Baked Cauliflower Tots with Bold Tex-Mex Flavor

These low carb, Tex-Mex flavored baked cauliflower tots are crispy on the outside and tender on the inside and jam-packed with Tex-Mex flavor!  The addition of chipotle along with a generous amount of cumin, smoked paprika, and cilantro makes them the perfect solution to your Tex-Mex cravings.
For this recipe you’ll need: cauliflower, shredded cheddar, cilantro, chia seed, chipotle in adobo, coconut flour, salt, cumin, smoked paprika, minced garlic

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Baked cauliflower tots with lots of Tex-Mex flavor ... and they're low carb! Only 0.8 net carbs each! From

I’ve just gotten back from 10 days in France, which is why I haven’t been posting much lately. My husband took me for my birthday and I can tell you it was the trip of a lifetime for me — I definitely got to mark it off my bucket list. We were on a tour that began in Paris, then travelled up through Giverny, visited the American Cemetery, over to Mt St. Michel, down through the Loire Valley and back up to Paris. I’d love to tell you that I continued my low carb lifestyle but that would be a big, juicy, fat lie. I ate croissants for breakfast, baguettes, cheese, and wine for lunch, and huge dinners with more wine.

I didn’t gain a pound.

While in France I seriously craved Tex-Mex, like these baked cauliflower tots! From

How does that happen? If I ate half that much here at home I’d puff up like a puffer fish. Anyway, the oddest thing happened about three or four days into the trip. All of a sudden I craved Tex-Mex like I’d never craved it before. I was surrounded by pain au chocolat, Paris-Brest, Nutella crepes, and fountains of wine but I just wanted a Margarita and some enchiladas.

Story of my life…

Well, I’m back home now and back on track. AND I am happily eating my favorite Tex-Mex foods. You can shape these any way you want – I made them into thin, crispy pancakes, almost like potato pancakes but you can make them in balls or whatever. I know that a lot of you had trouble with the fried faux tater tots falling apart so I decided to make these baked. Do leave them on the cookie sheet for several minutes so that they can cool a  little bit and firm up. Here are some tips for making these baked cauliflower tots –

  • Make sure that the cauliflower is very dry after steaming. Too much moisture will make them fall apart.
  • Allow the batter to sit for about 5 minutes before shaping. This allows any excess moisture to be absorbed.
  • If you make them thin like I did your baking time will be about 10 minutes. If you make them thicker then you are probably looking at 20 minutes. Be flexible.
  • Keep any leftovers in the refrigerator.

Low carb and Tex-Mex baked cauliflower tots are so good! From

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There is no substitute for the chipotle in adobo — if it isn’t available locally you can get it on Amazon. A good food processor is a must have for so many low-carb dishes. Chia seed and Coconut flour are both available on Amazon as well.

Here’s the baked cauliflower tots recipe – let me know what you think! If you make it add it to Instagram and use #lowcarbology hashtag. I love seeing how your recipes come out.

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Baked Cauliflower Tots with Bold Tex-Mex Flavor

Low Carb baked cauliflower tots are easy to make and perfect for side dishes or snacking. Smoky, spicy, Tex-Mex flavor in every bite.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 51kcal
Author Marye Audet


  • 8 ounces cauliflower chopped - about 2 cups
  • 1 cup cheddar shredded
  • ¼ cup cilantro finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon chia seed
  • 1 tablespoon chipotle in adobo mashed
  • 1 ½ teaspoons coconut flour
  • Salt to taste
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon paprika smoked
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic minced


  • Preheat the oven to 425F.
  • Steam the cauliflower in 1 tablespoon of water in a covered bowl the microwave for 3 minutes.
  • Drain and pat gently with towels to remove as much moisture as possible.
  • Pulse in the food processor until finely chopped.
  • Add all of the ingredients to a bowl and mix well.
  • Let stand for 5 to 10 minutes.
  • Form the mixture into 12 patties (2 tablespoons of mixture each) on a Silpat lined baking sheet.
  • Bake for 10 minutes or until done.
  • Let stand for 5 minutes to firm up.


Calories: 51kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 9mg | Sodium: 79mg | Potassium: 69mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 0g | Vitamin A: 170IU | Vitamin C: 9.3mg | Calcium: 78mg | Iron: 0.3mg

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These baked cauliflower tots have ton of Tex-Mex flavor but less than 1 net carb each! From


Last Updated 08/21/2020

25 Responses to “Baked Cauliflower Tots with Bold Tex-Mex Flavor”

  1. Dear Marye, sounds like a fabulous trip…I think you have discovered the secret to having our bread and eating it too! We must all move to France!! These cauliflower tots sound wonderful…what a delicious idea! xo, Catherine

    • LOL! Possibly!

  2. I love everything about these!! I can not wait to make them! And your trip–so jealous!

    • It was SO wonderful!

  3. So glad you enjoyed your trip and took a break from the cares (and dietary restrictions) of everyday life. I happen to have a cauliflower sitting in my fridge and this looks like the perfect way to use it. Maybe I’ll play around with the spices, but the general technique is definitely going to get heavy use in this house.

    • They are so good. Next time I am going to leave them thicker, though.

  4. These look amazing Marye, packed full of flavor. So glad you had an awesome trip, I was thinking about you while you were gone! So amazing you didn’t gain a pound, good for you!

    • 🙂 Thanks Allie!

  5. What a wonderful birthday trip, Marye! I think the Fench know a thing or two about waistlines and good food eh?! Or maybe its the side effects of walking around such a gorgeous place! As for these baked cauliflower tots – I must say, these are such a genius idea! This is my first time seeing cauliflower used to make delicious tots and I LOVE it!

    • 🙂 Thanks!

  6. Oooh these look SO GOOD!

    • They really are. Thanks!

  7. Marye – I love the idea of these cauliflower tots!! Thanks for sharing tips for working with the cauliflower on this (making sure they’re very dry before using). Pinning and making!

    • Let me know what you think. 🙂

  8. I studied abroad in France – I miss it so. Sounds like you had a marvelous time!

    • I really did!

  9. I’m in love with your plate! The little strawberries on the rim are so cute. Man these tots sound different and delicious.

    • Thanks! I picked it up in a local antique shop. It’s Johnson Bros. Strawberry Fields I think.

  10. They look amazing and I know my family would love them!

  11. I find that I never gain weight in Europe. I don’t know if it is because I walk non-stop or that the food is healthier. These tots are a great way to get back on track though.

  12. Yep, totally making these today. I’m doing a Whole30 so no cheese…I may add a egg in for a binder. We’ll see how that goes 🙂

  13. I can’t wait to make these Tots. Do you think I could use Cauli Rice or would the rice be too small???

    • It should be fine. 🙂

  14. Marye, may I ask the purpose of the chia seed in this recipe? It sounds like one I will love, but as a rule I don’t use chia seeds.

    • They help hold the mixture together. You could substitute flax or hemp seed meal… anything really.

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