Cauliflower Mexican Rice | Elana’s Pantry


by Sil Pancho



Tired of empty-calorie, high carb foods filling your plate?

My Cauliflower Mexican Rice recipe is a fantastic nutrient-dense side dish that will rock your low carb world.

Cauliflower Mexican Rice

One Pot Meal

Better yet? Throw in some leftover chicken to make Cauliflower Mexican Rice a one-pot meal.

Is Cauliflower Low in Carbohydrates?

For those avoiding starchy foods such as white rice, cauliflower is a wonderful alternative packed with vitamins, minerals, and a wealth of antioxidants.

Carbs in Cauli

Rice and Cauliflower Carbs

I’ve been substituting cauliflower rice in place of white rice since I went on a grain-free diet more than twenty years ago in 2001.

Easy Recipe for Dirty Rice

And my boys have enjoyed eating this healthy way too! They love Cauliflower Mexican Rice, though they call it dirty rice.

Back in the day, before they went to college, we had this spicy low carb side dish with the Herbed Turkey Loaf recipe from The Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook. They and their friends went wild for this healthy dinner.

I hope you love this healthy Cauliflower Mexican Rice recipe as much as we do!


Pin Recipe

  • Heat olive oil over medium heat in a 9 inch skillet
  • Add garlic, onion, celery, peppers, and scallions and sauté until soft

  • Stir in riced cauliflower, thyme, bay leaf, salt, pepper, chili, and cumin

  • Add chicken stock

  • Simmer over medium-low heat, stirring frequently for 30 minutes or until liquid is cooked down

  • Serve

Prep Time 10 mins

Cook Time 40 mins

Total Time 50 mins

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Cajun Rice Recipe with Cauliflower

With garlic, onion, peppers, and an array of Cajun spices like chili and cumin, this is one healthy side dish the whole family will love.

Is Cauliflower Good For You?

The health benefits of cauliflower are numerous.

First, cauliflower belongs to the brassica family, along with broccoli, cabbage, kale, brussel sprouts, and more, also known as cruciferous vegetables.

Health Benefits Cauliflower

Cruciferous vegetables are full of fiber, antioxidants, and anti-inflammatory compounds that contain a number of substances that both nourish and detoxify the body.

One particularly exciting thing about cruciferous vegetables is that they contain indole 3-carbinol (IC3) which activates detoxification pathways in the gut and liver potentially lowering cancer risk.

Due to the benefits of IC3, I take at least one DIM capsule per day and eat as many helpings of brassica vegetables as I can each week.

Cauliflower Nutrients

 In addition to being a great detoxifier, cauliflower is packed with a number of nutrients including:

  • Vitamin C
  • Iron
  • Calcium
  • Magnesium

Keto Diet Healthy Recipes

Because it is both nutritious and low-carb, cauliflower is a great food if you are on a keto diet. For more low-carb recipes see my Keto Diet Healthy Recipes page.

Low Carb Alternatives to Rice

Did you know that you can use cauliflower as a healthy substitute for rice in many dishes?

And if you’re looking for more amazing low carb substitutes for starchy fare, check out my article on Low Carb Pasta: Healthy Low Carb Swaps for Noodles.Pasta Pasta

Recipes for Riced Cauliflower

After I created my Basic Cauliflower Rice recipe, I received many requests for flavored cauliflower rice recipes.

When I saw that Paleo Comfort Foods

had a recipe for Dirty Rice, I knew I’d have to make my own version. My Cauliflower Mexican Rice is based on theirs.

Cauliflower Low Carb Recipes

Mexican Chicken and Rice

Mexican Chicken and Rice

If you love my Mexican Cauliflower Rice you’ll want to check out my skillet Mexican Chicken and Rice which elevates this one pot dish to a new level.

Roasted Carrots Zucchini Cauliflower

Roasted Cauliflower Oven with Carrots and Zucchini

Love cauliflower but want to bring some other roasted vegetables to the table?

My Roasted Cauliflower Carrots and Zucchini is made with those three delicious vegetables. Sprinkle with oil, salt, pepper, and rosemary and you’re good to go! 

mashed cauliflowerRecipe for Mashed Cauliflower

I don’t know about you, but as the days get cooler I crave my recipe for Mashed Cauliflower which is also the perfect Thanksgiving side dish.

This recipe for Mashed Cauliflower is made with only three ingredients: cauliflower, olive oil, and salt. If you’ve been wondering how to make cauli mash you’ll be so happy you found this dish. 

roasted cauliflower soup

Cauliflower Soup Roasted

My Roasted Cauliflower Soup contains a mere five ingredients. All you need to make it is cauliflower, olive oil, salt, onion, and bone broth –you couldn’t have a shorter grocery list for delicious homemade soup.

No Potato Salad

No Potato Salad Homemade

Can’t eat potatoes but miss potato salad? I have the perfect solution for you.

My No Potato Salad is the perfect low-carb potato salad alternative for picnics, barbecues, and dinner any old night of the week.

You won’t miss the real thing and will be hooked on this healthy new salad!

Cauliflower Recipes Easy

I hope you enjoy all of my easy, healthy cauliflower recipes. What’s your favorite way to eat cauliflower?

Leave a comment and let me know!

This post is an oldie but goodie from the archives, I first published Cauliflower Mexican Rice in 2011.

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