Vegan Buffalo Cauliflower Tacos (Easy & Gluten-Free)

five vegan tacos with chickpeas, spinach, salsa, cauliflower and avocado

There are days when you’re totally ok with eating cold leftover pasta, and there are days when you want some delicious comfort food like vegan buffalo cauliflower tacos.

Crispy buffalo cauliflower meets crunchy chickpeas for a plant-based protein punch, beautifully layered on a bed of greens and drizzled with creamy tofu ranch.

If you’ve ever gone through a phase of wanting to make the same food over and over again, you know how we feel about these vegan buffalo cauliflower tacos.

Sure, you can just bake up the cauliflower bites and serve them as appetizers to a meat-loving crowd open for some more tasty veggies on their plates — but why stop there?

In about half an hour, you can create these beautiful, vibrant and exciting gluten-free vegan tacos that are sure to make any family members and guests really happy.

There’s this misconception about plant-based meals being bland — that making vegan food means there will always just be “something missing.”

Well move over, boring vegan food, and say hello to our vegan buffalo cauliflower tacos! The combination of different flavors and textures are just something else — spicy buffalo sauce with creamy herbed ranch, soft cauliflower bites and crunchy greens topped with some fresh homemade salsa!

Don’t worry if you’ve never been too fond of cauliflower — this healthy cruciferous veggie is going to be slathered in flavorful and spicy batter and drowned in some homemade (or store-bought!) buffalo sauce that makes you forget you’re eating a vegetable in the first place.

Roast some chickpeas alongside your cauliflower for a warm, crispy and colorful addition, or just enjoy the cauliflower on its own!

Let us share with you why we love this meatless recipe, more about the healthfulness and customization options as well as what’s needed to make our vegan tacos.

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Family-Friendly Meatless Meals

If you’re new to vegetarianism or want to dabble in a plant-based diet, both Asian and Mexican cuisines are a perfect start.

From creamy curries to flavorful stir-fries or Pad Thai, many Asian dishes are what we call “accidentally vegan” — the same goes for dishes like chilis, bean burritos or tacos.

Not only are these meals super meal prep-friendly and often easy to make, they are also naturally high in vegetables and legumes, which are cheap and nutritious replacements for animal products.

In fact, these two food groups are associated with lower disease risk and increased longevity — so we’re all well-advised to put more veggies and legumes on our plates!

Top Reasons to Go Vegan
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The Best Vegan Buffalo Cauliflower Tacos

Let’s make scrumptious meatless dinners socially acceptable by serving up these undetectably vegan buffalo cauliflower tacos!

They are sure to wow anyone and will be gone within minutes. Here are the main plant-based foods used to make them!

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Vegan Buffalo Cauliflower Taco Ingredients

If you don’t like or have access to any of these components, fear not! You can still make our vegan buffalo cauliflower tacos by just omitting or swapping any of these.

Find our top customization options below (including low-carb, grain-free & soy-free versions!) and be sure to create some delicious vegan tacos asap!

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How to Make Vegan Buffalo Cauliflower Tacos

If you want to make our vegan buffalo cauliflower tacos from scratch, start by preheating your oven to 346°F (175°C) and preparing one or two baking sheets.

Wash and chop your cauliflower into bite-sized pieces and either cover them in some gluten-free chickpea flour batter or go straight for the buffalo sauce.

Next, drain your cooked chickpeas and cover them in spices before spreading them out on a baking sheet together with the cauliflower bites.

Bake them for 20-30 minutes, until crispy brown — here’s the full recipe for the buffalo cauliflower wings.

In the meantime, prepare the rest of your taco fillings by washing and roughly chopping your fresh spinach or other leafy greens. Then, blend some tofu and create this herbed vegan ranch that’s going to be drizzled on the assembled buffalo cauliflower tacos.

You can either opt for some store-bought tomato salsa or pico de gallo if you don’t want to make this component from scratch.

We like to create this 10-minute sugar-free red salsa at home for an extra flavor and nutrient boost!

All that’s left to do now is to assemble these pretty vegan buffalo cauliflower tacos to your liking — start with a bed of leafy greens, then add the chickpeas and buffalo cauliflower bites, followed by some sliced avocado, salsa and drizzled dairy-free ranch.

Whether or not you want to add some chopped cilantro is totally up to you — controversial herb, we know. Time to go to town on these delicious cauliflower buffalo tacos!

Easy Buffalo Cauliflower Recipe
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Tips For the Best Vegan Tacos

Hit with a sudden craving and don’t have any pre-made vegan cauliflower bites on hand? Or do you find it too much of a hassle to make these delights from scratch?

No need to skip on this delicious dinner! Simply chop some fresh cauliflower and cover it in the same spices as the chickpeas before placing the two of them alongside each other in the oven for 20 minutes.

If you’re not keen on cauliflower altogether, you can just use more chickpeas or add any of the other delicious vegan taco fillings we’ll share below.

How to Adjust This Recipe

There are a couple of more customization options we’d like to offer so you can create the perfect vegan tacos!

Our recipe for vegan cauliflower buffalo tacos is already dairy-free, gluten-free, oil-free and sugar-free — but if you’re looking for a grain-free or soy-free option, we also have you covered.

The dairy-free tofu ranch we like to drizzle over these vegan tacos can also be made with cashews or replaced with some vegan sour cream that’s soy-free.

For a grain-free version (the buffalo cauliflower bites are covered in some cornflakes which can just be omitted) that doubles as a lower-calorie and low-carb version, simply use either romaine lettuce or butter lettuce for taco shells!

Gently wash the leaves and let them dry (using the larger leaves from your head of lettuce), then fill them as you would a taco. In this case, you should probably omit the added spinach leaves unless you’re in for some veggie-forward vegan tacos.

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How to Make Vegan Tacos With Tofu

Making vegetarian or vegan tacos is really easy and can be done with a plethora of delicious fillings! One of the most popular options is to make vegan tacos with tofu as a meat replacement.

It’s really time to get over the thought that tofu is unhealthy or super bland! We like Erin’s recipe for vegan tofu tacos where she crumbles extra-firm tofu and spices it to perfection with cumin, garlic, onion, soy sauce, chipotle powder and more before cooking it in a skillet.

If you’ve been looking for a budget-friendly and delicious meatless taco night option, this tofu filling is a great way to go.

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What to Put in Vegan Tacos

Looking for even more vegan taco fillings you can put in your plant-based tacos? We’d love to share a couple with you!

First, we have all kinds of veggies — cauliflower, spinach, bell pepper, kale, mushrooms, zucchini, carrots, onion and shredded red cabbage. Pretty much any vegetables, from raw to roasted, can work in vegan tacos.

Here are some more ideas for what you can put in vegan tacos to make them really scrumptious!

There are too many delicious vegan condiments and sauces you can use for your tacos — just check out our list of the top 35+ oil-free picks.

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How to Warm Tortillas

There are a few ways to warm tortillas! You can char them by placing them on grates above an open gas flame on medium heat for a few seconds per side, flipping with tongs, until they are slightly blackened and warm.

Alternatively, you can stack them on a plate, cover them with a damp paper towel, and microwave them for 30 seconds at a time until they’re heated.

If you want to warm your tortillas in the oven (since it’s already crisping up the chickpeas!), wrap all 6 of them in foil and put them on a baking sheet for about 15 minutes. 

More Meatless Vegan Dinner

Our blog is full of easy whole food plant-based dinner recipes you can try next to add more meatless meals to your weekly rotation.

We hope you enjoyed our tips and suggestions around these vegan cauliflower buffalo tacos and can’t wait to make them yourself! Let’s make healthy food taste this good each day of the week.

Did you try this recipe and liked it? Be sure to share your experience with us in the comments below and leave a rating. You can also Pin the vegan buffalo tacos here and tag us on Instagram if you’ve made it — we’d love to see your creations.

five vegan tacos with chickpeas, spinach, salsa, cauliflower and avocado

Vegan Buffalo Cauliflower Tacos

Yield: 6 tacos
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

These vegan buffalo cauliflower tacos are ready in 30 minutes and the perfect family-friendly meatless dinner! Naturally gluten-free, oil-free and full of healthy veggies, this undetectably plant-based recipe features crispy buffalo cauliflower bites, spiced chickpeas, homemade salsa and creamy dairy-free ranch.

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 345°F (175°C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Drain your cooked chickpeas and put them in a medium-sized bowl with the cumin and chili powder. Toss and mix well to coat with the spices, then place next to each other on the baking sheet and roast in the oven for 20 minutes.
  3. If you don’t have any pre-made cauliflower buffalo bites, you can bake them at the same time following this recipe.. Once the chickpeas have turned slightly brown and crispy, remove them from the oven.
  4. While the chickpeas are roasting, prepare the rest of the ingredients for your buffalo cauliflower tacos.
  5. Wash and chop the spinach, cut the avocado and make or get out your salsa and tofu ranch.
  6. Finally, let’s assemble the vegan tacos! Load each of the corn tortillas with some fresh spinach, cauliflower bites, roasted chickpeas and avocado. Add salsa and drizzle generously with ranch dressing.
  7. Garnish with fresh cilantro and serve immediately!

Notes

  • You can use any leafy greens of your choice instead of the spinach for these tacos.
  • If you don’t have any pre-made cauliflower bites, you can just use more chickpeas or roast some freshly cut cauliflower with the same spices alongside your chickpeas.
  • Instead of the corn tortillas, you can also use soft wheat-based tortillas if you don’t need them to be gluten-free.
  • Other delicious spices include smoked paprika, cayenne, onion powder and garlic powder.
  • Find lots of more ideas and vegan fillings in the article!

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 394Total Fat: 20gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 28mgSodium: 631mgCarbohydrates: 40gFiber: 10gSugar: 5gProtein: 17g

Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated automatically, their accuracy is not guaranteed. Just focus on whole plant-based foods and eat until satiety!

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Alena Schowalter is a Certified Vegan Nutritionist who has been a vegetarian since childhood and vegan since 2012. Together with her husband, she founded nutriciously in 2015 and has been guiding thousands of people through different transition stages towards a healthy plant-based diet. She’s received training in the fields of nutrition, music therapy and social work. Alena enjoys discussions around vegan ethics, walks through nature and creating new recipes.

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