Spicy buffalo cauliflower tacos are one of our favorite easy healthy dinners! My hubby-to-be likes to describe them as “bomb-ass!” It’s naturally vegetarian but I also included options for vegan and gluten-free diets.
Happy December 1st, friends!
This really is my favorite time of the year. I love the decorations, the food, the hustle and bustle of getting ready for Christmas…it’s all so magical! I wish that dinner would magically appear on the table but I don’t think that’s going to happen. These buffalo tacos are perfect for nights when you want something really yummy but don’t have a lot of time!
Why Are They Called Bomb Ass Tacos?”
The day after I made these buffalo cauliflower tacos the first time, Travis asked if we were having those “bomb ass tacos” again for dinner that night? He was extremely excited when I said that we were! He liked them so much that he named them!
At first, I didn’t realize that he liked them that much until he started requesting the buffalo cauliflower tacos over and over again– 2-3 times a month! I was happy to make them because they are easy, healthy, and very filling! When Travis specifically requests dishes by name, over and over again, I know it’s a winner!
Buffalo Cauliflower Tacos Batter
I’m sure you’ve seen tons of buffalo cauliflower recipes floating around out there but this one is different because I coat the cauliflower in a coconut milk oat flour batter before dipping them in panko breadcrumbs. You get more fiber and nutrients with the oat flour and the coconut milk is so rich and creamy– it’s perfect for a thick batter!
Tip – Don’t cut the cauliflower florets too small. Bigger florets take less time to batter and coast with sauce!
How Do You Make Crispy Cauliflower?
These buffalo cauliflower tacos are loaded with spicy flavor and the buffalo cauliflower florets closely resemble chicken nuggets/tenders so using them for tacos really isn’t a far stretch!
What I love most about these buffalo cauliflower bites is how crispy they get in the oven! The secret to making crispy cauliflower is to roast them first (to get them all nice and crispy!) before coating them in buffalo or hot sauce. Then you roast the coated cauliflower bites again to get them extra crispy and loaded with flavor!
The leftover buffalo cauliflower bites also reheat really well. Simply lay the buffalo cauliflower florets on a parchment lined tray and toast them in the toaster oven or broil on high in the oven for 5 minutes or so and they’ll be just as good and crispy as the first time you made them!
Is This Recipe Vegan?
This buffalo cauliflower taco recipe is naturally vegetarian but it’s an easy swap if you want to make it vegan. Most buffalo sauces are just hot sauce mixed with melted butter. So, you have two options: 1) substitute vegan hot sauce for buffalo sauce or 2) Add vegan melted butter (I like organic Earth Balance butter) to your vegan hot sauce.
I’ve made the buffalo cauliflower tacos multiple times with just hot sauce instead of the buffalo sauce and both ways are delicious, you really can’t go wrong!
Tip – If you use straight hot sauce, don’t use straight sriracha. My mom tried this and she reported that it was wayyyy too spicy! Make sure you use a sauce that you are comfortable with the heat level before you coat the cauliflower bites with it.
Popular Cauliflower Recipes:
- 30-minute ginger cauliflower “fried” rice
- Spicy Thai red curry cauliflower soup
- Roasted Lemon Garlic Cauliflower Steaks
- Buffalo cauliflower avocado toast
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Spicy buffalo cauliflower tacos are one of our favorite easy healthy dinners! My hubby-to-be likes to describe them as "bomb-ass!" It can easily be made vegan by using hot sauce instead of buffalo sauce and it's naturally vegetarian, gluten-free, and dairy-free.
- 1 large head of cauliflower (Don't cut the florets too small)
- 1 cup oat flour
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1/4 tsp paprika
- 1/8 tsp black pepper
- 1 can unsweetened coconut milk (If needed, add additional coconut milk until you reach a wet batter like consistency)
- 1 1/2 cups panko breadcrumbs (Or gluten-free breadcrumbs)
- 1 1/2 - 2 cups buffalo or hot sauce
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.
Pesto Cream Sauce - Add all the pesto ingredients to a high powered blender and blend on high until smooth and creamy. Store in the fridge until you're ready to serve.
Buffalo Cauliflower - Cut the florets off the head of cauliflower and discard the stem. Rinse and dry the florets.
In a large mixing bowl, combine the oat flour, garlic powder, black pepper, paprika, and coconut milk. Mix until the lumps have dissolved. Add the large cauliflower florets to the bowl with the wet ingredients and mix to coat every nook and cranny of the cauliflower.
Remove the tray from the oven. Carefully, put the cauliflower bites into a big bowl and pour the hot sauce over the top and gently mix it to coat each piece. You might lose a few crumbs in the process but that's okay!
Lay the coated cauliflower bites back onto the tray and bake for an additional 10-12 minutes or until cauliflower bites are crispy. Remove the tray from the oven and build your tacos! Layer tacos with pesto cream sauce, red onion, spinach, and crispy buffalo cauliflower bites. Enjoy!
- Make sure you don't cut the cauliflower florets too small. If they're too small then it will take a long time to coat each piece in breadcrumbs and brush it with sauce.
- If you'd like to make this recipe vegan, substitute buffalo sauce for very mild hot sauce. Or you can make your own vegan buffalo hot sauce by mixing vegan melted butter (I like Earth Balance organic vegan butter) with the hot sauce.
- If you'd like to make this recipe gluten-free, use gluten-free oat flour and gluten-free breadcrumbs.
How would you serve the buffalo cauliflower? As an appetizer, tacos, or in a sandwich? Let me know in the comments!