Fiesta Cauliflower with Black Beans and Queso


These loaded cauliflower nachos are perfect for a Superbowl or game-dayappetizer or a festive meal or side dish. If youre looking for healthy (but delicious!) ways to entertain guests for a New Years eve party or other gathering, make these nachos and everyone will thank you for something that satisfies their munchies, but nourishes their body!

Fiesta Cauliflower with Black Beans and Queso

I love events like Superbowl and holidays like Thanksgiving, because its basically an excuse to put together a large amount of delicious and beautiful food. From elaborately decorated cookie platters on Christmas to 7-layer dips on Superbowl Sunday, Im all into the sport of event cooking. I like a thoughtfully planned food presentation, especially when it comes to side dishes, snacks, desserts, and apps.

Fiesta Cauliflower with Black Beans and Queso

I also really appreciate when the host offers at least one veggie-forward dish. This is it and it does not sacrifice on party flavor!

Naming this dish was difficult are they nachos? Are they poppers? In the end, I just went with cauliflower because thats what this is the cauliflower isnt replacing anything or pretending to be anything else its just topped with party (err, fiesta) fixings! I used Siete Foods vegan queso dip (not sponsored, I just love all of their products, and I wanted this to be a plant based meal!)

Fiesta Cauliflower with Black Beans and Queso

Black beans, chopped white onions, jalapeos, guacamole, and queso amp up the cauliflower thats been perfectly spiced and roasted with chili powder. And heck, serve this over brown rice or quinoa and enjoy it as a main meal! If youre not plant based, add some chipotle chicken or carnitas and make it a burrito bowl!

And may I say, if youre having people over for or going to a Superbowl party, this will be a for sure touchdown for your guests. See what I did there! Corny or clever?

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Nutritional Information & Recipe

Serves 4 to 6 appetizers

Fiesta Cauliflower with Black Beans and Queso

5 minPrep Time

30 minCook Time

35 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 1 large head cauliflower, divided into florets
  • olive oil, to drizzle
  • salt and pepper
  • chili powder, to season (about 1/2 - 1 teaspoon)
  • 1/3 cup quartered cherry tomatoes (prepare as cauliflower roasts)
  • 2/3 cup rinsed black beans (prepare as cauliflower roasts)
  • 1/2 cup guacamole (prepare as cauliflower roasts)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped white onion (prepare as cauliflower roasts)
  • 1 medium jalapeno, sliced into rounds (prepare as cauliflower roasts)
  • 1/3 cup queso dip (I used Siete Foods' Mild Nacho Cashew Queso Dip)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Toss the cauliflower in a large baking sheet or dish and toss with olive oil. Season with salt, pepper and chili powder. Roast for 25-30 minutes or until cauliflower is fork tender.
  2. Meanwhile, prepare all of your fixings so they're ready when the cauliflower is ready.
  3. Once cauliflower is done roasting, drizzle with half of the queso. Top with all of your toppings and drizzle with remaining queso. Serve.
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