These Vegan Al Pastor Tacos are the perfect veggie filled take on a traditional al pastor taco recipe.
Al pastor tacos are traditionally made with marinated pork that has been slowly grilled on a spit, just like gyro meat. I'm not a huge meat eater and don't particularly love the flavor of pork, so I wanted to give you a phenomenal vegetarian and vegan option. This truly blows it out of the water. These cauliflower tacos have quite a bit of heat, but you can absolutely tone them down by using one less pepper or even just a half of pepper.
Chipotle peppers are something I really like to keep in my pantry, because they add tons of flavor to a dish without doing much else. Once you open the can, put them in a jar or container covered with some olive oil and place in your fridge. They will be good for up to 3 months.
Many al pastor recipes call for orange juice, which would be absolutely delicious, but it is something I never have on hand. I love keep canned fruit in my pantry for cooking and to have in a pinch when the craving kicks in. Seriously, I could crush a whole can of peaches, so good! So, for this recipe I decided to use something most people might have on hand, canned pineapple. Families typically have some sort or canned fruit for their kids hiding in the pantry anyways. So, why not use them for a crazy good meal?
The Instagram post for this recipe was sponsored by Edward and Sons Trading Co., however, this blog post is not sponsored and I just wanted to share this awesome recipe with my non Instagram blog followers!
For this recipe I used Edward and Sons Organic Pineapple Chunks to make the tastiest al pastor sauce. Al pastor is generally pretty due to chipotle peppers in adobo sauce. With the help of pineapple, it brings a nice cool down and additional light sweetness.
WHAT IS AL PASTOR?
Something that is so truly beautiful about food is how different countries and regions overlap one another, bringing traditional recipes and cooking techniques with them. Al Pastor is one of those recipes. It was brought by Lebanese Immigrants to Mexico who brought their concept and method for cooking traditional Shawarma.
Now, I don't know if this is super accurate, but I believe Al Pastor is made with ingredients that are traditionally Middle Eastern with a combination of spices and ingredients that are more central to Mexico. Two beautiful worlds coming together to create something so magical and delicious. This is why food is my favorite and because it can't fight!
HOW TO MAKE VEGAN AL PASTOR TACOS
This recipe could not be simpler. All you need is one large pan and a blender. Not even a fancy high tech blender, any will do!
In a blender, add all of your adobo sauce ingredients and blend until smooth. Bam sauce is down. In a large pan over medium heat, add olive oil, cauliflower and onions. Season with some salt and pepper and cook this down for about 10 minutes. Make sure to stir often until the cauliflower has nice browning and the onions are caramelized.
Reduce your heat to low and stir in your adobo sauce and remaining pineapple. Simmer this together for few minutes, allowing the sauce to coat everything. Then stir in the cilantro and lime juice.
Fill your tortillas up with the cauliflower adobo and top with all of your favorite taco toppings. Might I suggest avocado, more cilantro, cotija cheese or vegan cheese and a dollop of vegan sour cream!
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Vegan Cauliflower Al Pastor Tacos
- Juice from 1 14 oz. can Pineapple Chunks about ¾ cups
- 1 cup pineapple chunks from same can reserving the rest for cauliflower
- ¼ cup white vinegar
- 2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce 1 if you prefer less spicy
- 4 cloves garlic cloves
- 2 teaspoons chili powder
- 2 teaspoons paprika smoked or regular works
- 1 ½ teaspoon dried oregano
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 head cauliflower cut into florets
- 1 small onion thinly sliced
- Remaining pineapple chunks from same can
- ½ lime juiced
- ⅓ cup cilantro + more for topping
- Corn of flour tortillas
- Toppings: jalapeños cilantro, avocado, extra lime, dairy free yogurt (my fav!)
- In a blender, add all adobo sauce ingredients and blend until smooth
- In a large pan over medium heat, add olive oil, cauliflower and onions and season with salt and pepper
- Cook for 10-12 minutes, stirring often, until cauliflower has browned, is tender and onions are caramelized
- Reduce heat to low and stir in adobe sauce and remaining pineapple chunks
- Simmer for 8 minutes, letting the sauce reduce, coating the cauliflower, then stir in the cilantro and lime juice
- Fill your tortillas with the cauliflower adobo and top with all of your fav taco toppings!
Amazing recipe! So easy to make and the flavors all come together so well! I don't follow a vegan diet, but I prefer these over regular tacos!
I am so glad you loved them!
Yummmmm I enjoyed every bite of this! Super flavorful and a wonderful balance of sweetness and spice. I made my cauliflower into an El Pastor bowl with loads of toppings including blistered shishito peppers, bell peppers, cucumber slices, pepitas, and fresh cilantro. It was really the perfect meal. Thanks Rylee!
That sounds absolutely incredible!! I’m so glad you loved them!
This was soo good! Added two chipotle peppers because we like things spicy. Also added them to a burrito instead of tacos (we only had burrito-sized tortillas.) and it was delicious! Saving this recipe for future use!
I make them into burritos all the time! Seriously so satisfying! I am so glad you loved them, thanks so much for the sweet recipe!!
Made these for my son, a vegan who likes spice and heat! These were a big hit, with all the toppings—jalapeños, cilantro, avocado and Tofutti sour cream, plus (and I know this sounds odd) Korean gochujang. Definitely making this again!
Hi Holly! I am SO happy you all loved them!! Gochujang sounds like such a delicious addition! I am so going to try that out! Thanks for the sweet review!