Low Carb Jalapeno Pepper Jack Mashed Cauliflower

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  • prep time

    prep time

    12 min

  • cook time

    cook time

    20 min

  • ready time

    ready time

    32 min

Low Carb Jalapeno Pepper Jack Mashed Cauliflower

Mashed cauliflower can take on many different flavors and combinations. This combo creates a tangy, cheesy, and slightly spicy side dish that can complement a variety of Carb Manager main courses. Start with a buttery mashed cauliflower base, simply spiced with salt and pepper. Add in cream cheese for a cooling and tangy effect. A whole, fresh jalapeno is folded into the mash for a tasty and manageable level of spice. Loads of pepper jack cheese is melted inside to bind the ingredients together and add an extra level of heat. Store this recipe in your refrigerator for up to 7 days and easily reheat a serving in your microwave with lunch or dinner. You can even enjoy this Keto, high-fat side dish as a snack before a workout!

Jessica L.

What Should I Eat With This Recipe?

This super cheesy and slightly spicy mashed cauliflower dish can pair well with a lot of Carb Manager recipes. It’s already included in the main course: Bacon Wrapped Ranch Chicken. Simply search the recipe title in the Carb Manager recipe log to find it. You can really enjoy this mashed cauliflower recipe with almost any Keto fried meal. Pairing fried chicken, steak, or pork with a spicy and cheesy side dish completes a nostalgic, comfort-food-feel to your meal. Trying to keep warm during colder seasons? Make any of Carb Manager’s delicious Keto chilis to serve next to your mashed cauliflower, or ladle it right on top! Chopped parsley or a dollop of full-fat sour cream would make excellent Keto garnishes as well.

Ingredient Substitutions

Do you like spicy food, but you find this dish too spicy? You can swap out the pepper jack cheese for a white cheddar cheese without changing the nutritional value of your serving. If it’s the jalapeno that is too spicy, keep the pepper jack cheese and omit the jalapeno. You can try mixing in crushed red pepper flakes or hot paprika if you want heat without the burn of a fresh pepper. If you enjoy this side dish as is, but want to keep things interesting, try adding in bacon bits, chopped green onion, or a second type of cheese at your discretion. You can also substitute the cream cheese for sour cream or greek yogurt if you want to increase the tangy flavor of the dish. Let other users know in the comments what your favorite Keto substitution or addition is for mashed cauliflower!

  • Net Carbs

    6.5 g

  • Fiber

    3.5 g

  • Total Carbs

    10.1 g

  • Protein

    13.6 g

  • Fats

    21.1 g

274 cals

Low Carb Jalapeno Pepper Jack Mashed Cauliflower

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  • Cauliflower, Raw

    Cauliflower, Raw

    1-¾ pound

  • Unsalted Butter

    Unsalted Butter

    1 tablespoon

  • Cream Cheese

    Cream Cheese

    2 ounce

  • Salt


    ½ teaspoon

  • Black Pepper

    Black Pepper

    ½ teaspoon

  • Pepper Jack Cheese

    Pepper Jack Cheese

    2 cup, shredded

  • Jalapeno Peppers

    Jalapeno Peppers

    1 large - approx 4" - 6" long

Recipe Steps

steps 3

32 min

  • Step 1

    Prep a large head of cauliflower by removing the core and green leaves. Cut the head of cauliflower into chunks that fit inside a large pot. If you cut the cauliflower into small pieces, it will fall apart in the pot later or get too soft too quickly. Place the cauliflower in your pot and fill with water until the cauliflower is covered. Bring the pot to a boil over high heat and cook the cauliflower until it’s tender enough to pierce through with a fork - 12-15 minutes.
    Step 1
  • Step 2

    Once the cauliflower is tender, drain the water. Use a pair of tongs or a slotted spoon to transfer the hot cauliflower to a food processor. Let any excess water drip off the cauliflower before piling it up in the food processor. Add in the butter and softened cream cheese while the cauliflower is still hot. Pulse the food processor until the cauliflower is mashed. Then, use the pulse button to mix in the salt and pepper.
    Step 2
  • Step 3

    Scoop the mashed cauliflower into a large bowl. While the mashed cauliflower is cooling, stir in shredded pepper jack cheese. Make sure the cheese is spread throughout the cauliflower as it melts to help bind the mash as it cools more. Finally, mince and fold in a fresh jalapeno pepper into the mashed cauliflower. For serving, you can top off each portion of mashed cauliflower with thin slices of jalapeno and additional shredded cheese at your discretion.
    Step 3

Comments 1

  • BlithesomeKale270655

    BlithesomeKale270655 2 years ago

    Delicious. Easy to make.