Mexican Cauliflower Rice

Updated 8.14.20

Mexican Cauliflower Rice

Hi there! This dish is delicious, healthy and so easy to make! You can also make it Whole30 and Paleo. You gotta try this! 

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Hubby and I love Cauliflower Rice Mexican style! It goes well with so many dishes like, enchiladas, tacos, taco salad, fajitas. I made a Enchilada Bake, that’s what is in the background. Another super easy recipe. 👍

I’ve been making this Mexican Cauliflower Rice for a couple of years now. Ever since
I completed the Whole30 Challenge. Cauliflower is such a delicious and versatile vegetable.
Have you ever made cauliflower mashed potatoes? They are the BOMB! In fact, I
probably would pick them over regular mashed potatoes. Plus they are also sooo easy
to make.

I've made another dish with cauliflower rice called Oriental Cauliflower Rice Dish. This one
has an asian flair to it! Delish!

Over the years, especially during the winter months when fresh cauliflower isn't as readily available.  I use frozen cauliflower.  I always keep a couple of bags in the freezer.  You never know when the craving will hit. 😍

First, you need to chop up the cauliflower into “rice”. It’s really really easy if you have 
one of these sweet things, a Cuisinart Mini Prep Food Processor.

Chop up cauliflower

I just pulsed a few times and it comes out perfect!  I used a whole head of a cauliflower.  It makes quite a bit of “rice”.

If you are using frozen cauliflower, I use 2 bags and microwave each one for 1 minute before "ricing" it.  It rices quite nicely when it's partially frozen.

Chopped Cauliflower

When it’s all "riced", you will add….
2-3 Tbl. of coconut oil or olive oil
All of the spices, (which are listed below) and turn the burner on to about medium to medium/high.

Spices Added to Cauliflower

Then add your salsa. Which is optional with Whole30, unless you find one that is
compliant, or you can add tomatoes and some green chilies.

Add Salsa to Cauliflower Rice

You cook it on medium/high for about 10-15 minutes. It’s neat how it turns darker
as it cooks.

Mexican Cauliflower Rice

That’s all there is to it!

Here’s the full recipe:

Mexican Cauliflower Rice

1 head of cauliflower (chopped/riced) or 2 bags of frozen cauliflower
2-3 Tbl. coconut oil or olive oil
1 Tbl. garlic minced
1 Tbl. cumin
1 Tbl.. garlic powder
1 Tbl. onion powder
1/2 cup of salsa, I used mild salsa
1 packet of Sazon ( that's if you aren't making it Paleo or Whole30)

If you want to add some "heat", a bit of cayenne pepper should do the trick!
Also for Whole30, instead of salsa, you can add something compliant like
chopped tomatoes and peppers.

Stir and  to keep from burning for about 10-15 minutes. 
Cauliflower Rice Mexican Style



  1. Hi Lori,
    Oh, I love that you've added these flavorings to cauliflower rice and the salsa is the perfect topping. I'll definitely add cayenne pepper as well. I'm a huge fan of cauliflower in every form and especially love the rice.
    Great to find your beautiful blog!

    1. Hi Robyn! I'm so glad you stopped by! Hope you like it as much as I do!

  2. That looks interesting Lori. Something new to try.

    1. Thanks, Linda! I know it sounds a bit weird, but trust me you gotta try it!! Thanks for stopping by! :)


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