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May 1, 2016

by Alyssa

Vegan Buffalo Cauliflower + Quinoa Tacos

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These simple quinoa tacos combine buffalo cauliflower, crispy chickpeas, and creamy guacamole to make the ultimate vegan weeknight dinner.

Buffalo Cauliflower + Quinoa Tacos -- a quick and easy vegan taco recipe that boasts a ton of bold flavor and lots of nutrients!

Anytime tacos are involved you know it's going to be a good day.

Tacos are one of those things that I get random cravings for. Like I'll be watching TV and all of a sudden just craveee tacos. So strange I know, but when done right, they're just so dang good.

Surprisingly it's hard to find good, authentic Mexican food in New York City. We've tried a ton of different places and the food is always just so-so. And the vegetarian options, especially on the taco side? Very blah.

So I've resorted to creating my own veggie tacos and filling them with all the things. Today that means buffalo cauliflower, roasted chickpeas, quinoa and guac. Meatless, healthy, flavorful and better than anything I've found on a restaurant menu!

These EASY buffalo cauliflower + quinoa tacos are an awesome MEATLESS option when you need a quick and simple dinner!

These buffalo cauliflower and quinoa tacos are LEGIT. I'm not kidding. They're packed with bold flavor, have just a slightly spicy kick and they're full of plant-based protein. And promise, you won't even miss the meat.

The combo of cauliflower, chickpeas, and quinoa, make the tacos feel more substantial and make them way more filling.

Cauliflower + Chickpeas make the BEST vegan taco filling!

Cauliflower + Chickpeas make the BEST vegan taco filling!

We start out by simply tossing cauliflower florets and chickpeas in buffalo sauce.

I've honestly avoided buffalo sauce for the longest time because the options available out there aren't really that healthy. Then I discovered Tessamae's, which is a brand that a lot of my other blogger friends have talked about, and guys, I'm hooked. Can't even tell you how delicious this buffalo sauce is (and no, this is NOT a sponsored post, I just genuinely adore this product). They don't use refined sugar and almost all the ingredients are organic. It's also GF + vegan…say whaaat!? So awesome.

So we stir the cauli + chickpeas in the buffalo sauce and then just roast them until the cauliflower is nice and brown and the chickpeas are a little crispy. I mean…

This roasted Buffalo Cauliflower + Chickpea mixture makes the most AMAZING vegan taco filling ever!

^^how good does that look!? I could eat this every day of my life.

Once we've got the roasted veggies + beans done, it's time to assemble the tacos.

I wanted to put a spread on the bottom so everything would kind of “stick” together. Guac was a natural choice. I just mashed up some avocado with a ton of lime juice, sea salt, cracked pepper, and garlic powder. Smear it on the bottom of your tortillas, then top with a layer of quinoa (added protein!), the roasted veg mixture and your garnishes.

BUFFALO CAULIFLOWER + QUINOA TACOS -- a healthy meatless meal that is packed with nutrition and TONS of flavor!

A super HEALTHY vegan taco recipe >> Buffalo Cauliflower + Quinoa Tacos with guac, chickpeas and shredded cabbage on top!

So friends, don't fear the meatless taco. It tastes good AND it's good for you. Double whammy. Plus, they're crazy simple to make, so they make for a great weeknight meal. (maybe even you next Meatless Monday?)

Your turn…

What's your favorite taco filling? This is the first dinner taco I've created in forever (shared a breakfast one recently!) and so now I'm dreaming up all the other combos I could make. Share your faves in the comments below!

xo Alyssa

Buffalo Cauliflower & Quinoa Tacos -- quick, easy, healthy and SO FLAVORFUL! [vegan + gluten-free]

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Buffalo Cauliflower & Quinoa Tacos

Vegan Buffalo Cauliflower + Quinoa Tacos

Meatless, healthy, flavorful and better than anything I've found on a restaurant menu!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 Servings
Calories 329kcal
Author Alyssa Rimmer
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Buffalo Cauliflower & Quinoa Tacos -- quick, easy, healthy and SO FLAVORFUL! [vegan + gluten-free]
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  • Preheat the oven to 400ºF. Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray and set aside.
  • Chop cauliflower in small florets and add to a large bowl. Pour in chickpeas along with the buffalo sauce and toss to combine. Transfer this mixture to the baking sheet and roast for 20 - 25 minutes until cauliflower it starting to brown and chickpeas are starting to crisp up (stir halfway through).
  • Allow the veggies to cool while you prepare the remaining ingredients.
  • Add avocado to a bowl and mash with a fork until smooth. Squeeze lime into the bowl and sprinkle with salt, pepper and garlic powder. Stir to combine.
  • Spread about 2 tablespoons of the avocado sauce on each tortilla. Top each with 2 tablespoons of quinoa and some of the cauli-chickpea mixture. Garnish with desired veggies and enjoy!


Turn it into a salad! The filling also makes a delicious salad topping. Use chopped romaine, the cauli-chickpea mixture, quinoa, diced avocado and finely sliced cabbage. Toss with lime juice and olive oil and enjoy!


Calories: 329kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1084mg | Potassium: 643mg | Fiber: 13g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 150IU | Vitamin C: 26mg | Calcium: 101mg | Iron: 2.8mg


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  1. OMG! Coming from a person who was all about ‘MEAT”. These were so great. I don’t like chickpeas or hummus and I gave these a shot. My friend sent me this link. She is seeing a guy who went vegan and has been finding great recipes to make. I have been thinking about going vegan (tried it out a few years ago for a few months) and been having brain fog on what to eat besides salads. These were super easy and fat to make. Even my husband liked them.

  2. OMFG.
    I’ve got the nirvana with these.

    My life will never be the same.

    That was the best thing on earth.

    Thank you! <3

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  4. You have managed to put ALL of my favorite foods (roasted cauliflower, buffalo sauce, quinoa, chickpeas, GUAC) into the best vessel for toppings (TACOS). I am such a Mexican food lover, and these are calling my name reeeeal loud. I know my boyfriend would love these too!


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