You won’t miss the meat in these vegetarian nachos that are made with crumbles of meaty cauliflower and walnuts that are blended with Mexican spices.
Cauliflower is still the hot veggie in town. You can mash it, puree it, rice it, roast it, make a pizza crust, and even turn it into meat. Who knew a veggie could do so much? I have unpleasant childhood memories of cauliflower, my mother would boil it to death and pour some kind some kind of white sauce on it – ick! Now I make a white sauce out of cauliflower, but that’s for another post.
I recently discovered how deliciously good cauliflower tasted in Tex-Mex dishes by mistake. I was eating a black bean taco and had a few pieces of raw cauliflower on the side which got mixed in with the taco, and all I can say is yum, it was really good! I started thinking — cauliflower crumbles (texture) and a few walnuts (protein) for a vegetarian and meaty substitute with all of the health benefits of cauliflower.
When I made these nachos, I didn’t tell anyone what was in them until they took a bite, and they were surprised that the “meat” on top was made out of cauliflower and walnuts, they thought it was ground turkey. I’m pretty sure that if I told them up front that the nachos were made of cauliflower they would have turned their noses up. I am not a vegetarian, but I am always looking for ways to substitute meat, and this is most definitely going to be on our table a lot. Chili, perhaps?
Whenever I make nachos, they end up being more like a salad becuase I pile on the lettuce tomatoes and onions, but they taste equally as delicious out of the oven without the toppings! Here’s how you make them. . .
- ½ tablespoon olive oil
- ½ large head cauliflower - about 4 cups when shredded
- ½ cup chopped walnuts
- 1½ tablespoons chili powder
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1 clove chopped garlic
- 3 tablespoons water
- Low sodium organic corn tortilla chips - enough to cover the bottom of pan
- ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 1 jalapeno pepper sliced
- Greek yogurt
- Pre-heat oven to 375
- break the cauliflower up into pieces and add to a food processor, process until it turns into small crumbles and set aside (think pieced of cooked ground meat)
- add the walnuts and pulse until they are similar in size to the cauliflower
- heat oil in a pan over medium heat
- once oil is hot, add the cauliflower and cook over until it begins to soften about 5 minutes
- add the walnuts, spices and garlic and water and stir - reduce heat and let simmer for 10 minutes until liquid absorbs
- while mixture is simmering, line the bottom of a 10 inch cast iron pan or baking dish with tortilla chips
- pour the cauli meat mixture over the chips,then top with sliced jalapenos and cheese
- bake for 10 minutes until cheese melts and heated through
- remove from oven and top with your favorite nacho toppings
Check out some more creative cauliflower recipes from the #SundaySupper crowd below. . .
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- Cheesy Cauliflower Soup by Hardly A Goddess
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- Roasted Cauliflower and Vegetable Soup by Palatable Pastime
- Roasted Cauliflower Steak with Salsa Verde by Caroline’s Cooking
- Salmon with Creamy Cauliflower Farro by Cooking Chat
- Shrimp Stir Fry with Cauli Rice by Our Good LIfe
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