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Roasted Cauliflower Tacos

June 10, 2024

These roasted cauliflower tacos with tangy avocado cream makes for a perfect vegetarian dinner!


roasted cauliflower tacos with avocado cremared cabbage

Vegetarian Cauliflower Tacos Everyone Will Love.

Let’s talk about tacos! Specifically, let’s talk about these roasted cauliflower tacos with tangy avocado crema. It is Tuesday after all, which gives us all just the excuse we need to eat more of our easy weeknight dinner staple: tacos!

cauliflower tacos with avocado crema, red cabbage.

Even the Kids Will Eat These Easy Cauliflower Tacos.

We eat a LOT of tacos in our house. A lot. In fact, the other day I was making steak and broccoli and my oldest kid started making guacamole and warming up tortillas. When I asked why he was making such an elaborate snack WHILE I was making a full dinner, he replied “Mom, we can just turn what you’re making into a taco recipe. It’ll be so much better.” That’s my kind of kid!

And hey, he was right. Everything's better when served in a warm tortilla and paired with avocado, which is why I’m currently obsessed with this smokey, taco seasoning adorned cauliflower taco recipe.

A head of cauliflower sitting on a counter

Give Me All the Cauliflower

I’ve always loved cauliflower, but lately my obsession has reached new heights. Maybe you’ve noticed, but we’ve had a lot of cauliflower going on around here lately. Here's a few that I'm currently crushing on!

It seemed only natural to marry my two great food loves off to one another for this dynamite vegetarian taco recipe. And cauliflower with taco seasoning + tortillas are a match made it heaven, if I do say so myself.

a baking sheet with raw cauliflower seasoned with taco seasoning.
a baking sheet with taco seasoning seasoned roasted cauliflower

Perfectly Crispy Cauliflower Tacos.

We discuss the best method for roasting cauliflower at length in our Roasted Cauliflower post, but just in case you missed it, here’s a refresher. The key to achieving the ideal texture and color with your roasted cauliflower is using high heat. We like the inside of our cauliflower to be soft and the outside to be crispy. Roasting it at too low a temperature will result in a mushy texture, which is not at all what we’re going for here.

hand holding avocado crema on a spoon

How to Make Cauliflower Tacos

Besides the obvious of roasted cauliflower (seasoned with our favorite Homemade Taco Seasoning), here are a few things we love to add to these vegetarian tacos:

  • Avocado or guacamole
  • Shredded cabbage
  • Fresh squeezed limes
  • Zesty avocado crema

How to Make Avocado Crema

The cauliflower makes these tacos delicious, but the avocado crema makes them craveable. To create this luscious concoction we use avocados, sour cream, lots of garlic, a decent amount of lime juice, and a handful of fresh cilantro. All that goodness gets blended until creamy and the result is a sauce you’ll wish you made more of. You can drizzle the crema on top of your taco (like we did here), or toss the cabbage in it for an ideal slaw.

roasted cauliflower tacos with avocado crema, red cabbage

Swoon Worthy Veggie Tacos.

We’re in love we these quick and easy roasted cauliflower tacos, because they taste amazing! But, if that fact alone isn’t enough to convince you to make them, maybe one of the reasons below will.

These crispy cauliflower tacos are:

  • Vegetarian
  • Gluten-free
  • Healthy
  • Comforting
  • Smoky
  • Done in 30 minutes
  • Perfect for meatless Mondays
crispy roasted cauliflower tacos with avocado crema, red cabbage

More Healthy Mexican Dinners

If Mexican food is on your mind, but you’re not feeling this recipe (uh...what?) we are also seriously crushing on these Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas. If you’re looking for a side dish then this Fresh Restaurant Style Salsa and this Perfect Guacamole are crowd pleasers every time! Or, maybe try our Turkey Stuffed Peppers for a low carb, one pan, perfect-for-making-ahead meal. So many options and all of them so, so tasty!

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Roasted Cauliflower Taco Recipe with Avocado Crema

  • Serves: 5
  • Prep Time:  15 min
  • Cook Time:  30 min
  • Calories: 349


Cauliflower Taco

  • 1 large head of cauliflower, cut into small florets
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons taco seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice (from 1 lime)
  • 10 (6-inch) tortillas, corn or flour
  • 2 cups red shredded cabbage
  • ⅓ cup roughly chopped cilantro

Avocado Crema

  • 1 avocado
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ cup freshly squeezed lime juice (from 1 lime)
  • ¼ cup cilantro leaves


  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F with a rack in the center position.

  2. In a large bowl, toss the cauliflower with 2 tablespoons of the olive oil, taco seasoning, and lime juice then spread out on a large rimmed baking sheet.

  3. Roast in the oven for 30 minutes or until cauliflower is tender with crispy edges.

  4. Meanwhile, prepare the avocado crema. To a food processor or small blender, add the avocado, garlic, sour cream, salt, lime juice and cilantro, blend until smooth.

  5. Heat ½ teaspoon of the remaining oil in a large cast-iron or nonstick skillet over medium heat. Once the oil glistens, add one tortilla and cook until toasty and warmed, about 30 seconds per side. Repeat with the remaining tortillas, adding additional oil to the skillet for each, as needed. Stack the toasted tortillas and wrap them in a clean kitchen towel to keep them warm.

  6. Divide the roasted cauliflower between the tortillas. Top evenly with shredded cabbage and cilantro. Drizzle with avocado crema and serve.

Nutrition Info

  • Per Serving
  • Amount
  • Calories349
  • Protein8 g
  • Carbohydrates40 g
  • Total Fat20 g
  • Dietary Fiber11 g
  • Cholesterol0 mg
  • sodium495 mg
  • Total Sugars10 g

Roasted Cauliflower Tacos

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  • Lindsay

    Loved it! We followed the recipe except that we sautéed red onions and yellow pepper and made rice and black beans on the side. It was just right and so easy to follow and efficient. Thank you!

    Thanks Lindsay, we are so happy you loved it!

  • Amber

    I had this for dinner tonight. Phenomenal! My husband loved it too. The sauce... SO YUM. I used yogurt and it was fantastic

    Thanks Amber, so happy you both loved these!

  • Jennifer

    So good! I wasn't so sure if my husband would like cauliflower tacos because he is a meat fan but, he absolutely loved them! The avocado crema was the best, I would definitely use it for a dipping sauce for other things too!

    YAY! Thanks Jennifer, so happy you both loved them!

  • Gina

    I have tried 2 recipes b4 yours and we weren’t happy with the results. We found yours and I plan to make your recipe my go to forever more. The tacos really great! I made also made the crema and followed the link for the taco seasoning. I halved the creams ingredients and quartered the taco recipe seasoning recipe to not commit without trying, lol. I will def be making again!

    Thanks Gina, we are so happy to hear you loved these!

  • Luanne

    Oh my! So delicious! I don’t usually write a review but this was one of the best recipes I have made. We will be having this on a regular basis. Not just for meatless Monday or taco Tuesday.

    Thanks so much Luanne! We love to hear when a recipe becomes a regular dish, thanks for trying it out!