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Keto Mexican Rice with Chorizo

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This spicy Mexican-style dish is keto-friendly, quick and you will only need to use a few common ingredients. It's perfect for batch cooking too.

We are keeping it keto so there is no rice or other grains used in this recipe. All you need is a bowl of Cauli-rice. I used Spanish cured chorizo but you can use raw Mexican chorizo, or even Italian pepperoni if you prefer that. Chorizo adds a delicious flavour boost, so you won't need any additional spices.

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Allergy information for Keto Mexican Rice with Chorizo

✔  Gluten free
✔  Dairy free
✔  Egg free
✔  Nut free
✔  Avocado free
✔  Coconut free
✔  Fish free
✔  Shellfish free

Nutritional values (per serving)

Net carbs6.4 grams
Protein17.6 grams
Fat31 grams
Calories386 kcal
Calories from carbs 7%, protein 19%, fat 74%
Total carbs10.1 gramsFiber3.7 gramsSugars3.7 gramsSaturated fat13.2 gramsSodium828 mg(36% RDA)Magnesium39 mg(10% RDA)Potassium763 mg(38% EMR)

Ingredients (makes 4 servings)

  • 1/2 medium cauliflower (600 g/ 1.3 lb)
  • 2 Spanish chorizo sausages or Mexican chorizo (240 g/ 8.5 oz)
  • 6 jalapeño peppers, slices (80 g/ 2.8 oz)
  • 4 tbsp freshly chopped parsley or cilantro
  • 2 tbsp ghee or virgin coconut oil (30 g/ 1.1 oz)
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Prepare the Cauli-rice as described here. Don't cook it - only grate the cauliflower. Keto Mexican Rice with Chorizo
  2. Slice the chorizo and slice and deseed the jalapeño peppers. You can use any other type of mildly hot peppers. Keto Mexican Rice with Chorizo
  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 with Chorizo
  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 with Chorizo
  5. When done, take off heat and enjoy warm. Store in the fridge for up to 4 days. Keto Mexican Rice with Chorizo

Ingredient nutritional breakdown (per serving)

Net carbsProteinFatCalories
Cauliflower rice, homemade (cauli-rice, KetoDiet app)
4.5 g2.9 g0.4 g38 kcal
Chorizo sausage
1.1 g14.5 g23 g273 kcal
Peppers, Jalapeno, fresh
0.7 g0.2 g0.1 g6 kcal
Parsley, fresh (spices)
0.1 g0.1 g0 g1 kcal
Ghee
0 g0 g7.5 g68 kcal
Salt, pink Himalayan rock salt
0 g0 g0 g0 kcal
Total per serving
6.4 g17.6 g31 g386 kcal

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I changed the way I ate in 2011, when I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s, an autoimmune disease that affects the thyroid. I had no energy, and I found it more and more difficult to maintain a healthy weight.

That’s when I decided to quit sugar, grains, and processed foods, and to start following a whole-foods-based ketogenic approach to food.

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Comments (22)

Thanks 🙏🏻 for this tasty 😋 recipe !!!

I have been doing your fat fast and thanks to you i've lost 6 lbs,,,,yay

I just made this with chorizo. I didn't have as much Cauliflower as called for but I scooped it into lettuce leaves and put a few avocado slices on top and it was delicious!  Thank you

Lettuce sounds like a great upgrade! 😊

I just made this....... EXCELLENT!!! Thank You

Glad you liked it! 😊

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 😊

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: ketodietapp.com/Blog/Filter
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.

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.

Hi Andrew, thank you! I have a post about saturated fat, cholesterol and fats in general here 😊 Complete Guide to Fats & Oils on a Low-Carb Ketogenic Diet

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!

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

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! 😊

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

That's my type of dinner! Thanks!

Mine too! 😊

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!

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

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

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

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!

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