Flamin Hot Buffalo Cauliflower Bites

Flamin Hot Buffalo Cauliflower Bites

Air fried/baked Flamin Hot Buffalo Cauliflower Bites coated with spicy sauce and hint of tandoori masala, crisped up using spicy cheetos crumbs!

I love me some spicy cauliflower bites! These bites are coated with tandoori chickpea flour batter and air fried to give them gluten free crispy coating. In addition, they are slathered in spicy sauce mix made out of Frank’s RedHot, buffalo sauce and tabasco sauce to give them the perfect spicy kick. Now you might wonder if they are crispy enough or not after coating them with spicy sauce mix. Well, how about we use Flamin Hot Cheetos to make them crispy?!?! Yes, you read it right! I wanted to use Flamin Hot Cheetos Crumbs instead of regular breadcrumbs to give these cauliflower bites that extra crisp! As a result, They turned out so so good with this cheetos crumb hack! It did not only added that extra crispiness, but also enhanced the flavor of this healthish bites!

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Flamin Hot Buffalo Cauliflower Bites!

These bites are a definite party pleaser. I like to make them on Super Bowl Sunday as an appetizer. I make a big batch of it and user the leftovers in so many different ways. For example, you can use them for tacos, quesadillas, burritos, salad etc. There are so many other quick and healthy appetizers that you can make for your Super Bowl party like CAULIFLOWER MANCHURIAN ON THE BED OF ASIAN COLESLAW and no chopping required SUPER GREEN GUACAMOLE .

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Flamin Hot Buffalo Cauliflower Bites!

Happy and Healthy Eating!

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Flamin Hot Buffalo Cauliflower Bites

Air fried/baked cauliflower bites coated with spicy buffalo sauce and hint of tandoori masala, crisped up using flamin hot cheetos crumbs!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 4


  • 1 Medium Cauliflower cut into florets, as dry as possible!
  • 3 tsp Tandoori Masala
  • 1 cup Chickpea flour
  • 4 tbsp Salted Butter oil to make it vegan
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • ½ cup Frank's RedHot Original Red Hot Sauce
  • ¼ cup Buffalo Sauce
  • ¼ tsp Tabasco Sauce
  • 2 cup Flamin Hot Cheetos Crumbs


  • Preheat an air fryer or an oven on 375° F.
  • Mix 1 cup of chickpea flour, 4-5 tbsp of salted/melted butter (or oil if making it vegan) and 3 tsp of tandoori masala, 1 tsp of garlic powder and ½ tsp of salt in a big wide bowl. Mix well.
  • Add little water at a time to the chickpea flour mix and smooth it out until you get to pancake like consistency.
  • Coat cauliflower florets evenly with chickpea tandoori batter.
    before bake
  • Air fry the coated cauliflower florets on 375° F for 8-9 minutes or bake them on 375°F for 15 minutes. Shaking them once or twice in the middle. Do not over crowd the air fryer tray ot baking tray. If making a lot of it, air fry or bake them in couple of batches.
  • While the florets are air frying/baking, mix hot sauce, bufalo sauce and tabasco sauce in a wide bowl. Keep it aside.
    hot sauce
  • Process flamin hot cheetos in a food processor until you get breadcrumbs like consistency. You can use regular cheetos if you prefer not spicy. Keep it aside.
  • Once the florets are air fried/baked first time around, take them out and keep it aside for 5-7 minutes to cool it down a little.
  • Once the florets are cooled down a little, coat them first with the hot sauce mix.
    after bake
  • Them coat them with the cheetos crumbs.
  • Air fry them again on 400° F for 5-6 minutes or bake them for 10 minutes. Shaking them in the middle.
  • Once done air frying/baking, serve them hot with side of vegan or regular ranch dressing, celery and carrots!
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