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Beer and Lime Cauliflower Tacos

A tasty vegetarian option for tacos using beer and lime to roast cauliflower.
Author Chews and Brews


  • 1 head of cauliflower chopped into small florets
  • 1 cup beer*
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth**
  • 1 Tbsp. lime juice
  • 1.5 Tbsp. soy sauce
  • 1/5 tsp. hot sauce***
  • 2 clove garlic minced
  • 1 tsp. morita chipotle powder ****
  • 1 tsp. smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cumin and coriander
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/8 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/2 onion diced
  • 1 Tbsp. coconut oil


  • 2 Tbsp. lime juice
  • 2 Tbsp. champagne vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp. avocado oil
  • 1/4 tsp ground cumin and coriander
  • 1/8 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 head of green cabbage sliced into thin strips
  • 1 carrot shredded or chopped into matchsticks


  • Favourite tortilla/taco shells
  • Favourite salsa
  • Avocado slices
  • Sour cream
  • Hot sauce


  1. Fire up the grill, if you are using your grill; if you are using your oven, get that up to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. In a large sauce pan, warm the beer, chicken broth, lime juice, soy sauce, hot sauce and garlic over medium heat. Add in the cauliflower and let simmer for about 3 minutes. Drain, reserving about 3/4 cup of the liquid.
  3. In a large bowl, mix the spices and add in the cauliflower and onion and toss to combine well.
  4. Pour cauliflower mixture into tin dishes (or a tin foil lined baking pan if you are using the oven), with the coconut oil and reserved liquid, and roast until browned, about 25 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  5. Meanwhile, make the coleslaw. In a small jar combine the lime juice, vinegar, oil, salt and spices and put the lid on and shake well. In a mixing bowl add the chopped cabbage and carrots, and pour jarred dressing over top. Toss and set aside until the cauliflower is ready.
  6. To assemble the beer and lime cauliflower tacos, use your favourite tortilla shell (I like small, whole wheat, but you can use white, hard shells, etc...). Pile the cauliflower onto your taco shell, top with a spoonful of the coleslaw and add more of your favourite toppings. I like avocado slices, homemade tomato salsa, sour cream and hot sauce.

Recipe Notes

*Use a malty beer, like Goose Island's Honker's Ale, or Newcastle
** Use vegetable broth if going vegetarian
*** Use your favourite - mine is Valentinos
**** Or any chipotle powder