Air Fryer Blackened Cauliflower Tacos

These Air Fryer Blackened Cauliflower Tacos make for a fun and easy weeknight vegetarian dinner! Made with spicy air fryer blackened cauliflower, sweet and tangy pineapple black bean salsa, lime massaged kale and an avocado cream sauce. They come together is just about 40 minutes making them the perfect for Taco Tuesday! 

Air Fryer Blackened Cauliflower Tacos

It’s taco time! I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I would be happy eating tacos every day for the rest of time. Every taco is a new adventure! I love how so many flavors can be wrapped together in a tortilla of happiness – the possibilities are endless!

Air Fryer Blackened Cauliflower

Why you should make Air Fryer Blackened Cauliflower Tacos for Dinner Tonight!

 

These Air Fryer Blackened Cauliflower Tacos are a total win in the taco department, they check all the boxes!

  • Deliciouscheck – my mouth is watering just thinking about them, they are packed with so much flavor, from the spicy blackened cauliflower to the sweet and tangy pineapple salsa!
  • Nutritiouscheck – I mean… they are topped with kale so they totally check this box. Kale aside, the number 1 ingredient is cauliflower, so yeah… you’re hitting your veggie #goals with this one!
  • Vegetariancheck – Meatless meals don’t have to be boring! These tacos totally deliver and will be your new fav for #tacotuesday!
  • Weeknight Friendly check – There is nothing fancy going on here, these tacos come together in just about 40 minutes with little prep work!

Air Fryer Blackened Cauliflower Tacos

How to Make Air Fryer Cauliflower

 

By now you guys know I am obsessed with the air fryer and for good reason. The cauliflower in these tacos comes out so much crisper than it ever would if you roasted it. And without crispy cauliflower, they would be majorly lacking in texture.

Cauliflower is SO easy to make in the air fryer. Toss the cauliflower florets in olive oil and then coat them in the spice mixture. Toss with a tablespoon of corn starch to evenly coat. Add the cauliflower to preheated, greased air fryer basket. Air fry at 400°F for 15 minutes. Every 5 minutes, give the basket a toss so that they cauliflower cooks evenly on all sides. That’s it!

 

Air Fryer Blackened Cauliflower Tacos

 

Air Fryer Blackened Cauliflower Tacos

Can I make this recipe vegan?

 

Absolutely! The only non-vegan ingredient is the sour cream in the avocado cream sauce. You can easily substitute this for a vegan sour cream or omit the sour cream and add an additional 1/2 avocado and 2 tbsp of olive oil.

Air Fryer Blackened Cauliflower Tacos

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Air Fryer Blackened Cauliflower Tacos


  • Author: Laura Nockett
  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 6 large tacos 1x

Description

These Air Fryer Blackened Cauliflower Tacos make for a fun and easy weeknight vegetarian dinner! Made with spicy air fryer blackened cauliflower, sweet and tangy pineapple black bean salsa, lime massaged kale and an avocado cream sauce. They come together is just about 40 minutes making them the perfect for Taco Tuesday! 


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Ingredients

Blackened Cauliflower

1 medium head cauliflower (about 4 cups florets)

1/4 cup olive oil

2 tsp paprika

1 tsp coriander

1/2 tsp cumin

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

1/4 tsp salt

1 tbsp corn starch

Pineapple Black Bean Salsa

1/2 cup pineapple, chopped small

1/2 cup black beans, drained and pat dry

1 tbsp red onion, thinly sliced

1 tsp dried cilantro

1 tsp lime juice

pinch of salt

Avocado Cream

1 large avocado

1/2 cup sour cream

1 tbsp lime juice

1/2 tsp smoked paprika

1/4 tsp salt

Kale

2 cups kale

1 tbsp olive oil

lime juice

salt

Taco Assembly

6 flour tortillas

1 avocado, sliced

lime wedges


Instructions

Blackened Cauliflower

Preheat air fryer on 400°F for 5 minutes

While air fryer is preheating, cut cauliflower off the head into florets

Add cauliflower to a large bowl and toss with olive oil

In a small bowl, combine the paprika, coriander, cumin, garlic powder, cayenne pepper and salt

Sprinkle the spice mixture over the cauliflower and toss to coat evenly

Sprinkle with corn starch, toss

Spray the air fryer basket with non-stick spray

Add the cauliflower*

Air fry for about 15 minutes, toss every 5 minutes so it cooks evenly

Remove cauliflower from basket and set aside to cool

Pineapple Black Bean Salsa

In a small bowl, mix together the pineapple, black beans, red onion, dried cilantro and lime juice

Season with salt to taste, set aside

Avocado Cream

Peel avocado and discard pit, add the flesh to the bowl of a food processor or blender

Add sour cream, lime juice, smoked paprika and salt

Process on high until smooth

Kale

Add the kale to a medium-sized bowl

Drizzle with olive oil and a squeeze of lime juice

Using clean hands, massage the kale until it softens and reduces by at least half

Season with a pinch of salt

Taco Assembly

To char the tortillas, heat a frying pan over medium heat

Add the tortillas 2 at a time, as soon as they start to smoke**, flip and repeat on the other side

Lay the charred tortillas between damp paper towels to keep them from drying out***

Spread a thick layer of avocado cream on the tortilla

Top with a generous amount of blackened cauliflower

Add a heaping spoonful of pineapple black bean salsa

Sprinkle with the massaged kale

Garnish with avocado slices and lime wedges

Repeat to assemble the rest of the tacos

Enjoy immediately


Notes

*depending on the size of your air fryer you may need to work in 2 batches

**watch them closely so they don’t burn

***for extra soft tortillas, pop them in the microwave, wrapped in damp paper towel for 20 seconds right before assembling

  • Category: tacos
  • Method: air fryer

Keywords: #tacotuesday, #blackenedcauliflower, #airfryertacos, #airfryercauliflower, #tacotime

 

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Air Fryer Blackened Cauliflower Tacos

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