Brokeass Gourmet: Cauliflower Tortillas

Cauliflower Tortillas
(Gabi Moskowitz)

I recently heard about cauliflower tortillas, and knew I had to try them. Three perfect batches later, I can attest, this recipe is phenomenal. Whether you're into eating paleo or primal, or you are just looking for a way to get more fiber and vegetables into your diet, these tortillas are a must-try.

The process does require a fair amount of steps, but they're all easy to do, and quick to clean up.


The resulting tortillas are soft with crisp edges, pliable, and sturdy enough to stand up to your favorite tortilla fillings. They even bend, just like regular tortillas! I made a gorgeous quesadilla with two of them. Utterly delicious.


1 small or 3/4 large cauliflower, chopped into small chunks $3.50

2 eggs, lightly beaten $2.50 for 6

pinch of salt pantry

Estimated total cost of ingredients: $6


Heat the oven to 375 F.

Puree the cauliflower in a food processor until it resembles a crumbly dough (puree more than you would for cauliflower rice). If you don't have a food processor, use the finest side of a cheese grater.

Scrape the pureed cauliflower into a bowl and microwave on high for 2 minutes.

Remove from the microwave, stir well, and then return to the microwave for another 2 minutes.

Let cool for 5 minutes.

Lay a clean, thin dishtowel or 2 layers of cheesecloth on a cutting board, and dump the pureed cauliflower into the middle of it.

Carefully gather the cloth into a bundle and squeeze the excess liquid out (do this over the sink). Be very careful, as the cauliflower may still be very hot. Use a second dry towel or cloth to protect your hands if necessary.


Dump the squeezed-out cauliflower into a bowl, and stir in the eggs and salt. Work quickly so you don't scramble the eggs.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper (don't skip this step!).

Wet your hands and form a ball with 1/6 of the cauliflower mixture (do this near a sink or keep a bowl of water nearby—you're going to keep wetting your hands as you make the tortillas).

Press the ball of cauliflower mixture onto the parchment and use your wet hands to gently flatten it into a 6-inch circle.

Repeat with the remaining mixture to make 6 total circles.

Bake for 12 minutes, until somewhat firm.

Gently flip the circles and return to the oven for 10 minutes.

Heat a large nonstick or cast-iron frying pan over medium-high heat.

Working in batches, cook the tortillas for 30 seconds per side to get them charred like traditional corn tortillas.

Store any cooled, unused tortillas in a zip-top plastic bag in the refrigerator. They will keep for up to a week.

Recipe serves 2-3.