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Cauliflower Spanish Rice

Cauliflower Spanish Rice is the best side dish to any of your Mexican dishes! So simple to make with 10 minutes of prep and 10 minutes of cook time. Paleo, Vegan, Keto, and Whole30.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Diet GlutenFreeDiet
Keyword Dairy-Free, gluten-free, Keto, Paleo, Vegan, Whole30
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 94 kcal
Author Amy Rains


  • 1 large head of cauliflower*
  • 1 tbsp olive oil or avocado oil
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp salt + more to taste
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1/4 - 1/2 cup chicken or vegetable broth
  • Fresh cilantro for garnish optional
  • 1 lime, juiced optional


  1. Cut your cauliflower in half and in half again. Remove stem and discard. Chop the head of the cauliflower into chunks (1-2 inch pieces). Place inside a food processor and pulse. You probably need to do this in 2-3 batches. Between each batch, remove and set aside.
  2. Heat up a large skillet to medium heat. Coat the pan with oil. Add onion and saute for 3 minutes, then add garlic and saute another 1-2 minutes.

  3. Add in riced cauliflower and saute for another 4-5 minutes. salt, and cumin. Stir around the veggie mixture to coat.

  4. Now add in cumin, salt, tomato paste, then 1/4 cup broth (you might not need broth with frozen rice as it produces enough moisture). Bump up heat to medium high. Continue to stir around until the tomato paste dissolves in the mixture. If the mixture is too dry, add in more broth by the tablespoon. If the mixture is slightly wet, continue to cook until the liquid dissolves.

  5. Serve hot with garnished cilantro, lime juice, and added salt to taste.

Recipe Notes

*You can also use the 12 oz bag of frozen Trader Joe's in place of the head of cauliflower. You will most likely need two bags for this recipe.

Nutrition Facts
Cauliflower Spanish Rice
Amount Per Serving
Calories 94 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 561mg24%
Potassium 610mg17%
Carbohydrates 13g4%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 138IU3%
Vitamin C 81mg98%
Calcium 56mg6%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.