Low-Carb, Side Dish, Vegetarian

Cauliflower Spanish Rice with Salsa

This Cauliflower Spanish Rice with salsa is the perfect low-carb side dish for all your Tex-Mex or Mexican recipes. This low carb Mexican rice is full of flavor and is quick and easy to make.

Serve this keto Mexican rice side dish with my Air Fryer Shrimp Tacos and wash it all down with an easy 3-ingredient Frozen Minute Maid Limeade Margarita!

A red bowl filled with cauliflower Spanish rice on a marble table. A spoon and skillet sit next to the red bowl.

Cauliflower rice is a healthy alternative to rice, packed with nutrients, and a great way to sneak extra vegetables into your diet. I’ve been eating more low carb recently and have been experimenting with using cauliflower as a rice and grain substitute. I’ve been eating this Spanish style cauliflower rice at least once a week and has become a staple on my weekly menu.

What You Will Need to make Cauliflower Spanish Rice:

  • Cauliflower – I purchase pre-riced cauliflower found in a bag in the produce section of my grocery store. If you have cauliflower rice frozen, you can use it to make this recipe as well. If you have a head of fresh cauliflower, you can make cauliflower rice by adding it to a food processor and blending until desired consistency.
  • Salsa – use your favorite salsa or hot sauce. I like to use a chucky salsa to add more texture.
  • Onion
  • Spice Mix – cumin, smoked paprika, onion powder, and salt
  • Cilantro and lime (optional)
Three bowls filled with salsa, cauliflower rice, and spices sit on a marble table next to a blue napkin. These are the ingredients needed to make Cauliflower Spanish Rice.

How to Make Cauliflower Spanish Rice!

When I said this Spanish riced cauliflower side dish was quick and easy to make, I meant it! First, dice an onion and add it to a large skillet over medium heat with olive oil.

Sauté the onion on medium heat for a couple minutes before adding the riced cauliflower to the skillet. Stir the onion and cauliflower together and sauté for another couple minutes.

Next, add in the salsa and spices. Mix well and sauté for another couple minutes. Finally, add chopped cilantro and a squeeze of lime juice (optional) and enjoy!

A red bowl filled with cauliflower Spanish rice on a marble table. A skillet sits next to the red bowl. A hand is holding a spoon that is scooping a spoonful of cauliflower rice.

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A red bowl filled with cauliflower Spanish rice on a marble table. A spoon and skillet sit next to the red bowl.

Cauliflower Spanish Rice with Salsa

Cauliflower Spanish Rice is the perfect low-carb side dish for Tex-Mex recipes. Keto Mexican rice is flavorful and quick and easy to make.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Low-Carb, Side Dish, Vegetarian
Cuisine Mexican, Spanish, Tex-Mex
Servings 4 servings
Calories 300 kcal

Equipment

  • Skillet

Ingredients
  

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil or butter
  • 3/4 cup onion diced
  • 14 ounce bag of cauliflower rice
  • 3/4 cup salsa
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Instructions
 

  • In a large skillet on medium heat, add olive oil and diced onions. Sauté onions for 3 minutes.
  • Add cauliflower rice to the skillet. Stir and sauté for 3 minutes.
  • Mix in salsa and spices and stir to combine. Sauté for 3 minutes until rice and onions are tender.
  • Optional: Serve with chopped cilantro and a squeeze of fresh lime juice.

Notes

  • I prefer to use chucky salsa in this recipe to add more texture.
  • I buy pre-riced cauliflower, but you can make your own cauliflower rice by putting a head of fresh cauliflower into a food processor and blending until desired consistency. You can also use frozen cauliflower rice.
  • Optional: serve with cheese, chopped cilantro, and/or a squeeze of fresh lime juice.
Keyword cauliflower rice, low carb, vegan, vegetarian

4 Comments

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  2. 5 stars
    I loved this! & my parents did too. My dad doesn’t eat veggies really & he even had seconds & kept saying how good it was. I did add some sharp cheddar on top.

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