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An easy vegetarian tacos recipe filled with easy roasted cauliflower, roasted sweet potatoes, black beans, topped with vegan chipotle lime cashew crema. These roasted sweet potato + cauliflower tacos are totally weeknight-friendly, made in 40 minutes or less, making this the perfect vegetarian taco recipe for Taco Tuesday!
an easy vegetarian tacos recipe filled with easy roasted cauliflower, roasted sweet potatoes, black beans, topped with vegan chipotle lime cashew crema. these roasted sweet potato + cauliflower tacos are totally weeknight-friendly, made in 40 minutes or less, making this the perfect vegetarian taco recipe for taco tuesday! #tacos #cauliflowertacos #sweetpotatotacos #blackbeantacos #vegetariantacos #vegantacos #healthytacosrecipe #easytacosrecipe #easyvegetarianrecipe #easyveganrecipe #dairyfree

A New Favorite Easy Taco Recipe: Roasted Sweet Potato + Cauliflower Tacos with Chipotle Lime Cashew Crema

Oooooh boy, these Roasted Sweet Potato + Cauliflower Tacos need to be added to your weekly dinner rotation STAT.

Reasons you’ll be completely obsessed:

  • Totally healthy (helloooo they’re made with sweet potatoes & cauliflower!)
  • Sheet pan dinner magic (where my fellow lovers of sheet pan dinners at?!)
  • Weeknight friendly (40 minutes start-to-finish!)
  • Meal prep friendly (i share some thoughts in the recipe notes, below!)
  • Budget friendly (pretty sure you can serve for for less than $10!)
  • Four words: chipotle lime cashew crema
  • Vegan, but also totally husband approved (i promise!)

I mean…yeah.

I could honestly go on & on & on & on about all the reasons to love these roasted sweet potato + cauliflower tacos, but the short of it is this: I am certain that you will absolutely flip over these roasted sweet potato + cauliflower tacos.

They’re completely good-for-you (which is awesome since we’ve eaten them multiple times every week since I first tested this recipe – pahaha!) & every single bite is completely loaded with flavor, all thanks to 3 super simple components that you can easily throw together on any weeknight.

an easy vegetarian tacos recipe filled with easy roasted cauliflower, roasted sweet potatoes, black beans, topped with vegan chipotle lime cashew crema. these roasted sweet potato + cauliflower tacos are totally weeknight-friendly, made in 40 minutes or less, making this the perfect vegetarian taco recipe for taco tuesday! #tacos #cauliflowertacos #sweetpotatotacos #blackbeantacos #vegetariantacos #vegantacos #healthytacosrecipe #easytacosrecipe #easyvegetarianrecipe #easyveganrecipe #dairyfree

(Did I mention it only takes 40 minutes to make these bad boys from start to finish?! Meatless Monday + Taco Tuesday = LUV)

Easy Vegetarian Tacos with 3 layers of Major Flavor

The key to making great meals quickly is to make sure that you’re building tons of incredible flavor into every component that goes into the recipe. These roasted sweet potato + cauliflower tacos are no exception, getting all of their flavor from 3 key layers:

  1. The heartiest filling: roasted sweet potatoes, roasted cauliflower, & black beans.
  2. My fave easy taco fixin: smashed avocado.
  3. & since life it all about the toppings: the easiest vegan chipotle lime crema.

First up, the vegetarian taco filling! These tacos are filled with roasted sweet potatoes, roasted cauliflower & black beans. I borrowed the filling from my vegan taco salad & gave it a couple of tweaks, & i’m freakin’ obsessed with it. So much flavor & texture with so little effort!

To make the filling, you simply toss some cauliflower & sweet potatoes in taco spices with some olive oil & lime juice, then spread ‘em on a pan & let ‘em roast. Just before they’re done roasting, add some drained black beans to the pan, & pop it back into the oven for a few minutes to warm up.

an easy vegetarian tacos recipe filled with easy roasted cauliflower, roasted sweet potatoes, black beans, topped with vegan chipotle lime cashew crema. these roasted sweet potato + cauliflower tacos are totally weeknight-friendly, made in 40 minutes or less, making this the perfect vegetarian taco recipe for taco tuesday! #tacos #cauliflowertacos #sweetpotatotacos #blackbeantacos #vegetariantacos #vegantacos #healthytacosrecipe #easytacosrecipe #easyvegetarianrecipe #easyveganrecipe #dairyfree

That’s it! Easy, roasty-toasty veggies = ✔️

Since the sweet potato & cauliflower filling has such deep flavors from roasting away in taco spices, I love piling them on top of a thick layer of smashed avocado (aka avocado mashed with lemon juice & salt). It couldn’t be easier to throw together, & the creaminess & brightness of avocado balances out the rich, spicy notes from the veggies perfectly.

an easy vegetarian tacos recipe filled with easy roasted cauliflower, roasted sweet potatoes, black beans, topped with vegan chipotle lime cashew crema. these roasted sweet potato + cauliflower tacos are totally weeknight-friendly, made in 40 minutes or less, making this the perfect vegetarian taco recipe for taco tuesday! #tacos #cauliflowertacos #sweetpotatotacos #blackbeantacos #vegetariantacos #vegantacos #healthytacosrecipe #easytacosrecipe #easyvegetarianrecipe #easyveganrecipe #dairyfree

Last up is arguably my favorite part of these roasted sweet potato + cauliflower tacos: the easy vegan chipotle lime cashew crema.

This crema is so creamy, so smoky & flavorful, & so vegan since it’s made with cashews instead of any dairy! I tweaked my smoky chipotle cashew queso recipe to have a perfect drizzly consistency for dousing your vegetarian tacos. 

It’s so easy to make since all you have to do is pop the ingredients in a blender & let it whirl, & it keeps forever in the fridge so you can use it to top tacos, burrito bowls, as a creamy hot sauce on any dish, or even as a dip for chips. you’ll be obsessed!

Making Better Tacos at Home: How to Char Corn Tortillas on the Stove or Grillan easy vegetarian tacos recipe filled with easy roasted cauliflower, roasted sweet potatoes, black beans, topped with vegan chipotle lime cashew crema. these roasted sweet potato + cauliflower tacos are totally weeknight-friendly, made in 40 minutes or less, making this the perfect vegetarian taco recipe for taco tuesday! #tacos #cauliflowertacos #sweetpotatotacos #blackbeantacos #vegetariantacos #vegantacos #healthytacosrecipe #easytacosrecipe #easyvegetarianrecipe #easyveganrecipe #dairyfree

If there was a 4th layer of flavor in these roasted sweet potato + cauliflower tacos, I’d say it’s definitely serving them on the perfectly lightly charred corn tortillas.

Up until recently, charring corn tortillas at home is something we really struggled with. Whenever we did it the tortillas would completely dry out, becoming too crumbly & fragile to hold up as we ate our tacos & becoming too tough to eat & really enjoy.

Luckily, we’ve figured it out & it couldn’t be easier. The secret lies in the technique!

To perfectly char corn tortillas at home, turn a gas burner on your stove on high heat. Pop a tortilla directly over the open flame. Once you see a little smoke coming off the tortilla, rotate it until it’s lightly charred & continue until both sides of the tortillas are evenly charred. It’s very important not to over-do it as this will completely dry the tortillas out – just aim for a little color!

Transfer your charred tortillas to a plate, then cover them with a damp paper towel to prevent them from drying out until you’re ready to serve them. Just as you’re ready to start assembling your tacos, pop the stack of charred tortillas in the microwave for 30-40 seconds. The moisture on the damp paper towel will steam the tortillas, adding moisture back into them so they’re perfectly pliable for easy assembly & perfectly tender to eat.

Taking a couple minutes to char corn tortillas before you assemble tacos for taco night is well worth it: it adds an extra layer of smokiness to your tacos, & as a bonus makes them picture perfect.

My Meat-eating Husband’s Honest Review of these Roasted Sweet Potato + Cauliflower Tacosan easy vegetarian tacos recipe filled with easy roasted cauliflower, roasted sweet potatoes, black beans, topped with vegan chipotle lime cashew crema. these roasted sweet potato + cauliflower tacos are totally weeknight-friendly, made in 40 minutes or less, making this the perfect vegetarian taco recipe for taco tuesday! #tacos #cauliflowertacos #sweetpotatotacos #blackbeantacos #vegetariantacos #vegantacos #healthytacosrecipe #easytacosrecipe #easyvegetarianrecipe #easyveganrecipe #dairyfree

My unexpectedly favorite part of creating all the recipes for plant-based march is hearing what my husband Chris has to say about them. He’s a total meat-lover, so I know I’m on to something when I can create a vegetarian or vegan recipe that he really enjoys.

Since plant-based eating may be a new venture for some of your families, I thought it would be really fun to ask Chris to write down his honest thoughts about this month’s recipes. Here’s what he had to say about these roasted sweet potato + cauliflower tacos!

Let’s talk about tacos for a second.

I love tacos, even more than I love quesadillas (which is saying something). Pork tacos, ground beef tacos, korean beef tacos, chicken tinga tacos, shrimp tacos, fish tacos…you name it.

However, you will notice all those tacos have some sort of meat (or fish).

So when Jess told me she was making me vegan tacos for dinner, I began thinking “Okay what can I make after we eat those so I’m full but don’t offend her?”

Then I ate these m-effin tacos & holy sh*t did they blow my mind.

I went back for seconds (which means a 4th, 5th, & 6th taco) & I didn’t even feel bad about my gluttonous behavior because they’re vegan!! As someone who absolutely wants big heavy protein in every meal I didn’t even miss the protein in these bad boys.

Eat these tacos, as many as your body can handle, because they taste like your doing something bad for your body but you’re really not.

But really…how often do you get that opportunity?! Vegetarian tacos for the win! 

If you love this roasted sweet potato + cauliflower tacos recipe, here are a few other easy vegetarian recipes you have to try!

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an easy vegetarian tacos recipe filled with easy roasted cauliflower, roasted sweet potatoes, black beans, topped with vegan chipotle lime cashew crema. these roasted sweet potato + cauliflower tacos are totally weeknight-friendly, made in 40 minutes or less, making this the perfect vegetarian taco recipe for taco tuesday! #tacos #cauliflowertacos #sweetpotatotacos #blackbeantacos #vegetariantacos #vegantacos #healthytacosrecipe #easytacosrecipe #easyvegetarianrecipe #easyveganrecipe #dairyfree

Roasted Sweet Potato + Cauliflower Tacos

  • Author: Jess Larson
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4
  • Category: tacos
  • Method: roasting
  • Cuisine: mexican

Description

An easy vegetarian tacos recipe filled with easy roasted cauliflower, roasted sweet potatoes, black beans, topped with vegan chipotle lime cashew crema. These roasted sweet potato + cauliflower tacos are totally weeknight-friendly, made in 40 minutes or less, making this the perfect vegetarian taco recipe for Taco Tuesday!


Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 small head cauliflower, cut into bite-sized florets
  • 1 large sweet potato, diced into ½-inch cubes
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1 14-ounce can black beans, drained & rinsed

chipotle lime cashew crema:

  • ¼ cup roasted unsalted cashews
  • 1 chipotle pepper (from a can, in adobo sauce) OR 2 teaspoons adobo sauce (from a can of chipotle peppers in adobo sauce)
  • 1 clove garlic
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon Kosher salt
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 lime, juiced

mashed avocado:

  • 1 medium avocado
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • ½ teaspoon Kosher salt

for taco assembly:

  • charred corn tortillas (see Recipe Notes)
  • chopped cilantro
  • lime wedges

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Line 1 large baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil for easy clean up and set aside.
  2. Prep the veggies: Place the cauliflower florets and diced sweet potato in a large bowl. Drizzle the olive oil over top, then season with the chili powder, cumin, paprika, garlic powder, oregano and salt. Squeeze the lime juice over top. Toss to combine. Transfer the veggies to the prepared baking dish, arranging everything in a uniform layer, with lots of breathing room.
  3. Roast the veggies for 25 minutes, giving the baking sheets a good shake about halfway through. Add the black beans to the sheet pan, seasoning with another pinch of salt, then place the pan back in the oven for 5 more minutes to heat the black beans through. Remove from the oven and set aside.
  4. Prep taco assembly: Meanwhile, as the veggies roast, prep the rest of your taco fixins:
    1. Prep the chipotle lime cashew crema: Add all listed ingredients in a high-speed blender. Blend to combine. Transfer to a bowl and set aside or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. Enjoy!
    2. Mash the avocado: Add all listed ingredients in a bowl. Use a fork to mash to your desired consistency. Set aside.
    3. Char some tortillas: We like tortillas with a little char in our house! See Recipe Notes for a run-down on how we do it.
  5. Assemble the roasted veggie tacos: Smear some mashed avocado on each tortilla. Top with a generous scoop of roasted veggies. Drizzle some chipotle lime cashew crema over top. Finish with some freshly chopped cilantro. Enjoy!

Notes

  • To char corn tortillas on the stovetop: Pop a tortilla directly over open flame on a gas burner. Once you see a little smoke coming off the tortilla, then continue to rotate the tortilla until it’s lightly charred. Continue until both sides of the tortillas are evenly charred. It’s very important not to over-do it as this will completely dry the tortillas out – just aim for a little color! Transfer to a plate. Keep your tortillas topped with a damp paper towel to prevent them from drying out until you’re ready to serve.
  • Meal prep tips! One of my favorite parts of these roasted sweet potato & cauliflower tacos is how easy they are to throw together, especially if you do a little meal prep. Here are two of the ways I’d meal prep this recipe depending on how much time I want to spend in the kitchen:
    • 15 minute meal prep: Chop the cauliflower & sweet potato. Prep the chipotle lime crema according to Step 4 of Recipe Directions. Store in separate airtight containers in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. Measure out the spice blend for the veggies and store in an airtight container in your pantry. At dinnertime all you have to do is toss together the veggies & roast them, & prep your other taco fixings. Easy!
    • 40 minute meal prep (includes inactive time): Prep and roast the veggies according to Steps 1-2 of Recipe Directions. Prep the chipotle lime cashew crema according to Step 4 of Recipe Directions. Store separately in airtight containers in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. At dinnertime, reheat the filling in the microwave for a few minutes. Whip up some smashed avocado & char some tortillas. Assemble & enjoy in 10 minutes tops.

Keywords: roasted cauliflower tacos, roasted sweet potato tacos, vegetarian tacos recipe, vegan tacos recipe

Don’t forget to pin this roasted sweet potato + cauliflower tacos recipe for later!!!an easy vegetarian tacos recipe filled with easy roasted cauliflower, roasted sweet potatoes, black beans, topped with vegan chipotle lime cashew crema. these roasted sweet potato + cauliflower tacos are totally weeknight-friendly, made in 40 minutes or less, making this the perfect vegetarian taco recipe for taco tuesday! #tacos #cauliflowertacos #sweetpotatotacos #blackbeantacos #vegetariantacos #vegantacos #healthytacosrecipe #easytacosrecipe #easyvegetarianrecipe #easyveganrecipe #dairyfree

Hi there, I'm Jess!

If there’s 1 thing to know about me, it’s this: I am head-over-heels in love with food. I’m on a mission to make weeknight cooking flavorful, fast, & fun for other foodies, & PWWB is where I share foolproof recipes that deliver major flavor with minimal effort. Other true loves: pretty shoes, puppies, Grey’s Anatomy, & my cozy kitchen in Minneapolis, MN.

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  1. 5.9.22
    Laura said:

    I have had a hard time finding a vegetarian taco recipe that has blown me away and this one finally did the trick! Exploding with so many different flavors – this is my go to from now on. Thanks for the recipe!

    • 5.10.22
      Erin @ Plays Well With Butter said:

      Hi Laura! We’re so glad you were able to find this recipe & that it was a hit! Be sure to check out our Crispy Black Bean TacosCrispy Black Bean Tacos next – they are another completely vegetarian fave!!

  2. 5.5.22
    Sara said:

    Yessss! My wife said these were the best tacos she’s had in years. Thank you!

    • 5.6.22
      Erin @ Plays Well With Butter said:

      So glad to hear it, Sara! Thank you so much for leaving a comment!

  3. 5.5.22
    Susan Cochrane said:

    These were delicious!! My husband is plant based and I’m on ww so this was a win for both of us. I was looking for something to make for cinco de mayo and so glad I found this recipe. We will definitely be making again. We used hard taco stand and stuff instead of tortilla bc we had them all ready.

    • 5.6.22
      Erin @ Plays Well With Butter said:

      Hi Susan! So glad you both enjoyed – if you are looking for more plant-based meals to share together check out all of our vegan/vegetarian recipes HERE! & thank you again for sharing your comment!

  4. 4.21.22
    Michelle said:

    These are SO good!

    • 4.21.22
      Erin @ Plays Well With Butter said:

      So glad you loved them, Michelle! Thanks so much for dropping a comment!

  5. 4.11.22
    M Marshall said:

    The cashew crema is where these tacos shine! A new favorite! Thank you

  6. 3.22.22
    Tim Jones said:

    Fantastic recipe, love the tacos. Now just teach your husband about where protein comes from, lol.

  7. 3.2.22
    Ashley said:

    Yum, Yum, Yum, Yum! My sister shared this recipe with me and I made it for the first time last night. My husband and I are always open to new dishes, but were a little apprehensive because we hadn’t had a vegan dish before. This was amazingly flavorful and we definitely didn’t feel like it was missing anything w/o meat. And that sauce? I could drink it! That sauce was easy, but incredible. All in all it was easy to make, although I made a giant tornado mess of my kitchen which isn’t unusual when making a recipe for the first time lol. I will definitely make this again, and has encouraged us to be open to more vegetarian/vegan dishes. Now to scour your website for more yummy recipes to make. =)

    • 3.2.22

      Hey Ashley! I’m so excited to hear that both you & your husband enjoyed these tacos! They’re a total fan-favorite here on PWWB. Thanks for taking the time to leave a review!

  8. 2.16.22
    Kate said:

    I stumbled on this recipe because I had sweet potatoes & cauliflower that needed to be used up.
    This dish turned out so incredibly delicious that I felt compelled to reach out and express my gratitude. My husband (who usually wants to put shredded cheese on just about everything I make) said it was “perfect” as served–amazing! The flavors are so rich and satisfying, everything was spot on delicious.
    I have NEVER left a review for a recipe before but after this dinner….well, I just had to send a comment.
    It inspires me to try cooking more and I will definitely be trying out your other dishes!
    Thank you!

    • 2.22.22
      Erin @ Plays Well With Butter said:

      Hi Kate! So so glad you & your husband enjoyed! Love that you said it inspires you to try cooking more 💜, trying new recipes & sharing them with loved one is what it is alll about! Thank you for taking the time to leave a review, it means so much!

  9. 1.29.22
    Renée Gaudet said:

    Absolutely delicious! Just the right amount of spice and tangy combination. The whole family loved them, even the ones who begged me to add chicken or something more ‘filling’! I took a picture to share but don’t see anywhere to post. Overall they were a winner in our house! (Yet worth mentioning that the prep time is much longer than 10min).

    • 2.1.22
      Erin @ Plays Well With Butter said:

      Thank you, Renée! It’s so fun to hear that everyone loved it & you didn’t even have to add chicken! Thank you for the note on meal prep – it can take a bit longer at times but typically gets quicker after you’ve made it once. Thanks again for leaving a comment, it means so much!

  10. 1.26.22
    Mereana said:

    Obsessed with this, especially the chipotle sauce! Limes are hard to buy here so we use lemons and it’s still amazing. Thanks for sharing such a delicious recipe, we make these tacos all the time 🙂

    • 2.1.22
      Erin @ Plays Well With Butter said:

      Thanks so much, Mereana! So glad to hear that the chipotle cashew crema worked with lemons too & that the recipe can be a weeknight go-to!

  11. 1.20.22
    Sean said:

    OMG! I loved this dish so much! Didn’t have as tacos but for a weeknight prep the roasted sweet potatoes and cauliflower couldn’t have been easier! Love when I have (almost) all the ingredients on hand and it’s just a matter of a simple oven roast. No garlic powder but of course fresh minced garlic was no problem! And walnuts for the crema a no-brainer substitute. I just served up the veggies in a pasta bowl with a fried egg on top with the crema, cilantro, and scallions to garnish! A real keeper and perfect for a light dinner on a day when I’d had a big lunch.

    • 2.1.22
      Erin @ Plays Well With Butter said:

      Sean, we’re so happy to hear that you loved these tacos! Thank you for your comments, it sounds like it turned out perfect & we are glad it came together so easily for you – that’s exactly the goal!

  12. 1.12.22
    Michele said:

    These were amazing. Our new favorite veggie tacos! The chipotle lime cashew crema is amazing! The only modification that I made was to reduce the water by 1/4 cup to make it thicker. Terrific. Thank you!

    • 1.17.22
      Erin @ Plays Well With Butter said:

      Hi Michele! Thrilled to hear you loved the recipe & the cashew crema! Thank you so much for leaving a comment, it means so much!

  13. 1.1.22
    Sarah said:

    Amazing! These are worth the prep! Sauce is delicious. Somewhat spicy but I love it. Very filling. I think this serves more like 6 servings

    • 1.4.22

      So glad to hear you enjoyed your tacos, Sarah! Serving sizes of course vary based on the size of your cauliflower & sweet potatoes, but hopefully that means you have some delicious leftovers for the week. ☺️ Enjoy!

  14. 10.27.21
    Nikki said:

    These are seriously delish!!! One of my favorite new meals. Non vegan hubs likes them too!

    • 10.31.21
      Erin @ Plays Well With Butter said:

      Hi Nikki! We love that you & your hubby enjoyed – this recipe is loved by so many & such an easy plant-based meal!

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