Cauliflower Nachos

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Cauliflower Nachos (low carb)

Trying to lose weight means giving up your favorite salty, cheesy and carb-filled favorite dish: nachos….or does it?

Well, if you’re on the 17 Day Diet, there won’t be any more nachos!

So when you think of nachos, what’s the first thing that comes to mind?

Salty, cheesy, carb filled yummy goodness? OK, so that’s what I think of, too!

Look, there’s no reason we must give up “nachos” if you’re trying to lose weight.

Well, with our trusted friend, Mr. Cauliflower, there’s a better and healthier way prepare most dishes, including nachos!

Plus, this makes for the perfect side dish, especially during the Summer BBQ grilling season when you need a quick veggie with your grilled meat!

Cauliflower Nachos


If you’ve been around the 17 Day Diet block for a while, you’ll notice a trend with cauliflower — substitute your favorite carbs for this versatile veggie, and you instantly have a healthier version of your favorite comfort food.

Here’s a dish a fellow 17dd’er, Michelle L., recently made.

She made a few tweaks to the original recipe and had herself a healthy dish!

It’s super easy and very yummy! Check out her photo below.

Cauliflower Nachos - this is a super easy and tasty dish that agrees with your waist line! Try it!
Photo courtesy of Michelle L.

I think the secret to this dish is the seasoning and making sure you get equal distribution on the cauliflower.

Make sure you evenly spread your cauliflower on your sheet pan – if the cauliflower is too crowded, they might steam instead of roast and crisp up.

Get an even distribution of seasoning on your veggies prior to roasting

Here’s a tip to ensure your nachos come out perfect – when you’re ready to place the cheese over the top of the cauliflower, move all of your veggies to the center of the sheet pan prior to sprinkling with cheese.

This will ensure your cheese actually makes its way over the top and NOT on the bottom of the pan.

Place veggies in center of pan prior to sprinkling cheese over the top

Finally, the toppings!!

The toppings can be endless – for my nachos, I added sour cream, a few diced tomatoes, olives, and a sprinkling of cilantro.

Perfect Recipe Pairing:

This cauliflower nacho recipe can be a perfect side dish for my Chicken with Mexican Dry Rub and Fruit Salsa.

I’d love to hear what toppings you put on your nachos, so come back and let me know!

Other Low Carb Mexican Recipes

If you’re a Mexican food lover like me and enjoy this yummy Cauliflower Nachos recipe, you might want to try these other recipes:

Cauliflower Nachos - a low carb side dish or main entree!



Cauliflower Nachos
Yield: 3-4 Servings

Cauliflower Nachos

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

Now you can have nachos low-carb style (with cauliflower!!).


  • 2 small heads (or 1 large head) cauliflower, chopped
  • 3 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 c. low-fat cheddar cheese, shredded
  • Low-sugar Salsa, for serving
  • Green onions for garnish (optional)
  • Toppings such as sour cream, tomatoes, olives, etc.


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Add cauliflower to a large baking pan or dish and drizzle with olive oil. Mix all spices and salt together and sprinkle over cauliflower. Toss to coat.
  3. Roast in the oven for 35-40 minutes until golden and crispy. Check about half way through and gently toss cauliflower, if needed.
  4. Top with cheese and return to oven until melted, about 5 minutes more.
  5. Garnish with your favorite low-sugar salsa, diced green onions, sour cream, tomatoes, etc.


Approved all cycles.

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Original recipe can be found here.

2 thoughts on “Cauliflower Nachos”

  1. I’m just getting started on the 17 day diet, and wanted to know where cheese came in (what cycle)? I saw another recipe on here the other day that said it was ok for C1, but it also had cheese. That’s not something I thought we could have on C1. Thank you!!

    • Hi Laura! Cheese (non-fat variety) is allowed on all cycles in moderation as a condiment. You can see it here on the C1 food list:

      With that said, I personally stay away from anything non-fat because it usually has a bunch of added ingredients (sodium, sugar, artificial sweeteners and other ingredients) to make it taste better. A little bit of the full or lower fat variety will take you a long way!


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