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Healthy Mexican Cauliflower Rice

March 24, 2020

Move over carby traditional Mexican Rice, Mexican Cauliflower Rice is here to zest up your life.

Overhead Shot of Cauliflower Mexican Rice with Tomatoes and Jalepenos

Now, don’t get me wrong. I’m definitely not afraid of carbs. For all of ya’lls information, I actually eat a ton of carbs. But, I would say I try to be smarter about how I eat my carbs. I’m no expert on carb cycling, but my basic rule of thumb is this. If it’s a day that I work out then my body needs carbs after my workout. After all people, carbs are fuel. I added corn to mine- so if you are swearing off carbs, you can leave those out. The corn is totally optional.

If you love cauliflower rice, check out my Kimchi Fried Rice Recipe. It’s perfect for breakfast!

If I don’t work out in a day, maybe I go lighter on the carbs. I do this by subbing a carby side for 1 or 2 of my meals. The reason being, carbs are super calorie dense. And well, if you swap out your calorie dense carbs for an alternative, it is easier to stick to whatever calorie range you like to be in. So yes, none of that is super scientific, just a little peek into my routine. I typically love this Mexican Cauliflower Rice with Dinner and it is a GREAT meal prep option for when I’m not needing to fuel pre or post workout!

Close up of overhead Mexican Cauliflower RIce

Now let’s get down to business, shall we?

First of all, this mexican cauliflower rice can be cooked up so quickly. Making it the perfect addition to any weeknight meal. I actually use the huge bags of cauliflower rice from cost co that come frozen. They are honestly amazing! Feel free to rice your own cauliflower, but I LOVE the convenience of having it done for me. Call me a princess, I don’t mind. Second, the flavor. Maybe because I’m a tried and true Arizona girl, I love anything tex-mex, mexican, spanish, you name it… anything with a little spice and I’m obsessed. And thirdly, mexican cauliflower rice is a great addition to any protein. The options are endless.

If you wanted to rice your own cauliflower, check out this great post by Joanne at Fifteen Spatulas!

All I can say is this. If you are looking for a super easy, super fast, super delicious option to get a little spicy this week then this mexican cauliflower rice was made for you.

Close up of side Mexican Cauliflower RIce

Mexican Cauliflower Rice

By The Seasonal Junkie Serves: 4
Prep Time: 5 Minutes Cooking Time: 10 Minutes Total Time: 15 Minutes

This Mexican Cauliflower Rice is a healthy, flavor packed side that is perfect for any protein. Ready in minutes so dinner is a breeze!


  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 4-5 cup Cauliflower Rice
  • 1/2 Onion, diced
  • 1 Jalepeno, diced
  • 1 Roma Tomato, diced
  • 2 tsp Chili Powder
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 2 tbsp Tomato Paste
  • 2/3 cup Chicken Stock
  • 1/4 cup Cilantro, chopped
  • 1/4 cup Corn, frozen



In saute pan, heat olive oil on medium heat


Add diced onion and garlic


Add diced roma tomato and jalepeno, cook for about 3 minutes


Add in chili powder, salt, and tomato paste


Using a wooden spoon mix tomato paste while cooking until evenly distributed over vegetable, continue to saute for a minute while stirring


Add in Chicken Stock and cook until almost all the liquid has reduced out


Add in the cauliflower rice and stir to combine


If you are using corn, stir in your corn


Cook until hot throughout


Garnish with chopped cilantro and lime wedges to squeeze over


  • 111 Calories
  • 9g Carbohydrates
  • 4g Fat
  • 5g Protein
  • 39mg Sodium
  • 2g Sugar

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