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Tacos de Coliflor

How to Make Tacos de Coliflor

Tacos de Coliflor, or cauliflower tacos, offer a delicious and innovative twist on traditional tacos by featuring cauliflower as the star ingredient. These tacos cater to vegetarian or vegan preferences, providing a flavorful and satisfying alternative to meat-based tacos.

Rooted in a movement toward plant-based cuisine, Tacos de Coliflor involve roasting or sautéing cauliflower florets until they achieve a tender yet slightly crisp texture. The cauliflower is often seasoned with various spices like cumin, chili powder, or smoked paprika to enhance its flavor profile.

The roasted or sautéed cauliflower is then placed inside tortillas, typically corn or flour, creating a base for the tacos. Toppings might include elements like shredded cabbage or lettuce, fresh salsa, diced onions, cilantro, avocado slices, lime wedges, and a drizzle of tangy sauce or crema, adding layers of texture and taste.

Tacos de Coliflor provide a satisfying and flavorful option for those seeking plant-based or vegetarian alternatives. They celebrate the versatility of cauliflower as a meat substitute while offering a colorful and vibrant taco experience, highlighting the beauty of plant-centric cuisine.

Key Takeaways

  • Appeal: Ideal for vegetarians, vegans (with suitable substitutes), and anyone keen on a light yet satisfying meal.
  • Estimated Duration: Prep time of 15 minutes and a cooking time of 20-25 minutes.
  • Nutrition Facts: Packed with dietary fiber, vitamins C and K, and antioxidants from the cauliflower.

About this Recipe

Tacos de Coliflor, or Cauliflower Tacos, invite a different yet delightful flavor to the traditional taco table. These tacos exemplify how versatile and inclusive Mexican cuisine can be, catering to a variety of dietary preferences while not compromising on taste or satisfaction.

Equipment Required

  • Baking sheet or large frying pan
  • Mixing bowl
  • Blender or food processor (for sauces or toppings)
  • Tortilla warmer or clean kitchen towel


  • Cauliflower: 1 head or 1 (16-ounce) package of riced cauliflower
  • Corn tortillas: 8 to 12 pieces
  • Olive or Canola oil: 2 tablespoons
  • Seasonings: such as cumin, paprika, salt, and pepper
  • Optional toppings: avocado, Mexican crema or lime crema, queso fresco or feta cheese, cabbage slaw, pickled onions
  • Batter (alternative method): eggs, flour, salt
  • Optional batter seasonings: cayenne pepper, oregano, garlic powder, onion powder, cumin


  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F-450°F depending on the recipe variation.
  2. If using a whole cauliflower, wash it and cut into small florets. If using riced cauliflower, ensure it’s fresh or thoroughly thawed if frozen.
  3. Mix the chosen seasonings with oil in a bowl, toss the cauliflower to coat, and spread on a baking sheet.
  4. Roast the cauliflower in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes or until it’s tender and slightly crispy.
  5. For a battered version, mix eggs, flour, and salt to make a batter, dip the florets, and fry them in oil until golden brown.
  6. Warm the corn tortillas on a griddle or in a microwave, keeping them wrapped in a dishcloth to stay warm.
  7. Fill each tortilla with the cooked or fried cauliflower, and top with your choice of toppings.
  8. Serve immediately with a side of salsa or your favorite Mexican sauce.

Side Dishes

Complement your Cauliflower Tacos with classic sides like refried beans, Mexican rice, or a fresh salad.

Storage Options

Store leftover roasted or fried cauliflower in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. Reheat before serving.

Ingredient Substitutes

  • Mexican Crema: Sour cream or a mix of mayonnaise and lemon/lime juice.
  • Queso Fresco: Feta cheese or goat cheese.

Alternatives to this Meal

Branch out to other veggie tacos like Tacos de Zanahoria (Carrot Tacos), Tacos de Espinaca (Spinach Tacos), or explore meat alternatives like Tacos de Pollo (Chicken Tacos) or Tacos de Carnitas (Pork Tacos).


Tacos de Coliflor prove that with a little creativity, the humble cauliflower can be transformed into a star main ingredient. Whether you prefer them roasted, fried, or spiced, these tacos offer a delightful and nutritious option for any meal.