Enjoy this tasty Breaded Cauliflower Vegan Taco Recipe for dinner tonight. They are made with Cauliflower and are topped with a mouth watering Cashew Chipotle Crema.
Most people think that going vegan is going to be boring and you are going to miss your favorite foods. Tacos are my favorite and in no case should you ever miss Taco Tuesday. I prefer to use Cauliflower for my meat alternative but there are many different options you could choose.
Table of Contents
- Is this actually the best Vegan Taco Recipe?
- Taco Meat Alternatives
- Is this actually the best Vegan Taco Recipe?
- How to Make Vegan Cauliflower Tacos?
- Creating the Cashew Chipotle Crema
- What Blender is Best For Making The Crema?
- Breading the Cauliflower
- Crafting the Best Vegan Taco Recipe
- Do these actually taste like Tacos?
Is this actually the best Vegan Taco Recipe?
Yes it is! I love this recipe. I have tried many taco recipes with different “Taco Meat” alternatives. My favorite to use is the cauliflower but listed below are many alternatives you can use for some more protein. It really comes down to how you cook the main ingredient. You can add some taco seasoning to some of the alternatives listed below. This is why I love the cashew crema. It still gives it that taco flavoring that I love.
Taco Meat Alternatives
Tofu – Higher protein content and adds some texture to it
Tempeh – Same as Tofu
Seitan – Same as Tofu
Lentils – A different texture and a bit smaller than your typical protein for tacos
Beans – A great alternative that is high in protein
Vegetable Protein – This can come in many forms so it depends on which form you choose
How to Make the Best Cauliflower Vegan Taco Recipe?
Creating the Cashew Chipotle Crema
You are going to love the first step of making these tacos. For the full recipe you can see below.
Start by making your Cashew Chipotle Crema. We will be making this tasty sauce so we are able to set it to the side and let it thicken. You are going to want to blend your adobo chili pepper, almond milk, garlic, salt, pepper, paprika, lime juice, and cashews. Once blended it might be a bit runny, that is why we are going to set this aside in the fridge so it can thicken for when the tacos are ready.
What Blender is Best For Making The Crema?
I have experienced with many blenders over the years. I still don’t have just one that I use. I have about five sitting around my apartment and they each have their own uses. I do use a smaller blender when crafting this recipe. I am not making a lot of sauce so I like to keep it in a small container.
Check out my review on The Best Juicer Blender: https://ecolifemaster.com/best-juicer-blender/
Check out my review on The Best Ninja Blender: https://ecolifemaster.com/best-ninja-blender/
Breading the Cauliflower
This part is going to be a bit messy, but is so worth it. This cauliflower technique is my favorite and I use it for so many recipes. Make sure you cut your cauliflower into bite size pieces. Start by combining your flour, almond milk, and paprika in a small bowl. Then place your bread crumbs (make sure the bread crumbs don’t have and milk or egg alternatives) in a different small bowl.
This next part is the key part in getting your cauliflower breaded perfectly. Individually dip each piece of cauliflower into the mixture. Then put it into the bowl of bread crumbs and shake around until the entire piece is covered in the bread crumbs. Place on the baking sheet after each piece is breaded and then you will put into the oven. Cook at 400 for 11 minutes then broil for another 3-4 minutes, depending on how crispy you like it.
Crafting the Best Vegan Taco Recipe
Now that we have our sauce and cauliflower properly cooked. It is time to craft this beautifully delicious taco. Start by adding your chopped purple cabbage in the bottom of the shell. Then add a little spring mix (or whatever your favorite type of lettuce for tacos is) on top of the cabbage.
Then add the cauliflower and jalapeños on top of my bed of lettuce and cabbage. Then i drizzle the cashew chipotle crema over all the ingredients. Now it is time to enjoy (unless like me the camera eats first).
Side Note: You can warm up your shells if you would like. My favorite to use are corn tortillas, because they are healthier for you and some flour tortillas are not vegan. I typically just microwave for 5 seconds. Adding these to a pan to fry them could make them break because they are so delicate. Always make sure to double up your shell when using corn for the best possible taco.
Do the Best Vegan Taco Recipe actually taste like Tacos?
Yes of course they do! I was very skeptical that I was going to miss out on Taco Tuesday when I became a vegan. This was my wife and I’s favorite time of the week as we would cook dinner together and enjoy these every Tuesday. I can truthfully tell you that these do not miss a beat. That is the main reason I decided to bread the cauliflower compared to just eating it after cooking it. I wanted to add some flare to it and that is exactly what it did.
Please share below if you used my recipe. I love hearing if other people use my recipes and how they feel about them. If you made any variations or used another form of ‘taco meat’ let me know as well. I am always open to suggestions and trying new things with my favorite meal.
Breaded Cauliflower Vegan Taco Recipe
- 1 Jalapeno
- 1 Cauliflower Floret (enough for a meal for two)
- 1 1/2 Cups Bread Crumbs
- Purple Cabbage
- Spring Mix Lettuce
- 1/2 Cup Almond Milk
- 2 Cups Flour
- 1/4 Cup Roasted Unsalted Cashews
- 1 Chipotle Pepper (From canned adobo)
- 1 Garlic Clove
- 1 Lime
- Chili Powder
- 1/2 Cup Water
- Corn Tortillas
- Sauce:- adobo chili pepper, a little almond milk, garlic, salt, pepper, paprika, cashews! Blend!! Make sure you refrigerate for 30-45 mins so it thickens
- Mix flour, almond milk, paprika, and any additional seasonings you would like.
- Dip cauliflower in (mixture from above) and coat with vegan bread crumbs, we added jalapeño cashews for an extra kick!
- Bake for 15-20mins on 375 & broil on 500 for 5 to make sure they’re crispy
- Tacos:- 2 corn tortillas, purple cabbage, cauliflower from oven, avocado, jalapeños, and sauce!!! Enjoy