Baked Crispy Cauliflower Taquitos – Gluten Free

Published on Dec 17, 2023

  by   Kristina Stosek

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Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 20 minutes Serves: 6
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Enjoy a twist on a classic Mexican dish with these baked Gluten Free Crispy Cauliflower Taquitos. The crunchy taquitos are filled with roasted cauliflower, sour cream, two types of cheese, pickled jalapenos, tomatoes, and fresh cilantro. Serve them with a drizzle of fresh lime juice and aioli cilantro lime dip. This vegetarian dish comes together quickly, making this Mexican-style dish a hit every time.

showing inside of a baked cauliflower taquito

WHAT IS A TAQUITO?

A taquito is a Mexican dish consisting of a rolled-up tortilla filled with various ingredients, then deep-fried until crispy. In this gluten free cauliflower version, the tortilla is brushed with some olive oil before baking, which achieves a crispy texture without deep frying.

If you like Mexican food, you may also enjoy our 30 Minute Gluten-Free Crispy Carnitas Tacos with Avocado Yogurt Cream, or the Taco Stuffed Roasted Kabocha.

cauliflower taquitos on a platter with a dip

EASY GLUTEN FREE CAULIFLOWER TAQUITOS RECIPE

Prepare the cauliflower

To make the filling, start with roasting the cauliflower. This is made simply by chopping the cauliflower into small pieces then roasting at 425 F with only a sprinkle of salt. The cauliflower roasts to perfection in no time.

Make the cheesy jalapeno mixture for the cauliflower

Combine cream cheese, sour cream, pickled jalapenos, fresh tomatoes, green onions, fresh cilantro, and your favorite shredded melting cheese. Stir in the roasted cauliflower.

assembling tortillas with a filling in the middle

Make the taquitos

It is essential to start with warm tortillas. When the tortillas are warmed, they are pliable and easy to roll. Brush both sides with olive oil and spoon some cauliflower mixture in the middle of each tortilla. Roll up and place seam side down on a baking sheet.

baked taquitos on a baking sheet

Bake

Bake the taquitos for about 8 minutes, flip them over and bake them until golden and crispy. Serve hot with aioli cilantro lime dip.

SUBSTITUTIONS FOR CAULIFLOWER

Zucchini, peppers, mushrooms, broccoli, black or pinto beans, or cooked shredded chicken, pork or beef.

aioli cilantro lime dip spread over a taquito

CHOICES FOR GLUTEN FREE TORTILLA

Depending on where you live, several gluten-free tortilla options are available for baking. And the “best” one can depend on personal preference. Here are a few popular gluten-free tortilla options that are suitable for baking:

Corn Tortillas:

Corn tortillas are a traditional Mexican option that is naturally gluten-free. Look for brands that specifically state they are gluten-free to avoid any cross-contamination.

Brown or White Rice Tortillas: (I used white rice tortillas)

Brown rice tortillas are another gluten-free alternative. They are often pliable and work well for baking. Check the label to ensure they are gluten-free.

Cassava Flour Tortillas:

Cassava flour tortillas are made from cassava root and are gluten-free. They can have a texture similar to wheat tortillas and are suitable for baking.

Almond Flour Tortillas:

Almond flour tortillas are made from almond flour and are a good choice for those looking for a grain-free option. They can be used for baking, but they don’t crisp up as well and have a nutty flavor.

Chickpea Flour Tortillas:

Chickpea flour tortillas, also known as besan or gram flour tortillas, are gluten-free and can be used for baking. They have a unique taste and are a good source of protein.

stacked taquitos topped with lime wedges and a side of dip

SERVING CALIFLOWER TAQUITOS

Taquitos are served hot as a snack, appetizer, or part of a meal with rice or a salad. You can serve them whole or cut them in half. The dipping sauce adds extra flavor to already delicious crispy taquitos.

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Kristina

sounds delicious Rene!

Rene

Delicious, I added some smoked chicken to the mix. The whole family approved.

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