Cauliflower Air Fryer Taco Bowls are a simple vegetarian option that’s perfect for a quick weeknight dinner or meal prep! Add your favorite toppings for a simple meal your family will love.

Vegetarian taco bowls with cauliflower, tomatoes, corn, rice, and cilantro


These Cauliflower Air Fryer Taco Bowls are super simple to assemble and perfect for meal prep! This naturally vegetarian recipe is great for Meatless Monday and easy to make vegan without the sauce.

Add this deliciously seasoned cauliflower to your favorite taco toppings for an easy weeknight dinner in a flash your family will love. Everyone can make their own bowl, so picky eaters rejoice!

Two meal prep containers of air fryer cauliflower taco bowl ingredients


  • Cauliflower: This is my favorite meat alternative! It goes well with most seasonings and can be made to fit any cuisine.
  • Oil: I try not to use excess oil when I don’t need it, but without it in this taco bowl recipe, the seasonings don’t stick to the cauliflower!
  • Chili powder: This is the base of my seasoning blend for this basic taco seasoning. It’s usually a blend of spices like cumin, garlic powder, oregano, paprika, and cayenne pepper.
  • Garlic salt: I use this A LOT in my recipes because it combines the salt with the flavor punch of ground garlic.
  • Smoked paprika: You can use regular paprika in a pinch, but I love the added smokey flavor this brings to the dish!
  • Cumin: Often found in Indian and Mexican food, cumin brings a warm, earthy flavor to the mix.
  • Oregano: This leafy herb comes in two varieties: Mediterranean oregano, popular in Italian recipes and Mexican oregano, which is the ideal option here.
  • Cayenne pepper: A little goes a long way with this spice! I like a little heat in my taco bowls, but you can skip it, too.

If you have any questions about this recipe, leave me a comment below and I’ll get back to you ASAP! 🙂

Collage of steps to make cauliflower air fryer taco bowls with lime cream sauce


  1. First, wash your cauliflower completely!
  2. Next, remove the stems and leaves and chop the cauliflower into bite-sized pieces. You want the pieces to be about the same size so they cook evenly. Add a little oil.
  3. Then, mix all your taco “meat” seasonings together in a bowl.
  4. Now, stir your oiled cauliflower with the seasonings and coat evenly.
  5. Finally, air fry your cauliflower bites at 380 degrees F (or 193 degrees C!) until fork tender.
  6. Divide the cauliflower into bowls with your favorite taco toppings and enjoy! I prefer white rice, tomatoes, corn, cilantro, green onions, and a great lime crema sauce!

These numbered steps match the numbered photos above and are for illustration purposes. For the complete list of ingredients, please see the recipe card below!

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Cauliflower Air Fryer Taco Bowls are so easy to meal prep! One recipe makes four servings, so you can make this on Sunday and eat it for lunch Monday through Thursday!

Air fry the cauliflower and let it cool completely before assembly. The steam can wilt ingredients like cilantro, lettuce, and tomatoes.

Assemble your bowls and put the sauce in a small container to add after reheating. I also put my garnishes in a bowl until time to eat.


Most taco bowls have a base of rice, but you can skip this step or swap for black beans for added protein.

I like to keep the toppings simple with corn, cherry tomatoes, cilantro, green onions, and a little lime juice. I also add a creamy lime sauce on top, but you can skip or modify that for vegan options.

You can also add lettuce, sautéed peppers and onions, your favorite salsa, cheese, sour cream, or guacamole. The sky’s the limit for these Cauliflower Air Fryer Taco Bowls!

If you’re looking for tofu taco bowls, try this Tofu Sofritas that’s great for any Mexican dish!

A cauliflower taco bowl with corn, tomatoes, lime crema, white rice, and cilantro


A vegetarian taco bowl with cauliflower, tomatoes, corn, and white rice with overlay text

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Cauliflower Air Fryer Taco Bowls

These vegetarian taco bowls are perfect for meal prep!
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time12 minutes
Total Time22 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 479kcal


  • Knife
  • Small bowls, for sauce and toppings


Cauliflower Taco "Meat" Ingredients

  • 1 head cauliflower
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon oregano
  • Cayenne pepper optional

Sauce Ingredients

  • ½ cup mayo
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 1 lime juiced
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro diced

Bowl Ingredients

  • 2 cups cooked rice
  • 1 cup corn cooked
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes halved
  • 1 lime quartered
  • Cilantro for garnish, optional
  • Green onions for garnish, sliced, optional


  • Whisk sauce ingredients together in a small bowl. Set aside.
  • Cut the stem and leaves from the cauliflower. Cut cauliflower into bite-sized pieces.
  • Add oil to cauliflower. Mix cauliflower seasonings together in a mixing bowl. Stir cauliflower in spices to coat evenly.
  • Air fry the cauliflower at 380 degrees F (193 degrees C) for 12 to 14 minutes or until cauliflower is fork tender.
  • Equally divide the cauliflower into four bowls with other bowl ingredients. Sprinkle with cilantro and green onions. Enjoy!


Pro Tip: This recipe can be made in the air fryer unit with a basket or the air fryer oven. If you are using the air fryer oven, use the middle rack and select the “Air Fry” function.


Calories: 479kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 27mg | Sodium: 865mg | Potassium: 745mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 1087IU | Vitamin C: 90mg | Calcium: 102mg | Iron: 2mg
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  1. 5 stars
    My family loves making new recipes, we tried this last week and the kids are making me to make it again this week! Perfect for meatless monday!

  2. 5 stars
    I love that this is made with cauliflower! I’m new to air frying snd it was very easy with great flavors!

  3. 5 stars
    What a delicious vegetarian meal with cauliflower and definitely perfect for weeknights! I love all the vibrant color and flavors. Yum!

  4. The seasoning on the cauliflower makes this dish amazing!! I will try out with the sauce next time as didn’t have any sour cream to make it!

  5. 5 stars
    The cauliflower tastes amazing with this seasoning! I didn’t get to try the sauce with it this time as didn’t have any sour cream. Will try that next time!

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