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grilled cauliflower tacos with mango slaw & avocado crema

grilled cauliflower tacos with mango slaw & avocado crema_hot for food

Everyone wants to eat lighter when it’s hot outside. So I’ve come up with a clever meat-free meal that’s a sophisticated all-veg take on fish tacos! Try something new on the BBQ and make these grilled cauliflower tacos with mango slaw & avocado crema! They’re perfect for a family picnic, an easy weeknight meal, or whenever a taco craving hits!

I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again, cauliflower is a great veggie to start getting familiar with in the kitchen. It makes a perfect substitute for so many dishes that traditionally have meat. You could roast it whole for Thanksgiving instead of a turkey, or make my well-loved cauliflower buffalo wings! Give this under-appreciated veg a try and it’ll rock your world. 

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grilled cauliflower tacos with mango slaw & avocado crema_hot for food
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grilled cauliflower tacos with mango slaw & avocado crema

Try these grilled cauliflower tacos as a refreshing, light, vegan alternative to fish tacos!

Course Appetizer, Main Course, Snack
Keyword avocado, bbq, cauliflower, mango slaw, tacos, vegan tacos
Prep Time 31 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 51 minutes
Servings 12 tacos
Author Lauren Toyota


mango slaw

  • 1 C thinly sliced red onion (approximately 1/2 an onion)
  • 1 thinly sliced red pepper
  • 1 thinly sliced red mango
  • 1/4 finely chopped cilantro
  • 1/2 lime, juiced

avocado crema

  • 1 1/2 avocados
  • 2 limes, juiced
  • 2/3 C canned coconut milk
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 tsp hot sauce
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper

grilled cauliflower

  • 1 head of cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 3 tbsp  olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp cumin


  • 24 corn tortillas


  1. In a bowl, combine all ingredients for the mango slaw and refrigerate until ready to serve tacos.

  2. In a blender, combine all the ingredients for the avocado crema until smooth. Refrigerate until ready to serve tacos.

  3. Toss cauliflower florets in olive oil, minced garlic, chili powder, and cumin and grill for 20 minutes on the barbecue over medium-high heat.
  4. Assemble each taco with 2 corn tortillas as a base to prevent tacos from tearing. Place a small amount of mango slaw on the bottom, then a few pieces of grilled cauliflower, and top with a dollop or drizzle of avocado crema. Add a squeeze of extra lime on top if desired.


  • Robyn 4 years ago

    I simply elle.oh[my].vee.eee[k]! the grilled cauliflower tacos. Now a staple around my house.
    Thank you for posting this.
    Happy snacking!

    • Lauren Toyota 4 years ago

      that’s so great to hear! Glad you like them 🙂

  • Emily Bunge 3 years ago

    I just made the avocado cream as a dip for some vegan chicken strips, seriously the bomb!!!! Love your blog.

  • gorsira 3 years ago

    just made these. sooo yummy!!! i used the recipe for the ingredients but eyeballed the amounts because im lazy. make sure to fully season the cauliflower to balance out the sweetness of the slaw. my dad had this caribbean seasoning that was PERFECT on the cauliflower. thanks again lauren :~~)

  • Mersaydes 3 years ago

    Absolutely delicious!! Just made these for the first time and I’m passing the recipe/this site to everyone I know! The avocado crema was to die for!! I added a little more hot sauce to give it a bit more of a kick and left out the mango for the slaw since it wasn’t in season. This has definitely become a staple 😍

  • Sigga 3 years ago

    The avocado crema is to die for!

  • Marianne 2 years ago

    It was perfect. I added some fried tofu with homemade "fishy" seasoning and I made a salsa instead of a slaw by adding fresh tomatoes and cutting the veggies smaller. Amazing recipe as usual!

  • Jessica 2 years ago

    Ugh…Amazing!! Straight to the point blog and recipe! Loved all of it including the food which was so delicious! I usually hate cauliflower. And i’ve been trying a lot of BBQ recipes on different blogs. I’m so tired of vegan recipes that require you to prepare a gazillion things and your kitchen ends up looking like a war zone. Thank you so much for you taste bud/cooking ingenuity!

  • Grace Carlson 2 years ago

    Made this tonight and it was amazing! LOVED IT!

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