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Vegetable Taco Filling prepared with cauliflower, celery, carrots, zucchini, onions, and cilantro as a base. Served in gluten-free brown rice wraps and lettuce cups. Gluten-Free | Vegan |

Vegetable Taco Filling

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  • Author: Chantal | Fresh is Real
  • Prep Time: 20
  • Cook Time: 10
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Lunch, Dinner, Appetizer
  • Cuisine: Vegan | Gluten-Free | Allergen-Friendly | Plant-Based


We all crave of a variety of flavours and dishes—especially when consuming a lot of plant-based foods! Spice things up in your meal rotation with this quick-to-prepare Vegetable Taco Filling. A great healthy recipe to enjoy for a variety of dietary preferences.



Use organic produce when possible

2 cups small cauliflower florets
1 small zucchini, grated
1 carrot, peeled and grated
4 celery stalks, chopped (1 cup)
1/2 cup white or green onions, chopped
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
2 tablespoons olive oil

Optional but nice to include vegetables

1 cup mushrooms, chopped
1 small jalapeno, seeded and chopped (or 1/4 cup green peppers, chopped for a milder version)

Organic spice mix*

1 tablespoon tomato paste
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika**
1/2 teaspoon paprika**
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/8 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
1/8 teaspoon (or just a dash) cayenne pepper

Topping ideas:

Green onions, purple cabbage, cucumbers, radishes, sliced peppers, fresh cilantro, chives, quick pickled onions, vegan cheese, a drizzle of your favourite salad dressing.

Additional serving suggestions:

This mild spicy mix is also great with steamed rice, GF pasta, in a salad, on even on its own!


  1. In a large stainless steel frying pan over medium heat, add olive oil, onions, celery, zucchini, carrots, and cook for about 4-5 minutes.
  2. Add cauliflower and cook for another 2-3 minutes.
  3. Mix in the spices and tomato paste, add fresh chopped cilantro.
  4. Serve with GF brown rice, corn or lettuce wraps, enjoy!


* If you’re not sure about the variety of spices used, add just a little less the first time around. To make this dish spicier, add more. Including a chopped up jalapeno pepper in the mixture will also increase the heat.

** If you don’t have both smoked and regular paprika don’t worry, using just one or the other will be just fine.