Crock Pot Loaded Cauliflower Casserole (Low Carb)

Do you need an easy flavor-filled side dish for a family meal or a party?  This Crock Pot Loaded Cauliflower Casserole is so easy to make and it tastes great all year around!  As a bonus, it’s low carb and the leftovers reheat really well!

close up loaded cauliflower made in a slow cooker

Slow Cooker Cauliflower Casserole

Frozen cauliflower loaded with cream cheese, shredded cheese, bacon and green onions taste so good that even the picky eaters in our family enjoy it!  Using the slow cooker makes this side dish easy enough to make on the busiest of days!

Our family and anyone that has eaten it LOVES our Loaded Twice Baked Potato Casserole.  A reader suggested that I make a low-carb version with Cauliflower and then our Easy Low-Carb Loaded Cauliflower Casserole recipe became very popular too.  So I decided our life would be even better if we had a low-carb and keto cauliflower recipe to make in the Crock Pot.  Thus this recipe was born!

Our family loves eating this cauliflower casserole with almost any meat.  Grilling plain meat is one of our favorite meals to dress up with this simple side dish.  I’ve made the oven version for parties and the crowds raved, so I will be making this crock pot version when asked to bring a vegetable side dish in the future.  We like plain meat because this dish brings so much flavor and is often the star of the meal!

Crock Pot Loaded Cauliflower Casserole on a spoon above crock pot is a keto side dish

This dish is not the cooked cauliflower that you remember as a kid being plain and boiled.  My husband said this dish is so good you barely know there’s cauliflower there!  In fact we adapted it to make Crock Pot Buffalo Bacon Cauliflower.  And we also have this simple and delicious Air Fryer Roasted Cauliflower.

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Another delicious vegetable side dish where the vegetables are very easy to eat is our Broccoli Cauliflower Salad.

Ingredients Needed:

  • Frozen Cauliflower
  • Cream Cheese
  • Mozzarella Cheese
  • Cheddar Cheese
  • Bacon Bits
  • Green Onions

Keto Loaded Cauliflower Casserole Recipe

  1. Pour half of the cauliflower in an even layer in the crock.
  2. Cut cream cheese into strips or cubes and layer half on cauliflower.
  3. Sprinkle half of shredded cheese and bacon bits over frozen cauliflower.
  4. Repeat by layering remaining cream cheese.
  5. Then sprinkle remaining shredded cheese and bacon on top.
  6. Stir once or twice while cooking.
  7. Cook on low for 3 to 4 hours.
  8. Sprinkle green onions on top and serve.
Loaded crock pot cauliflower casserole topped with green onions

Tips for Making Low-Carb Loaded Cauliflower Casserole

  • Use frozen cauliflower for convenience and a better value
  • Cut cream cheese into small cubes or thin strips to help spread out creaminess as much as possible
  • If using a large crock pot just make one layer of ingredients and know this may affect cooking time
  • A small crock pot works better so that cheese doesn’t fall below the cauliflower and burn
  • Feel free to bake or fry your own bacon, we use precooked bacon bits simply for convenience
  • This recipe reheats well and can be stored in the refrigerator for 2 – 3 days
Slow cooker low carb cauliflower casserole on white plate with a fork

How to Make Crock Pot Loaded Cauliflower Casserole

Begin by laying out all of the ingredients.  If possible I try to let the cream cheese soften a little bit before making the casserole.

Ingredients needed to make loaded cauliflower casserole - cauliflower, bacon bit, cheeses and green onions

Grease the crockpot with a non-stick spray or use a liner to make clean-up easier.

The cauliflower should be in a single layer and as close together as possible.  Avoid using a large crockpot that leaves a lot of gaps between the cauliflower as the cheese will fall through.

Use a spoon to add dollops of cream cheese over as many pieces of cauliflower as possible.

Layer of frozen cauliflower in a crock pot with cream cheese dollops

Sprinkle mozzarella cheese, cheddar cheese and bacon bits on top of the frozen cauliflower and cream cheese.

Layer of bacon bits, mozzarella and cheddar cheese on cauliflower in crock pot

Add remaining frozen cauliflower and repeat layers in the crock.

Cauliflower in crock pot with layers of three cheese and bacon bits

Turn crock pot to low and cook for 3 to 4 hours.  Stir once or twice while cooking and before serving to help the cheeses all mix together well.

Chop up green onions and sprinkle over the top.  Serve warm and enjoy!

Frozen cauliflower loaded with cream cheese, shredded cheese, bacon and green onions taste so good that even the picky eaters in our family enjoy it!  Using the slow cooker makes this side dish easy enough to make on the busiest of days!

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Printable Crock Pot Loaded Cauliflower Casserole Recipe

cauliflower casserole in slower cooker loaded with bacon and cheese

Crock Pot Loaded Cauliflower Casserole

Servings 6 servings
Jennifer @ Plowing Through Life
Do you need an easy flavor filled side dish for a family meal or a party?  This Crock Pot Loaded Cauliflower Casserole is so easy to make and it tastes great all year around! 
5 from 8 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 10 minutes

Ingredients
  

  • 24 ounces frozen cauliflower
  • 4 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese
  • 3 ounces bacon bits
  • 2-3 green onions diced

Instructions
 

  • Use a slow cooker liner or grease crock.
  • Pour half of cauliflower in an even layer in the crock. Cut cream cheese into strips or cubes and layer half on cauliflower. Sprinkle half of shredded cheese and bacon bits over frozen cauliflower.
  • Repeat by layering cauliflower, cream cheese and then sprinkling shredded cheese and bacon on top.
  • Cook on low for 3 to 4 hours. Stir once or twice while cooking.
  • Sprinkle green onions on top and serve.

Notes

  • Use frozen cauliflower for convenience and a better value
  • Cut cream cheese into small cubes or thin strips to help spread out creaminess as much as possible
  • If using a large crock pot just make one layer of ingredients and know this may affect cooking time
  • A small crock pot works better so that cheese doesn’t fall below the cauliflower and burn
  • Feel free to bake or fry your own bacon, we use precooked bacon bits simply for convenience 

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Nutrition

Calories: 294kcalCarbohydrates: 11gProtein: 17gFat: 21gSaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 55mgSodium: 580mgPotassium: 429mgFiber: 4gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 609IUVitamin C: 56mgCalcium: 291mgIron: 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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30 Comments

  1. Good morning Jennifer. Is sounds yummy for the Labor Day week. Could you use fresh cauliflower instead of frozen? Thanks for sharing. You have a. Great blog with such wonderful recipes and stories.

    1. Sure can! Just keep an eye on it as it may not take quite as long to cook. Hope you enjoy!

  2. jacqueline adams says:

    Hi my question is can I bake the cauliflower casserole and layers just the same like in the crock pot thank you please reply

  3. This was the perfect healthy comfort food casserole! We’ll be making it again for the holidays!!

  4. Derouhe Shegian says:

    What is the best way to reheat this dish ?

    1. Jennifer Osterholt says:

      We always reheat in the microwave!

  5. 5 stars
    Looks like a great low carb recipe!

  6. Chrissy Nelson says:

    If you are using a large crock pot can you double the recipe? Have you ever used roasted cauliflower in this dish?

    1. Jennifer @ Plowing Through Life says:

      Hey there – I have not tested it, but I think the recipe would be fairly easy to double. It might take a little longer to warm through. I have not tested using roasted cauliflower either, but we do love this recipe in the oven: https://plowingthroughlife.com/easy-low-carb-loaded-cauliflower-casserole/

      Please let how it turns out! Hope you enjoy!

  7. Dave Webb says:

    5 stars
    Going to make this for my Christmas pitch-in tomorrow at work (I do Keto). You say to either use a liner or grease the pot. I’m out of liners .. but can I use a spray olive oil?

    1. Jennifer @ Plowing Through Life says:

      We hope everyone loves the dish as much as we do! I do use a non-stick spray or liners. I hope all goes well!

  8. Don’t have mozzarella cheese on hand. Could I just double the cheddar or use shredded parmesan instead?

    1. Hi! I would double the cheddar or use a cheddar blend. Hope you love the recipe!

  9. What is the net carbs for this recipe?

    1. Hello! I’ve added a tool to the recipe cards that estimate nutrition values, but please know that it is just an estimate and can vary greatly based on actual ingredients used. I hope you enjoy the recipe!

  10. 5 stars
    I made this tonight. Since I have a larger crockpot, I only made one layer of cauliflower. It was delicious and super easy! I’ll definitely be making it again! Thanks for the recipe!

    1. This is great to hear! Thanks so much for letting us know. Hope you have a great week!

  11. I made this several times with a couple modifications. I made mine with cauliflower rice and also added a stick of butter. The butter makes it! It was a huge hit! Everyone loved it! This is my new favorite!

  12. Has anyone made this in an instant pot? If so, how long cook fine?

  13. Could I bake this in the oven instead? If so how long and what temp?

  14. 5 stars
    I love this so much! I’ve made it a few times now and my friends and family request that I invite them over when I make it! I try to share with them the easy recipe lol I came back for comments about modifications, I like the suggestion of butter. I use pepper and am afraid to try other spices, has anyone added any spices for any extra flavor? Garlic/garlic powder?

  15. Just a question here. You mention using a small crock pot for making this recipe.

    What size is your crock pot?

    1. Jennifer @ Plowing Through Life says:

      Good question! I use a 6 quart which works okay, sometimes it would be nice to have a smaller one 🙂

  16. 5 stars
    It sounds great! I’m diabetic and had very high blood sugar today so this low carb side will be great for our July 4th dinner tonight. It’s in the Crock Pot cooking and was so easy to make. I added a little chicken broth, sour cream, and garlic seasoning. Thanks.

  17. 5 stars
    Came out creamy and not watery.

  18. 5 stars
    This has been requested for me to make over and over during the holidays my family LOVES it. I have successfully doulbed it..I’ve used pepper jack cheese instead of cheddar.

    1. Jennifer @ Plowing Through Life says:

      Hey There! Thanks so much for sharing! This is so nice to hear 🙂 Hope you keep making and enjoying this casserole! ~Jennifer

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