These roasted Chipotle Cauliflower Tacos are on the menu and they will not disappoint! With bold and spicy flavor, these tacos are a delicious vegetarian twist on Taco Tuesday.
Why you will love this
- Fresh ingredients – These tacos are filled with lots of vegetables to keep this dish light and fresh. Toss the cauliflower with a spicy sauce. Then roast until tender and slightly charred. These charred edges mean FLAVOR! Red cabbage, carrots, and cilantro add more color and texture.
- Easy to make – The cauliflower takes just 30 minutes to roast. Use this time to prep the taco toppings and dinner will be ready in no time. For even more convenience, use pre-shredded cabbage and carrots from the supermarket.
- Versatile – Tacos are always a family favorite because everyone can customize their own. Add toppings like slaw, cheese, avocado, radishes, red onions, scallions, or salsa. Try homemade guacamole or mango pineapple salsa. This roasted chipotle cauliflower is also a great addition to rice bowls or salads.
- Cauliflower - Roasted cauliflower is an excellent filling for tacos. It has a hearty bite, so it will please meat-eaters and vegetarians alike. A spicy sauce adds bold flavor.
- Chipotle puree - Blend chipotles in adobo sauce into a puree to form the base of the sauce for the cauliflower.
- Agave and lime juice - Balance out the spice of the chipotles with a touch of sweetness and acidity. You can use honey in place of the agave.
- Toppings - I like to serve these tacos with shredded red cabbage and carrots, cilantro, queso fresco, and lime crema. Use store-bought crema or add lime juice to sour cream for a quick homemade version.
Chipotles in adobo are smoked and dried jalapenos that are reconstituted in a tangy mixture of tomato, vinegar, garlic, and spices. They come in a can and can be found in the ethnic food aisle of your local supermarket.
These spicy peppers can be used to add bold flavor to other recipes. The peppers can be chopped and added to dips or sauces. If you have a mild spice tolerance, start by adding just one pepper to your recipes. Alternatively, puree the chipotles along with their sauce. Then use this puree in soups, sauces, dips, dressings, or homemade chipotle mayo. Store the puree in an airtight container in the refrigerator for several weeks.
How to make
- Chipotle sauce: Stir together chipotle puree, agave, and fresh lime juice.
- Cauliflower: Toss the cauliflower florets with the chipotle sauce until evenly coated. Roast the cauliflower at 425 degrees for 30 minutes. The cauliflower should be tender and slightly charred around the edges.
- Toppings: While the cauliflower roasts, char the tortillas and shred the cabbage and carrots.
- Build the tacos: Add the cauliflower to the tortillas. Top with crema, red cabbage, carrots, queso fresco, cilantro, and more lime crema.
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Chipotle Cauliflower Tacos
- 2 tablespoons chipotle puree (Note 1)
- 1 tablespoon agave or honey
- 1 tablespoon lime juice
- 3-4 cups cauliflower florets about 1 small head
- 6 small (street taco) tortillas charred over a flame or toasted in skillet
- shredded red cabbage
- shredded carrots
- Queso fresco cheese (Note 2)
- lime crema (Note 3)
- lime wedges
- Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
- In a mixing bowl, stir together the chipotle puree, agave and fresh lime juice. Add the cauliflower florets and toss together until evenly coated. Transfer to a parchment-lined sheet pan.
- Roast the cauliflower at 425 degrees for 30 minutes. The cauliflower should be tender and slightly charred around the edges.
- While the cauliflower roasts, char the tortillas and shred the cabbage and carrots.
- Add the cauliflower to the tortillas. Top with crema, red cabbage, carrots, queso fresco, cilantro, and more lime crema.
- Add a can of chipotles in adobo sauce to a mini food processor. Puree until smooth. Set aside 2 tablespoons of the puree and refrigerate the rest.
- You can substitute queso fresco with mild feta cheese or Monterey Jack cheese.
- Lime crema can be found at most supermarkets. Alternatively, make a homemade version by adding lime juice to sour cream. Use this sauce as you would sour cream to add tang to your favorite dishes.
Nutritional information is an estimate and will vary depending upon the exact amounts and specific ingredients used.