Spanish Cauliflower Rice

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Have you ever tried Spanish rice without any rice?  Try this method using riced cauliflower instead!

Ever since I first tried using riced cauliflower in fried rice , I’ve been experimenting with it in other rice dishes.  It’s surprising how well it substitutes for regular rice, in texture and even taste. By the time you blend it with a sauce, the taste is very similar.  Sometimes I will do half and half, like I did my the fried rice recipe.

This time I used only cauliflower.  That makes this dish very healthy and so much lower in calories.  Using olive oil, cumin, and spinach adds exceptional nutrients that are good for heart and brain health.

With the Ninja Master Prep blender/chopper I use it took only minutes to have all the ingredients ready to go.  If using one, it only takes about 10 seconds for the cauliflower to be small enough.  I almost went too small for the recipe here.  If are doing by hand, you can use a grater for the cauliflower.

In the blender I chopped the onion first, then the spinach, then the cauliflower, each separately. While they were cooking I also ran the tomatoes through, again just for a few seconds so there were very few chunks left.

It came out so tasty!  You might want to add some tabasco or hot sauce if you like it hotter.

I’d suggest you serve it with Spinach & Bean Soft Tacos, a tasty Shrimp Burrito, an enchilada, or any favorite Mexican dish.   Colorful and very tasty, and much better for you besides!

Spanish Cauliflower Rice


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Serves: 4 to 6 servings

  • 4 cups riced cauliflower (1 medium head provided a little over that amount)
  • 1½ cup tomatoes, either canned or fresh.
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • ½ onion, chopped
  • 2 cups spinach, chopped finely
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • ¼ cup olives, sliced (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • ¼ to ½ cup salsa
  1. Prep your vegetables so they are all chopped and ready.
  2. Combine the tomato, chili powder, cumin and salsa, to mix the spices in.
  3. Heat oil in a skillet, then add onion.
  4. Saute for 3 to 4 minutes.
  5. Add cauliflower for 3 minutes, stirring often.
  6. Stir in the tomato spice mixture and the spinach, cover, and simmer for 5 minutes.
  7. Most of the liquid should be absorbed now.
  8. If too dry you can add more salsa.
  9. If too moist, use a slotted spoon to remove from pan.
  10. Serve hot.

Here’s my favorite appliance, the Ninja Master Prep Professional.  You can read my review there, and see a bunch of photos showing how effective it is.  Seriously, seconds to chop  the veggies!


Merry Citarella, often writing as Merrci, writes on a wide range of topics. Recently relocated to the Oregon Coast in the northwest United States, she frequently writes travel features on the beautiful Pacific Northwest. She specializes in health and aging, Alzheimer’s Disease, food, lifestyle, and book reviews. For more information you can see her on The Writers’Door. You can read more articles here or at her websites Mystery Suspense Reviews .

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  1. I ve never tried this with cauliflower before, but I definitely want to try it. I like to make vegetarian enchiladas, and this looks like it would be wonderful as a filling. You can find cans of tomato sauce in the same aisle of the grocery store where you find diced tomatoes.

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