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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


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