Cauliflower Nachos

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Deliciously cheesy Cauliflower Nachos are healthy, gluten free, vegetarian & easy to make! At only 9 carbs per serving, they’re perfect for those on the keto diet!

Overhead shot of cauliflower nachos on a baking sheet with chipotle cream sauce drizzled on top

Today’s post is sponsored by my friends at Cabot!

I’m always down to make healthier versions of my favorite foods, as long as they’re still delicious and maintain resemblance of the original dish. For example, I’m down to use cauliflower or mini peppers instead of tortilla chips as the base of nachos, but they still have to be seriously cheesy, or it’s just not a nacho!

Last fall, I created Mini Pepper Nachos for those that wanted a low carb option to eat for dinner or snack on during game day. Now, I’m excited to introduce cauliflower nachos on the blog! If you love roasted cauliflower, you’re going to love these nachos!

Cauliflower is tossed in olive oil and taco seasoning then roasted in the oven for 15 minutes. After the cauliflower is roasted, it’s topped with red onions and jalapenos, then loaded up with shredded Cabot Pepper Jack Cheese. The nachos are then placed back in the oven until the cheese gets nice and melty!

After the nachos come out of the oven, you can toss any and all of your favorite toppings on top! Avocado, yes please! Fresh Pico De Gallo, sign me up! Creamy Chipotle Sauce, I’m in!

The cauliflower is seriously filling, so you can easily eat these nachos as a meal. They’re also great for a crowd! Serve them as a low carb party snack or appetizer at your next BBQ or fiesta! Add a Watermelon Jalapeno Margarita and really get the party started!

Cauliflower nachos on baking sheet topped with diced tomatoes and avocado

How to make Cauliflower Nachos

  • Create Cauliflower Chips. Slice the stems off of two heads of cauliflower, then slice the heads of cauliflower in half through the middle. Place the cauliflower head halves, flat side down on a cutting board and cut into 1/4 inch slices. The cauliflower slices will naturally break into “chips” once sliced. If there are any larger pieces left, slice them in half.
  • Roast the Cauliflower. Place the cauliflower chips on a large baking sheet in an even layer. Drizzle with olive oil then sprinkle taco seasoning over the cauliflower. Toss to coat. Place in a preheated 400°F oven for 15 minutes.
  • Make the Cauliflower Nachos. Remove the cauliflower from the oven and top with thinly sliced red onions and jalapenos. Sprinkle 3 cups of shredded Cabot Pepper Jack Cheese over the nachos. Place back into the oven for 10 minutes.
  • Top the Nachos. Have a nacho topping party! Feel free to add just one or two of your favorite toppings, or go crazy and add them all! I’m on “team crazy” and added them all, fresh pico de gallo, diced avocado, chopped cilantro and creamy chipotle sauce.

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How many calories are in cauliflower nachos?

These cauliflower nachos serve 6 and are 263 calories per serving.

Can I add meat to these cauliflower nachos?

Of course! While the cauliflower is roasting, add 1 lb ground turkey, beef or chicken to a skillet on the stove over medium high heat. Cook the ground meat through, then add 2 tbsp taco seasoning and 1/4 cup water or chicken broth. Let simmer for 3-5 minutes.

After removing the cauliflower from the oven, top it with the cooked ground taco meat, then the red onion, jalapeno and pepper jack cheese. Place back in the oven and cook for 10 minutes.

For a seriously delicious meat addition, take a note from my Ultimate Pulled Pork Nachos recipe and add this Chipotle Honey Pulled Pork on top of these low carb Cauliflower Nachos. I promise, you will not be disappointed!

What other toppings can I add to these nachos?

  • Black Beans – a can of black beans (drained and rinsed) can be added at the same time as the red onions and jalapenos. This will add a significant amount of carbs so if you’re on a low carb diet, I’d skip the beans!
  • Sour Cream – if you want to skip the step of making the chipotle cream sauce, sour cream can be tossed on top before serving.
  • Salsa – pineapple salsa, tomatillo salsa, chipotle salsa, corn salsa, all seriously delicious options for topping these nachos!
  • More veggies! – Top the nachos with roasted red peppers, corn kernels or shredded  lettuce to add even more veggie-licious-ness to these nachos!

Overhead shot of cauliflower nachos on sheet pan with fresh cilantro and sliced jalapenos

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Cauliflower nachos on gold sheet pan topped with diced tomatoes and avocado
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Cauliflower Nachos

Cheesy, delicious Cauliflower Nachos are healthy, gluten free & easy to make! At only 9 carbs per serving, they're perfect for those on the keto diet!
Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 6 people
Calories 263 kcal
Author Whitney Bond

Ingredients

  • 2 heads cauliflower
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 2 tbsp taco seasoning
  • ½ cup red onions thinly sliced
  • ½ cup jalapenos sliced
  • 8 oz Cabot Pepper Jack Cheese grated into app 3 cups

Optional Toppings

Creamy Chipotle Sauce

  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 3 tbsp lime juice
  • 1 clove garlic crushed
  • 1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce chopped
  • 1 tsp adobo sauce
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • ½ tsp salt

Instructions

Cauliflower Nachos

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  2. Slice the stems off of both heads of cauliflower, then slice the heads of cauliflower in half through the middle.
  3. Place the cauliflower head halves, flat side down on a cutting board and cut into 1/4 inch slices. 
  4. The cauliflower slices will naturally break into “chips” once sliced. If there are any larger pieces left, slice them in half.

  5. Place the cauliflower chips on a large baking sheet and toss with the olive oil and taco seasoning.

  6. Place in the oven for 15 minutes.
  7. Remove from the oven and top with the onions, jalapenos and pepper jack cheese.
  8. Place back into the oven for 10 minutes.
  9. Remove from the oven and top with the optional toppings of your choice.

Creamy Chipotle Sauce

  1. Add all of the ingredients to a blender. Blend until smooth and creamy.

Recipe Notes

  • Nutritional information provided does not include optional toppings.
  • If you want to add meat to the nachos, cook 1 lb of ground turkey, beef or chicken in a skillet on the stove over medium high heat. Once cooked through, add 2 tbsp taco seasoning and 1/4 cup water or chicken broth. Let simmer for 3-5 minutes. Add the cooked taco meat to the nachos at the same time as the jalapenos and red onions, then top with the pepper jack cheese and cook in the oven for 10 minutes.