These low-carb cauliflower nachos are cheesy, delicious and loaded with extra veggies like tomatoes, jalapeño peppers, onions and avocado.

As I’m sure you’ve noticed, I am a big fan of all things cauliflower. This cauliflower fried rice recipe is a go-to for us and I’ve been making cauliflower crust pizza for years. I don’t know how this idea crossed my mind, but I’ve been wanting to take a stab at cauliflower nachos for so long! It took a couple tries but these veggie-packed nachos are so delicious.

Cheesy baked cauliflower nachos on a sheet pan and topped with onion, peppers and tomato.

They’re the perfect game day appetizer, but you can also serve them as a simple sheet pan meal. It’s something the whole family will love! I mean, have you ever told your kids (or husband) that you’re having nachos for dinner before? If not, try it with the recipe and just watch their eyes light up.

Why Use Cauliflower Instead of Chips?

First things first, let’s address the elephant in the room. Yes, I, the chip lover am swapping something in place of chips! It’s true, I love chips (especially good tortilla chips) but I also love vegetables. Fun fact about cauliflower from my trusted nutrition source, Healthline, “Cauliflower contains some of almost every vitamin and mineral that you need.” Who knew? It’s packed with vitamins, minerals and fiber. A definite nutrient upgrade from tortilla chips!

Cauliflower nachos baked on a sheet pan and topped with beans, cheese, onions, peppers and cilantro.

Slicing and Roasting the Cauliflower

Arguably one of the most important steps of this recipe is slicing and roasting the cauliflower. You start by prepping a large baking sheet (affiliate link) — I simply spray mine with olive oil or avocado oil cooking spray. Then you’ll slice your cauliflower. You can chop the cauliflower head into florets, but I prefer slicing it so the pieces are a bit flatter and a tiny bit more like a chip. Cauliflower is never going to be a chip, but this method of slicing makes the cauliflower flatter and more chip-like.

Close up photo of spiced cauliflower nachos baked with beans, cheese and veggies.

The next step is to season the cauliflower with spices to enhance the overall nacho flavor. For this you’ll combine the garlic powder, onion powder, cumin, paprika, chili powder, sea salt and oil in a large bowl. Add in the sliced cauliflower and toss to coat. Now this part is important! Place the cauliflower on the baking sheet, but space the pieces out to make sure that none are touching! Bake for 20 minutes at 425ºF or until the cauliflower is starting to brown.

Cheesy baked cauliflower nachos.

Cauliflower Nacho Toppings

Beside having a good base (the roasted cauli), you obviously need delicious toppings for these nachos! Feel free to play with your own combinations or add your favorite ingredients. Here are the toppings I decided to use:

  • refried beans
  • shredded Mexican cheddar cheese
  • jalapeño
  • grape/cherry tomatoes
  • red onion
  • fresh cilantro
  • avocado

For this version, I added the refried beans, shredded cheese and jalapeños to the roasted cauliflower and then baked again to melt the cheese and warm the beans. After the second bake, I topped the nachos with the fresh ingredients and served. I love the combination of warm and cool temperatures.

As you can see, these nachos are super easy to whip up. I can’t wait for you to try them.

Hand holding a "cauliflower nacho" that's topped with cheese, beans, tomato and onion.

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Cheesy Cauliflower Nachos


  • Author: Brittany Mullins
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 27 minutes
  • Total Time: 42 minutes
  • Yield: 6
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

These low-carb cauliflower nachos are cheesy, delicious and loaded with extra veggies like tomatoes, jalapeño peppers, onions and avocado.


Ingredients

  • 1 Tablespoon olive or avocado oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 5 cups cauliflower florets, cut into ½-inch slices
  • 1/3 cup refried beans
  • 3/4 cup shredded Mexican cheddar cheese
  • 1 jalapeno, sliced
  • 1/2 cup chopped grape/cherry tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup diced red onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 avocado, sliced or chopped (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425°F. Spray a large baking sheet (affiliate link) with olive oil or avocado oil cooking spray.
  2. Slice cauliflower into 1/2-inch slices.
  3. In a large bowl, combine oil with garlic powder, onion powder, cumin, paprika, chili powder and sea salt. Add sliced cauliflower and gently toss to coat. Place seasoned cauliflower on baking sheet, spacing out the pieces so that they roast instead of steam. Bake 20 minutes, until cauliflower is tender and starting to brown.
  4. Remove the pan from the oven; push cauliflower together in the center of the pan. Top cauliflower with refried beans, sprinkle with cheese and add jalapeño slices on top. Return to the oven and bake until the beans are heated through and the cheese has melted, about 6-7 minutes.
  5. Top cauliflower with chopped tomato, red onion and cilantro. Add avocado (if using) and serve directly from the sheet pan. You can also transfer to a platter for serving or portion into bowls.
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Roast
  • Cuisine: Mexican

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1/6 of recipe
  • Calories: 150
  • Sugar: 3g
  • Sodium: 368mg
  • Fat: 10g
  • Carbohydrates: 10g
  • Fiber: 4g
  • Protein: 5g

Keywords: cauliflower nachos

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    29 comments
  1. New to healthier eating, this was amazing! Had to substitute with-cooked chilli, salsa sauce, green onions and hot mixed pepper rings .If doing a large cauliflower would recommend doubling up on the spices

  2. This recipe was so good. Thank you for sharing. I will definately make it again. Love, love, love!!!!

  3. Delicious! Slightly changed recipe. I went totally vegan and topped with nutritional yeast, mixed soyrizo in my beans, I didn’t have tomatoes so used chopped red bell pepper and we love spicy so I added more diced jalapeno to ours. What I love about this recipe is that there are no chips and the seasoning for the cauliflower was perfect! All the flavors came together nicely. A definite win!

  4. Best healthy nachos! I was very skeptical about making these , only because I’ve never tried cauliflower. But they were amazing!! Definitely will keep making these

    • Ahh that makes me so happy to hear, Kayla! I’m so glad you enjoyed these cauliflower nachos. Thanks for trying them and for coming back to leave a comment and star rating. I so appreciate it!

  5. Thank you so much for all the recipes! These cauliflower nachos have become one of my FAVORITE ways to eat cauliflower! I love the mix of seasonings! Even my oldest son loves it!

    • Ahh that makes me so happy to hear, Cheryl! I’m so glad these nachos are a hit with your family. Thanks for trying my recipe and for coming back to leave a comment and star rating. It means the world to me. <3

  6. Delicious! Made this with a few variations based on what we had in the house during our quarantine time (+ corn, black beans instead of refried). Husband loved it too! Seasoning was so good!!

  7. I am someone who is really making strides to eat healthier! However I’m at that point in my “healthy eating journey” where I am SICK of eating steamed broccoli and carrots every day lol so I’ve been looking around for new ways to make some veggies! I found your website and this recipe jumped out at me…. I made it tonight and needless to say… holy cow… It was incredible!!! My whole family loved them and they will now live on as a staple in our house! Thank you! I can’t wait to try more of your recipes!!!!

    • Ahh this brings such a smile to my face, Jenna! 🙂 I’m so glad you found my site and that the whole fam enjoyed these nachos. Thanks for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. The reviews are super helpful to other readers, so I really appreciate it. <3

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