Roasted Walnut and Cauliflower Tacos

Roasted Walnut and Cauliflower Tacos


Seasoned cauliflower acts as a convincing meat substitute in these tacos, appealing to both vegetarians and meat-lovers alike.

Total Time
1 Hr, 10 Mins

Total Time

Prep Time
30 Mins
Cook Time
40 Mins
Total Time
1 Hr, 10 Mins


437 cal
Total Fat
30 g
Polyunsaturated Fat
16 g
15 mg
515 mg
37 g
Dietary Fiber
7 g
12 g



  • 1 head cauliflower, small, chopped

  • 1 cup California walnut pieces, chopped

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided

  • ¾ cup onion, minced

  • 2 teaspoons garlic, minced

  • 1 jalapeno, medium, seeded, minced

  • ½ cup water

  • ¼ cup tomato paste

  • 2 teaspoons chili powder

  • 1 teaspoon cumin, ground

  • 1 teaspoon oregano, dried

  • ½ teaspoon salt, or to taste


  • 12 tortillas, corn, small, warmed

  • 1 ½ cups green cabbage, shredded

  • ¾ cup Cotija cheese, crumbled

  • ½ cup California walnuts, chopped, toasted

  • Cilantro leaves, fresh

  • Lime wedges


  1. Preheat oven to 475ºF. Coat cauliflower with 1 tbsp. olive oil; place on a baking sheet and roast for 25 to 30 minutes or until lightly browned.

  2. Reduce oven temperature to 350ºF and toast walnuts for 5 minutes or until lightly browned. Add to pan with cauliflower.

  3. Heat remaining olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and sauté for 5 minutes or until lightly browned. Add garlic and jalapeno cook for 2 minutes more. Stir in water, tomato paste, chili powder, cumin, oregano and salt; cook until mixture is thick and excess water has cooked off. Stir in cauliflower mixture.

  4. Spoon mixture into warmed tortillas and top with cabbage, cheese, walnuts and cilantro. Serve with lime wedges.

    Optional: Cauliflower mixture may be ground in a food processor so that it resembles the texture of ground meat.