I love me some Mexican rice. When I was younger and would go to Mexican restaurants, I’d often just eat rice tacos. I’d just put rice in some tortillas and go to town. No wonder I had so many issues with my skin, digestion, mood, hormones and blood sugar! Hello, refined carbohydrates – I love you. I needed to discover cauliflower rice.

Now, when I make Mexican rice I often use white rice – and you can read my explanation for why I eat white rice and white it’s healthier than brown rice here. But now that I’m pregnant, I want to get all the nutrients I can. And let’s face it, cauliflower is a whole hell of a lot more nutrient dense than white rice.

Cauliflower has vitamin C, vitamin K, folate and a whole bunch of minerals. It’s low in carbohydrates, so the blood sugar doesn’t spike but remains stable. It’s anti-inflammatory, contains antioxidants, it’s a cruciferous veggie (which have been known to help fight cancer) and it’s easy to digest.

Plus, it tastes awesome and makes a great substitute for rice.

Mexican Cauliflower Rice

The Best Mexican Cauliflower Rice - paleo, gluten-free, healthy, easy and even vegan! Serve it as a healthy side alongside grilled fish or chicken!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course side
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 4 servings
Calories 140 kcal


  • 24 oz cauliflower rice I used two bags of Trader Joe's pre-riced cauli
  • 8 oz can of tomatoes BPA-free, like this brand
  • 2 tbsp avocado oil I get it here
  • 1 onion diced
  • 1/2 tbsp cumin
  • 1/2 tbsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tbsp garlic
  • 1/4 cup cilantro chopped
  • optional: diced fresh jalapeno I added a whole one because I LOVE spice!
  • salt and pepper


  • Heat the avocado oil over medium to medium high heat.
  • Add the onion and cook until soft.
  • Add the cauliflower, letting it cook for about five minutes.
  • Add the can of tomatoes and spices.
  • Let it cook for another ten minutes or so, until the cauliflower has softened and absorbed the tomato juice.
  • Add the cilantro and jalapeno at the end (if using).


Not a fan of cauliflower? Use cooked white rice instead!


Serving: 1servingCalories: 140kcalCarbohydrates: 16gProtein: 4gFat: 7gSodium: 145mgPotassium: 747mgFiber: 5gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 485IUVitamin C: 89.8mgCalcium: 73mgIron: 2.2mg
Keyword fried cauliflower rice, paleo cauliflower rice, spicy cauliflower rice
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  1. Looks great! I make something similar except I add in a bit of oregano and bell peppers. Super good topped with avocado and raw cheddar!

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