Who doesn’t like a good taco? To be real though, I’m here for anything that comes with an extra guac option.
Admittedly, I was in a veggie taco rut for a little while — sautéing or roasting whatever I had on hand and throwing it together with some hot sauce and calling it a day. Which was totally fine for a while, until it became boring.
It’s rare that I’m impressed by vegetarian taco options when I go out for Mexican food either, so I decided to approach my at-home taco game by thinking about what I’d be stoked to see on a menu — and I came up with these babies.
Worth turning on the oven for, roasted cauliflower is tender, nutty, and spicy with this honey chipotle sauce. I add the sauce after the cauliflower has a chance to brown and crisp up on it’s own — after about 20 minutes of roasting. They go back into the oven with the sauce for a quick 5 minutes just so they get a little sticky (in a good way). I assemble all the other ingredients in that 20 minute window so that we’re good to go when the cauliflower is ready.
Chipotle Cauliflower Tacos
Ingredients for Cauliflower
- 1 medium head of cauliflower chopped into florets
- Olive oil or avocado oil
- 2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
- 1/3 cup adobo sauce
- 1 tablespoon honey
- Salt to taste
Ingredients for Slaw
- ¼ red cabbage shredded with a knife or on a mandoline
- ¼ red onion thinly sliced or shredded on a mandoline
- ½ cup fresh cilantro leaves
- Juice of half a lime
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- Salt to taste
- Tortillas warmed in a skillet or the oven
- Guacamole or chopped avocado
- Crumbled feta or queso fresco
- More fresh cilantro and lime
Heat oven to 425°F. Oil a baking sheet with a thin layer of your prefered oil. Spread the cauliflower florets out over it (you'll probably need two trays). Sprinkle with salt and roast for 20 minutes until starting to get golden brown.
While the cauliflower is in the oven, combine the chipotle peppers, adobo sauce, honey, and salt in a small food processor and process until smooth. Alternatively, you can use a stick blender in a high-sided jar to combine everything into a puree.
Once the cauliflower is golden brown, take out the baking tray and pour the sauce over the florets slowly, then toss them on the baking sheet with a rubber spatula to make sure they’re evenly coated in the sauce but not drenched (it’s ok to have a little extra sauce at this point). Place back in the oven for another 5 minutes. If you have any leftover sauce, pour it over the cauliflower when it comes out of the oven for the second time and toss once more.
To make the slaw, combine ingredients in a medium-sized mixing bowl and toss to combine. Can be made ahead and stored in the fridge.
To assemble your tacos, start by adding avocado or guacamole to the tortilla, top with the red cabbage slaw, followed by cauliflower, feta, cilantro, and lime. Enjoy immediately.