Beer-Battered Cauliflower Tacos

There are 3 things you need in life: 1). Something to do, 2). Something to love, and 3). Something to look forward to. And beer. The silent 4th. Oh, and cauliflower that has been dipped in a beer batter and eaten like tacos. When you are not happy, you are not doing one of those things. You probably just need a Beer-Battered Cauliflower Taco though…

Beer-Battered Baja Cauliflower Tacos

I was so excited when these cauliflower steaks sizzled up beautifully in my pan. With a crunchy bite and a soft inside, this recipe truly is reminiscent of fish tacos. However there is no fishing pole needed here–just a head of cauliflower.

Beer-Battered Baja Cauliflower Tacos

Helpful tip: Make sure that when you are making the cauliflower steak slices that you are not cutting off the bottom stem–that is what keeps the steaks together.

Beer-Battered Cauliflower Tacos - Fork & Beans

Beer-Battered Cauliflower Tacos
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Serves: Makes 6 Tacos
  • Half head of cauliflower (cut vertically into slices--with stems intact)
  • 6 corn tortillas
For the Beer Batter:
  • 1 Tb flaxseed meal + 2 Tbs warm water, allow to sit for 5-7 minutes until thick
  • ½ c. Cara's gluten-free flour blend
  • ⅓ c. corn starch
  • ⅓ c. gluten-free beer
  • 1 tsp oil
  • ½ tsp chili powder
  • ½ tsp smoked paprika
For the garnish:
  1. Combine flour blend, cornstarch, chili powder and paprika--whisk until well-blended.
  2. Combine flax "egg", oil and beer into the dry ingredients. Mix until smooth. Batter should be thick but not too thick where it cannot be mixed with resistance. Think thick waffle batter.
  3. Heat a medium skillet with ½ c. oil. Allow to heat thoroughly (very important).
  4. Gently dip each piece of cauliflower into batter and place into the skillet. Fry for a good 2-3 minutes on each side or until nicely browned.
  5. Drain on a paper towel-lined plate. Sprinkle with salt to season.
  6. Assemble the tacos as desired.


Beer-Battered Baja Cauliflower Tacos

Here’s something to look forward to….



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  1. These look amazing. I am trying this next week for Taco Tuesday!!!

  2. This was delicious! We used soy flour instead of the gluten free mix described and that worked fine but we needed more beer to thin out the mixture. The sauce was amazing!!!

  3. Love, love love this recipe!! I just made it and was amazed at how simple and delicious it is. I used a creamy chipotle sauce (made from vegan sour cream and chipotes) to top it off along with a squeeze of lime and YUM!!!!

  4. ummmmm what???? I love cauliflower, why have I never fried it before? totally genius and lovely blog by the way!

  5. Danielle says:


  6. Wow. This looks delicious! This may replace my much-loved fish tacos. Can’t wait to try it!

  7. I want these NOW! :)

  8. These remind me of fish tacos for some reason, maybe the cabbage and lime? I don’t know but they look amazing! I use to love fish tacos and your cauliflower ones look like the perfect replacement. Love the blue tortillas too, beautiful!

    (That wooden fork kicks ass too by the way!)

  9. Interesting recipe, I’ll have to try it as it is nice combination! Photos are beautiful, light and colorful!!

  10. The beer batter sounds amazing! I may also try it for onion rings.

    Also I nominated you for a Sunshine Award at our blog, Surviving the Food Allergy Apocalypse,for all your efforts to really interesting and tasty recipes. Thanks!

  11. I love this idea! Cauliflower really is the jack of all traits. :-)

  12. Yum! I will be making these ASAP.

  13. You never cease to amaze me- these look incredible! They are beyond perfect – going on my must make list!

  14. Just made these — SO good. I added some black beans and avocados I had to use up in the tacos, and added chipotles in adobo to the sauce.

  15. This is so funny, I bought very similar ingredients to make some faux fish tacos (tofu) this week for The Sweet Life. Yours look so good and while I’m making mine right now, I may let this one sit in as a draft for awhile.

    Love your blog <3

  16. As awesome as that cauliflower looks, more than that, I SO needed that list of three things today…yes, yes, a million times yes. So simple, so true. Thank you, dear one! :)

    • I felt so blessed hearing those 3 things the other day–it really touched me and made sense in my soul. Happy to know that I am not alone in my reaction to that message. xoxo!

  17. These are soooo good. I eat a lot of tacos…i mean…a lot! And these top the list. tengo el gato en las pantalones!!!

  18. Cauliflower is so versatile! And you are so talented for transforming it into these :)

  19. Vegan Dove says:

    i’m so glad i’ve found this, fish tacos are definitely a stable in my household especially during the summer. cant wait to try this :)

    • Your house will definitely be celebrating summer everyday with these cauli tacos :) Hope you like them! xo

  20. Leopold says:

    Yep. My housemate and I did this tonight. Used a chocolate stout. beyond good.

    • A chocolate stout sounds perfect for this! I am so glad that you liked this recipe, Leopold. Thank you for giving it a try :)

  21. Yummers!!! what is with you lately:) that is another awesome meal!

  22. Is there anything cauliflower can’t do!?!

  23. Another super-creative idea – these look so good! I think I actually have cauliflower in the fridge…I need to use it!

  24. These look amazing!! Such a fun idea. Also, those blue tortillas look incredible

  25. Cauliflower in a taco? I would never have thought! This sounds so interesting & delicious! :)

  26. Oh my god STOP IT! These look freakin’ amazing and I could literally eat one RIGHT NOW! You and your creativity are simply divine!

  27. This sounds amazing!


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