Cauliflower and Black Bean Chili


Cauliflower is versatile vegetable that will obtain flavor from whatever it is being cooked with.  Adding Cauliflower to any dinner dish is a great way to get those extra vegetables. 

My parents came to visit from Chicago this weekend, and offered to babysit my boys!  What a great treat!  My husband and I went out to a restaurant named the Brown Bottle in Cedar Falls for a DATE!   It was sooo nice to get out of the house and have an actual adult conversation with my Hubby!

When I have people visiting our home, I like to have ” ready-made” food in the fridge that you can just heat and serve.  This way, I can spend more time visiting. Plus, then you don’t have to sit around, figuring out what to have for dinner or lunch.

My parents called on Friday afternoon and told me they would be coming in the morning.   I decided to throw on a pot of chili.  This Cauliflower Chili was one of those ” throw together” dishes that turned out to be AH mazing!

Whenever I make any type of stew/chili I like to add as many vegetables as possible.  Cauliflower was simply what I had around.


Whenever Cauliflower is on sale, I always buy a bunch.  It’s a little sad how I can eat en entire head of cauliflower for lunch all by myself. I put an entire head of cauliflower in my chili, along with 5 large carrots.  The more veggies, the better!


Kristen’s Cauliflower Chili  ( Serves 10 or more.  I always like to make extra when I cook, this way I can freeze some for another meal! ) 


1 large head of Cauliflower.  Chopped 

5 large carrots chopped 

1 small onion chopped 

2 lbs of ground turkey. Cooked and drained 

2 cans of black beans 

2 cans of tomato sauce 

1/2 bag of frozen corn 

2 tablespoons of smoked paprika. ( I love that stuff) 

1 tablespoon of Chili powder

1 teaspoon of garlic powder

Add all the above ingredients in a crock pot and let it cook on high for 4-5 hours.  You can choose to leave it on longer.  Sometimes the longer chili cooks for, the more intense the flavor will be.

Chili is always better when you eat it for lunch on the second day.  Yum.


Both of my parents loved this chili, my dad and son didn’t even realize that the chili had cauliflower in it.  I could though.  I could taste that cauliflower flavor.  It was so good.  🙂





  1. This looks delicious. I love cauliflower too. In fact, there is some in the fridge, so I will try this.

  2. How would this be without the turkey?
    I don’t eat meat but like the sound of a cauliflower chili 🙂

    • I don’t think that meat is necessary. But I would add another filler. Quinoa, Butternut Squash, or sweet potatoes might be good.

  3. How would it be without the turkey?
    I don’t eat meat.

  4. I want to make this but don’t need to make so much- want to cut it in 1/2 — you suggest cutting all ingredients in 1/2 or what do you think?

    • That’s really up to you. I might half of everything. But its a slow cooker meal, so it will taste good no matter what you do. 🙂

  5. Do you know the calories per servings for this?

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