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Ground Cauliflower Tacos With Spicy Almonds and Crunchy Slaw

Forget the meat with these cauliflower tacos

Recipe Courtesy of Lily Kunin of Clean Food Dirty City and California Almonds

I prefer to leave the cauliflower in a larger “grain” for tacos so there is still some bite to it when it’s cooked. Adding some slivered almonds in with the ground cauliflower gives it the perfect texture and some added protein. I love these tacos with crunchy slaw, lots of avocado, and spicy almonds. Top with your favorite salsa (any tomatillo one would be great here) and you’re good to go. If you have leftover cauliflower rice, you can serve it deconstructed as a taco bowl!

-Lily Kunin


For the Spicy Almonds

  • 1 Cup raw almonds
  • 2 Tablespoons hot sauce of choice
  • 1 Tablespoon low-sodium,tamari
  • 1 Tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

For the Crunchy Slaw

  • 1 Cup shredded green cabbage
  • 1 Cup shredded red cabbage
  • 1 Small jicama, julienned
  • 1/2 Cup whole spicy almonds (see recipe above)
  • Handful of cilantro, chopped
  • 1 Lime, juiced
  • 1 Dash of olive oil
  • Sea salt and black pepper to taste

For the Ground Cauliflower Tacos

  • 1/3 Cup blanched slivered almonds
  • 1/2 Large cauliflower (about 3 cups)
  • 2 Teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 Teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 Teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 Teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 Teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 Teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 Teaspoon oregano
  • 2 Tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 Package sprouted corn tortillas


For the Spicy Almonds

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Spread almonds on the sheet and bake for 8 minutes.

In a medium bowl, mix the hot sauce, tamari and oil. Remove almonds from the oven and let cool for 5 minutes. Add the almonds to the tamari mixture, coating evenly.

Spread almonds back out on the baking sheet (leaving excess mixture in the bowl) and bake for an additional 5 to 10 minutes, stirring halfway through. Remove sheet from oven and let cool completely

For the Crunchy Slaw

Toss all the ingredients together, ensuring the slaw is coated with lime juice. Add an additional squeeze of lime juice as needed.

For the Ground Cauliflower Tacos

Add the almonds to a food processor (or blender) and pulse until they break up into rice-like pieces. Transfer to a large bowl. Repeat with the cauliflower florets, 1 cup at a time. Transfer to the large bowl and repeat with the remaining cauliflower.

Mix the chili powder, cumin, paprika, red pepper flakes, salt, garlic powder, onion powder, oregano and pepper in a small bowl. Set aside.

Heat a medium-sized skillet over medium heat with the oil. Once heated, add 1/2 tablespoon of the spice mixture and toast for about 30 seconds. Add the cauliflower-almond mixture and stir to coat well. Cook for about 5 minutes until cauliflower is cooked through. Season with the additional spice mixture.

To serve

Warm the corn tortillas on the stove. If you have a gas burner, turn it on medium and put the tortilla directly on the burner for 20 to 30 seconds or until warm. Remove and keep warm in a clean dish towel while you repeat with the remaining tortillas.

Top tortillas with about 1/3 cup of the cauliflower mixture and some crunchy slaw. Serve with sliced avocado, salsa and hot sauce.