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Spicy Oil Free Cauliflower and Vegetable Tacos

The mixture of cauliflower, mushrooms, potatoes, and walnuts provides a "meaty" texture and when combined with the smoky, spicy and bright flavors from vegetables and spices stuffed into a corn tortilla, it's the type of dish no one can believe is plant-based.

CategoryDinner, No Oil, Plant-Based Recipes, tacos

Total Time45 min


Yields6 Servings

Spicy Oil Free Cauliflower and Vegetable Tacos

Recipe Ingredients

First of all, check if you have all the necessary ingredients for this recipe. Pay attention to the quantities!
  • ½ cup diced onions, red or yellow
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 head cauliflower, riced in food processor or 3 cups frozen riced cauliflower
  • 1 cup walnut pieces (raw)
  • 1 cup cremini (baby portobello) mushrooms, chopped
  • ½ cup red or green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 carrot, peeled and grated
  • ¼ cup vegetable stock
  • 2 chipotle peppers in adobo with 2 tablespoons adobo sauce
  • ½ tsp cumin
  • ½ tsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp salt (optional)
  • 12 small corn tortillas
  • Garnish: lettuce, tomatoes, cilantro, scallions, avocado cubes and salsa
  • 10 oz russet potato, baked, cooled and cut into 1/2 inch pieces (optional)
  • ½ cup raw cashews, soaked for 3-4 hours
  • ¼ cup water
  • 2 tbsp fresh lime juice
  • hot sauce
  • salt & pepper to taste

Recipe Instructions

Next, follow the steps to finalize your dish and finally be able to enjoy it!
  1. If using a whole head of cauliflower, cut off the florets and place in the food processor in batches. Pulse until desired size. Frozen riced cauliflower can also be used.

  2. Place the walnuts and mushrooms in the food processor and pulse until they are the same size as the cauliflower. If using a potato, use a cooked baked potato, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch cubes. In a large skillet, add the cubed potatoes on medium high heat and cook until the potatoes are browned. No water is necessary, just allow the potatoes to cook undisturbed for a few minutes before turning. When potatoes are browned, remove from skillet and set aside.

  3. For the cauliflower vegetable filling, in a large skillet, over medium high heat, add the onion and garlic to the hot skillet. Add 1/4 cup vegetable stock and cook the onion and garlic until softened, about 3 minutes. Add the cauliflower, mushrooms, chipotle peppers and sauce, bell pepper, carrots and spices. Cook over medium low heat for approximately 20 minutes.

  4. Prepare crema while cauiflower filling is cooking by placing soaked and drained cashews in a high speed blender. Add the 1/4 cup water, lime juice and hot sauce. Process until very smooth. Add salt and pepper to taste.

  5. Serve in corn tortillas or as a topping on brown rice. Garnish with lettuce, tomatoes, cilantro, and avocado. Top with salsa of your choice, if desired and drizzle with crema.

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