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Keto Spanish Cauliflower Rice

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Packed with flavor but none of the carbs, keto Spanish Cauliflower Rice is the perfect side dish. This cauliflower rice recipe is easy, quick, and keeps well in the fridge. And, it pairs nicely with so many other dishes. Hungry for flavor? Impress everyone with this recipe today!

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Ready in hardly any time at all, keto Spanish Rice is one of those must-have dishes. It’s quick, easy, and doesn’t take a lot of ingredients. I’ve got some tips and tricks, too, to help you make this even easier.

Rice is a no-no on the keto diet, mostly because of the high carb content. But cauliflower, ahh cauliflower. Cauliflower, the funky veggie that everyone loves to hate, is versatile, affordable, and a quick and easy substitute for so many traditionally carb-heavy meals.

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What is Cauliflower Rice?

There’s no “rice” in cauliflower rice. Instead, it is named that because of the rice-like texture that forms from the cauliflower when you pulse it in a food processor. No food processor? No worries, this handy gadget makes quick work of making cauliflower rice out of cauliflower.

How To Make Cauliflower Rice

Use a cauliflower ricer or a food processor to make your own cauliflower rice from fresh, whole cauliflower. You can also buy it pre-made in the grocery store, both in the fresh and frozen food aisles. Honestly? The frozen stuff is more expensive (and the fresh cauliflower rice is even more expensive.) Buy a head of cauliflower, trim it up and quarter it. Pulse it in the food processor a few times until it is crumbly. There, you just made cauliflower rice for so much cheaper than the premade kinds.

And just as a warning, take it from one who knows: you can’t make good cauliflower rice from frozen and thawed cauliflower. You’ll end up with a goopy mess. It just won’t work in this low-carb Mexican rice recipe.

keto spanish cauliflower rice in two small black bowls

What You Need To Make Keto Spanish Cauliflower Rice

Also called keto Mexican cauliflower rice, the list isn’t long!

  • Olive or avocado oil
  • Yellow onion
  • Garlic – fresh is best!
  • 1/2 head of cauliflower, riced, or 4 cups of cauliflower rice
  • Tomato paste
  • Taco seasoning – I love using my favorite Fiesta Taco Seasoning but you can use your own carb-free favorite
  • Cumin
  • Salt and pepper
  • Chicken broth – use your own chicken bone broth or look for the no-sodium added variety at the store

How To Make Keto Spanish Cauliflower Rice

For the full list of ingredients and instructions, please scroll down to the recipe at the end of this page.

  1. Sautee the onion and garlic in the olive or avocado oil until it’s softened and translucent, about 4 minutes.
  2. Add the cauliflower rice, tomato paste, taco seasoning, cumin, salt and pepper, and chicken broth. Mix well.
  3. Simmer the Spanish cauliflower rice mixture over medium heat until the cauliflower is tender and most of the liquid has evaporated.
  4. Serve and enjoy!

Chef Jenn’s Tips

  • Use fresh cauliflower and make your own cauliflower rice to make this easy dish more economical
  • It’s all about the taco seasoning! Make sure you use a good brand or make your own like this Fiesta Taco Seasoning
  • Add some chopped cilantro or sliced green onions at the end just to add a pop of color and more flavor
  • A squeeze of lime will also add to this dish, but it isn’t necessary

What To Serve With Keto Mexican Rice

This keto cauliflower rice side dish goes so well with so many dishes. Some of my favorites include: Garlic Steak Bites, Garlic & Lime Chicken Thighs, and air fryer Fajitas. Another favorite with this recipe is slow cooker chicken breasts which always turn out so moist and tender!

Frequently Asked Questions

Is cauliflower rice keto?

It sure is! Cauliflower is your best friend when following a keto lifestyle. It is low in net carbs, high in fiber, and is so versatile.

Is keto Spanish Cauliflower Rice gluten-free?

Yes! It’s totally gluten-free, as long as there’s no added gluten in the taco spice blend that you choose to use. I’ve also seen gluten added to chicken broth – so also watch for that.

Is this cauliflower Mexican rice recipe easy?

Yes! It’s a 1-skillet recipe, and with just a handful of common ingredients, you can be eating in no time.

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Keto Spanish Cauliflower Rice

Packed with flavor, high in fiber, and low in net carbs, not only is Spanish Cauliflower Rice keto, it's delicious!
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword cauliflower, cauliflower rice, mexican cauliflower rice, spanish cauliflower rice, spanish rice
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 90kcal
Author Chef Jenn

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 cup diced onion
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 4 cups cauliflower rice
  • 1/2 tablespoon Fiesta Taco Seasoning or taco seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 cup low sodium chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Instructions

  • Sautee the onion and garlic in the olive or avocado oil until it's softened and translucent, about 4 minutes.
  • Add the cauliflower rice, tomato paste, taco seasoning, cumin, salt and pepper, and chicken broth. Mix well.
  • Simmer the Spanish cauliflower rice mixture over medium heat until the cauliflower is tender and most of the liquid has evaporated, about 4 minutes.
  • Serve and enjoy!

Notes

Chef Jenn’s Tips

  • Use fresh cauliflower and make your own cauliflower rice to make this easy dish more economical
  • It’s all about the taco seasoning! Make sure you use a good brand or make your own like this Fiesta Taco Seasoning
  • Add some chopped cilantro or sliced green onions at the end just to add a pop of color and more flavor
  • A squeeze of lime will also add to this dish, but it isn’t necessary

Nutrition

Serving: 1cup | Calories: 90kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 412mg | Potassium: 612mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 126IU | Vitamin C: 80mg | Calcium: 47mg | Iron: 1mg | Net Carbohydrates: 7g

A Note on Nutritional Information

Nutritional information for this recipe is provided as a courtesy and is calculated based on available online ingredient information. It is only an approximate value. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site cannot be guaranteed. Erythritol carbs (sugar substitutes) are not included in the carbohydrate counts as they have been shown not to impact blood sugar, and they have zero calories and zero carbs. Net carbs are the total carbs minus fiber.

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2 thoughts on “Keto Spanish Cauliflower Rice”

  1. 5 stars
    This is delicious! I am a diabetes educator and am holding some special sessions where we cook a couple different versions of riced cauliflower (just to show how delicious it can be even if you’re a “vegetable hater”). This is one we’re doing next class (with all credit to you, of course).

    ** You have tomato paste listed in the “What You Need” section, but it’s not listed in the actual recipe. Hope you’ll update that with quantity. I don’t do much measuring myself, but it might help others.

    Reply
    • Oh my goodness! Thanks for catching that, and yes, I’ve updated it. It sounds like a great class and a great service! Thanks so much for using my recipe and for stopping by to comment! ~Jenn

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