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4.8 from 20 votes

Cauliflower "Spanish Style" Rice

Spanish style (or Mexican) cauliflower rice is colorful and healthy! The perfect Tasty Low Carb side for any main dish!
Prep Time2 mins
Cook Time8 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Sides
Cuisine: Spanish
Keyword: Cauliflower Rice
Servings: 8
Calories: 43kcal
Author: Joanie and Chris



  • 4 cups Cauliflower riced
  • 1 tablespoon Olive oil extra virgin
  • 1/2 cup Onion finely diced
  • 1 Jalapeño seeded and finely diced
  • 4 cloves Garlic minced
  • 2 tablespoons Tomato paste
  • 2 teaspoons Cumin
  • 1 teaspoon Smoked paprika
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon Pepper
  • Cilantro chopped


  • Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onions and jalapeño, and sauté for 3 minutes. Add the garlic for the last minute and stir often.
  • Add the cauliflower and sauté for 3 minutes until just slightly tender to taste.
  • Add cumin, smoke paprika, salt, and pepper. Create a small well in the middle of your pan and drop in the tomato paste. Let it set for a few seconds until the thick paste begins to thin in the heat. Stir to coat the rice and cook for 2 minutes until heated through. 
  • Add some chopped cilantro and serve.


You can also add more heat by using more chopped jalapeño. To add a bit more color to the dish you can use a little finely chopped red pepper (add with the onion).


Calories: 43kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 485mg | Potassium: 253mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 245IU | Vitamin C: 36mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 0.8mg | Net Carbs: 4g