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Mexican-Style Cauliflower Rice Skillet Recipe

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Next time you’re making tacos, burritos, burrito bowls, or anything of the sort…Mexican-style cauliflower rice needs to be your side dish! This easy Mexican cauliflower rice skillet is ready in less than 15 minutes and is a great veggie side dish to so many meals.

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How to Make Mexican Cauliflower Rice

This Mexican cauliflower rice skillet is easy-to-make and a great veggie side for any Mexi-inspired meal. Here’s how it goes:

  • Prep veggies. Dice onion and yellow pepper. Mince garlic.
  • Saute veggies. Heat oil in a large skillet and add the pepper, onion, and garlic. Cook for 2-3 minutes until soft.
  • Mix in easy Mexican cauliflower rice. Add cauliflower rice, salsa, tomato paste, water, and spices to pan. Stir to combine and cook for 4-6 minutes until veggies are tender and liquid has evaporated.
  • Adjust seasonings. Add salt, pepper, and hot sauce to taste and serve!

How Store Mexican-style Cauliflower Rice

Store this cauliflower rice Mexican style in the fridge for 4-5 days. Reheat in a hot skillet or the microwave until hot.

bowl of Mexican cauliflower rice skillet

Mexican Cauliflower Rice Skillet Nutrition + Substitutes

Obviously I’m not low carb, but I do love adding in lots of veggies to our meals. This recipe for Mexican cauliflower rice actually came about because I need a veggie-packed side for a baked chicken taco recipe.

Each serving has 65 calories, 3 grams fat, 9 grams carbs, and 3 grams protein. It’s a great side to chicken tacos or base to burrito bowls.

Mexican cauliflower rice with toppings

More Easy Veggie Side Dishes

If you like this Mexican-style riced cauliflower, you might also like some of these other veggie side dishes:

Helpful Tools to Make Mexican Rice with Cauliflower

  • Stainless Steel Saute Pan – Use one that’s deep sides so you don’t lose any cauliflower rice over the edge!
  • Glass Storage Containers – Store any leftover Mexican-style cauliflower rice in these glass containers and re-heat it in the microwave safely.
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Mexican cauliflower rice with toppings

Mexican-Style Cauliflower Rice Skillet Recipe

  • Author: Emily Dingmann
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 7 minutes
  • Total Time: 12 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Skillet
  • Cuisine: Mexican
  • Diet: Gluten Free
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Mexican-style cauliflower rice makes a HEALTHY side for tacos or base for burrito bowls! And, my Mexican cauliflower rice skillet is ready in just 15 min.


  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 1/4 cup diced yellow pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic 
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 20 oz. frozen cauliflower rice
  • 1/2 cup salsa
  • 2 Tbsp. tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic salt 
  • 1/2 tsp. cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  • dash or two of hot sauce (optional) 


  1. Prep veggies:
    Dice onion. 
    Dice yellow pepper. 
    Mince garlic. 
  2. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. 
  3. Saute onion, pepper, tomato, and garlic together for 2-3 minutes, until soft. 
  4. Add cauliflower rice, salsa, tomato paste, water, and spices to pan. Stir to combine, and cook for another 4-6 minutes, until liquid has evaporated and cauliflower is tender. 
  5. Taste and adjust salt, pepper, and/or hot sauce to taste if needed. 


  • I prefer frozen riced cauliflower as it doesn’t go bad, but fresh can also be used.

Keywords: Mexican-style cauliflower rice, Mexican cauliflower rice skillet

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