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Air Fryer Roasted Cauliflower Tacos

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When you want meatless tacos, try these roasted cauliflower tacos made in the air fryer, topped with Peruvian green sauce and pickled red onions.

Cauliflower Tacos
Air Fryer Roasted Cauliflower Tacos

I have tons of air fryer recipes but needed a quick vegetarian taco to add to the list. These easy Roasted Cauliflower Tacos are a tasty vegetarian taco option made in the air fryer, my favorite appliance. I topped them with Peruvian green sauce, pickled onions, sour cream, and cilantro. More taco recipes you might like, Tzatziki Fish Tacos, Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos, and Vegetarian Black Bean Tacos.

pickled red onions

How to Make Pickled Onions

If you’ve never made pickled onions, they are easier to make than you might think. You can use raw onion in the tacos if you don’t want to pickle them, but I encourage you not to skip this step – they’re so good! Plus, pickled onions will last in your refrigerator for at least two weeks, which means you can add them to salads, burgers, rice bowls, and much more.

  • In a small saucepan, heat apple cider vinegar, water, sugar, and salt until it boils and the sugar dissolves.
  • Pour the hot liquid over the onions and bay leaves in a heat-safe bowl.
  • Let cool, transfer to a glass jar, and refrigerate overnight.

How to Air Fry Cauliflower

The air fryer (affil link) is a quick and easy way to make crispy cauliflower.

  1. Drizzle the cauliflower with olive oil and season with Tajin, smoked paprika, and salt.
  2. Spray the air fryer basket with oil (make sure it’s a spray that’s “propellant- free” – I like Bertolli’s) and add the cauliflower.
  3. Cook at 400 degrees for 12 to 15 minutes, shaking the basket halfway.

If you don’t have an air fryer, roast your cauliflower in the oven at 400 degrees for about 20 minutes.

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  • If you don’t have Tajin, substitute it with chili powder.
  • Add avocado or red cabbage for an extra veggie.
  • Omit the sour cream for vegan tacos.
  • If you don’t want to make Peruvian green sauce, use a store-bought salsa verde instead.
  • Use corn tortillas for gluten-free tacos.
  • Swap the tortilla for a lettuce wrap to make low-carb tacos.

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Air Fryer Roasted Cauliflower Tacos

4.89 from 9 votes
When you want meatless tacos, try these roasted cauliflower tacos made in the air fryer!
Course: Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: American
Cauliflower Tacos
Yield: 2 servings
Serving Size: 3 tacos


  • 4 cups cauliflower florets
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon Tajin
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 6 street taco size tortillas, I used Mr Tortilla low carb
  • pickled red onions, for topping (see below)
  • 6 tablespoons Peruvian Green Sauce, for topping
  • sour cream, optional
  • cilantro, for garnish

Pickled Red Onions

  • 1 red onion, peeled and sliced into rounds
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon cane sugar or maple
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 bay leaves


  • In a medium bowl combine the cauliflower, olive oil, Tajin, smoked paprika and salt.
  • Spray the air fryer basket with oil and add the cauliflower, cook 400F 12 to 15 minutes until browned and tender, shaking the basket halfway.

For the pickled red onions

  • In a small saucepan heat the vinegar, water, sugar and salt until it boils and the sugar dissolves.
  • Transfer onions to a heat safe bowl with the bay leaves and pour liquid over the onions.
  • Set aside to cool then transfer to a glass jar and refrigerate overnight.

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Pickled onions makes 8 servings. Onions will keep for at least 2 weeks.


Serving: 3 tacos, Calories: 284 kcal, Carbohydrates: 22.5 g, Protein: 8.5 g, Fat: 21.5 g, Saturated Fat: 3.5 g, Cholesterol: 4.5 mg, Sodium: 837 mg, Fiber: 6.5 g, Sugar: 11.5 g


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26 comments on “Air Fryer Roasted Cauliflower Tacos”

  1. June 29, 2022
    Hi Gina,
    I have an oven-style counter top airfryer I got from Pampered Chef last year, and wanted to know if this would work in it.
    Thanks 🙂

  2. I LOVED these tacos.  Honestly, I was a little skeptical of a cauliflower taco but had cauliflower in the fridge and green sauce left over from another recipe so it was meant to be.  Not only was the flavor and texture amazing but three tacos were super filling.  I used Mission Carb Balance street tacos and they worked well. I also added red cabbage for a little extra ump.  Pickled onions are a must with this dish.   

  3. Loved this dish. How many points for
    The pickled onions by themselves? Trying to account for putting them in a rice bowl. 

  4. This recipe was delicious!! I was a little skeptical at first but I really think the Peruvian green sauce brought it all together. So delicious and I will definitely be making this again!

  5. Delicious! Loved the pickled onions and the Peruvian Green Sauce. Can’t wait to have the leftovers for lunch tomorrow!

  6. This recipe worried me. Cauliflower as an entree? But I’m trying new recipes rn so I went ahead. I broiled the cauliflower in the oven. It was beautiful. Not much protein so I added a bean salad. Beautiful to look at and amazing flavor. Looking forward to tomorrow and lunch leftovers.

  7. These cauliflower tacos are AMAZING!!!!  While eating, I literally kept saying “wow”. Lol. All of the textures, flavors & colors are a wonderful combination.  My Peruvian green sauce had more kick than expected but the sour cream tamed it, while still getting all that flavor. Can’t go w/out the pickled red onion. They are delicious in salads as suggested & I won’t be caught without them now. Lol  Thank you!

  8. I thought at one point I read on your site a recommendation for which air fryer to purchase but I can’t find it again, do you have one you could recommend?

  9. Delicious! A great addition to Taco Night. I made the Aji sauce too. Great combo with pickled onions. Thank you!!