Cauliflower Lentil Tacos (Vegan and Gluten-Free)

These cauliflower and lentil tacos are filled with flavour, the proper shared meal, and will certainly be a crowd pleaser.

The three major parts that make up these vegan tacos are roasted cauliflower, lentils, and a creamy spicy sauce.

All the different parts are interchangeable. I made a decision so as to add uncooked purple onion slices, coriander/cilantro, jalapenos, and the juice of lime.

In the event you’re internet hosting a get-together, or wish to impress your loved ones, these tacos will likely be your new go-to meal. In the event you’re making it for youths, you possibly can alter the warmth within the lentils and the sauce to fit your household’s wants.

Like many concepts for brand spanking new recipes, I discover inspiration for them whereas travelling and consuming out. These cauliflower lentil tacos had been impressed by means of our travels on the west coast of the US, specifically LA and Seattle.

We visited two nice locations referred to as Gracias Madre and No Bones. They make wonderful tortillas and tacos, filled with flavour and bursting with color.

I began experimenting with totally different mixtures again in 2017 once we returned from our journey and I’ve since determined to re-visit that authentic recipe I shared, and I need to let you know, this 2.0 model is out of this world.

They’re easy and straightforward to make. These cauliflower tacos with lentils will be made for lunch, dinner, or as a day snack.

Notice that they’re greatest eaten immediately no matter what sort of tacos you’re utilizing. The onerous ones will go soggy over time and the delicate ones that you simply heat up will flip right into a cracker as they calm down.

A various lentil taco filling

This lentil filling is the primary hero in these tacos. The flavours are easy, but actually scrumptious. All you want is:

Canned lentilsOilOnionTomato pasteCumin powderChilli powderGarlic powderSalt

That’s it! You’ll additionally use the liquid that comes with the can of lentils. So be sure you don’t drain them earlier than you begin.

You should utilize this straightforward lentil recipe for therefore many alternative issues! Tacos, nachos, sandwich or burger filling, the beginning of a spaghetti bolognese, added to soups, layered in lasagna, and a lot extra!

Roasted cauliflower for added flavour

Just like the lentils, the roasted cauliflower for these tacos is a good way so as to add extra vitamins, texture, and style.

The components used to coat these lovely florets (I like how they appear to be little timber) are:

CornstarchGarlic powderSmoked paprikaOilSalt

Utilizing a vegetable that’s so versatile, apart from my creamy vegan cauliflower bake, that is my favorite method to make use of cauliflower.

So subsequent time you’re scratching your head questioning what to do with a head of cauliflower, you’ve gotten just a few scrumptious and straightforward methods to make use of it!

Nice base for a scrumptious taco

You can also make so many alternative variations of a meal like this. I’d begin with a hero vegetable, which on this case is the cauliflower. You possibly can add some beans or legumes, that are the brown lentils on this recipe.

Lastly, create a fantastic topping with some contemporary greens, like avocado, peppers, tomato, cucumber, coriander/cilantro, parsley, and any vegan sauces you possibly can consider that work with the mixture of flavours you’ve created.

Another sauces you possibly can strive from our choice:

It’s additionally a enjoyable method to get children concerned in placing the filling in their very own taco. They’ll strive totally different flavour mixtures and pick their favorite. A good way to get the entire household to assist out!

These tacos are:

Filled with flavourEasy to makePacked with vitamins AffordableGluten-free (possibility)Meat-freeDairy-freeVegan

Different scrumptious, fast and straightforward recipes to strive:

Vegan Buddha Bowl Three WaysMiso Glazed EggplantsWarm Tempeh & Lentil SaladJuicy Tofu Sandwich With Smoked MayoVegan Tempeh Reuben Sandwich

In the event you do that recipe, let me know! I’d love so that you can depart a remark and score beneath. If you wish to go that further mile, tag us on Instagram or share your photograph of the recipe on Pinterest. 


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These attention-grabbing vegan tacos with lentils & cauliflower are really easy to make, and are filled with flavour! A nutritious method to get pleasure from legumes and veggies. 


450g / 1 pound / half a medium cauliflower, reduce into little florets
1 tablespoon cornstarch
½ teaspoon smoked paprika
½ teaspoon garlic powder
3 tablespoons impartial oil*
½ teaspoon salt


2 tablespoons impartial oil
1 onion, finely diced
1 tablespoon tomato paste
½ teaspoon cumin powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
½ teaspoon chillli powder (or to style)
425g / 14.99 ounce can brown lentils (don’t drain water)
1 teaspoon salt


⅓ cup / 45g uncooked cashews,* soaked in boiling water for 20 minutes
1 teaspoon lime juice
2 teaspoon maple syrup
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper (or to style)
½ teaspoon smoked paprika
½ teaspoon garlic powder
½ teaspoon salt


8 wheat or corn tacos (if gluten-free double test that the corn ones are gluten-free)
Crimson onion*, sliced into skinny half-moons
Handful coriander/cilantro

For the cauliflower: Preheat the oven to 220 levels Celsius (425 levels Fahrenheit) and line a big baking tray with parchment paper. Put aside.
In a big bowl, add the washed and reduce cauliflower florets and the cornstarch. Toss effectively. 
Add within the smoked paprika, garlic powder, oil, and salt. Toss effectively together with your arms to cowl all of the cauliflower evenly. 
Place in a single layer within the lined baking tray and roast for 30-40 minutes till they begin to brown on the skin. As soon as completed, take away and put aside.
For the lentils: Whereas the cauliflower bakes, add a skillet to medium-high warmth. Add within the oil and onions, sauteing for a couple of minutes till the onions begin to color. 
Add the tomato paste, cumin, garlic, and chilli cooking for 1-2 minutes to launch the aroma. 
Add within the lentils with the water that’s within the can and stir effectively. Season with salt and simmer for 10-12 minutes till all of the liquid evaporates, stirring often. 
For the sauce: Drain the cashews and add them to a small high-speed blender together with the lime juice, maple syrup, apple cider vinegar, cayenne pepper, smoked paprika, garlic powder, salt, and 3-4 tablespoons of water. The sauce must be easy and thick however pourable.
Now you’re able to assemble your tacos. Grill or toast your tacos for 30 seconds to a minute and fill them with the lentils, cauliflower, topped with purple onions, jalapenos, coriander, and the spicy sauce. 
Get pleasure from immediately. 


Oil: Use a excessive smoke level oil like grapeseed, rice bran, or sunflower oil.

Cashews: If you wish to hold this recipe nut-free, substitute cashews with sunflower seeds.

Crimson onions: You should utilize them uncooked, or if you wish to take them to a different degree, you can also make these fast pickled purple onions. 

This recipe was initially printed in November 2017, and utterly recreated in November 2021.

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