Recipe courtesy of Alexandra Utter for Food Network Kitchen

Crispy Cauliflower Tacos

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 35 min
  • Active: 35 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
The secret to these crispy cauliflower tacos is the rice flour. It creates the crispiest crust on the cauliflower, making it the perfect vessel for the tangy cabbage slaw and spicy chipotle avocado sauce. These vegetarian tacos will be sure to inspire your weeknight meals well beyond Meatless Monday and Taco Tuesday!


Cabbage Slaw:

Chipotle Avocado Sauce:

Crispy Cauliflower:


Special equipment:
a mandoline
  1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees F. Heat about 2 inches vegetable oil in a large Dutch oven or cast-iron skillet over medium heat until a deep-fry thermometer registers 350 degrees F. Set a wire rack on a rimmed baking sheet.
  2. For the cabbage slaw: Toss together the green cabbage, red cabbage, cilantro, lime juice, honey, sour cream and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a large bowl. Set aside.  
  3. For the chipotle avocado sauce: Combine the chipotle in adobo sauce and the cilantro in a mini food processor, pulsing until finely chopped and scraping down the sides as needed. Add the avocado, lime juice, sour cream and 1/2 teaspoon salt and process until smooth. Transfer to a small bowl and set aside.  
  4. For the crispy cauliflower: Whisk together the white rice flour, all-purpose flour, baking powder, garlic powder, paprika, cayenne and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a large bowl. Slowly whisk in the beer until smooth (the texture and consistency should resemble pancake batter).  
  5. Dip one-third of the cauliflower florets in the batter and coat well. Allow the excess batter to drip off and carefully place cauliflower into the hot oil. Fry until cauliflower is tender and golden brown on all side, 4 to 5 minutes total.  
  6. Transfer with a slotted spoon to the prepared baking sheet, season lightly with salt and hold in the warm oven. Bring the oil back to 350 degrees F. Repeat with the remaining cauliflower and batter and fry two more batches. 
  7. To toast the tortillas, warm in batches in a dry large skillet over medium-low heat, 5 seconds per side, or wrap in a damp kitchen towel and microwave for 25 seconds. Wrap in a dry kitchen towel to keep warm. 
  8. To assemble, spread a layer of the Chipotle Avocado Sauce in the center of each toasted tortilla. Top with a few pieces of Crispy Cauliflower, Cabbage Slaw and pico de gallo. Serve with lime wedges.