Chipotle Cauliflower Tacos with Jalapeño Cilantro Sauce

Chipotle chile powder lends a smoky note to roasted cauliflower; if you prefer less heat but still want that smokiness, use smoked paprika instead. The real star of these tacos, though, is the creamy, herbaceous sauce, so don't skip it - some of our staff members are it by the spoonful! Serve these veggie tacos with toppings of your choice: shredded cabbage, tomatoes, cilantro, hot sauce or salsa verde, and lime wedges for squeezing all work well here.

Prep Time
25 min
Cook Time
20 min
45 min



  • 1 large head cauliflower (about 2 1/4 lb) cut into bite-size florets
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp each sea salt, chipotle chile powder, garlic powder and organic evaporated cane juice (aka organic sugar)
  • 1/4 tsp each chile powder, ground cumin and paprika
  • Pinch ground black pepper
  • 8 6-inch corn tortillas or large Bibb or Boston lettuce leaves


  • 1 jalapeño chile pepper, seeded and roughly chopped
  • 1 cup fresh cilantro (leaves and tender stems)
  • 1/2 cup olive oil mayonnaise
  • 2 tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • Pinch ground black pepper


1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.

2. Prepare tacos: Bring a large saucepan of water to a boil. Add cauliflower and cook until just tender, 3 to 4 minutes. Drain well; transfer to a clean kitchen towel and pat dry. Set aside.

3. In a large bowl, stir together oil, salt, chipotle chile powder, garlic powder, cane juice, chile powder, cumin, paprika and black pepper. Add cauliflower and toss gently to coat. Arrange in a single layer on prepared sheet, Bake, turning once, until golden, 20 to 30 minutes.

4. Meanwhile, prepare sauce: In a blender or food processor, blend all ingredients until smooth.

5. Divide cauliflower among tortillas. Add desired toppings and drizzle with sauce, dividing evenly.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size 2 tacos
  • Calories 331
  • Carbohydrate Content 8 g
  • Cholesterol Content 10 mg
  • Fat Content 33 g
  • Fiber Content 3 g
  • Protein Content 3 g
  • Sodium Content 559 mg
  • Sugar Content 3 g
  • Monounsaturated Fat Content 15 g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat Content 13 g