Cauliflower Mexican Rice (Paleo, Vegan, Keto, Whole30)


Get a taste of Mexican restaurant at home with this yummy paleo and vegan Cauliflower Mexican Rice. It tastes like the real deal but it’s Whole30 and keto-friendly!

Cauliflower Mexican Rice Paleo Vegan Whole30 Keto

One of the things I judge a Mexican restaurant by is the rice that they serve on the side. When it’s done well, it’s perfectly cooked, fluffy, and flavored so deliciously with yummy spices. It goes so well with the main dish and my husband actually loves it even more than I do, and will often eat my share after he finishes his.

Because we are both such fans, I decided to recreate the dish at home with this Cauliflower Mexican Rice and I love the way it turned out. It has all the flavors of a restaurant style rice but it’s packed with veggies from the cauliflower and super low in carbs for those of you on the ketogenic diet.

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This Cauliflower Mexican Rice recipe is actually much easier and simpler to make than real rice because cauliflower cooks so much faster. I got this on the table in less than 20 minutes and you really can’t beat that when you are looking for a quick and simple side dish on a busy weekday.

I think it goes well with any main dish, but I especially love it alongside some Salsa Verde Chicken, Chili Lime Instant Pot Short Ribs, and Instant Pot Barbacoa as the flavors complement with each other so perfectly. The cilantro and lime are totally optional and I actually don’t think they are added into Mexican rice at restaurants usually, but I think they brighten up the rice both visually and taste-wise so I always like to finish off with them for this recipe.

Hope you enjoy this delicious Cauliflower Mexican Rice as much as we did, and let me know what you served it with in the comments below if you end up making it!

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Cauliflower Mexican Rice (Paleo, Vegan, Keto, Whole30)

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 11 minutes
Total Time: 16 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 53 kcal
Author: Jean Choi

Get a taste of Mexican restaurant at home with this yummy paleo and vegan Cauliflower Mexican Rice. It tastes like the real deal but it's Whole30 and keto-friendly!

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Ingredients

  • 1 medium head of cauliflower
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/2 medium onion diced
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce
  • Optional: Cilantro and 1 tbsp lime juice for garnish

Instructions

  1. Remove the leaves off the cauliflower and cut off the florets from the roots. 

  2. Use a cheese grater or a food processor with a grater attachment, and grate the cauliflower into the size of rice. Set aside. 

  3. Heat coconut oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. 

  4. Add diced onion and cook stirring for 4-5 minutes until translucent. 

  5. Add garlic and cook stirring for 1 minute. 

  6. Add the cauliflower rice, chili powder, sea salt, and black pepper, and stir together.

  7. Add tomato sauce and sauté for about 5 minutes, while stirring frequently. 

  8. If using, add in cilantro and lime juice. 

  9. Serve warm. 

Nutrition Facts
Cauliflower Mexican Rice (Paleo, Vegan, Keto, Whole30)
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 53 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3g 5%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Sodium 471mg 20%
Potassium 214mg 6%
Total Carbohydrates 5g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 2g
Protein 1g 2%
Vitamin A 6.7%
Vitamin C 20%
Calcium 1.6%
Iron 3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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13 thoughts on “Cauliflower Mexican Rice (Paleo, Vegan, Keto, Whole30)

  1. tina

    Yuuuuuum! I love mexican rice done right – I bet this being made of cauliflower rice gives it an awesome delicious flavor too!

    Reply

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