Latin-Spiced Cauliflower Rice

January 14, 2022

by Sammi Lowe
Latin-Spiced Cauliflower Rice

Prep Time: 15 min

Cook Time: 15 min

Total Time: 30 min

Author: Evelyn Thai, Second Harvest staff

Skill Level: Easy/Medium

Keyword: cauliflower rice, rice bowl

Cuisine: Latin American

Servings: 4


  • 1 medium head cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 2 Tbsp cooking oil
  • 1/2 onion, finely diced
  • 1 bell pepper, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1-2 jalapeños, deseeded and minced
  • 3 Tbsp tomato paste
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • ½-1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1/2 Tbsp lime juice

Looking for ways to add more fiber-rich veggies into your diet? This easy recipe has you transforming your cauliflower florets into delicious fluffy rice. Packed with flavor from warm Latin spices, limes, and fresh herbs, this rice is a delicious and healthy alternative to rice. Let this recipe be part of your next Latin-inspired meal.

How to Make Latin-Spiced Cauliflower Rice

1. Place cauliflower florets into a food processor and manually pulse until the florets are chopped into small, rice-like pieces. If needed, do this in batches so the food processor isn’t overcrowded. Set aside 4 cups of the rice in a bowl and freeze any leftovers to use for another recipe.
2. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and add the cooking oil.
3. Add the onion and bell pepper to the pan and sauté until onions are translucent and lightly browned, about 5 minutes.
4. Add the garlic and jalapeño and sauté until fragrant, about 1 minute.
5. Add the tomato paste, paprika, chili powder, cumin, and salt. Stir to mix everything together and cook for about 1 minute to warm up the spices.
6. Add the cauliflower rice and water and stir to evenly cover the cauliflower in the spice mixture. Continue sautéing, stirring occasionally, until the cauliflower is cooked through and looks dry and fluffy, about 5-7 minutes.
7. Remove from the heat and stir in the cilantro and lime juice. Serve immediately. Enjoy!

1. When making the rice, you can use a box grater or finely chop the cauliflower instead of a food processor.
2. Keep the jalapeño seeds if you enjoy more heat.
3. Feel free to add beans or other vegetables, such as corn, peas, or diced carrots.
4. Topping ideas: cheese, diced tomatoes, sliced avocado, and sour cream.