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Vegan Mexican “Rice”

5 from 10 votes

Loaded with flavor, vegan Mexican Rice is made with plenty of fresh vegetables and it has a hefty kick from spices and other ingredients. It’s also vegetable-forward, making it a low-carb option as well. When you’re craving flavor and the perfect side dish to so many recipes, grab a skillet and get cooking!

vegan mexican rice in a bowl with tomatoes in the background

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Vegan, Low-Carb, and Gluten-Free

Made with cauliflower rice, this hearty veggie-centric dish is packed with flavor and plenty of nutrition. You don’t have to worry about carbs or gluten, either, as this dish is naturally low in carbs and gluten-free. It’s pretty much the perfect side dish, and this gluten-free Mexican rice dish is going to win you rave reviews.

It’s also easy to make, and with common ingredients, it can be on the table in about 10 minutes.

What you’ll love about this recipe


  • Gluten-free, dairy-free, and low in carbs.
  • So easy to make!
  • A quick side dish ready in about 10 minutes.

What is Cauliflower Rice?

There’s no “rice” in cauliflower rice. Instead, it is named that because of the rice-like texture that forms from the cauliflower when you pulse it in a food processor. No food processor? No worries, this handy gadget makes quick work of making cauliflower rice out of cauliflower.

How To Make Cauliflower Rice

Use a cauliflower ricer or a food processor to make your own cauliflower rice from fresh, whole cauliflower. You can also buy it pre-made in the grocery store, both in the fresh and frozen food aisles. Honestly? The frozen stuff is more expensive (and the fresh cauliflower rice is even more expensive.) Buy a head of cauliflower, trim it up and quarter it. Pulse it in the food processor a few times until it is crumbly. There, you just made cauliflower rice for so much cheaper than the premade kind.

And just as a warning, take it from one who knows: you can’t make good cauliflower rice from frozen and thawed cauliflower. You’ll end up with a goopy mess. It just won’t work in this vegan Mexican rice recipe.

keto spanish cauliflower rice in two small black bowls

What You Need To Make Vegan Mexican Rice with Cauliflower

  • Olive or avocado oil
  • Yellow onion
  • Garlic – fresh is best!
  • 1/2 head of cauliflower, riced, or 4 cups of cauliflower rice
  • Tomato paste
  • Taco seasoning
  • Cumin
  • Salt and pepper
  • Vegetable broth – use your favorite low-sodium brand

How To Make Spanish Cauliflower Rice

For the full list of ingredients and instructions, please scroll down to the recipe at the end of this page.

  1. Sautee the onion and garlic in the olive or avocado oil until it’s softened and translucent, about 4 minutes.
  2. Add the cauliflower rice, tomato paste, taco seasoning, cumin, salt and pepper, and vegetable broth. Mix well.
  3. Simmer the cauliflower rice mixture over medium heat until the cauliflower is tender and most of the liquid has evaporated.
  4. Serve and enjoy!

Chef Jenn’s Tips

  • Use fresh cauliflower and make your own cauliflower rice to make this easy dish more economical.
  • It’s all about the taco seasoning! Make sure you use a good brand or make your own like this Fiesta Taco Seasoning.
  • Add some chopped cilantro or sliced green onions at the end just to add a pop of color and more flavor.
  • A squeeze of lime will also add to this dish, but it isn’t necessary.

What To Serve With Vegetarian Mexican Rice

This vegan Mexican rice side dish goes so well with so many dishes. To keep your meal vegan, pair this easy vegan side dish with your favorite jackfruit tacos or tempeh fajitas. You can also toss in some sauteed tofu to up the protein, or just devour it like it is.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is this vegan Mexican rice recipe easy?

It sure is! The hardest part is making the cauliflower rice. Once that’s done, it is made quickly and easily in a skillet.

Is Mexican Cauliflower Rice gluten-free?

Yes! It’s totally gluten-free, as long as there’s no added gluten in the taco spice blend that you choose to use. I’ve also seen gluten added to vegetable broth – so also watch for that.

Is this vegetarian Mexican Rice recipe keto?

Yes! Because it is made with cauliflower rice instead of regular rice, it is keto compliant.

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vegan mexican cauliflower rice in two black oval serving dishes
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5 from 10 votes

Vegan Mexican Cauliflower Rice

Packed with flavor, this easy side dish is going to be the hit of your meal!
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword cauliflower rice, mexican rice, vegan mexican rice, vegan rice, vegan side dish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 87kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 cup diced yellow onion
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 4 cups cauliflower rice
  • 1/2 tablespoon taco seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1/2 cup vegetable broth
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Instructions

  • Sautee the onion and garlic in the olive or avocado oil until it's softened and translucent, about 4 minutes.
  • Add the cauliflower rice, tomato paste, taco seasoning, cumin, salt and pepper, and vegetable broth. Mix well.
  • Simmer the Spanish cauliflower rice mixture over medium heat until the cauliflower is tender and most of the liquid has evaporated, about 4 minutes.
  • Serve and enjoy!

Notes

CHEF JENN’S TIPS

  • Use fresh cauliflower and make your own cauliflower rice to make this easy dish more economical
  • It’s all about the taco seasoning! Make sure you use a good brand or make your own like this Fiesta Taco Seasoning
  • Add some chopped cilantro or sliced green onions at the end just to add a pop of color and more flavor
  • A squeeze of lime will also add to this dish, but it isn’t necessary

Nutrition

Serving: 1cup | Calories: 87kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 546mg | Potassium: 586mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 218IU | Vitamin C: 80mg | Calcium: 46mg | Iron: 1mg

A Note on Nutritional Information

Nutritional information for this recipe is provided as a courtesy and is calculated based on available online ingredient information. It is only an approximate value. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site cannot be guaranteed.

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