Buffalo Cauliflower Taquitos

Buffalo Cauliflower Taquitos | Life Healthfully LivedFun fact:  I’ve never had taquitos.  Ok, that isn’t really a fun fact but it is a fact.  I’ve never had fresh taquitos, I’ve never had them from the frozen food section, and I’ve never thought, “Man, I could really go for a nice taquito right now.”  Then as I was roaming around the internet I saw a few recipes for taquitos and they looked really good and simple to make.

And they are good and simple to make.  Really good.  Like so good I seriously thought about eating leftover taquitos for breakfast the next day.  And if the taquitos were delicious, the dip I used was heaven.  I could have stuck a straw in it and had that alone.  Not even exaggerating.Buffalo Cauliflower Taquitos | Life Healthfully Lived

You busy people out there are going to like these too because you can make a big batch and then freeze them.  Now you have a quick dinner ready to go on a busy night.  Just take them out of the freezer and heat them up in the oven.  Boom! Healthy dinner.

If you have time, you can make the filling beforehand and then when you’re ready to make the taquitos all you have to do is fill, roll, and bake.  That sounds like a new dance craze that all the younguns will be into next week.  Just remember, I started it here first.

Buffalo Cauliflower TaquitosBuffalo Cauliflower Taquitos | Life Healthfully Lived

  • 1 large head of cauliflower
  • 1/4 cup of my buffalo sauce or your favorite brand
  • 1 cup butternut squash puree, you can also use sweet potato or canned pumpkin
  • 1 package of small tortillas, I used corn but you can use flour shells or a paleo version
  • 1 batch of my dairy-free ranch with a few changes, recipe below
  • optional: guacamole, salsa, regular ranch or bleu cheese dressing
  1. Preheat the oven to 325. Remove the leaves from the cauliflower and cut into florets removing as much of the stem from each floret as possible.
  2. Place the cut cauliflower into a food processor or blender and pulse a few times until the cauliflower looks like rice.  Scoop it out and place it into a bowl
  3. Add the butternut squash to the cauliflower rice and stir so everything is coated.  Heat a little (like about 1 tsp) olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  4. Put the cauliflower into the skillet and saute for about 10 minutes.  Add the 1/4 cup of buffalo sauce and stir to combine everything.  You can add a little more buffalo sauce if the cauliflower doesn’t look like it’s coated enough.
  5. Cook this for another five minutes and then turn the heat to low and cover the skillet.  Let this sit for 5 minutes and then move to a large bowl.
  6. Put a little skillet (about the size of your tortilla shells) over low heat.  Don’t add any oil, you’re just using this to heat up the tortilla shells so the roll easily.
  7. Heat the shells about 15 to 20 seconds on each side then add a large spoonful of filling and roll the tortilla up.  Place it seam side down on a large baking sheet. Do this until you’ve used up all the filling.
  8. Bake for 20 minutes, checking towards the end to make sure the tortilla edges aren’t burning.  Remove from the oven and let cool then serve with fancy ranch (that’s what I’m calling it), salsa, and guacamole!

Fancy RanchBuffalo Cauliflower Taquitos | Life Healthfully Lived

  • 1/2 cup full-fat coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup cashews, soaked overnight or in boiling water for 15 minutes
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp roasted garlic
  • 2 tsp ranch seasoning
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp cumin
  1. Blend everything together and taste to see if you need to add salt or pepper.  This will thicken up even more in the fridge so don’t worry if it’s a little soupy.Buffalo Cauliflower Taquitos | Life Healthfully Lived

DIY Wednesday: Butter-Free Buffalo Sauce

I’m going to be honest with you, I’m not a huge fan of buffalo sauce.  I don’t hate it, it’s just not really on my radar.  I’ve gone most of my life without and I would say I’ve lived a good life.

But that has changed.

I had an idea for a recipe and I was going to need to rely heavily on buffalo sauce so I started looking around.  Store-bought was out of the question because I couldn’t find any that any redeemable qualities.  That left making my own, which I’m all about anyway.  Well, there were a few good ones out there but a lot of them relied heavily on butter and Worchester sauce (which I will NEVER be able to pronounce properly) and I didn’t want to use those.

Long story short, I created a buffalo sauce that’s made with real ingredients and doesn’t include butter.  It is really easy to make and you can put it on anything that you would use buffalo sauce.  Wings, cauliflower bites, celery, fingers…. Also heads up, you’re going to want to make a batch of this for Friday’s recipe!

Buffalo Sauce: DIY Wednesday: Butter-Free Buffalo Sauce | Life Healthfully Lived

  • 1/4 cup hot sauce, I used this one, but use your favorite or make your own!
  • 1 tsp tomato paste
  • 1/2 tsp coconut aminos (or soy sauce)
  • 1 tbsp white vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp molasses
  • 3 tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp smoked paprika
  1. Combine all the ingredients in a small bowl and whisk to combine.  Transfer to an airtight container, like a mason jar, and store in your fridge for up to 2 weeks.

Simple and tasty, just the way I like it!  You can easily double or triple this recipe to make enough for all your buffalo needs! DIY Wednesday: Butter-Free Buffalo Sauce | Life Healthfully Lived