos with fresh ingredients like cabbage, avocado, salsa, or cilantro.
  • Add a squeeze of lime juice for a zesty twist.
  • A drizzle of creamy cilantro sauce can elevate the flavor.

5. Storing Leftovers

  • Store leftover roasted cauliflower in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
  • Reheat them in the oven or air fryer to maintain crispiness.
  • Keep extra toppings in separate containers and assemble just before eating.

6. Make-Ahead Tips

  • Prep and chop your toppings in advance and store them in the fridge.
  • You can marinate the cauliflower a day ahead for an even richer taste.
  • Assemble the tacos just before serving to keep everything fresh and crunchy.

Recipe Variations & Serving Suggestions

There are many ways to make cauliflower tacos exciting and delicious. You can change the spices, toppings, and sauces. Here are some ideas:

Spice Variations:

  • Taco Seasoning: Use store-bought or homemade taco seasoning for a classic flavor.
  • Curry Powder: Add a bit of curry powder for an Indian twist.
  • Chipotle Powder: For a smoky and spicy kick, sprinkle in chipotle powder.

Toppings:

  • Guacamole: Creamy and tasty with mashed avocados, lime, and salt.
  • Pico de Gallo: Fresh and zesty with tomatoes, onion, cilantro, and lime.
  • Shredded Cabbage: Adds a nice crunch and color.
  • Jalapeños: Sliced thin for heat.
  • Cilantro Lime Slaw: Mix shredded cabbage, cilantro, jalapeño, and lime juice for a fresh slaw.

Sauces:

  • Cilantro Lime Crema: Blend cashews, lime juice, and cilantro for a creamy topping.
  • Chipotle Mayo: Mix mayo with chipotle sauce for a spicy and creamy drizzle.
  • Salsa: Use your favorite mild, medium, or hot salsa.

Serving Suggestions:

  • Tortillas: You can use corn, flour, or even lettuce wraps for a low-carb option.
  • Side Dishes: Serve with rice, beans, or a side salad.
  • Extras: A squeeze of lime and a sprinkle of cheese can make your tacos extra special.

Feel free to experiment and make these tacos your own!

Benjamin Happy Muncher

Hi, I'm Benjamin. I love cooking, long walks, and my girlfriend! Here you’ll find simple and delicious recipes that you can make in 30 minutes or less.