Cauliflower Vegan Al Pastor Tacos
Sweet, tangy al pastor sauce cooked with cauliflower for an easy and delicious vegan taco! A perfect option for Taco Tuesday’s or Meatless Monday's!
Servings: 6 tacos
- 1 Head Cauliflower
- 6 Corn Tortillas
Vegan Al Pastor Sauce
- 5 Dried California Chiles
- 1 Cup Diced Fresh Pineapple
- 1 TBSP White Wine Vinegar
- 1 TBSP White Sesame Seeds
- ¼ TSP Ground Cinnamon
- 2 Cloves Garlic
- 1 TSP Dried Oregano
- 2 Cloves
- 1 TSP Salt
- ¼ Cup Water
Pre-heat the oven to 450ºF.
Cut the cauliflower by removing the leaves, cutting the head in half and cutting off the core. Pull apart the cauliflower florets and place into a large bowl.
Blend all al pastor sauce ingredients together until smooth.
Pour the al pastor sauce over the cauliflower florets. Mix together in the large bowl until cauliflower florets are entirely covered with the sauce.
Place the sauce-covered cauliflower florets onto a lined cookie sheet / baking tray. Make sure to spread the cauliflower florets evenly on the tray.
Roast the cauliflower for 25-minutes.
After the cauliflower roasts for 25-minutes, turn on the oven to broil for a final 5-minutes. Remove from the oven.
Assemble the Tacos Al Pastor
Heat the corn tortillas. I prefer to heat the tortillas directly over an open flame until charred on both sides (about 1-minute each side). Other options: place a stack of tortillas in aluminum foil in the oven until warmed (about 3-5 minutes) or toast individually in a skillet on the stovetop until warmed (about 3-5 minutes).
Add a few spoonfuls of cauliflower al pastor into the corn tortillas.
Top with salsa, avocado, jalapeños, or coleslaw.
CALIFORNIA CHILES. California chiles are mild, dried Anaheim chiles. A substitute is New Mexican chiles (a little more spicy). For a spicier al pastor, you can substitute for dried guajillo chiles.
PINEAPPLE. This is what makes al pastor what it is. You need pineapple to balance out the chiles and add a beautiful sweetness. I purchased pre-cut pineapple chunks, but you can also use fresh pineapple and dice it into chunks.
SPICES. Oregano, cinnamon and salt add a sweet and savory seasoning to this al pastor sauce. If you want to experiment, you can also add a pinch of ground ginger. If you can't find oregano, substitute for dried basil.
GARLIC. Feel free to omit if you're not a fan.
WATER. If your blender has a tough time blending the sauce, add an extra tablespoon of water.
Calories: 104kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 430mg | Potassium: 377mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 17IU | Vitamin C: 60mg | Calcium: 62mg | Iron: 1mg