Vegan Cauliflower Tacos Al Pastor

These vegan cauliflower tacos al pastor are jam-packed with flavor thanks to spicy cauliflower, pineapple, pickled red onions, avocado, and cashew queso. Who needs meat?! (Just kidding.)

Two soft corn tacos filled with vegan cauliflower tacos al pastor--with pineapple chunks, pickled onions, cashew queso, avocado, cilantro

Our testers are calling these sorta sweetly spicy vegan tacos “outstanding,” “easy,” and “a delight to the taste buds.” And we wholeheartedly agree. Given the abundance of spiced cauliflower, pickled onions, roasted pineapple, and avocado, you’ll be too distracted happily noshing on these tacos to even notice that they’re meat-free.–Angie Zoobkoff

Vegan Cauliflower Tacos Al Pastor

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  • 30 M
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • Serves 2
5/5 - 1 reviews
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  • For the pickled red onion
  • For the cauliflower tacos
  • For the cashew queso
  • For serving


Make the pickled onions

In a small bowl, toss the red onion and the vinegar to thoroughly combine. Let sit until the onions soften, 1 to 2 hours. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

Make the cauliflower tacos

Preheat the oven to 425°F (220°C).

On a rimmed baking sheet, combine the cauliflower and pineapple and toss with the olive oil, taco seasoning, and salt. Arrange in an even layer and roast until the cauliflower is fork-tender and nicely charred, about 25 minutes. Taste and adjust the seasoning.

Make the cashew queso

While the cauliflower is roasting, toss all the queso ingredients into a blender and whiz until smooth. Transfer to a small saucepan set over medium-low heat and warm, stirring frequently to avoid scorching, until heated through and thickened, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat. (You’re going to have plenty of queso. Trust us. Cover it and stash it in the fridge and save it for your next batch of tacos or dip tortilla chips into it or simply savor it by the spoonful.)

Assemble the tacos

Heat the tortillas in a pan over medium-high heat or by placing each directly on the burner over medium-low heat until lightly browned, 20 to 30 seconds per side.

Layer on some of the cauliflower and pineapple, cashew queso, pickled onions, and avocado. Garnish with cilantro and serve with lime wedges.

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Recipe Testers' Reviews

These vegan cauliflower tacos al pastor were absolutely delicious! I really thought my husband wouldn't be a fan of the queso but he loved it and was literally licking the spoon!

The flavors and textures were really well balanced—sweet pineapple, spicy cauliflower, creamy queso and avocado, and crisp pickled onions. It was a delight to the taste buds!

I will admit that, being a meat lover, I made a pork chop on the side just in case these weren't filling enough but the consensus was that they were perfect as is, without the meat. That means a lot coming from a total carnivore!

I followed the recipe exactly except I don't know what taco seasoning is so I used chili powder instead and it was delicious. I would recommend doubling the cauliflower and pineapple mixture.

The roasted and spiced cauliflower and pineapple, served with pickled onions and avocado and real cheese queso, worked out really well. This was a hit with just the one change. The pickled onions had too much vinegar—I would reduce the amount and just toss the onions over time. The only thing that we didn’t care for was the queso.

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  1. I want to try this recipe ( Vegan Cauliflower Tacos al Pastor) but I’m unfamiliar with traditional yeast flakes and I don’t have this ingredient. I hesitate to leave it out since it’s a 2 T. quantity. Can someone tell me what this ingredient is providing, e.g., thickening, flavor, etc.? And, is there a anything that I can substitute if I can’t find it? Thank you

    1. Hi Maria, you can find nutritional yeast at health food stores or grocery chains like Whole Foods or Earth Fare. It is used as a cheese substitute in vegan dishes as it provides a a nutty, cheesy creaminess. If you are not trying to make a vegan dish, you could use real cheese.

      1. Thank you! Very helpful. I was able to locate nutritional yeast at Whole Foods. Since it was a very large container and I’m not vegan I’m going to initially try the recipe this week with a substitute. However, I am intrigued by the nutritional yeast so if I can find additional uses for it I will invest in the ingredient. Thanks again for your speedy reply.

        1. Hi Maria, I think you will be surprised when you try it as it really does have a cheesy flavor. Sometimes it is available in bulk so you can buy just a bit to try it.

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