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Keto Mexican Rice

4. May 2014|Martina|12

This spicy Mexican-style dish is my favourite for several reasons. It's keto-friendly, quick and you will only need to use a few common ingredients. Like other recipes on my blog, this one is great for those who Celebrate Cinco de Mayo.

As many of you may have guessed, there is no rice or other grains used in this recipe - all you need is a bowl of Cauli-rice. I also tried this meal with pepperoni but it works better with thicker slices of spicy chorizo sausage. Chorizo is already quite salty and flavourful, so you won't need any additional spices.

Preparation time:

Hands-on:        15 minutes
Overall:         20 minutes

Nutritional values (per serving):

Total Carbs10.1grams
Net Carbs6.4grams
of which Saturated13.2grams
Magnesium38.5mg (10% RDA)
Potassium763mg (38% EMR)

Macronutrient ratio: Calories from carbs (6.9%), protein (18.8%), fat (74.3%)

Ingredients (makes 4 servings):

  • 5 cups Cauli-rice, approximately 1 average head cauliflower (600g / 21.2 oz / 1.3 lb)
  • 2 Spanish chorizo sausages or pepperoni ( 240g / 8.5 oz)
  • 6-8 jalapeño peppers (80g / 2.8 oz)
  • 4 tbsp freshly chopped parsley or cilantro
  • 2 tbsp ghee, butter, lard or coconut oil (30g / 1.1 oz)
  • pinch salt (I used pink Himalayan)

Note: When looking for ingredients, try to get them in their most natural form (organic, without unnecessary additives). You don't need to worry about nitrates in chorizo or pepperoni.


  1. Prepare the Cauli-rice as described here. Don't cook it - only grate the cauliflower.
  2. Slice the chorizo and slice and deseed the jalapeño peppers. You can use any other type of mildly hot peppers.
  3. Grease a skillet with the cooking fat and add the peppers and chorizo. Cook until slightly browned and stir once or twice.
  4. Add the cauli-rice and cook for 5-10 minutes depending on how tender you prefer the "rice" to be. Taste before seasoning with salt - the sausage will release its savoury juices and you may not need to use any. Add finely chopped parsley.
  5. When done, take off heat and enjoy!

Comments (12) -

Meg 5/4/2014 5:59:31 PM #

Hi Martina, thanks for the lovely recipe. Do you think I could use green pepper instead of hot peppers? Is the net carbs effect going to be the same? Thanks!


Martina @ KetoDiet 5/5/2014 9:48:47 PM #
Martina @ KetoDiet

Thanks Meg! Of course, you can use any pepper - the effect on net carbs will be almost the same.


Ali S. 5/4/2014 6:08:47 PM #
Ali S.

Haha call me a fool but I didn't know I could "rice" cauliflower :-D I wonder how it tastes...


Martina @ KetoDiet 5/5/2014 9:49:28 PM #
Martina @ KetoDiet

It's not as good as real rice but it's a great low-carb substitute Smile


Trisha 5/9/2014 12:12:02 PM #

Just made this for my hubby for lunch yesterday and he absolutely LOVED it. The sausage adds so much flavour and it's so quick. I admit I'm not a big fan of cauliflower but this meal was delicious and I couldn't taste any. Thanks for all your recipes!


Martina @ KetoDiet 5/14/2014 12:31:29 PM #
Martina @ KetoDiet

Thanks you Trisha! The chorizo juices "cover up" the taste of cauliflower for those who don't like it Smile


Phill 5/10/2014 12:18:05 AM #

That's my type of dinner! Thanks!


Martina @ KetoDiet 5/14/2014 12:31:41 PM #
Martina @ KetoDiet

Mine too! Smile


Cynthia 6/23/2014 8:42:29 PM #

I just made this and it tasted delicious! It was my first time making cauli-rice and I would say that it was a definite success (although I made a mess everywhere while grating my cauliflower, haha). Thanks for the recipe! I will be sure to try more on your site! Smile


Martina @ KetoDiet 7/3/2014 6:28:34 PM #
Martina @ KetoDiet

Thank you Cynthia! I know what you mean, I always make a mess when making cauli-rice, too! Smile


Hélène 2/23/2015 9:34:40 PM #

What others things cover up the cauliflower taste in the "rice"? While I do like cauli-rice, I do get sick of the cauli-flavor. Thanx!


Martina @ KetoDiet 2/24/2015 8:45:06 PM #
Martina @ KetoDiet

All sorts of spices and cheese, especially parmesan. You can try these recipes too - all use cauli-rice:


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