Chipotle Mushroom and Cauliflower Tacos

By America’s Test Kitchen | January 24th, 2024

An irresistible vegetarian taco

Chipotle mushroom and cauliflower tacos, from America's Test Kitchen. Warm, smoky mushrooms, roasted cauliflower, cool crema, and crunchy cabbage come together in this delicious dish.

Can anything meatless be delicious and satisfying? The chefs at America’s Test Kitchen literally wrote a book on using deep flavors and cooking techniques to create vegetarian dishes to satisfy even avowed meat eaters. These Chipotle Mushroom and Cauliflower Tacos showcase delicious “meaty” meatless flavors. 

Meaty roasted mushrooms and creamy cauliflower make an unexpectedly delicious taco filling. Roasting the mushrooms and cauliflower in the oven created flavorful browning and varied textures; adding canned chipotle in adobo for the last few minutes added heat and depth to the vegetables. The microwave made quick work of pickling the red onion for the cabbage mixture.

Chipotle Mushroom and Cauliflower Tacos

Serves 4


  • 1 1/4 pounds cremini mushrooms, trimmed and quartered
  • 1 1/4 pounds cauliflower florets, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons table salt, divided
  • 1/4 cup minced canned chipotle chile in adobo sauce, divided
  • 1/2 red onion, sliced thin
  • 1/2 cup distilled white vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2/3 cup Mexican crema
  • 3 cups thinly sliced red cabbage
  • 12 (6-inch) corn tortillas, warmed


  1. Adjust oven rack to lowest position and heat oven to 500 degrees. Toss mushrooms, cauliflower, oil, and 1 1/2 teaspoons salt together on a rimmed baking sheet. Roast until liquid has mostly evaporated, 23 to 25 minutes. Stir 3 tablespoons chipotle into mushroom mixture and continue to roast until lightly browned, 3 to 5 minutes longer.
  2. Meanwhile, combine onion, vinegar, sugar, and remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt in a large bowl. Microwave, covered, until hot, about 2 minutes. Combine crema and remaining 1 tablespoon chipotle in a small bowl.
  3. Stir cabbage into onion mixture. Divide mushroom mixture, crema, and cabbage mixture evenly among tortillas. Serve.

Fuel up with this Vegetarian Chopped Power Salad

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