Cauliflower Taquitos

March 13, 2015

I’ve been in a dinner funk lately. I don’t want to clean the kitchen. I don’t want to chop any veggies or even go to the grocery store to buy them. I just want an extra delicious dinner waiting for me when I get home. Asking too much?

Cauliflower Taquitos @hiddenfruitnveg

Apparently the only thing I have actually been buying at the store lately is cauliflower, because my fridge is overflowing with it. After a complicated day, I wanted a super simple meal. Lots of flavor, minimal ingredients (obviously, because my cupboards are pretty bare). I bought a package of corn tortillas a little while ago and have been obsessed with making taquitos on the stove, so taquitos it was!

Cauliflower Taquitos @hiddenfruitnveg

We definitely had some reservations about eating what’s basically a tube of cauliflower, but it’s crazy delicious. All of the complex, Mexican-y flavor I want, with the vegetable goodness I actually need. Serve with some guac and sour cream / Greek yogurt and you’re gonna have a good time. Bonus, when I was cooking the cauliflower it looked like I had ground turkey mixed in. It definitely didn’t taste like turkey (err, or at least what I imagine turkey tastes like) but if you have anyone in your family that thinks it isn’t a meal if it doesn’t have meat, at least they won’t know until they bite into their dinner. <– psst, if you think that, then I haven’t eaten a meal since 2001.

Cauliflower Taquitos @hiddenfruitnveg

Cauliflower Taquitos
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Serves: 16 taquitos

  • 1 head cauliflower, cut into small bites
  • 1 c salsa
  • 4 tbsp taco seasoning
  • 3 – 4 oz Cheese (regular or vegan, we used a sharp cheddar), cut into strips
  • 16 corn tortillas

  1. In a nonstick pan, combine the cauliflower, salsa, and taco seasoning. Heat over medium and cover, stirring occasionally. Cook until your desired texture is reached (I left mine with a little crunch for texture).
  2. Scoop the mixture into a strainer and let any excess liquid drip off. If you stir it, excess liquid will shake out a little faster.
  3. Clean out the skillet and reheat over medium/high.
  4. Microwave the tortillas until soft (about 30 seconds for all of them). Place a little of the cheese in a line across the middle and top with a couple of spoonfuls of cauliflower. Roll tightly in a cigar shape.
  5. Spritz the pan with nonstick spray (or lightly brush with olive oil) and place the taquitos seam side down in the pan and cook until brown and crispy. Roll a quarter or third turn and continue to cook until all sides are crispy. Reheat until all are cooked.
  6. Serve hot with guac, salsa, sour cream, or Greek yogurt.

The tricks to getting these to stay rolled properly are 1. roll VERY tightly 2. roll these as you’re cooking, so you can place the taquitos right into the hot pan 3. be mindful when you flip these so you don’t pull them apart.

If 16 taquitos is too many for you, refrigerate or freeze the filling and make the rest later. The filling also makes a tasty side dish.

Nutrition Information
Serving size: 4 taquitos Calories: 360 Fat: 12 Carbohydrates: 51 Fiber: 9 Protein: 15

Cauliflower Taquitos @hiddenfruitnveg

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    Reeni Mar 17, 2015

    I’ve been in a dinner funk lately too! And I have lots of cauliflower on hand! We must be on the same wavelength. Taquitos stuffed with my favorite veggie and lots of cheese would make me extremely happy!

    Kelsey @ Snacking Squirrel Mar 17, 2015

    I have some in the freezer but they’re packaged and look no where near as good as these!!! YUM. Happy St. Patrick’s Day to you!

    Julia Mar 16, 2015

    I hear ya on the dinner situation..I’ve been pretty burned out on cooking, myself. But I’m psyched you overcame the funk to bring me these freaking delicious tubes of cauliflower because I want to eat about 70,000 of them right now! And dip them in every sauce ever, because: taste test. Seriously delicious looking toquitos, my dear!

    Joanne Mar 15, 2015

    I definitely get into food funks like that…and yet I never think of taquitos! Come to think of it…I do have cauliflower AND tortillas in the fridge right now…

    Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl Mar 13, 2015

    Awesome idea, Kelly! I’m obsessed with taquitos right now, and have been loving cauliflower in tacos. The idea to combine the two is genius! I’m actually making taquitos tonight for dinner and experimenting with a new combination. I hope it turns out as delicious as these sound, or I may be wishing that I had made these instead! 😉