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California Walnut Street Tacos


California Walnut Street Tacos

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Serves: 5 (2 tacos each)


  • 1 head cauliflower, small, chopped
  • 1 cup California Walnuts, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • ¾ cup onion, minced
  • 2 teaspoons garlic, minced
  • 1 medium jalapeno, seeded and minced
  • ½ cup water
  • ¼ cup tomato paste
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin, ground
  • 1 teaspoon oregano, dried
  • ½ teaspoon salt, or to taste
  1. Preheat oven to 475ºF. Coat cauliflower with 1 tbsp. olive oil; place on a baking sheet and roast for 25 to 30 minutes or until lightly browned.
  2. Reduce oven temperature to 350ºF and toast walnuts for 5 minutes or until lightly browned. Add to pan with cauliflower.
  3. Heat remaining olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and sauté for 5 minutes or until lightly browned. Add garlic and jalapeno and cook for 2 minutes more. Stir in water, tomato paste, chili powder, cumin, oregano and salt; cook until mixture is thick and excess water has cooked off. Stir in cauliflower mixture.
  4. Spoon mixture into warmed tortillas and top with cabbage, cheese, walnuts and cilantro. Serve with lime wedges.

Optional: Cauliflower mixture may be pulsed in a food processor so that it resembles the texture of ground meat.

Meat add in option: For a non-vegetarian dish add in (1 lb) 93% lean ground beef and cook through until brown.

Per serving: 457 calories, 30g total fat, 6g saturated fat, 18mg cholesterol, 537mg sodium, 541mg potassium, 37g total carbohydrate, 4g total sugars, 7g dietary fiber, 12g protein

Make It A Meal: Serve with a fruit salsa and sliced avocados

Talking Points: Walnuts are high in fiber and omega-3 fatty acids. They are also both tree nuts and drupes, which means that they are a fruit whose fleshy layer surrounds the shell and holds a seed inside. Examples of drupes are walnuts, almonds and pecans as well as peaches, plums and coconuts.


*Recipe brought to you by California Walnuts

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