You're going to love these Roasted Cauliflower Tacos! Not only are they easy to make, but they're drizzled with a creamy chipotle lime sauce to add a bold Mexican flavor. They're healthy, delicious, and bursting with great taste!
This Roasted Cauliflower Tacos recipe is bursting with flavor! You're going to love it.
It is the perfect healthy and hearty dinner.
Cauliflower is seasoned and roasted until tender yet crispy and used as the main filling.
These cauliflower tacos are then topped with a homemade chipotle lime yogurt sauce that's made with simple ingredients!
Easily vegan and/or gluten-free.
In recent years, cauliflower has become quite a versatile vegetable.
It's healthy, nourishing and I love how the texture becomes almost 'meaty' when roasted! It's also one of the healthy cruciferous vegetables.
In this recipe, you'll simply season your fresh cauliflower florets with chipotle paste, lime juice, and cumin for a spicy smoky pop of flavor that's perfect to use inside of tacos.
To make it even more flavorful, you’ll make up a creamy sauce that's made with yogurt, lime juice, and chipotle. It really compliments the flavor of the cauliflower and adds texture to the dish.
If you're a vegetable lover, you're going to love these tacos. Load them up with your favorite veggie toppings. Try red cabbage and slices of creamy avocado.
This recipe can easily be made vegan with a simple plant-based yogurt swap!
Why You'll Love This Recipe
Roasted cauliflower is a great vegetarian substitute for meat or protein in tacos.
The chipotle lime yogurt sauce is simple to make and adds lots of flavor and texture.
Cauliflower is an inexpensive and healthy way to fill up tortilla shells.
You can choose from many different tacos to customize the flavor.
Ingredients & Tools
- Cauliflower Florets - Cauliflower makes up the base of the tacos as a protein substitute.
- Cooking Oil - Helps roast the cauliflower to keep it tender on the inside.
- Chipotle Paste - Adds a smoky chipotle flavor throughout the cauliflower. You can also use the sauce from a can of adobo.
- Lime Juice - Gives freshness and acidity to the cauliflower.
- Ground Cumin - Adds a smoky spice.
For the Chipotle Sauce:
- Plain Yogurt - Makes up the creamy tangy base for the sauce.
- Chipotle Paste - Adds smoky chipotle flavor.
- Lime Juice - Helps thin out the sauce with a fresh citrus flavor.
Cauliflower tacos can be topped in many different ways, here are my favorite topping suggestions!
- Small Tortillas
- Sliced Avocado
- Chopped Cilantro
- Lime Wedges
- Shredded Red Cabbage
How to make cauliflower tacos
Prepare for baking: Preheat the oven to 430F/220C and get a baking sheet ready.
Prepare the cauliflower: Chop fresh cauliflower into bite-sized florets and discard any green leaves and tough stems.
Season the cauliflower: In a large bowl, add the seasonings, oil, and lime zest and whisk to combine. Add the chopped cauliflower and toss to evenly coat with oil and seasonings.
Bake the cauliflower: Distribute the seasoned cauliflower in a single layer on the baking sheet and bake for 25 minutes or until the edges of the cauliflower turn golden and the cauliflower is fork-tender.
Make the yogurt sauce: While the cauliflower is baking, stir the yogurt, chipotle, and lime juice together until combined into a flavorful sauce.
Assemble the tacos: Add roasted cauliflower to taco shells, add preferred toppings, then drizzle with yogurt sauce and serve warm with lime wedges.
When cutting the cauliflower, make sure you cut it into bite-sized pieces that are small enough to fit in taco shells.
The yogurt sauce tastes best as it sits in the fridge to develop its flavor and is best served after sitting in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.
Seasoned cauliflower should be distributed in a single layer on the baking sheet to make sure it roasts properly and does not steam.
If your yogurt sauce is on the thicker side, try using a bit of water to thin it out to a sauce consistency. You can also use lime juice, but make sure you taste test and adjust the seasonings if needed.
Serve alongside a Cucumber Caipirinha Cocktail as a refreshingly cool treat.
Make a full vegetarian Mexican dinner and serve with Vegan Fajitas with Mushrooms.
Instead of using tortillas, try wrapping cauliflower tacos with fresh Yeast Free Naan Bread.
Drizzle cauliflower tacos with Carrot Top Chimichurri for a pop of bold zesty flavor.
If you can’t find chipotle paste, feel free to use adobo sauce on the cauliflower and in the yogurt sauce.
Blend in some mashed avocado into the yogurt sauce for a natural green color and a dose of healthy fats.
If in season, purple cauliflower makes a visually stunning cauliflower taco recipe. Or try romanesco - the funny shaped cross between a cauliflower and a broccoli.
Don’t like cauliflower? Try using cubed tofu or cubed zucchini as a substitute for cauliflower.
If you’re watching your carb intake, serve the roasted cauliflower in lettuce or collard green wraps.
To Make Gluten-Free: To make this recipe gluten free, make sure you use gluten free tortillas for serving and check your labels for wheat containing ingredients.
To Make It Vegan: This recipe can be made vegan if you use a plant based yogurt as the base for the chipotle lime yogurt sauce.
NOTE: I am not a certified nutritionist and make no claims to the contrary. If you have a food allergy or intolerance you should determine whether the ingredients in each recipe are suitable for you.
Storing: Both the sauce and the roasted cauliflower can be stored in separate airtight containers for 3-4 days. Give the sauce a stir before serving.
Freezing: Roasted cauliflower and yogurt sauce will change their texture too much during freezing and thawing. Therefore, freezing is not recommended.
Can I add other vegetables to the cauliflower before roasting?
Absolutely! The filling can be made with any vegetable you enjoy. Just make sure everything is cut roughly the same size and that the vegetables are in a single layer on the baking sheet.
Can I use frozen cauliflower to make tacos?
Frozen cauliflower will have a much different texture and should not be roasted. You can toss cooked frozen cauliflower in the seasonings and serve, but it will be a lot softer.
What else can I use besides yogurt for the sauce?
While yogurt is a great way to make this sauce, you can also use sour cream or any plant-based yogurt.
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Roasted Cauliflower Tacos
- 1 cauliflower cut into florets
- 1 tablespoon oil
- 1 teaspoon chipotle paste or adobo sauce
- 1 teaspoon lime juice
- ½ teaspoon ground cumin
For the Lime Chipotle Sauce
- 3 tablespoon plain yogurt
- ¼ teaspoon chipotle paste or adobo sauce
- Juice of ½ a lime
- 8 small tortillas
- avocado slices
- cilantro coriander
- wedges of lime
- red cabbage
- Preheat the oven to 430°F/220°C.
- Mix the oil, chipotle, lime zest and cumin in a bowl, add the cauliflower pieces and stir to coat.
- Spread the cauliflower out on a baking sheet in a single layer and roast in the oven for 25 mins or until the edges turn golden.
- Meanwhile, mix all the sauce ingredients together.
- To serve, warm the tortillas, then add the roasted cauliflower, vegetables and the sauce, then sprinkle with chopped cilantro and a squeeze of lime.
- When cutting the cauliflower, make sure you cut it into bite-sized pieces that are small enough to fit in taco shells.
- The yogurt sauce tastes best as it sits in the fridge to develop its flavor and is best served after sitting in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.
- Seasoned cauliflower should be distributed in a single layer on the baking sheet to make sure it roasts properly and does not steam.
- If your yogurt sauce is on the thicker side, try using a bit of water to thin it out to a sauce consistency. You can also use lime juice, but make sure you taste test and adjust the seasonings if needed.
- Serve your cauliflower tacos with Mini Elote, Mexican Bean Soup, and a side of Habanero Salsa. Wash it all down with a Matcha Horchata or Mango Shake.
The nutritional information provided is approximate and can vary depending on several factors, so is not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietician for special diet advice.