Achiote Cauliflower Tacos


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Achiote Cauliflower Tacos

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The slight peppery, and not so spicy, homemade achiote seasoning adds flavor to these vegetarian tacos. You won't even miss the meat in this recipe!

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Servings and Ingredients

Serves 4
Anchiote Marinade
2 tsp. Hy-Vee paprika
2 tsp. Guajillo chili powder
1 ¼ tsp. Hy-Vee garlic powder
1 ¼ tsp. Hy-Vee ground oregano
1 ¼ tsp. Hy-Vee ground cumin
1 tsp. kosher salt
1 tsp. Hy-Vee ground black pepper
3 ½ tsp. Hy-Vee white vinegar
1 tbsp. pineapple juice
1 tbsp. water
Cauliflower Tacos
2 (1-1/2-to-1-3/4-lbs. each) heads cauliflower
6 slice(s) fresh pineapple, 1/2-inch thick
1 tbsp. Hy-Vee canola oil
¾ c. fresh tropical pico de gallo
12 (6-inch) yellow corn tortillas
Desired toppers, such as: shredded purple cabbage, avocado slices, and/or crumbled Cotija cheese
Fresh cilantro, for garnish
Lime wedges, for serving

Things To Grab

  • Whisk
  • Small bowl
  • Large resealable plastic bag
  • Charcoal or gas grill
  • Grill basket
  • Paper towels


  1. Prepare Achiote marinade: Whisk together paprika, Guajillo chili powder, garlic powder, oregano, ground cumin, salt, and pepper. Stir in white vinegar, pineapple juice, and water. 

  2. Separate florets from cauliflower head; halve large pieces. Place in large resealable plastic bag. Add marinade, seal bag, and toss to coat. Marinate for 1 hour. 

  3. Preheat grill for indirect cooking over medium-high heat (400 degrees) Add cauliflower to grill basket; grill 25 minutes or until tender. Brush pineapple with oil. Grill 6 minutes or until lightly charred, turning once. Cut into chunks and combine with pico de gallo. Grill tortillas 30 to 60 seconds or until lightly charred. Stack tortillas and wrap in a towel. Divide cauliflower among tortillas. Add pico mixture, cabbage, avocado, and Cotija cheese. Garnish with cilantro, if desired. Serve with lime wedges. 

Nutrition facts


280 Calories per serving
3 tacos

Amounts Per Serving

  • Total Fat: 3g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg
  • Sodium: 520mg
  • Total Carbohydrates: 61g
  • Protein: 6g

Daily Values

Iron 6%
Calcium 4%
Vitamin D 0%
Potassium 10%