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Cauliflower Tacos

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Cauliflower "steaks" have been popping up on some blogs recently. I'm sorry you guys, but no. NO! I understand that seared/baked/grilled/whatever slabs of cauliflower can and do taste good. I understand the health and social benefits of eating less meat. I get these things. But how can you possibly call this a steak? I call it a slab. Is the word slab unappetizing? I think it's fine.

But despite by borderline neurotic nomenclature hangups, cauliflower can serve well as a replacement for meat in many applications. Last week I used it to replace the ground beef in tacos.


A head of cauliflower packed into my food processor. Ideally this probably wouldn't be done in such a large batch but I was testing the limits of my new food processor.



I seared the cauliflower pebbles in batches to get some brown on them.



Onions, habaneros, and garlic in the pan.



Followed by spices, tomatoes, and then finally the cauliflower.



Tasty stuff!



These tacos tasted great and were a nice twist on your normal American style ground beef taco.



The cauliflower added an interesting flavor and texture,


Chop into chunks, then process the head of cauliflower to little pebbles. Sear in batches on extremely high heat and remove from pan. Caramelize some onions, then add garlic and habanero and cook about 2 minutes. Add your taco spices (cumin, coriander, chili powder, chipotle, paprika, oregano, sugar, salt, etc, etc). Add a 28oz can of diced tomato and simmer about 10 minutes. return the cauliflower to the pan and stir to mix. Cook for about 5 minutes and remove from heat. Serve with tortillas, cheese, salsa, guac, and whatever you like on a taco.


19 Comments

This recipe sounds amazing! I recently made a pizza with cauliflower "dough". While it was delicious, there was nothing evenly remotely dough-like about the cauliflower base. I really liked how it came out though-the nutty cauliflower was delicious smothered in sauce and cheese (as is everything). I like how you browned the cauliflower in small batches. Think I will be trying this very soon.

I want these. This seems like it could really be a unique substitute for the ground beef... mmmmmmm

I love this- SUCH a better take on cauliflower as meat replacement- totally agree with you on the cauliflower steaks. Great idea.

I so want to throw cauliflower in my food processor now. I envision sauteeing it in butter with onions and coating it with cheese though. And maybe I'd make the tacos too.

You know, I was thinking the exact same thing about the cauliflower "steaks." Why don't you just call it what it is?! This looks amazing. I've never thought to puree cauliflower. Genius!

What a genius idea! Definitely might have to try this out soon =)

Gray font on gray background = very hard to read! Hate having to highlight everything just to read it.

What food processor is that? I've been wanting to get one but I don't have enough room for all the tools I have in the kitchen. That seems to be more compact then most I've seen.

I really like the recipes of yours I've tried and you do a really great job with the photos and layout here.

Lia - it sounds like your browser isn't loading the page correctly. You should be getting a white background in the center 50% of the screen (gray on either side). It works for me on both Opera 11.61 and IE 9.0/

To Justin: lots out there. Just google for

12 cup food processor

like this
http://www.amazon.com/KitchenAid-KFPW760OB-700-Watt-12-Cup-Processor/dp/B0002MH3M4

Tried this on Saturday night. Was very tasty. Posted a link on my blog to this recipe. Thanks for the good food.

Yeah, yeah yeah. Should I have put "steak" in quotation marks? :-p

Sounds like a really tasty dinner option for when the vegan friends come over!

I've got 2 heads of cauliflower just waiting for this recipe!! and I have a veggie loving niece coming to visit; she will love these!! Great idea!

I love this! A great way to get the same texture as beef but for a vegetarian meal. Thanks for sharing!

SO GOOD. Made it tonight! We added some leftover pineapple salsa and cilantro we had... Could definitely have used some cheese and lettuce, for the crunch and depth of flavor.

Only "problem" is we have lots of it left over... We're thinking enchiladas! And maybe some sandwiches with melted cheese.

And then... what?

Hold up, there is no way you are using actual habaneros in this....nevermind the whole red/green thing you'd die twice with the amount that appears to be in the picture there!

That said, with a more sane pepper choice this is a pretty great idea!

Outstanding. Thank you!Had a head of Cauliflower not used for Thanksgiving and didn't know what to use if for. Googled Cauliflower tacos and this came up... Very Very tasty...

If you pre-make your cauliflower meat and then dehydrate it in the oven @ 350 degrees for about 45 min, the texture and color will be even more similar to real ground meat. It takes 45 min to 1 hour, turning and stirring occasionally...

Thanks for the recipe!

I just wanted to say thanks for this recipe of awesomeness. I've made it before, and now I plan to make it again.

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