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Keto Mexican Rice

|Keto Mexican Rice

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.

|Keto Mexican Rice

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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%)

|Keto Mexican RiceIngredients (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.

|Keto Mexican RiceInstructions:

  1. Prepare the Cauli-rice as described here. Don't cook it - only grate the cauliflower. |Keto Mexican Rice
  2. Slice the chorizo and slice and deseed the jalapeño peppers. You can use any other type of mildly hot peppers. |Keto Mexican Rice
  3. Grease a skillet with the cooking fat and add the peppers and chorizo. Cook until slightly browned and stir once or twice. |Keto Mexican Rice
  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. |Keto Mexican Rice
  5. When done, take off heat and enjoy! |Keto Mexican Rice

Comments (16) -

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 #

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 #

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 #

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 #

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 #

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 #

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 #

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


Andrew Hornsby 4/7/2015 12:16:42 PM #

Just tried this recipe and it tasted absolutely great!! Thank you. One thing I am wondering is (apologies for my lack of knowledge on the subject) I thought we were to avoid saturated fats and the chorizo sausage is high in saturated fat? Apologies if it's an easy answer.


Martina @ KetoDiet 4/9/2015 6:05:58 PM #

Hi Andrew, thank you! I have a post about saturated fat, cholesterol and fats in general here Smile


Apoorva 5/3/2015 5:31:57 PM #

I'm new to the KetoDiet concept and practice and I'm still doing my research before I embark upon this new lifestyle soon because I want to know the pros and cons etc. I was going through some recipes and find this information extremely helpful (so thank you!) but I have a few questions. Given that I'm currently based in India, it's a little hard to find a bunch of things used in recipes like the Ultimate Keto Bun etc. The Cauli-rice, however, I think I can manage without extravagant spending on exotic foods. Chorizo sausage isn't widely available here in India so I wonder if I could replace it with another meat without affecting the net carb count substantially. What would you suggest? Thanks for your meticulous approach to information Smile


Martina @ KetoDiet 5/3/2015 5:36:44 PM #

Thank you! I guess it will be best to stick with available ingredients - there are some other bread recipes on my blog you can try instead:

I think you can use a different type of sausage - the net carbs will be the same. I actually tried ground pork in this recipe instead, added some chili powder and herbs and it was great. Meat should be zero-carb unless there is added flour or sugar in it.


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