Cauliflower Lentil Tacos with Fresh Guacamole Recipe




For the guacamole:

  • 6 ripe avocados, pitted and diced
  • 1½ cups diced red onion
  • 1 to 3 medium-size jalapeno peppers, to taste, stemmed, seeded, and minced
  • ¼ cup plus 2 tbsp fresh cilantro, finely chopped
  • ¼ cup fresh lime juice
  • 1½ tsp sea salt
  • ¾ tsp ground cumin
  • Pinch ground black pepper, to taste
  • Pinch cayenne pepper, to taste (optional)
  • 1½ ripe medium tomatoes, seeds and pulp removed, diced

For the cauliflower lentil taco ‘meat’:

  • 1 cup green or brown lentils
  • 3 cups filtered water
  • 1 head cauliflower, stems and leaves removed, broken into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 medium yellow onions, diced (about 1½ cups)
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced
  • 4 cloves minced garlic
  • 4 tsp chili powder, divided
  • 2 tsp ground cumin, divided
  • 1 tsp ground coriander, divided
  • ½ cup canned or homemade tomato sauce
  • 1 ½ tsp salt, or to taste
  • ½ tsp ground pepper, or to taste
  • One 5.5-ounce package organic taco shells
  • 4 cups shredded romaine lettuce, reserved for topping


1. To make the guacamole: mash the avocados in a medium bowl until slightly chunky. Add the onion, jalapenos, cilantro, lime juice, salt, cumin, pepper and cayenne, then mash the mixture some more.

2. Cover with plastic wrap directly on the surface of the guacamole to prevent oxidation. Refrigerate until chilled, about an hour. Just before serving, add the tomatoes to the guacamole and gently mix.

3. To make the cauliflower lentil taco ‘meat’: rinse and drain the lentils thoroughly. Add the lentils to a medium saucepan. Add the filtered water and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer until tender, about 30 minutes. Drain.

4. Pulse the cauliflower into rice-size pieces in a high-speed food processor. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook the onion and jalapeno until the onion is translucent, about 5 to 7 minutes. Add the cauliflower rice, garlic, 2 teaspoons of the chili powder, 1 teaspoon of the ground cumin, and ½ teaspoon of the ground coriander, and cook for 4 minutes. Stir in the tomato sauce and cook another 3 to 4 minutes or until the cauliflower is tender.

5. Add the cooked lentils, the remaining 2 teaspoons of chili powder, 1 teaspoon of ground cumin, ½ teaspoon of ground coriander, and the salt and pepper. Cook for an additional 3 minutes.

6. Scoop the cauliflower lentil taco ‘meat’ into the taco shells and top with shredded romaine lettuce and a dollop of guacamole. Serve immediately. With its hearty, chunky consistency, the cauliflower lentil taco ‘meat’ can also be served as a side dish with refried beans, guacamole, or salsa.

Recipe courtesy of Eaternity: More than 150 deliciously easy, vegan recipes for a long, healthy, satisfied, joyful life, by Jason Wrobel, published by Hay House.

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