Roasted Cauliflower Tacos with Poblano Chile and Caramelized Onion

Servings: 12tacos


  • 1small head cauliflower, core cut out, the rest cut into small florets (a scant 3 cups)
  • Olive oil
  • Salt
  • 2mediumfresh poblano chiles
  • 1large (8-ounce) onion, sliced 1/4-inch thick
  • 1cupMexican crema , crème fraiche or heavy cream, plus more if needed
  • 10 to 12warm corn tortillas
  • A fewtablespoonsfreshly grated Mexican queso añejo or other garnishing cheese such as Parmesan
  • Ahandful cilantro leaves, for garnish


Heat the oven to 375 degrees. In a large bowl, toss the cauliflower florets with olive oil and season with salt. Scoop cauliflower florets onto a rimmed baking sheet, slide into the oven and roast until tender and browned, about 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, roast the poblanos directly over a gas flame or close under a preheated broiler, turning regularly until blistered and blackened all over, about 5 minutes over an open flame, 10 minutes under a broiler. Collect the chiles in a bowl, cover with a kitchen towel and cool until handleable. Rub off the charred skin, pull out the stems and seed pods and briefly rinse under cool water to remove bits of skin and seeds. Cut roasted chiles into small pieces.

Film a large (10-inch) sauté pan or skillet with oil and set over medium. Add the onion and cook, stirring regularly until richly browned, about 7 minutes. Stir in the poblano pieces and crema (or one of its stand-ins), then raise the heat to high.

When the mixture comes to a boil, stir in the cauliflower and let reduce quickly until thick enough to coat everything. Season with salt, usually about ½ teaspoon.

Scoop the mixture into warm corn tortillas and garnish with queso añejo and cilantro leaves.


  1. I tried your roasted cauliflower and poblano tacos last night and they were great! Thank you for the recipe!

  2. Yum! I also sprinkled florets with a little cinnamon and achiote before roasting. They were so delicious, I almost ate all of the florets before I finished making the recipe. Chef Bayless is a master of Mexican cuisine. Frankly, he could make shoe leather delicious!

  3. Stumbled upon this video on YouTube and made these tonight for my wife. Very good! Great meatless option.

  4. Thanks for the recipe, Chef Bayless! I’ve made this recipe three times now for a quick and meatless meal. The third time, however, we did add some chicken to make it a bit more hearty. Delicious!

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