Mexican Cauliflower Rice

This Mexican Cauliflower Rice is a flavourful side dish that is friendly to vegan, gluten-free, and paleo diets alike. Win, win, win!

Mexican Cauliflower "Rice"


After the success of my first attempt at making rice out of cauliflower, I knew more variations of the dish would be in our future. Welcome, Mexican Cauliflower “Rice”.

Since I love the heat, Mexican spices and salsa were just the thing for this veggie based side dish.

Paleo cauliflower side dish on a painted ceramic dish with fresh avocado in the background

It’s funny, I always see helpful articles or info-graphics on how to sneak more vegetables into our kids, yet not a lot about making it interesting for adults also.

I mean, I am a healthy eater but always getting the recommended amount of veggies can be a challenge. I like to do a green smoothie daily to get those nutrient rich leafies into my system, but after that veggies lose their star power to more glamorous ingredients like avocado or dark chocolate. 😉

The discovery of making the rice like side dish out of cauliflower first came onto my radar when I did the Whole 30 Challenge back in April.

I liked it, Joe liked it and we have enjoyed the Chicken Fried Cauliflower “Rice” a number of times since. Now to head south and give it a Mexican kick. The flavours were perfect with the texture of the riced cauliflower and when you hook yourself up with some avocado to go along with it?


Such a tasty dish and it reheats really well too. I liked that it was entirely vegetable based, yet super filling like you had eaten a plate of grains. We had it alongside some Chili Lime Chicken.

Cauliflower Rice on a painted ceramic plate with fresh avocado and salsa in the backgorund

The plate, by the way was a gift from my bestie Julie who brought it back from Mexico with her a few years back when she visiting family.

Makes it more authentic when you serve it on ceramic directly from Mexico, dontcha think? 🙂

Mexican Cauliflower Rice. This recipe is a flavourful side dish that is friendly to vegan, gluten free and paleo diets alike. Win win win!! #vegan #glutenfree #paleo


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Mexican Cauliflower “Rice” – Vegan, Gluten Free, Paleo

Sharon Rhodes
Mexican Cauliflower Rice. This recipe is a flavourful side dish that is friendly to vegan, gluten free and paleo diets alike. Win win win!! 
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 152 kcal



  • Make the cauliflower into rice by pulsing florets in a food processor ( I work in two batches ) until it resembles rice, about 10-15 pulses. Place it in a bowl and set aside
  • Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium low heat. Add the diced onion and peppers and sauté until soft, about 5 minutes. Stir in minced garlic and cook for another minute, stirring. Add the cumin, garlic powder and cayenne and stir to combine everything
  • Add the cauliflower rice, stir, reduce heat to low and cover the pan. Let cook for 5-8 minutes, checking for desired tenderness
  • Stir in the salsa and fresh cilantro and garnish with avocado slices


Serving: 4Calories: 152kcalCarbohydrates: 12gProtein: 2gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 244mgPotassium: 506mgFiber: 5gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 810IUVitamin C: 40.3mgCalcium: 35mgIron: 1mg
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  1. What a cool idea to make cauliflower “rice”. Never tried anything like it before so I am curious to know what it tastes like – looks and sounds so flavoursome though.

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