Recipe Cauliflower Tacos with Mango Red Pepper Salsa

Don't wait for Taco Tuesday to make this tasty plant-based recipe!

May 05, 2022

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Joy McCarthy, Joyous Health

Tacos are the perfect weekday meal for so many reasons, not just for Taco Tuesday! Namely, they’re a cinch to pull together, delicious and have the ability to be loaded with nourishing ingredients. Plus, kids LOVE tacos (well, they love anything in a tortilla, but especially tacos).

These cauliflower tacos are packed with plant-based goodness from the sprouted tortillas on the outside to the paprika roasted cauliflower and mango-red pepper salsa on the inside.

Joy McCarthy is a Holistic Nutritionist and founder of Joyous Health, an award-winning blog and healthy lifestyle brand focused on healthy living. She is a two-time bestselling author of Joyous Health and Joyous Detox, and a World Gourmand Cookbook Award recipient. Her third book, The Joyous Cookbook, came out late 2019.

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For the cauliflower tacos:

For the mango red pepper salsa:

  • 1 mango , chopped
  • 1 sweet red pepper , chopped
  • ¼ cup cilantro , chopped (tightly packed)
  • 1 clove garlic , finely chopped
  • 1 lime , juiced
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil extra virgin
  • ½ tsp salt

For the avocado sauce:

  • 2 ripe avocados (pit removed)
  • ¼ cup cilantro , chopped (finely packed)
  • 2 limes , juiced
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil extra virgin
  • 1 – 2 Tbsp water (as needed)


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. 
  2. Place chopped cauliflower into a large bowl and drizzle with extra-virgin olive oil. Sprinkle with cayenne, paprika and sea salt. Evenly spread cauliflower on baking sheet. Bake for 20 – 25 minutes. Be careful the cauliflower doesn't burn. 
  3. For the salsa, in a small bowl combine all the ingredients and mix together. Set aside. 
  4. In a small food processor or blender combine the avocado sauce ingredients. Blend until creamy. Give a taste test, add more liquid as needed for a thinner consistency. 
  5. Once roasted cauliflower is done, you're ready to assemble your tacos! Spread a layer of avocado sauce on each tortilla. Followed by 2 to 4 cauliflower florets and topped with mango pepper salsa. Drizzle a little more avocado sauce on top if you like. Enjoy!

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