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Cauliflower Tacos with Orange-Strawberry salsa & Baja Sauce

After moving to Texas, I have a new found love for tortillas. I absolutely HATE pre packaged tortillas and cannot eat even a single bite. Here in Lubbock, we get freshly made tortillas at a supermarket called Amigos. I absolutely love these tortillas.If you visit the store during the daytime, you can see the tortillas being made fresh, in front of your eyes. They even give you a hot, super soft and fluffy tortilla, right off the conveyor belt. They simply melt in your mouth, absolutely delicious!! I consider myself very, very fortunate to have had this experience. You can ask them to pack warm tortillas if you plan to serve them as soon as you get home. I’ve made so many burritos after we came here. I would prepare everything and keep my burrito bar ready. Then we head to the store to get some fresh tortillas and eat them, how cool is that!! Their corn tortillas are also out of this world yummy. We got a pack of those during our last visit and I’ve been thinking of making some tacos since then.

I made a super simple, Indian inspired cauliflower taco today with some orange and strawberry salsa (instead of the regular pico de gallo) and baja (pronounced baha) sauce. You know what baja sauce is if you eat regularly at Taco Bell. I love the Baja chalupas! It is a white sauce that’s drizzled inside the chalupa filling and is absolutely delicious. The sauce I made today is my version. I just added in whatever I thought would fit in. I did search for copycat recipes, but they required too many ingredients. I made my sauce with some simple ingredients readily available at home and it was out of this world good! The citrus-strawberry salsa and the sauce perfectly complemented the tacos. This is a very healthy and filling dish, and can easily be made for a crowd/party! These tacos will also be vegan and gluten free if you omit the sauce.


If you would like to make your own tortillas, please find the recipe HERE.

I also have a few salsa recipes if you would like to make then for this taco: Roasted Tomato and Jalapeno salsa and Tomatillo Salsa Verde

Ingredients:
Serves 2-3

For the cauliflower filling:

Cauliflower (chopped) – about 4 cups
Onion (chopped) – 1 small
Jalapeno pepper – 1-2 no. (deseed them if you don’t want them spicy)
Red Chilli powder/Paprika – 1 tsp (optional)
Coriander powder – 2 tsp
Cumin seeds – 1 tsp or Cumin powder – 1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
Ginger (minced) – 1 tsp
Garlic (minced) – 2 tsp
Salt – to taste
Oil- 2 tsp
Cilantro/Coriander leaves (chopped) – 1-2 Tbsp

For the Orange-Strawberry Salsa:

Orange – 1 (segments, with juice)
Strawberries (chopped) – 4 no.
Red onion (finely chopped) – 4 Tbsp
Cucumber (seeded and finely chopped) – 4 Tbsp
Cilantro/Coriander leaves (chopped) – 1 Tbsp
Salt & Pepper – to taste
Lemon/Lime juice – 2 tsp

For the Baja sauce:

Mayonnaise – 1/4 cup
Sour Cream/Thick Yogurt – 1/4 cup
Hot sauce – 1 Tbsp
Jalapeno pepper (fresh or pickled, minced) – 1 Tbsp
Cilantro/Coriander leaves (chopped) – 1 Tbsp
Dijon Mustard – 1/2 tsp
Salt & Pepper – to taste
Apple Cider Vinegar – 1 tsp OR Lemon/Lime juice – 1 tsp
Honey – 1 tsp

For the tacos:

Corn tortillas – 8-10 (substitute with any tortilla of your choice)
Shredded Cheese – as required (optional)

Method:

For the cauliflower filling:

  • Heat oil in a pan on medium-high heat. Add in the cumin seeds and turmeric powder, and saute for 30 seconds. Then add in the onions with a pinch of salt and saute until lightly browned.
  • Then add the coriander powder and let it toast for 30 seconds.

Then add the chopped cauliflower, chilli powder (if using) and salt & pepper to taste. MIx well, so not add any water. Cook covered for about 8-10 minutes, until the cauliflower is soft, but not mushy.

Tip: Used ground chipotle/ancho chilli pepper for a nice smoky taste.

Finish with lots of chopped cilantro.

For the salsa:

  • Mix all the ingredients mentioned for the salsa into a bowl and season to taste. Let the salsa sit for at least 15 minutes.

Tip: See THIS VIDEO to learn how to make orange segments.

For the sauce:

  • Mix all the ingredients mentioned for the sauce in a bowl and season to taste. The sauce should be thick, not runny.

To assemble the tacos:

  • Heat up the tortillas in an oven (wrapped tightly in a foil) or the microwave or the stove top or on the grill!!!
  • Serve immediately, fill in the cauliflower filling, some salsa and drizzle some baja sauce over it and squeeze some fresh lemon juice. That’s it, take a bite now!!

 

You might also like:

Sundried Tomato and Garlic Tortilla

Burrito (Veggie) – with Mexicali rice and Beans

Chalupa (Veggie) – Taco Bell Style!!

Tomatillo Salsa Verde

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