Cauliflower Ground Beef Tacos

Vegetarian tacos using cauliflower that is seasoned with my homemade taco seasoning mix.

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Cauliflower Ground "Beef" Tacos

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Author: Bobby Parrish


For the cauliflower:

  • 1 head of white cauliflower cut in large bite size chunks
  • 1/2 a yellow onion chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 red bell pepper cut julienne( long sticks)
  • 1 yellow bell pepper cut julienne
  • 1 poblano pepper cut julienne
  • 1/2 cup low sodium veggie or beef stock
  • Corn tortillas
  • Pickled jalapenos
  • Avocado sliced

Taco Seasoning Mix:

  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon ancho chile powder
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon coriander
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper

For the Slaw:

  • 1/2 head red cabbage finely sliced
  • 1/2 head napa cabbage finely sliced
  • 3 large carrots peeled & grated
  • 1/2 cup green onions finely sliced
  • 1/4 cup raw or toasted pepitas pumpkin seeds
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • Juice of half a lime
  • 1 tablespoon low sodium soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Couple cracks fresh pepper


  1. Make the slaw dressing by combing the mayo and next 5 ingredients in a bowl and whisk to combine. Add 1-2 tablespoons of water to slightly loosen the consistency. Taste for seasoning, you may need a touch more salt or lime juice, you want the flavor to be slightly acidic. Keep dressing in fridge until ready to use. Combine the slaw ingredients in a large bowl and keep in the fridge.
  2. Make the taco seasoning mix by combining all the ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Can store any extra in the pantry.
  3. Place the cauliflower in a food processor, and pulse until the texture looks like chunky ground beef. Keep it slightly chunky otherwise it will turn to mush when cooked. Pre-heat a large pan over medium-high heat with 2 tablespoon of oil. Add the onion and next 4 ingredients along with 1 teaspoon of salt and a couple cracks of pepper. Cook for 7 minutes then add 3 tablespoons of taco seasoning mix. Cook for another 5 minutes, adding a little more oil if the pan looks dry. Add the veggie stock to the pan and cook until it has reduced by half. Add the processed cauliflower to the pan along with 1/2 teaspoon of salt and cook for 5 minutes, adding more veggie stock if the mixture looks dry. Check for seasoning, you may need a little more salt.
  4. Add 1/4 teaspoon of salt and a couple cracks of pepper to the slaw mixture and add enough dressing to nicely coat everything. To build the tacos by adding a little slaw to the bottom of the tortilla, add the cauliflowermixture, and top with the jalapenos, avocado, or any other garnish you desire.

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