Almost 5 Ingredient Green Chile Chorizo Cauliflower Casserole

Who doesn’t love casserole? Everyone loves a casserole. That’s just a fact. So I made one the other day. Then, you know what I did with the leftovers? This is what I did. I added the leftovers to a pan along with some eggs and BOOM. Breakfast. Gosh, paleo is just so easy sometimes. Not all the time, but sometimes.

I honestly wish I could tell you that this weekend was the best weekend I’ve ever had. But it wasn’t that crazy. It was filled with a good amount of food, cooking, a lot of trying to sleep, and movies. Whenever I am feeling even the slightest bit of anxiety about something, I can’t sleep. I create these lists in my head of everything I need to get done. Or everything that could be. Or everything I can’t control. I remember in college, writing down my daily schedule, hour by hour, to make sure I didn’t forget anything. It’s definitely an obsessive quality of mine. One of which I’m sure someone will give me sh*t for. Which is understandable. We all have obsessive qualities, but we always think other people’s obsessions are way more weird.

I did go shopping. That also makes anxiety calm down.

Then found out that my favorite restaurant has amazing gluten free bread. That made my life really exciting. No it wasn’t paleo. Yes it was amazing. And it didn’t give me anxiety.

Then I made a banana bread that came out like bubble gum. Seriously. It tasted freaking delicious, but it was like chewing banana bubble gum. That’s just gross dude. That made me anxious again.

So then I worked out. That made me sore, but less anxious.

At this point, I’m back to the anxious stage. I’ll explain more tomorrow.

I am not a very good ball of joy right now. What in the hell. Get it together, Juli.


Almost 5 Ingredient Green Chile Chorizo Cauliflower Casserole

  • Yield: 4-5 1x


  • 1 pound chorizo (I was lucky enough to have game meat chorizo, but any sort of ground meat would work)
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 12 ounces diced green chiles (I used canned green chiles)
  • 1 small head of cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 4 eggs, whisked
  • lots of salt and pepper
  • diced green onions (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  2. Place a large pan over medium heat. Add chorizo and yellow onion to the pan and brown meat.
  3. Once meat is fully cooked through, add diced green chiles to the pan and mix well.
  4. After everything is mixed, remove from heat and add to a large bowl.
  5. Using a food processor with the shredding attachment, add cauliflower florets and puree until you get cauliflower rice. Place cauliflower rice in bowl.
  6. Add garlic powder, whisked eggs to bowl along with lots of salt and pepper (more salt than pepper) and mix everything together. Remember that the cauliflower will want the flavor.
  7. Add mixture to a greased 9×13 glass baking dish and place in oven. Bake for 45 minutes. Let rest for 5 minutes before eatin’ up. Top with diced green onions, if you’d like!

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Oh, Hi! I’m Juli.

I’m a food hoarder. And a really bad dancer. If you don’t know me well, you will probably not understand my humor. Therefore, I apologize ahead of time. Thanks for listening to my ramblings of my ever-changing life and trusting my kitchen mishaps. Your trust in me is appreciated.


84 thoughts on “Almost 5 Ingredient Green Chile Chorizo Cauliflower Casserole”

  1. Thank you so much for this! I couldn’t think of a nice substitute for my corn tortilla enchiladas.. I think this may be it! Thinking of all the possibilities now… With chicken, or maybe a little cream cheese as a treat. Even red sauce would probably be delicious in there. You’re awesome.

  2. Don’t be so anxious, you’re a beautiful person and you help so many people cook tasty, healthy food.

    Thank you for everything you do!

    I’ll be making this after I run out of spaghetti squash quiche!

  3. This sounds so good! I am curious to know what your opinion may be: what can you substitute an onion with? I had a food sensitivity blood test done due to a long list of aggravating health issues and onions popped pretty high up there on the list. BOO!! Freakin’ love onions! The bastards… Anywho… I’ve made your simple chorizo hash & spaghetti squash breakfast bake and swapped the onion for a green bell pepper. Not the same, but it’s all I could think of? But I stink at food-creating and you are so awesome at it. 🙂 What else could substitute an onion? Lol.

    BTW, almonds popped high on the list — BOO! Lol.

    1. i was thinking the same thing with a bell pepper! i don’t love the taste of green bell pepper, so i’d probably use another color, but whatever works for you!! and add lots of garlic too 🙂 almonds irritate my gut a ton too, i try to stay away from them!

        1. i’m guessing if you have an onion sensitivity garlic wouldn’t work for you either. or anything in the family (leeks, shallots,etc.) my husband has this and i had to re-learn how to cook! i hate not using onion

      1. Unfortunately, leeks are in the same class. 🙁 Similar properties I’ve been told. So I have to avoid the whole family. Boo!

  4. I am definitely the same way! My head just doesnt stop sometimes and its the worst! Working out does help but it is still annoying! Can’t wait to try this one! Sausage scares me though in recipes not going to lie!

  5. Can totally relate. I had an awful sleep last night and mostly because I was figuring out how I was going to fit in my meal prep for the week AND yoga today. Literally ruined my whole night’s sleep…really?!

    This recipe is perfect since I just bought some chorizo this week!

  6. Can’t wait to try this!!! I need to change things up a little from eating your amazing Pizza Spaghetti Pie for every meal the last several days! 🙂

  7. So, about the scheduling your day hour by hour – guilty. Seems it was more effective in college than it is now, but that doesn’t stop me from doing it when I feel overwhelmed!

  8. I made your last 5-ingredient dish (and loved it!!) and am going to make this one tonight with pork sausage….do you cook the cauliflower before you shred it, or put it in the food processor raw?

  9. dumb question, but are green chillies hot?
    Also can I sub chillies for something else?
    I can’t do nightshades, and my kids don’t like spicy hot food, but it doesn’t look a yummo dish.

    1. I’ve been told by a naturopathic doctor who counseled against nightshades, that Hatch Green Chiles are actually not nightshades, so maybe you could use mild green chiles for you and your kids?

  10. Loving all of your casseroles! They make such amazing leftovers. I’ve made the spaghetti squash pizza twice in the last week and now I just made this one tonight! Thanks so much for your awesome recipes!

  11. We made your pizza casserole on Friday and loved it. While we were eating I told my husband that it was nice to have a casserole! I kinda missed that. Casseroles are so comforting. Can’t wait to try this one 🙂

  12. Soooo incredibly easy and delicious!!! I added lots of red chili flakes and used TJ’s 21 Seasoning Salute when I was cooking the meat (I used ground beef).

    YUM! Thanks for the recipe!

  13. Someone at Crossfit told me about your website and I LOVE your recipes, your storys, etc…. Question – may be stupid but I don’t have a food processor but a Blendtec blender – can you use that to chop up the cauliflower?

  14. So many awesome uses for Cauliflower! My co workers do not appreciate the reheat smell, however I drool over the taste. They just don’t know what they are missing. Can’t wait to try this one out. Another favorite is cauli pizza!! love me some Za!

  15. I freakin love casseroles and I am loving your 5-ish ingredient dishes! So awesome. You are right! That really helps Paleo be easy, when you can find 5-ish things, through it together and BOOM! Delicious-ness. I hope your anxiety subsides… I have a feeling it has to do with your house hunting. Good luck! Everything happens for a reason and it will all work out the way it is supposed to. Or something like that. 🙂

  16. Yay! i can’t wait to make this. My stomach is growling reading the ingredient list. Looking forward to my breakfast “leftover” too. You are awesome!!

  17. I made this last night and it was delicious! Perfect to eat for breakfast too. I have a bad habit of adding sriracha to everything but didn’t need to with this because the flavor was there with the chiles and chorizo. Thank you for posting such delicious, easy meals!

  18. Hi Juli,

    Love your personality! I just bought some turkey sausage to make this with, could you give me a guessed estimate on how much salt and pepper you put in? My type A personality is kind of freaking out with the measurement “lots” of salt and pepper. Haha. This looks so good, I don’t want to mess it up! 🙂


  19. Super easy recipe and it tasted amazing!! However, mine turned out more red than the picture and I was wondering if that’s because of the chorizo I used? What do you think? Thanks!!

  20. I love your website Juli! You make such amazing dishes; I make at least one recipe from here a week. I decided to modify this and make it a frittata instead of a casserole and it was fantastic! Now I have breakfast for the whole week.

  21. Just made this to have for breakfast through the week….had to sample a corner…yummy! 🙂 Thanks for the great idea & recipe. I think I’ll add a couple more eggs next time to make it a little more solid. I guess that would be more frittata like. Thanks again!

  22. I subbed spaghetti squash for cauliflower and threw in some fresh jalapenos along with the green chile. It turned out really well – so spicy and delicious! Perfect for winter.

  23. I just made this and it was very tasty. I used ground beef and added a can of tomatoes. I am new to this paleo thing and I am really enjoying your recipes.

  24. Very good, I just wish my green chiles were a little spicier. I’m glad I liked it, I have enough to last a week.
    Tell me though, how did you possibly prep this in 15 minutes? It took me much longer than that, probably close to that just to get everything out of the fridge/cabinets.

  25. Hi Juli! I’ve been following your blog for awhile and am now in midst of a full-on Paleo Challenge. Your recipes have been super helpful in getting me through this! How do you think this would freeze? I’ve been looking for good recipes to stock up on so I have some healthy paleo food in a pinch. If not this one, have you frozen any of your other casseroles/stews? Thanks

  26. I made this last night, thinking that I’d be the only one eating it. Wow! Was I wrong! Easy and Yummy! Love it! Thank you!!!

  27. On Sunday we made the Almost Five Ingredient Pizza Spaghetti and tonight the Almost Five Ingredient Green Chili Cauliflower. We could not decide which was better. Thank you for these wonderful recipes. My husband and I look at each other sometimes and are amazed at how well we eat. There is no room to miss the things we thouht we would miss (wheat, sugar).

  28. Just made this! DELICIOUS!! It didn’t look like yours as far as color but from reading a previous comment, it doesn’t really matter! Will definitely be making this again :0)

  29. So I kinda made this casserole. I made your pizza casserole last week (practically ate the whole thing by myself…oops) and LOVED it so I thought I would make a different version this week. Although I only used 4 ingredients and only 2 were the same as yours….oops again. All I had on hand was spaghetti squash, eggs, ground pork and tomatillo salsa (organic and clean ingredients). Somehow it came out great!! I can’t wait to have it for brunch tomorrow! These spaghetti squash casseroles are simple and a total hit! Thanks for sharing!!

  30. Made this last night! So amazing! Ate way too much=really bloaty! Thanks again! Love your recipes Juli! You are amazing

  31. I made this last night, and it was a cauliflowery, sausagey explosion of flavor for my taste buds. The only thing I did different was I added cheese. Glorious. Thanks so much.

  32. I’ve been waiting to make this (I’ve been on the road most of the month so far). I am headed out to get the ingredients I still need today. Looking forward to some amazing goodness in the morning!

  33. This recipe is DELICIOUS! Super easy to make and I appreciate that the ingredients are simple. I’ve made a few of your recipes this week (this one and the Almost 5 Ingredient Pizza Spaghetti Pie- umm, equally delicious) and I am now only searching for Paleo recipes from you! Thank you for keeping things fresh, easy and real! xo

  34. Making this tonight but the only chorizo we have available where we live (Fairbanks Alaska) is the squishy, greasy kind so it’ll probably come out really red but I dont care, I love the sound of this dish and cant wait. Thanks for all the delicious recipes!

  35. Since cauliflower is another veg my bf will “tolerate” and were doing the whole30 I had to make this! Couldn’t find a compliant chorizo and were having a lot of beef this week so I started a batch of salsa verde chicken thighs in the crockpot and used that, so for the onions I nearly caramelized them in ghee and added 2 4oz cans chilies, one hot one mild for some kick. Perhaps I should have dried off the cauliflower after ricing because he said he wished it was a little drier, although if I had cooked it longer it would have burnt! Was nick and crispy brown around the outside. Delish!!!! Also making your southwest meatloaf again this week, it was a hit the first time! Both 4-5 stars (wouldn’t let me rate)

  36. Hi! I’m brand new to paleo. My friend Jill recommended your blog. This is the first recipe I tried. I. Love. It! I substituted Italian sausage for the chorizo because I don’t love chorizo, and it was delicious. So flavorful and filling! I plan on adding this into my regular rotation. My casserole turned out very slightly watery, so next time I think I’ll sauté longer to cook off more moisture. Cauliflower “rice” is one of my new favorite things. :). Thank you!

  37. hmm, my cauliflower must have been too small. I only used half a pound of chorizo and it was way more meat than cauli. oh well, I’ll try it again with more cauli next time!

  38. So what happened was, the first time I made this, I made it on the weekend for my family to have for dinner later in the week. Then, I ate the whole thing. THE WHOLE THING. Then, I made it again and managed to save some for the other people in my house. The six-year-old was begging for caulifower. Begging. So. Thanks for this.

  39. So this isn’t exactly Paleo, but this recipe is AMAZING wrapped up in a corn tortilla as a breakfast taco.

  40. I know this is an old post, but after making this for probably the seventh time, I think it deserves a review! I first made this about halfway through my first Whole 30 when I was craving some comfort food. I actually said “oh my god” out loud (to my dog, I guess) when I had my first taste because it is just so satisfying and delicious! This recipe is what convinced me that I could finish my Whole 30 (ended up being 66 days!) and ultimately stick with Paleo, simply because it showed me that Paleo is NOT boring. A year and a half later, I’m still about 90% Paleo (and as a result, asthma and acne-free), and I owe that in no small part to you, Juli. I use your recipes from this site and cookbooks about 3 or 4 times a week — and it all started with this one.

  41. This is so good! Extremely worth all the dirty crap in my kitchen I now need to clean. And that’s the gold standard in my opinion.

  42. You will probably never see this considering this post is so old but I made this last night and wow. WOW! Hubby loved it, I loved it, already looking forward to the leftovers. I added fresh jalapeno and topped it with some extra jalapeno slices on top. Delicious!!!

    My intent was to make your newer chorizo recipe from 1/4 but I didn’t have enough eggs and didn’t feel like going to the store so I did a quick search for chorizo on your site and boom, dinner was done!

  43. Made this last week and it was so yummy! My husband purchased soyrizo instead and I didn’t have enough chilis so I added fresh jalapeños and it still turned out great. I’m remaking it this week with real chorizo and I imagine it’ll be even better. Your recipes are seriously the best and I love listening to the podcast. Please keep them coming!

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