Mexican Cauliflower Rice Recipe {Paleo + Whole30 Compliant} (2024)

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Get your mexican food fix while on a diet with this mexican style cauliflower rice. It is gluten free, dairy free, Paleo and Whole30 compliant and 100% insanely delicious!
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You can take the girl out of Texas but you can’t take Texas out of the girl. I have been gone from where I was born and raised now for over 10 years, but there is just something that will always seem like home when I am there. One observation I have made since living in seven states and traveling through countless others, since I have been gone, is that the food in Texas really is just better. I mean really. It’s delicious. And on every corner.

I distinctly remember one time when we were moving across the country and drove though probably 15 states, there was not more than a McDonald’s and Burger King for the first 15 hours of the drive. Then we crossed the border of Texas and all of a sudden it was like a ray of heaven shown down and boom. Delicious food everywhere. Even in the middle of NOWHERE!

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Another thing I love about Texas food is that even the fast food can be really great! If you ever find yourself driving through Texas and see a Rosa’s Cafe, do yourself a favor. Stop immediately, go in and order the taco plate with 3 soft chicken tacos. Oh my stomach started rumbling just thinking about it.

Anyway, I have had to seriously evaluate my love for mexican food on the whole30 diet. (You can see why I decided to do it here) I knew it was going to have to happen. Much kitchen experimentation ensued and the outcome was some pretty stellar fajita seasoning mix (paleo and whole30 compliant of course!) Since I dreamed up some mexican inspired main dishes that would hit the spot, I knew I had to figure out something to fill in for the primo mexican food side dish, rice.

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I had made cauliflower rice a few times and thought it just might be able to transformed into a recipe that would give me my fix. Oh and it did. Although I will totally admit that cauliflower rice is no dead ringer for real rice, it does give you the texture you crave when the real thing is forbidden. Even though it is different, it is still really good!

Mexican Cauliflower Rice has become a favorite at our house these days. It is quick to throw together and super healthy. You can even customize it with anything extra you like.

Mexican Cauliflower Rice Recipe {Paleo + Whole30 Compliant} (4)You can read the detailed instructions in the printable recipe below, but the basic idea is that you take your raw cauli rice, onion, bell pepper, tomato paste, fajita seasoning, and whatever extras you want and throw it in a skillet with hot oil to pan fry it. I added chopped zucchini in because we have TONS of it this time of year and it was delicious! If you don’t have it or don’t want it, you can leave it out too. You cook it on high so it doesn’t get mushy and once it starts to brown give it a flip with a wide spatula. You let it brown and flip 3-4 times then right before you take it off the heat, stir in the fresh chopped cilantro.

This is just so good. And so crazy healthy. You can’t beat that combo!

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  • 3 cups raw cauliflower rice
  • 1/2 yellow onion diced
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 cup finely diced zucchini optional
  • 1 red bell pepper diced (optional)
  • 1 Tbsp fajita seasoning
  • 1 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil


  • Heat the oil in a large skillet on high heat. Add cauliflower, onion, zucchini, bell pepper and fajita seasoning and mix well.

  • Mix in the tomato paste until evenly distributed and then spread the rice evenly over the skillet and let cook until it starts to brown, 3-5 minutes.

  • Once the bottom starts to brown, stir the rice, even it out again and let bottom brown again. Repeat 3-4 times. The longer it cooks, the more quickly the bottom will brown.

  • Once it is cooked through, and browned to your liking, stir in the chopped cilantro and serve hot.

  • Enjoy!

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

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  1. Veronica says

    What is in the fajita seasoning?


    • Debbie Prokop says

      Mexican Cauliflower Rice Recipe {Paleo + Whole30 Compliant} (13)
      You can buy it in any large grocery store. Look for it in the spice section. Or you can use the envelope package for chicken fajita’s.


  2. Sam says

    What is the serving size for this recipe?


  3. Mel says

    Mexican Cauliflower Rice Recipe {Paleo + Whole30 Compliant} (14)
    I made this last night and we loved it. I added green bell peppers and my own fajita seasoning. The next day I added it to my scrambles eggs, fantastic! Thank you for sharing this recipe!


    • Kimber says

      Oh scrambled eggs is such a great idea. I bet that was delicious!


  4. Karen B says

    How many servings does this makes…or for how many people?


  5. Briana says

    Can I use the frozen steam bag cauliflower rice?


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Mexican Cauliflower Rice Recipe {Paleo + Whole30 Compliant} (2024)


Is Chipotle cauliflower rice Whole30 compliant? ›

Described as “freshly grilled riced cauliflower,” the item is seasoned with cilantro, lime and salt, much like the restaurant's classic white rice recipe. Chipotle says cauliflower rice is compliant with Whole30, keto, Paleo, vegan and vegetarian diets.

What is the difference between cauliflower and cauliflower rice? ›

Cauliflower rice is a dish that is used to simulate rice for people who miss real rice on a low carb diet. Cauliflower is a healthy and low calorie vegetable that can be used to provide apparent bulk in place of more nutrient and calorie dense rice. They are not related plants.

What is a Whole30 rice substitute? ›

Frozen or Fresh Riced Cauliflower

We can't emphasize this enough — a bag of cauliflower rice should be a staple in your freezer or fridge, especially during the Whole30. Mix it with veggies and top with a protein, and you've got a hearty meal.

Does cauliflower rice count as a vegetable? ›

Cauliflower is a cruciferous vegetable, the same family as broccoli, kale, brussels sprouts, and cabbage. Cruciferous vegetables are extremely healthy and since cauliflower rice is almost entirely made of cauliflower, it is definitely a great dish to add to your diet.

Is anything at Chipotle Whole30 approved? ›

Exclusively at Chipotle, you can get a Wholesome Bowl, the perfectly compatible, on-the-go or travel meal for your Whole30.

Did Chipotle discontinue cauliflower rice? ›

In January 2021, Chipotle tested a cilantro lime cauliflower rice as a lower carb replacement for their standard rice, but it was discontinued later that year.

What is a good substitute for cauliflower rice? ›

Cauliflower Rice

You can also try cabbage rice, broccoli rice, and zucchini rice to similar effect. Look for these veggies already “riced” in the produce section or easily dice them into rice-sized bits yourself with a food processor.

Which is healthier quinoa or cauliflower rice? ›

Brown rice actually has more selenium (good for heart health) and vitamin B3 (needed for the production of sex and stress hormones) than quinoa, but quinoa is still the healthier choice. Cauliflower rice is a grain-free, gluten-free and nutrient-dense way to replace the white rice on your plate.

Which is healthier rice or cauliflower rice? ›

However, rice can be high in calories and carbohydrates, meaning it will fill you up without providing you with many additional nutrients. Substituting cauliflower rice for white rice is a great way to get more antioxidants while reducing calories and carbohydrates in order to save room for other nutrient dense foods.

What can I replace rice with on Paleo? ›

Although they don't have a rice-like texture, paleo-friendly starches like potatoes, plantains, and yams are all nutritious carb sources that can be used in place of rice. Rice substitutes made from vegetables like cauliflower and broccoli are among the most popular paleo-friendly rice swaps.

What rice is Paleo-friendly? ›

Some paleo folks say white rice is okay because it provides straight glucose for your body, (which your body needs for fuel provided you aren't keto); however, you should stay away from brown rice because the whole grain contains phytates, lectins, and arsenic which can cause digestive unrest.

What is a Whole30 substitute for soy sauce? ›

A Whole30-compatible substitute is Coconut Secret Coconut Aminos, Big Tree Farms Coconut Aminos, or Thrive Market Coconut Aminos. It tastes just like soy sauce!

Can you eat too much cauliflower rice? ›

While everyone's tolerance is different, too much cauliflower can create G.I. distress, like excess gas and bloating. “Make sure to drink enough water to move it through your system,” suggests Lincoln. Cooking it can also dial back digestion woes.

Are there any negatives to eating cauliflower? ›

Cauliflower and other cruciferous veggies contain a complex sugar called raffinose. It is hard to break down and is instead fermented by the bacteria in the large intestine. As a result, you may experience bloating and flatulence among other gastric issues.

Which is better broccoli or cauliflower rice? ›

While they are both very nutritious vegetables, broccoli has a higher vitamin content, specifically in vitamin K and C, than cauliflower and is specifically known to be great for eye health. Broccoli florets also provide more minerals and fiber as well as contains vitamin A that isn't in cauliflower.

Is cauliflower rice at Chipotle keto? ›

If you've been craving Mexican food on your keto diet, then you're going to love this Chipotle cauliflower rice. It's so incredibly simple and yet bursting with fresh flavor. And unlike dishes made with real rice, it doesn't weigh you down or spike your blood sugar.

Is Chipotle cauliflower rice Healthy? ›

So, is the new cauliflower rice at Chipotle healthy? Well, it's significantly lower in calories and carbs compared to the standard white rice option. Nutritionists are also fans of riced cauliflower in general. "If you're looking to cut down on carbs or avoid gluten, it's a great option," St.

Does Chipotle use cauliflower rice? ›

Chipotle is now offering cauliflower rice as a grain replacement. I tried the chain's Whole30 bowl with cauliflower rice and thought the new base lacked the ability to support toppings.

Does Chipotle have a Whole30 bowl? ›

The Wholesome Bowl is Paleo, Whole30®, Grain Free, Gluten Free, and Keto. Light Rice, Black Beans, Fajita Veggies, Fresh Tomato Salsa, Guac, and Extra Romaine Lettuce. A balanced bowl for a balanced life.

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