Whole30 Mexican Cauliflower Rice
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Whole30 Mexican Inspired Cauliflower Rice - Paleo, Keto, Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Nut-free, Egg-free. Easy!

We love this EASY Whole30, Paleo, Keto, gluten-free, dairy-free, gluten-free, egg-free, and nut-free Mexican-inspired side dish! It comes together in 15 minutes and can use fresh or frozen riced cauliflower.

Last night for Taco Tuesday my husband and I had Whole30 Taco Salad bowls – taco meat (taco seasoning recipe here), guac, salsa, lettuce, my creamy Whole30 cilantro ranch, and THIS delicious Mexican Cauliflower Rice. I think your next Taco Tuesday needs this!


Whole30 Mexican Inspired Cauliflower Rice - Paleo, Keto, Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Nut-free, Egg-free. Easy!

Whole30 Mexican-Inspired Cauliflower Rice

Autumn @wholefoodfor7
An easy grain-free, plant-based side dish to any Mexican-inspired meal!
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 4
Calories 156 kcal


  • 3 T oil I use coconut, but olive oil or ghee can work too
  • 4 cups riced cauliflower fresh or frozen
  • 8 oz can tomato sauce
  • 1/2 c chicken broth Whole30 compatible if on a Whole30
  • 1 T chili powder
  • 1 t salt
  • 1 t cumin
  • Half bunch cilantro finely chopped


  • Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Once heated, add the riced cauliflower
  • Cook riced cauliflower in oil for 3-4 minutes.
  • Add all other ingredients and bring to a boil over medium-high heat.
  • Reduce heat to medium and cover, simmeringing covered for 10-15 minutes or until liquid is absorbed and cooked into the rice. Frozen cauliflower rice will take longer than fresh.
  • Remove from heat and stir in chopped cilantro.


Excellent with taco meat seasoned with my taco seasoning, or in a burrito bowl like this one topped with my Cilantro Ranch


Calories: 156kcalCarbohydrates: 12gProtein: 4gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0.04gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 1041mgPotassium: 700mgFiber: 5gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 845IUVitamin C: 81mgCalcium: 56mgIron: 2mg
Keyword budget-friendly, dairy-free, easy, egg-free, gluten-free, keto, nut-free, paleo, plant-based, side dish, vegan, whole30
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!


  1. 5 stars
    LOVE this!! My go-to side dish when I’m in a pinch for time. I literally keep bags of cauliflower in the freezer so I can make this on the fly. I’ve tried cauli-rice before but couldn’t get into it–but this recipe sold me! Tastes just like real Mexican rice. I make this even when I’m not on Whole30.

    • Wahoo! I love a good veggie win – so happy this is a go-to for you, thank you!

  2. How many servings is this? Trying to figure out nutritional information.

    • This recipe will yield 4 servings. Thank you for asking, as some of my older recipes don’t have the servings – I will add that in. Enjoy!

  3. 5 stars
    Family of 8 here, and we loved this dish! So good!! Totally hit the “taco craving”!
    I doubled everything (cause really when isn’t it needed LOL), so we have a bit left for lunch tomorrow!

    • Haha, I totally get the “doubling everything” life! Wahoo that this was a family hit, thank you!

  4. 5 stars
    Hands down, this is my go to side dish when I have no idea what to serve with a meal. It’s quick and easy (and cheap) and always a big hit!

    • Happy this is a go-to side dish for you! Thank you!


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