Fiesta Creamed Cauliflower

Fiesta Creamed Cauliflower from thecoersfamily.com

I’m officially a fan of cauliflower. And I’m a fan of green chilies. Putting green chilies in creamy, cheesy baked cauliflower is one of the best darn ideas I’ve ever had. The only problem is this is not the most photogenic dish. Isn’t that the trouble with all really yummy food? Tastes great, doesn’t exactly ring any bells with pictures, though. But, with food (as with life), taste always trumps appearance – and this Fiesta Creamed Cauliflower has that in spades.

We have another creamy cauli dish on our site: Loaded Baked Faux-Tato Casserole. It’s also a big hit with our crew. But I’m personally more fond of this version. I love the little flecks of red and green throughout and the mild, tangy flavors of the green chilies. The red pimentos don’t add much flavor, but they add a beautiful little pop of color.  I adore this dish the next day, reheated and served with a couple of fried eggs! It’s a fabulous breakfast. 

This side dish is a big ol’ S (satisfying) side on the Trim Healthy Mama plan. It’s low carb, and full of satisfying fats. I certainly don’t feel like I’m “dieting” when I have this on my plate. 

Fiesta Creamed Cauliflower

Ingredients:

  • 2 (1 pound) bags frozen cauliflower florets
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese
  • 1/2 stick butter
  • 1 small (4-5 ounce) can diced green chilies, drained
  • 1 small (4 ounce) container diced red pimentos
  • 2 cups shredded cheese
  • 1 teaspoon ground paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • a dash of pepper

ingredients for Fiesta Creamed Cauliflower

In a large pot cover cauliflower with water, add a teaspoon of salt and boil until soft. Drain water and return cooked cauliflower to the same large pot. Add cream cheese, butter and green chilies.

making Fiesta Creamed Cauliflower

Use your potato masher – you know, that thing you thought you’d never get to use again? Mash this mess all up, mixing as you go. Next add a dash of pepper and 1 teaspoon of paprika and stir to mix.

making Fiesta Creamed Cauliflower

I love paprika. It adds a smoky depth of seasoning, but it’s not a hot spice. Next add 1 cup shredded cheese and pimentos. Stir to mix well. 

making Fiesta Creamed Cauliflower

Now, pour all this beautiful mess into a large baking dish. 

Fiesta Creamed Cauliflower

And top with remaining 1 cup of shredded cheese. Bake at 400 for 20-30 minutes, until beginning to brown slightly on top.

Fiesta Creamed Cauliflower

Fiesta Creamed Cauliflower
Low carb and full of flavor with green chilies, red pimentos, and cream cheese!
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Ingredients
  1. 2 (1 pound) bags frozen cauliflower florets
  2. 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese
  3. 1/2 stick butter
  4. 1 small can diced green chilies, drained
  5. 1 small container diced red pimentos
  6. 2 cups shredded cheese
  7. 1 teaspoon ground paprika
  8. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  9. a dash of pepper
Instructions
  1. In a large pot cover cauliflower with water, add a teaspoon of salt and boil until soft. Drain water and return cooked cauliflower to the same large pot.
  2. Add cream cheese, butter and green chilies.
  3. Use your potato masher - you know, that thing you thought you'd never get to use again? Mash this mess all up, mixing as you go.
  4. Next add paprika and a dash of pepper and stir to mix.
  5. Then add 1 cup shredded cheese and pimentos. Stir to mix well.
  6. Now, pour all this beautiful mess into a large baking dish.
  7. And top with remaining 1 cup of shredded cheese.
  8. Bake at 400 for 20-30 minutes, until beginning to brown slightly on top.
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14 thoughts on “Fiesta Creamed Cauliflower

  1. jls1976

    Oh my goodness. I am drooling here. I even have fresh green chiles in the house. Can’t wait to try this!

  2. martha

    can you tell me if this is an s;E; or whatever??

    1. Amanda Coers

      This is an S 🙂

      1. martha

        thank you.. this i will be makeing..

      2. Dawn

        A 1/2 cup of Chana dal has about 38 net carbs. This would make it an E meal. Right?

  3. Nikki

    Don;t think my girls would go for chilis or pimentos, but bacon sounds good!

  4. R

    What can I sub for the cream cheese as it seemed to be too much dairy for me? Thanks

    1. Amanda Coers

      You could try 2-3 egg yolks 🙂 it would be important to let the cauliflower cool before mixing in the egg yolks.

      1. R

        Thanks, I’m new to this diet and was also wondering what a serving would be as I may have just ate too much of it.

        1. Amanda Coers

          I eat about 1/2 to 2/3 cup as a side 🙂

  5. Allison James Gismondi

    Made this tonight and the whole family loved it. Especially me!
    Great recipe!

  6. april0105

    What size bags of cauliflower do you use? Looks like 1lb?

    1. Amanda Coers

      Yes 🙂 1 pound

  7. Lab_Mom

    How many servings would you suggest this makes?


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