Spanish Cauliflower Rice Recipe | Low Carb

Spanish Cauliflower Rice Recipe | Low Carb, Keto Friendly

Spanish cauliflower rice is a big hit in my house. Not only do I love it, but even my temper-tantrum-at-the-sight-of-vegetables-toddler gobbles it up without fail. Game changer! A dish we all love and a sneaky way to get my picky little eater to fill up on veggies. How cool is that, yo? If you’ve been hesitant to substitute cauliflower for rice, my low carb Spanish cauliflower rice recipe will be the perfect intro to win you over.

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Low Carb Spanish Cauliflower Rice Recipe - Keto, Dairy-free, Gluten-free

How do you make cauliflower into rice?

There are a few tools used to make cauliflower into rice: food processor, blender, or a cheese grater. Of the three, I much prefer using a food processor. Simply throw the cauliflower florets in the food processor and let it run until the cauliflower has been cut down to rice sized pieces.

It happens pretty quickly! Keep an eye on the size of the cauliflower so you can stop the processor before you reach the point of no return; you want “rice,” not a puree.

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What spices are in Spanish rice?

Spanish rice typically has tomatoes, onions, and garlic with a variety of spices frequently found in Mexican cuisine: cumin, chili powder, oregano, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, and red chili flakes.

To reduce the carb content, the actual rice grains are replaced with cauliflower rice. The seasonings for the rice include a small amount of my good old friend Ro-Tel, ground cumin, chili powder, and garlic powder.

I enjoy eating this as a meal in and of itself, so I usually add shredded chicken to the dish as well to increase the protein. This small addition turns the recipe into something a little more substantial, but feel free to omit the chicken!

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Spanish Cauliflower Rice Recipe | Low Carb, Keto Friendly
5 from 2 votes

Spanish Cauliflower Rice Recipe

All the flavor of Spanish rice without all of the carbs!

Course Dinner, Lunch, One pot meal, Side Dish
Cuisine American, Mexican, Spanish, Tex-Mex
Special Diet Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Paleo
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 141 kcal
Author Tasha Metcalf



  1. Using a food processor, cut cauliflower into small rice-sized pieces.

  2. Melt ghee in a large skillet over high heat, add riced cauliflower and shredded chicken breast. Mix all ingredients and cook for 5 to 7 minutes to lightly brown the cauliflower, stirring occasionally. 

  3. Stir in Ro-Tel, cumin, chili powder, and garlic powder. Cook for an additional 7 to 10 minutes or until liquid cooks off. Season with salt to taste and garnish with cilantro.

Recipe Notes

5g net carbs per serving

Nutrition Facts
Spanish Cauliflower Rice Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 141 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3g 5%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 51mg 17%
Sodium 185mg 8%
Potassium 738mg 21%
Total Carbohydrates 8g 3%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 3g
Protein 19g 38%
Vitamin A 4.5%
Vitamin C 85.1%
Calcium 4%
Iron 7.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Hey babe! I’m Tasha, the lady behind Ketogasm. I love to get creative in the kitchen, geek out on nutritional science, and help badass ladies like you transition to a keto lifestyle. Whether you are healing with food or transforming that beautiful body of yours, I hope you find the resources on this site to be helpful along your way!


  • Ok..Made this for dinner and added the chicken breast I thawed last night. Since it was 105 degrees here today, I was not going out for Ro-Tel so I substituted Marinara but added extra cumin and chili seasoning. Also used fresh garlic (3 cloves), and diced onion. After I turned off stove top, I added a cup of shredded Mexican cheese, black olives and fresh diced tomatoes for color.


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  • Delish and easy!! I used frozen rice cauliflower from Aldi and and rotisserie chicken, I added some black olives I had in fridge. EVERYONE loved it! Super fast! I love recipes like that! Thank you so much for sharing!

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