Cauliflower Power Tacos

Cauliflower Power Tacos

Veggie lovers will devour this new take on a vegetarian taco filled with roasted cauliflower, crispy chickpeas and flavorful cilantro pesto. As an added bonus, it’s also gluten-free. This delicious dish gives you a great excuse to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, coming up this Saturday, May 5 (and follow this link for more recipes for celebrating Cinco de Mayo, vegan style). Recipe contributed by the Betty Crocker company (isn’t it cool that they’re developing vegan recipes?). If you’d like, pass around your favorite salsa to top these, or as a VegKitchen reader suggests in the first comment below, some homemade Cashew Cream.

Makes: 8 tacos, 4 generous servings of 2 per person, or 8 moderate servings.

Roasted Cauliflower  

  • 1 medium head cauliflower, separated into florets
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Crispy Chick Peas  

  • 1 15-ounce can chick peas (garbanzo beans), drained, rinsed
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground oregano

Cilantro-Pepita Pesto  

  • 2 cups fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1/3 cup pepitas (toasted pumpkin seeds)
  • 1 very small clove garlic, cut in half
  • 2 tablespoons chopped jalapeño chiles
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup olive oil


  • 8 gluten-free white corn tortillas, heated as directed on package

Heat oven to 425° F.

Place cauliflower florets in large bowl. Drizzle with 2 tablespoons oil; sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon salt. Stir until evenly coated. Arrange on large cookie sheet. Bake 15 minutes; stir. Bake 15 to 20 minutes longer or until cauliflower is tender and browned.

Meanwhile, mix crispy chick peas ingredients. Spread on 15x10x1-inch pan. Bake 15 minutes; stir. Bake 10 to 15 minutes longer or until chick peas are slightly browned and crispy.

Meanwhile, in food processor, place all pesto ingredients except oil. Cover; process using quick on-and-off motions. With food processor running, slowly drizzle in 1/4 cup oil through feed tube, stopping halfway through to stir mixture with spatula. Remove pesto to small bowl.

Spoon about 1 tablespoon pesto on each tortilla; top with about 1/2 cup roasted cauliflower and 1 tablespoon crispy chick peas. Garnish with fresh cilantro, if desired. Serve with remaining chickpeas.

Nutritional Information
Per Serving: 535 calories; 56g carbs; 31g fat; 13g protein; 1262mg sodium; 5g sugar

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13 comments on “Cauliflower Power Tacos

  1. Tamera

    This was AWESOME. My husband and 6 year old daughter loved it as well (the dogs loved it, too, but they aren’t necessarily discriminating!). Thank you for this excellent recipe – I love how the combos are not expected. I substituted sunflower seeds for the pepitas since I had them on hand, but it was still amazing.

  2. Nick

    I initially was a little skeptical of cauliflower tacos. But this recipe rocked my socks! It was even good as leftovers for lunch at work the next day. I used english walnuts instead of pepitas.

  3. Nava

    Thanks, Nick. It’s a sign of the times when Betty Crocker’s people are developing recipes to share on sites such as this. I like your tweak of using English walnuts. Sounds delicious and substantial!

  4. Heidi

    Yum, going to make these tonight. Not a fan of cilantro, going to make an avocado dressing as a replacement.

  5. Lucy

    My roommate and I tried this recipe out and it was AMAZING! To be honest, these were the best tacos I’ve ever had- one of my favorite new recipes. I’m not used to baking cauliflower but doing that along with the chick peas was an unexpectedly delicious treat.

  6. Nava

    So glad you enjoyed this, and I enjoy the delicious irony of the Betty Crocker company contributing one of the most popular and enjoyable vegan recipes on this site. If Betty can “go vegan,” anyone can!

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