*Use tamari and corn tortilla for gluten free
Happy Taco Tuesday! I've been working like a dog as of late, but I finally found the time to develop this summery, tangy, slightly spicy taco recipe that I've been dreaming of. For me, these were devoured with some much needed tequila. In my last taco recipe, I made a mock pulled pork using jackfruit. (Can you tell I have a love for Mexican fusion?) While it looked quite a lot like pulled pork and absorbed flavor wonderfully, it didn't really offer much in the way of texture. This time around, I chose to use cauliflower, which turned out excellent.
I broke up the head of cauliflower by hand, breaking it all into large florets, then smaller, then tearing all of those into bite size pieces. Once you have them all broken down into small florets, you can certainly chop them; I just prefer using my hands. The first time I made these tacos, I steamed the cauliflower very lightly. I felt that softening it up would allow it to lend itself to absorb the barbecue marinade more easily. The next time, I didn't steam them. Honestly, I couldn't find much of a difference in the flavor, but I do think they had a better texture when steamed, so I will include it in the recipe as an option.
The barbecue marinade I made for these tacos is tangy and sweet with a hint of spice (or more if you prefer!) To really give that island feel, I topped them with a pineapple salsa. Very fresh, light, and summery to contrast the saucy and chewy cauliflower. It's especially nice if you choose to add more heat to the cauliflower. Though, I like all things to be spicy, so I added a touch of sriracha to my salsa as well. I haven't included it in the recipe, but if you're a fan of heat, I would definitely suggest it!
For color and texture, I chose to add red cabbage to these tacos. I love cabbage and basically any member of the brassica family. I was snacking on the cabbage, not the pineapples or anything else, while making these tacos. I just really love the pungent flavor. I went with red mostly for color, but I feel it really completes the dish. With all of these components combined, I was very satisfied with the way these tacos turned out! I hope you enjoy them as well. Don't forget to post any of your pictures of our recipes with #cookitkind I love seeing your creations!
Hawaiian BBQ Cauliflower Tacos with Pineapple Salsa
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