Cauliflower Tacos with Refried Beans

February 27, 2018

Hiding under all that roasted cauliflower is refried black beans, because a taco isn't a taco without refried beans. There are a lot of cauliflower tacos out there, I know, but most of them seem to be doused in hot sauce (not my thing) so I've gone for lots of spices and pickled onions for acidity. Instead of out of season veggies like red pepper, a little seasoned swiss chard does the trick and keeps everything local - I promise that despite lacking stereotypical taco fillings, these will totally satisfy a taco craving. I was a little hesitant before I tried them but I'll be making them until cauliflower disappears in April.

I used my spelt tortillas for these and altogether, including the tortillas, it took be about an hour from start to finish. I cut the cauliflower while I was frying the tortillas and did some multitasking and it came together pretty well. If you buy tortillas it's super quick, with mostly down time waiting for the cauli to roast. If you remember, try to make the onions a day ahead to get the prettiest colour - if not, I made them about an hour before photographing but I stuck the jar on the radiator to give them a little heat to pickle faster and it worked like a charm. Everything here should still be good the next day if you're a leftover lover. I had a little trouble with my swiss chard but it's usually fine; I think it got too cold in the back of the fridge. For lunch today I was out of refried beans so I stuck the leftover cauliflower in a tortilla with some sweet potato hummus, pickled onions, and a fried egg. NOT BAD. The refried beans were better though.

I know it looks like a lot when you look through the recipe, but it's mostly spices, so don't be put off. It's not very much active time and then you get tacos!

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Cauliflower Tacos with Refried Beans
Serves four

1 batch spelt tortillas 

Roasted Cauliflower

700 grams / 1 medium head cauliflower, small florets
1 tablespoon oil
1 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (to taste)

Preheat the oven to 190C / 375F. Place the cauliflower florets onto a large baking sheet and mix with the oil and spices. Roast for 30-35 minutes, or until golden and browned in places.

Pickled Onions

2 small red onion, thinly sliced
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon coconut sugar
Juice of half a lemon (~3 tablespoons)

Add all of the ingredients to a jar and shake. Let it sit, shaking occasionally, for at least an hour before serving. Keep any leftovers in the refrigerator for up to one week.

Refried Beans

1 teaspoon oil
1 small yellow onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
300 grams / 2 cups cooked black beans
1 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (to taste)
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
100 grams / 1/2 cup diced tomatoes, canned
2 tablespoons coconut cream (optional)

In a large frying pan over medium heat, cook the onions for a couple of minutes, or until softened. Add the garlic and cook for another 30 seconds. Add the beans and spices, cook for another minute, then stir in the apple cider vinegar and diced tomatoes. Use a potato masher to mash the bean mixture until a rough paste forms, then stir in the coconut cream. Add additional seasoning if needed.

Swiss Chard

1 bunch swiss chard
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper

Place all of the ingredients into a bowl and use your hands to mix until the chard is slightly softened.

• The coconut cream is my secret to making refried beans creamy without adding cheese, or fake cheese. You can't taste the coconut.
• The refried beans can stay in the pan with the lid on if you finish them early, it's fine sitting for a while.

2 comments on "Cauliflower Tacos with Refried Beans"
  1. Ooh, coconut cream in refried beans?? That's a novel idea, I like it! These look awesome :)

  2. Colorful! I've been looking for a good recipe for meatless tacos for a while now. THanks for that!