Vegan Tacos (Austin, TX)

austinite vegan tacos on cutting board

Mexican food is a staple in our house and I can’t get enough of these Vegan Tacos inspired by one of my favorite cities! You can find find this recipe and 100+ recipes in my new book, Simple Green Meals. 

Vegan Taco Recipe using cauliflower and peppers

Most people celebrate Taco Tuesday but if I had the option, I’d have Taco Wednesday and Taco Thursday, too! I have a thing for tacos! I’m not gonna lie, every year since we’ve been dating, Ryan and I have gone to Taco Bell for Valentine’s Day. Romantic, huh?!

It’s really because when you’re young and naive, you don’t realize every restaurant is booked on Valentine’s Day… well… every restaurant except Taco Bell! It’s tradition for us now, but if I’m being honest, Austinite Tacos is where it’s at! Taco Bell’s got nothin’ on these!

Why I Prefer Vegan Tacos

  1. Most Vegetarian tacos don’t seem to have a lot of flavors but these tacos taste as good as they look!
  2. I don’t feel bloated after eating them.
  3. Between the cauliflower, sweet potatoes, and chickpeas, these tacos are packed with a ton of nutrients.

Are you drooling yet? Do yourself a favor and make them today!

Mexican Side Dishes

If you’re itching for some side dished to go with this simple vegan taco recipe, I’ve definitely got you covered with these 3 vegan sides from my book too. Honestly, you can’t go wrong with any of these. It really makes going plant-based so much easier when it tastes this good!

  • Holy Guacamole
  • Homemade Salsa
  • Vegan Queso

I’ve also got a BBQ Jackfruit Taco recipe that is de-lish!!!! My husband couldn’t believe it wasn’t meat— he thought I was tricking him. The texture is similar to pulled chicken, yet the flavors are even more vibrant with the jackfruit base.

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austinite vegan tacos on cutting board

My Favorite Vegan Tacos

  • Author: Jen Hansard
  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 4 Servings 1x
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Roasting
  • Cuisine: Mexican
  • Diet: Vegan


When I created this vegan taco recipe, it just felt like it had an Austin flair going on, so I named it after that city. Austin, Texas, is one of my favorite cities, thanks to the great music, the variety of healthy foods available, its natural landscape, and the fact that my awesome aunt and uncle live there. 



  • 1 head cauliflower, cut into small florets
  • 1 sweet potato, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 2 tablespoons organic virgin coconut oil, melted
  • sea salt and ground black pepper
  • 1 can (15 ounces) chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup BBQ sauce, plus more for serving


For Serving 12 organic corn tortillas, warmed

  • 1 cup simple Cashew Coleslaw
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • Avocado slices
  • sliced scallions
  • diced tomatoes


  1. Preheat the oven to 425°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Spread the cauliflower, sweet potato, and onion on the prepared baking sheet. Drizzle with the oil and toss to coat. Season well with salt and pepper. Roast for 10 to 15 minutes.
  3.  Remove the pan from the oven and add the chickpeas. Drizzle the BBQ sauce over everything and toss to coat. Bake for 5 to 8 minutes, or until the veggies are tender.
  4.  To serve, spoon the BBQ filling into the tortillas and top each with a spoonful of the coleslaw, a sprinkling of cilantro, avocado slices, scallions, tomatoes, and any additional BBQ sauce you’d like. Serve immediately.


GLUTEN FREE, NUT FREE (remove Simple Cashew Coleslaw), VEGAN, DAIRY FREE

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By: Jen Hansard | Updated: 11.2.2018 | COMMENTS: 11


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  1. sheila says:

    So yummy! Way beyter then I ever imagined. This was a big hit for dinner last night. Must make!!!

  2. Kim says:

    Thanks to this recipe I was able to bring back Taco Tuesdays. Delish! 🙂

  3. Katie says:

    What BBQ sauce do you recommend? It’s difficult to find one without added sugars or some type of artificial sweetener. Thanks!

  4. Dani Mitchel says:

    Thank you for sharing this recipe!!! I have your hook but it wasn’t until I watched the video of you making it that I was like: “okay- it’s time to make this!!” Thanks for showing me how simple it can be- and the tast was amazing!!! Even my 7-year old gobbled on up! Plant-power it is!

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Hey Dani,

      Yay!! SO happy that you love this recipe and that our Youtube channel was able to help you see just how easy it really is 🙂

  5. Krista says:

    I can’t wait to try this recipe. How do you prepare the corn tortillas for the tacos?

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Hey Krista,

      You can try them a few different ways. You can just use them plain right out of the bag, place them in the oven until they are that perfect crispiness, or for a real BBQ style place them on the grill for a few minutes.

      Hope you enjoy! 🙂

  6. Dan says:

    This recipe is awesome. I made it a couple weeks ago from the book. The cashew cream is the perfect topping!

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Thanks for the feedback, Dan!

      The cashew cream really is extra delicious in this recipe!

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