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  • Writer's pictureMarissa Aiuto

Charred Cauliflower Tacos (Vegan, Gluten-Free)

I'm done calling it Taco Tuesday - because I can eat tacos everyday.

No joke- I'm still waiting on the day that I'm NOT in the mood for tacos!

Not only are tacos one of my favorite foods but it's also one of my FAVORITE ways to score lots of plant points!

These charred-cauliflower tacos are super delicious topped with my simple and flavorful caramelized onions, savory & smoky vegan cheese sauce, and a sprinkle of fresh cilantro.

Right there, that's 4 plant points, but you can add so many more! Think: guacamole, salsa, hot sauce, the plant toppings are limitless!



Charred Cauliflower:

  • 1 head cauliflower, chopped into bite-sized pieces

  • 1 Tablespoon cumin powder

  • 2 teaspoons chili powder

  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika

  • 1 teaspoon salt

Simple Caramelized Onions

  • 2 onions, sliced

  • 3 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

  • Kosher salt

  • 2 teaspoons red wine vinegar

Vegan Cheese Sauce:

  • 1 cup cashews, soaked in boiling water for at least 10 minutes

  • 3 Tablespoons nutritional yeast

  • 2 teaspoons Kosher salt

  • 1-2 teaspoons stone ground mustard

  • 1 teaspoon chili powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1/4 cup water, more or less depending on how thick or thin you want your cheese sauce to be

Taco Extras:

  • Taco Shells (I like the Siete hard shells for this recipe, but any taco shell will work)

  • Guacamole, for topping

  • Cilantro, chopped, for topping


For the Charred Cauliflower

  1. Heat a large skillet with some olive oil over medium-high heat.

  2. When the oil is hot, add in the cauliflower and allow it to brown.

  3. Continue to stir around the cauliflower until it's soft in the middle and crispy on the outside.

For the Simple Caramelized Onions

  1. Heat a large skillet with olive oil over medium heat.

  2. Add the onions and allow them to cook a little before adding some salt.

  3. Check on them and stir every 5 minutes with a wooden spoon. At first the onions will become translucent, and slowly they will start to caramelize. Should take about 25-30 minutes. Be patient and watch them closely because cooking times can vary.

  4. When they look nice and caramelized, add in the red wine vinegar and stir it into the onions.

For the Vegan Cheese Sauce

  1. Add all ingredients into a high speed blender and blend until smooth and creamy. Add water slowly if you want to thin out the sauce.

For Taco Assembly

  1. Heat your taco shells until they're just warmed.

  2. Add a few spoonfuls of cheese sauce, then add in you preferred amount of cauliflower taco-filling, caramelized onions and toppings!

Make this recipe and share your photos with me on Instagram or Facebook @bewellwithmarissa !

Be Well,


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