Vegetarian Heaven: Cauliflower Rellenos

Vegetarian Heaven: Cauliflower Rellenos

Cauliflower rellenos topped with pepper jack cheese and a spicy tomato chile sauce. It's so delicious.

Gosh, it’s crazy hot here in LA, and will continue to be for the next few days or weeks. I can’t even stand to stick one toe outside right now. I  have the window shades pulled all the way down and my AC blasting on HIGH! I feel like I’m living in a modern age cave, and I like it. With the house cooled down to a comfortable 70 degrees my appetite is in full swing and since I’m a prisoner to my home, why not make something delicious? Cauliflower Rellenos are just the thing to make me happy.

I treat my cauliflower rellenos the same way I care for my chile rellenos, by preparing a spicy tomato sauce that pours over the top. To elevate the experience I grate a little cheese and sprinkle it on until it’s reached melty-bliss, serve with some rice or a few avocado slices and you’ll surely be in vegetarian heaven.

Ingredients for Cauliflower Rellenos: 

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 – small onion (roughly chopped)
  • 1 – guero chile
  • 1 – tablespoon flour
  • 1/2 – teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 – teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 – 29 oz. can tomato sauce
  • 29 oz. water
  • 1 – can el pato spicy tomato sauce
  • 1 – teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 – large cauliflower
  • 7 – eggs, separate yolks from whites
  • 2 – cups vegetable oil
  • 1 – cup pepper jack cheese (grated)



To make spicy tomato sauce:

  1. Heat 1 tablespoon vegetable oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add onion, and guero chile and cook until tender about 5 to 7 minutes.
  2. Sprinkle in flour, salt and pepper and mix until combined.  Cook for 1 minute then add in tomato sauce, water, el pato, and garlic powder. Let sauce simmer on low while you make the cauliflower rellenos.

Cauliflower Rellenos Prep:

  1. Rinse and dry cauliflower.
  2. Remove stem from cauliflower and cut the florets into 2 inch pieces.
  3. Flash boil the cauliflower in boiling water for 5 minutes.
  4. Drain and dry. Place cauliflower on a large platter and season with salt and pepper to your liking.
  5. Heat vegetable oil in a frying pan over a medium flame.
  6. While oil is heating, prepare egg mixture.
  7. In a mixer, add egg whites and whisk on high until peaks form about 5 minutes.
  8. Add egg yolks to egg whites and stir lightly until combined.
  9. Dip cauliflower pieces into egg mixture and then place in the hot oil. Fry on each side until egg is golden on the outside about 7 minutes.
  10. Remove cauliflower from oil and place on a paper towel lined plate to drain.
  11. Serve on a plate, then ladle the top with spicy tomato sauce and sprinkle with two tablespoons of grated cheese.
  12. DELICIOUS! Cauliflower rellenos with spicy tomato sauce being poured over the topCauliflower rellenos are a delicious vegetarian dinner