Tex-Mex Cauliflower & Lentils

I love cauliflower AND I love tacos. So, when a friend swore to me that “You can’t even tell it’s not beef!”, I was suspect, but intrigued.

Let me be clear: you can tell it’s not beef. But, it’s still quite tasty. (Although Michael would like to point out that it’s yet another way I try to turn cauliflower into decidedly non-cauliflower foods. In fact, his suggestion was that it would be fine…mixed with some meat. Win some, lose some)

Tex-Mex Cauliflower Lentils

 How to eat it if you’re WLC-ing? Try lettuce wrap tacos, over sauteed veggies or on top of some roasted sweet potato rounds and top it with a bit of guacamole. Or, just put an egg or two on top, add a dash of guacamole and/or hot sauce, and call it a day.

Egg on Top

Fair warning: this recipe makes A LOT of food. If you don’t want 4-6 servings of something that doesn’t freeze well, do yourself a favor and cut the recipe in half before you begin!

Tex-Mex Cauliflower & Lentils
Adapted from Jason Wrobel

  • 1 c. dry lentils, rinsed and drained
  • 3 c. water
  • 2 T. olive oil
  • 2 medium onions, diced
  • 1-2 jalapeno, seeded and chopped
  • 1 head cauliflower, pulsed in food processor
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 T. chili powder + additional
  • 2 t. cumin
  • kosher salt
  • black pepper
  • 1 (14.5 oz.) can tomato sauce
  • optional: taco seasoning and cayenne for additional seasoning at end
  1. Bring lentils and water to a boil in a small saucepan. Cover and reduce hit to low. Simmer until lentils are soft, about 30 minutes. Drain and set aside.
  2. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. When hot, add olive oil and swirl to coat. Add onions and jalapeno and cook, stirring occasionally, until onion is slightly translucent, about 5-7 minutes.
  3. Add cauliflower, garlic, and spices and stir to combine. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 4-5 minutes.
  4. Add tomato sauce and stir to combine. Cook another 3 minutes.
  5. Stir in cooked lentils. Taste for seasoning and add salt, black pepper, and additional chili powder, cumin, and taco seasoning to taste.

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