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Easy 5 Ingredient Green Chile Cauliflower Casserole

cauliflower enchilada bakeIf you are a fan of green chile rice or rice and green chile casserole but are trying to stick to a low-carb diet, you will absolutely love this Mexican-inspired Green Chile Cauliflower Casserole!  It’s easy to make thanks to the convenience of canned green enchilada sauce.

Leftovers taste amazing!  The flavors deepen.

A whole cauliflower is cooked before being chopped.  It is then combined with the delicious creamy cheese green chile cream cheese sauce and a handful of cheese.

After all the ingredients are combined, the cauliflower mixture is poured into a casserole dish, topped with a layer of cheese, and baked in the oven for 20-30 minutes.  The result is a wonderful low-carb, cheesy cauliflower casserole with a delish green chile flavor.  It goes wonderful with BBQ dishes.

Things I Love About This Keto Cheesy Cauliflower Bake

  • This casserole isn’t complicated, it calls for five ingredients plus spices.
  • This is a low-carb casserole and loaded with healthy cauliflower.
  • If you want the casserole to be lower calorie, use half the cream cheese.
  • You can make the casserole as spicy or mild as you like.  If you like it spicy use medium or hot green enchilada sauce.  If you prefer a milder flavor use mild enchilada sauce.  If you like your casseroles extra spicy you could add a small can of drained diced jalapenos.
  • The casserole isn’t watery.  See the pic (towards the bottom of this post) of the casserole half-eaten there isn’t a bunch of moisture in the pan.
  • You could make this a one-dish meal with the addition of some leftover or rotisserie chicken or browned ground beef or browned sausage.  Shred the chicken into the mixture before pouring it into the casserole dish or drain cooked ground beef/sausage before adding it to the mix.

Green Chile Cauliflower Casserole With Cheese Ingredients

Here’s what you’ll need to make this cheesy cauliflower bake recipe with cream cheese:

  • Cauliflower head
  • Green enchilada sauce
  • Canned chopped green chilies
  • Cream cheese
  • Grated cheese
  • salt, black pepper, and garlic powder

How to Make This Cauliflower Cheesy Bake

Steam Cauliflower in Microwave

Cooking Cauliflower Whole

The first step is to cook the cauliflower.  My cauliflower was HUGE.

I like to cook cauliflower whole in the microwave.  I remove all the leaves, wet the cauliflower, and then double wrap it in plastic wrap so it’s completely sealed.

The cauliflower is then microwaved for eight minutes, cooking time may vary by microwave and the size of cauliflower you are using.  If you want your cauliflower more on the firm side try microwaving six minutes.

Let the cauliflower sit until it’s safe to handle.  The cauliflower will be HOT and steam will be released when the plastic is cut open.

Do You Want the Casserole Mild or Spicy?

While cauliflower is cooking open a 28 oz can of green enchilada sauce.  I used Las Palmas enchilada sauce in mild.  This Mexican cauliflower casserole would be fantastic with a little kick from using medium heat enchilada sauce.  The addition of cream cheese will cool down the spice level of medium.

Green Enchilada Sauce
Pour green enchilada sauce into a small saucepan.  Bring to a boil and then turn down to medium heat.  Cook until the sauce gets thicker and reduces.  I cooked the green enchilada sauce for about 15 minutes, stirring often.

Mexican Cauliflower Casserole

When the sauce is thickened up.  Add in two cans of drained chopped green chilies.  I used mild chilies.

Green chile casserole chilies

And four ounces of room temp cream cheese.  This equals half a block.

Green Chile Cream Cheese Sauce

The cream cheese will melt into the green enchilada sauce.  Take the back of your stirring utensil and smash the bigger pieces to help them melt.  Don’t be worried about small pieces of cream cheese NOT melting.  They will melt in the oven.

The green chile casserole sauce should resemble the picture below.

Cheesy Cauliflower Bake Green Chile Sauce

Now it’s time to cut the cauliflower into bite-sized pieces.  Place the chopped cauliflower into a large bowl.  Season heavily with salt, black pepper, and garlic powder.

Seasoned Chopped Cooked Cauliflower

Pour the cheesy green chile sauce over the cauliflower.  Add a handful of shredded cheese.

Cauliflower Casserole with Cheese Sauce

Stir to combine, taking care not to break up the cauliflower.

Add the cauliflower bake mixture to a casserole dish sprayed with non-stick spray.

Keto Cauliflower Rice Casserole

Top with grated cheese.  I used a Mexican blend.

Cauliflower Casserole with Cream Cheese Sauce

Bake at 350 for 25-30 or until the cheese is browned the way you like it and the center is bubbling.

While the cauliflower casserole was baking I went outside and visited with these beauties.  They are always happy to see me because they want dinner.

This is Yum Yum the Goat Girl.  We adopted her a few years ago from a co-worker whose father-in-law could no longer keep her.  She came with a “sister”, a Nigerian Dwarf goat named Jewel.   Jewel is a hilarious goat!

Yum Yum came with the name Yum Yum but she is definiately NOT on the menu.  Look at that smile!  She is so photogenic!

Yum Yum the Goat Girl

This is Betty, she is a Blank Angus.  Isn’t she beautiful?  She is probably one of the smartest cows we’ve ever had.

Fat Betty Heifer

Below are Betty’s best friends, Herefords and a Black Baldy named Charlotte – which is a cross between a Blank Angus and Hereford (she has horns).

Hangry Fork Herd

30 Minutes Later . . .

After baking for 30 minutes the cauliflower casserole should be nicely browned.

Easy Cauliflower Bake

Let the baked cauliflower with cheese sauce casserole sit on the counter for about 10 minutes so it sets up.

cauliflower casserole enchilada bake

Note in the photo below how the baked cauliflower and cheese casserole is NOT watery?  The casserole is undoctored, I didn’t absorb excess moisture with a paper towel because there wasn’t any excess moisture.

This is exactly the result I was looking for and this is what makes this dish like a healthy version of traditional green chile rice casserole.

Keto Cauliflower Casserole

What to Serve With This Green Cauliflower Casserole With Cheese

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Keto Green Chile Cauliflower Casserole with Cheese

Easy 5 Ingredient Green Chile Cauliflower Casserole

Delicious keto green chile cauliflower casserole with cheese. This is a low-carb spin on green chile rice casserole and is sure to become a family favorite.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American, Mexican
Servings 6

Ingredients
  

  • 1 ea large whole cauliflower
  • 1 ea can green enchilada sauce - 28 oz I used mild
  • 2 ea small cans chopped green chilies
  • 4 oz cream cheese room temp
  • 1 dash salt, black pepper, and garlic powder

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Open a can of green enchilada sauce and pour It into a small saucepan. Bring to boil then turn down to medium heat and continue to boil, stirring often to reduce the sauce and thicken it. This takes about 15 minutes.
  • While the sauce reduces cook cauliflower using your favorite method.
    I like to steam microwave whole cauliflower heads. Remove outer leaves. Flip cauliflower upside down and run under the faucet. Double wrap cauliflower in plastic wrap so it is completely sealed.
    Microwave eight minutes for a large cauliflower. Remember, you want the cauliflower to be cooked but not mushy. If your microwave is extra powerful or your cauliflower is small, you may need to reduce the microwave time.
  • After green enchilada sauce has started to thicken add in the cream cheese. Break up the cream cheese with the stirring utensil. Continue to cook the sauce, stirring often until the cream cheese is melted or broken down into tiny pieces (these will melt in the oven).
  • When the cauliflower has cooled down a little and is safe to handle, cut open the plastic wrap. Open the cauliflower and flip it stem side down onto some paper towels to drain.
  • Chop drained cauliflower into bite-sized pieces. Season generously with salt, black pepper, and garlic powder.
  • Add green chile sauce to chopped cauliflower. Add one handful of shredded cheese. Gently stir to combine.
  • Spray a casserole pan with non-stick spray. Add cauliflower green chile casserole mixture. Top with another handful of shredded cheese.
  • Bake 25-30 minutes.
    Remove from oven and let the cauliflower casserole sit on the counter for 10 minutes before serving.
Keyword Cauliflower Bake, Cauliflower Casserole, Green Chile Cauliflower Casserole

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Recipe Rating




Anita Phillips

Tuesday 9th of November 2021

Will definitely be trying this recipe. The hunt is on for the green enchilada sauce here!

Shelly

Tuesday 9th of November 2021

@Anita Phillips, Hi Aunt Anita! I hope you are doing well! They don't have green enchilada sauce in KY?

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