This spicy roasted cauliflower will assault your tastebuds like a flaming ninja. No joke. We are going to make cauliflower with three different chilis bringing the spice. Of course the spice can always be tamped down, but every once and a while it's totally worth the burn.
This Spicy Roasted Cauliflower recipe is: Low Carb, Gluten Free, Paleo, Vegetarian
SPICY ROASTED CAULIFLOWER RECIPE
My original thought with this recipe was to make it more of a roasted Mexican cauliflower side dish. To be completely honest, that is really what I wanted to call this recipe too... but nobody is searching for a recipe like that.
Not sure that there is a whole lot of cauliflower used in Mexican cuisine, which would make it completely logical that nobody is searching for it.
Now, just because cauliflower isn't traditionally used in Mexican cuisine doesn't mean that it should be used. I have to say that this is now one of my FAVORITE side dishes.
I love the mixture of cauliflower, red onions and garlic along with some traditional Mexican spices. Topping it with some Cotija, cilantro and maybe some sour cream really takes this spicy roasted cauliflower recipe to the next level.
CALMING THE SPICE LEVEL
As with any of my spicy recipes, you can control the level of heat pretty easily.
If you're looking to reduce the spiciness of this dish, start by adding in less of the chipotle pepper and completely omit the cayenne. Most cayenne is REALLY spicy.
If you want to add in the dried red chilis, keep in mind that they DO add in some heat, but if you keep them whole they are easy to remove from the dish.
The remaining ingredients will all work together for a really tasty side dish.
If all else fails, add on some sour cream for a cooling effect!
WHAT SPICES GO WITH ROASTED CAULIFLOWER?
There are a lot of different spices which work really well with cauliflower. Here are a few:
- Garlic Powder or Fresh Garlic
- Onion Powder or Red Onions
- Chili Powder
Cauliflower also loves acids like fresh lemon or lime juice or a spray of balsamic vinegar to really brighten up the flavors!
TRY SOME OTHER AWESOME SIDE DISH RECIPES
Love the sound of my spicy roasted cauliflower but want some other low carb side dish ideas? Here are a few to whet your whistle:
If you're living the low carb lifestyle, side dishes can really make the difference to keep things interesting!