How to Make Cauliflower Tacos with Avocado Crema

Fresh and Zesty Cauliflower Tacos with Avocado Crema

I know sometimes it’s nice to switch things up from the usual taco meat, you know? And cauliflower actually works really well in that role. They fry it up all crisp and tasty. I’m telling ya, the flavors had my mouth watering.

And I know a lot of you like keeping things on the lighter side sometimes too. These seem like a fresh, healthy take on tacos for sure. Just think, homemade tacos without any of the guilt – sign me up already!


For the tacos

  • 1 large cauliflower head
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Corn tortillas

For the avocado crema

  • 2 ripe avocados
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt or vegan yogurt
  • 1 lime (juice and zest)
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro
  • Salt to taste

How to prepare the cauliflower

The process involves cutting, seasoning, and roasting. Each step is crucial for achieving the right texture and flavor.

Step 1 – Cut the cauliflower

Cut the cauliflower

Remove the leaves and core from the cauliflower. Cut it into small, bite-sized florets. The uniform size ensures even cooking. Smaller pieces will roast more evenly and become crispy.

Step 2 – Season the cauliflower

Season the cauliflower

In a large bowl, toss the cauliflower florets with olive oil, smoked paprika, ground cumin, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Make sure each piece is well-coated with the seasoning. This mixture adds a rich, smoky flavor that enhances the natural taste of cauliflower.

Step 3 – Roast the cauliflower

Roast the cauliflower in the oven

Preheat the oven to 425°F (220°C). Spread the seasoned cauliflower florets on a baking sheet in a single layer. Roast for 25-30 minutes, turning halfway through, until the florets are golden and crispy. The high heat and even layer ensure a nice, crunchy texture.

Making the avocado crema

While the cauliflower roasts, prepare the avocado crema. This creamy sauce complements the zesty cauliflower perfectly. The avocado crema balances the spicy, smoky flavors of the roasted cauliflower.

Mash the avocados

Mash the Avocado

Scoop the flesh of the avocados into a medium bowl. Mash until smooth, leaving a few chunks for texture. The creamy avocado forms the base of the sauce, providing a rich and smooth consistency.

Mix the ingredients

Mix the ingredients for avocado crema

Add Greek yogurt, lime juice, lime zest, fresh cilantro, and salt to the mashed avocados. Mix well until all ingredients are fully combined. Adjust seasoning to taste. The yogurt adds creaminess and tang, while lime and cilantro give a fresh, zesty kick.

Putting together the tacos

Cauliflower Tacos with Avocado Crema Serving Suggestion

Warm the tortillas

Heat corn tortillas in a dry skillet over medium heat for about 30 seconds on each side until warm and pliable. Warming the tortillas makes them more flexible and enhances their flavor.

Fill the tacos

Place a generous amount of roasted cauliflower in each tortilla. Top with a dollop of avocado crema. The combination of crispy cauliflower and creamy sauce creates a perfect balance of textures and flavors.

Some serving suggestions

Enhance your tacos with additional toppings for extra flavor and texture. Feel free to mix and match to suit your taste.

  • Shredded red cabbage: Adds a crunchy texture and vibrant color.
  • Sliced radishes: Provide a crisp bite and slight peppery flavor.
  • Pickled onions: Offer a tangy contrast that cuts through the richness of the crema.
  • Fresh cilantro: Adds a fresh, herbaceous note.
  • Lime wedges: Squeezing fresh lime juice over the tacos brightens the flavors.

Tips that turned out to be necessary

Ensure even roasting

Spread the cauliflower florets in a single layer on the baking sheet. Overcrowding can lead to steaming rather than roasting. Ensuring enough space between pieces allows them to become crispy and golden.

Season generously

Proper seasoning enhances the flavor of the cauliflower. Don’t skimp on the spices. Well-seasoned cauliflower provides a robust base for the tacos.

Use fresh ingredients

Fresh avocados, lime, and cilantro make a significant difference in the avocado crema’s taste and texture. Quality ingredients ensure the best possible flavor.

In summary

I think we can all agree – these cauliflower tacos have been an absolute hit! I’m so glad we decided to give this recipe a try. It’s been so much fun experimenting with different toppings and putting my own spin on things. I swear, every time I make a new batch I discover new flavor combinations I love. Who knew cauliflower could be so tasty and versatile?

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