Crock Pot Buffalo Bacon Cauliflower (Low Carb)

Are you looking for a party food or a new and interesting way to add more vegetables to your meals?  This Crock Pot Buffalo Bacon Cauliflower is a super easy vegetable side dish that packs so much flavor into every bite!  We love that it’s a low-carb option and works well for meal prepping!

Serving spoon of buffalo bacon cauliflower over a crock pot

Crock Pot Buffalo Cauliflower

We love going to parties and spending time with friends.  Fall, football games, basketball games, any big games need some buffalo flavors and this dish fits the bill.  Cauliflower is a great appetizer, snack or side dish and this slow cooker recipe will amp up the flavor with your meal or at your tailgate!

This Buffalo Bacon Cauliflower if perfect because it does not require very much effort.  Mix up the casserole in less than ten minutes, turn the crock pot on low and keep doing the other things on your to-do list while this cooks!  A couple more buffalo flavored party foods we enjoy are our Buffalo Chicken Roll-Ups and Buffalo Deviled Eggs.

Crock pot food is great for parties because it will stay warm during travel time and while the game is on. Any place you would bring an Easy Buffalo Chicken Dip you could bring this instead.  People love having another delicious low-carb and keto at parties and meals.

We began with this delicious Easy Low Carb Cauliflower Casserole in the oven and then converted it to Crock Pot Keto Cauliflower Casserole.  These recipes are some of our most popular recipes on Pinterest, so they are the foundation for this Buffalo Cauliflower!

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When I crave a basic vegetable with a light cheese flavor this Air Fryer Roasted Cauliflower or Chessy Roasted Cauliflower is what I make.

Cauliflower cooked in buffalo sauce and ranch dressing, with cream cheese, bacon and green onions

Another low-carb appetizer that we enjoy is our Salami Roll-Ups.  They pair really well with this buffalo cauliflower!

Buffalo Sauce or Hot Sauce?

Frank’s RedHot Buffalo Wing Sauce is what we use because there are no carbs, making it an option for keto diets.  The ranch dressing that we use does have 1 gram of carbs per 2 tablespoons, so be sure to check the label on the ranch as different brands vary.

Buffalo Sauce or Hot Sauce both work well.  I say use what you already have on hand.  There’s only so much room in the refrigerator door for sauces, so it’s hard to keep up on all of the options.

The first time we made this recipe we only used 1/4 cup of Buffalo Sauce and it barely had a buffalo flavor.  One-half cup is the amount that we settled on.

Don’t write buffalo flavors off as hot, there are many ways to vary the levels of heat in this dish.  You can always use less sauce in the recipe and have some dipping sauces available.  This is a great way to appeal to a variety of flavor profiles!  Buffalo flavored vegetable dishes can be made to your liking!

crock pot with open lid full of buffalo cauliflower
 

How to Make Buffalo Bacon Cauliflower

  1. Grease a crock pot or use a non-stick liner.
  2. Pour half of cauliflower in a 4.5 quart crock pot.  Layer thin strips of half of the cream cheese evenly over cauliflower.
  3. Mix together buffalo sauce, ranch dressing, garlic powder, mozzarella cheese and bacon.
  4. Spread half of sauce mixture over cauliflower.
  5. Repeat by layering remaining cauliflower, cream cheese and sauce.
  6. Cook on low 3.5 to 4.5 hours.  Stir one to two times while cooking.
  7. Sprinkle green onions on before serving.
  8. Optional – serve with additional dipping sauce, celery and blue cheese.

Tips for Making Buffalo Cauliflower in the Slow Cooker

  • I used a 4.5-quart crock pot and made two layers of cauliflower and toppings
  • If using a larger crock pot one layer of cauliflower and topping would work better to prevent the sauces from sticking to the bottom
  • Fresh and frozen cauliflower taste the same in this recipe and frozen cauliflower is typically a good bit cheaper, so I prefer frozen
  • Slice the cream cheese into thin strips to help spread out the flavor as much as possible throughout the dish
  • Precooked and crumbled bacon is very convenient, so it works well for us, a couple strips of bacon could be easily substituted
  • Stir at least once during the cooking time to help blend all of the flavors
  • If using the keep warm setting at a party stir occasionally to prevent the sides from burning
  • Serve with additional dipping sauce, celery and blue cheese if desired
Crock Pot Buffalo Cauliflower collage with text

Other Easy Vegetable Side Dishes

Printable Crock Pot Low Carb Buffalo Bacon Cauliflower Recipe

Close up crock pot buffalo cauliflower with buffalo sauce, bacon and green onions

Crock Pot Buffalo Bacon Cauliflower

Servings 8 servings
Jennifer @ Plowing Through Life
Are you looking for a party food or a new and interesting way to add more vegetables to your meals?  This Crock Pot Buffalo Bacon Cauliflower is a super easy vegetable side dish that packs so much flavor into every bite!  We love that it's a low-carb option and works well for meal prepping!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 40 minutes

Ingredients
  

  • 24 ounces frozen cauliflower
  • 4 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella
  • 1/2 cup hot sauce
  • 1/4 cup ranch dressing
  • 2.5 ounces bacon bits
  • 3 green onions sliced

Instructions
 

  • Grease a crock pot or use a non-stick liner.
  • Pour half of cauliflower in a 4.5 quart crock pot.  Layer thin strips of half of the cream cheese evenly over cauliflower.
  • Mix together buffalo sauce, ranch dressing, garlic powder, mozzarella cheese and bacon.
  • Spread half of sauce mixture over cauliflower.
  • Repeat by layering remaining cauliflower, cream cheese and sauce.
  • Cook on low 3.5 to 4.5 hours.  Stir one to two times while cooking.
  • Sprinkle green onions on before serving.

Notes

  • I used a 4.5-quart crock pot and made two layers of cauliflower and toppings
  • If using a larger crock pot one layer of cauliflower and topping would work better to prevent the sauces from sticking to the bottom
  • Fresh and frozen cauliflower taste the same in this recipe and frozen cauliflower is typically a good bit cheaper, so I prefer frozen
  • Slice the cream cheese into thin strips to help spread out the flavor as much as possible throughout the dish
  • Precooked and crumbled bacon is very convenient, so it works well for us, a couple strips of bacon could be easily substituted
  • Stir at least once during the cooking time to help blend all of the flavors
  • If using the keep warm setting at a party stir occasionally to prevent the sides from burning
  • Serve with additional dipping sauce, celery and blue cheese if desired

Nutrition

Calories: 195kcalCarbohydrates: 9gProtein: 9gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 29mgSodium: 795mgPotassium: 340mgFiber: 3gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 354IUVitamin C: 53mgCalcium: 118mgIron: 1mg

Nutritional Disclaimer

“Plowing Through Life” is not a dietitian or nutrition professional. Any nutritional information shared is an estimate and can vary greatly depending on specific products are used. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through an online nutritional calculator of your choice.

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10 Comments

  1. Sara White says:

    I put my own twist to this dish. I used very little hot sauce because I dont like heat. I also used a smoked cheese so it gave it a very smoky taste. I baked the cauliflower in the oven and mixed the other ingredients together in a saucepan on the stove top. We had it as a side dish with Salmon.

    1. So glad you loved it. Thanks so much for sharing this update!

  2. Gladys Houdersheldt says:

    can this recipe be doubled?

    1. Jennifer @ Plowing Through Life says:

      Hey there! I haven’t tested doubling this recipe, but I think it would work fine…might need to increase cooking time just a bit. Please let me know if you give it a try!

  3. Gladys Houdersheldt says:

    Hello…..Ok…TYTY will do!!!! 8`}

  4. Mary Beth says:

    The grocery store substituted broccoli and cauliflower for my frozen cauliflower! Do you think this would work with that?

    1. Jennifer @ Plowing Through Life says:

      Shucks! Sorry to hear that. I know frozen cauliflower has been tricky to find this spring and summer. I’m not sure how broccoli tastes with broccoli, but I think that combination would go great in this recipe: https://plowingthroughlife.com/crock-pot-loaded-cauliflower-casserole-low-carb/

      Please let me know if you give it a try in either recipe and how it works out. Thanks!

  5. Mary Beth says:

    Thanks for responding! I will!

  6. Mary Beth says:

    Thanks! I will. That sounds delicious.

  7. I’m adding grilled chicken strips for main dish

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