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Spanish Cauliflower Rice

by: claire cary

This Mexican cauliflower rice is a lightened up, paleo and low-carb version of your favorite! It's perfect in burrito bowls, tacos, salads and more.
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Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 10 mins
Total: 15 mins


  • 1 large head cauliflower
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion
  • ½ red bell pepper
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 3 tbsp tomato paste
  • 3 tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1-2 tbsp lime juice
  • ¼ cup vegetable or chicken broth
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • ½ tsp cumin
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • ¼ tsp oregano
  • Optional: cayenne pepper to taste


  • Chop the cauliflower into small florets (smaller is easier to process) and add to your food processor. You may need to do this in 2-3 batches, depending on the size of your food processor, I did mine in 2.
  • You may need to do this in 2-3 batches, depending on the size of your food processor, I did mine in 2.
  • Pulse 25-30 times using the pulse function, don't let it run on its own or it will get mushy! Just pulse until it's well broken up and has a consistency that looks somewhat like rice.
  • Into a large skillet, add the diced onion and olive oil. Saute for about 5 minutes.
  • Add in the diced bell pepper and garlic. Saute an additional 5 or so minutes or until the garlic starts to brown.
  • Add in all remaining ingredients aside from the cauliflower and mix well to combine.
  • Add in the riced cauliflower and mix well to combine.
  • Let simmer, uncovered, over low heat for about 10 minutes to allow the cauliflower to cook and all of the flavors to blend.
  • When it's done, the cauliflower will be soft, but still have a slight crunch to it. Taste and adjust flavors as desired. Feel free to add some cayenne pepper or red pepper flakes for some spice!
  • Garnish with fresh cilantro and red pepper flakes.


You can use frozen riced cauliflower from the grocery store if you prefer! You'll need about a standard 12 ounce bag for this recipe.
Serving: 0.5cup / Calories: 88kcal / Carbohydrates: 10g / Protein: 3g / Fat: 5g / Fiber: 3g / Sugar: 4g

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