Spicy Sheet Pan Cauliflower Tacos

These sheet pan cauliflower tacos are easy while still having all the flavour, texture and messiness required from a tasty taco. The cauliflower and beans are tossed in hot sauce and spices and then baked. After spooning the filling into tortillas, layer them generously with all the toppings – it's all about the toppings!

Makes 8 Tacos


Spice blend

  • 2 tbsp (8g) nutritional yeast
  • 1 tbsp (8g) chili powder
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp sweet paprika

Cauliflower and black bean filling

  • 1 medium-sized head cauliflower, cut into 1 ̋ (2.5cm) florets (about 5 cups [500g])
  • 1½ cups (258g) cooked or canned black beans or chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • ¼ cup (60ml) vinegar-based hot sauce (e.g., Frank’s Red Hot)

To serve

  • 8 (5 ̋ [12.5-cm]) corn tortillas, or sturdy lettuce leaves
  • 1 head leafy green lettuce, chopped, or ¼ head purple or green cabbage, shredded
  • 2 cups (520g) salsa of choice
  • 1 red onion, finely diced
  • 2 tomatoes, diced
  • 2 avocados, pitted and peeled, sliced or diced
  • Cashew sour cream (optional)
  • 3 limes, sliced into wedges


  • 1
    Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F/Gas 6 and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • 2
    Make the spice blend: In a small bowl, combine the nutritional yeast, chili powder, cumin, onion and garlic powders, paprika and pepper, and set aside.
  • 3
    Make the filling: In a large bowl, combine the cauliflower florets and beans. Drizzle the hot sauce over the top and toss to coat everything evenly. Now, spread half of the spice blend over the top and mix again. Then, add the rest of the spice blend and mix again until all the cauliflower and beans are coated.
  • 4
    Transfer to the prepared baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes. Flip and redistribute in a single layer, then bake for another 10 to 15 minutes, or until the cauliflower is fork-tender and might be beginning to char on the edges.
  • 5
    Meanwhile, warm the corn tortillas in the oven or in a large sauté pan over medium heat.
  • 6
    Layer each tortilla with lettuce, salsa, spicy cauliflower and black bean filling, onion, tomato, avocado, cashew sour cream (if using) and a generous squeeze of lime juice.
Plant Based Delicious

Spicy Sheet Pan Cauliflower Tacos reprinted with permission from Plant-Based Delicious by Ashley Madden. Page Street Publishing Co. 2023. Photo credit: Ashley Madden.

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