Mexican Cauliflower Fried Rice and Beans

mexican cauliflower rice

When motivation is low, yet it’s the end of the week and the vegetable draw is still full, my Mexican cauliflower rice and beans is a no brainer!

Made simply by using instant rice, a packet of taco seasoning and pantry staples, all you need to do is a little elbow work in prep and viola!

It is easy to adapt or change the ratio of cauliflower to rice in this dish.  I usually combine all ingredients minus the rice for myself, then add the rice for the rest of the family.

A great dish to save for leftovers as it just tastes even better the next day!

Mexican Cauliflower Fried Rice and Beans

Mexican Cauliflower Rice and Beans

With a Mexican influence, this rice dish packs a nutritional punch without meat!
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 4
Cost: $10


  • 250 gram tomatoes diced
  • 200 ml water
  • 2 tsp garlic
  • 250 gram sweet potato grated
  • 200 gram zucchini grated
  • 400 gram black beans rinsed
  • 1 packet taco seasoning
  • 150 gram corn kernals
  • 300 gram cauliflower processed
  • 1 packet instant brown rice
  • 200 gram cheese grated


  • If you are not using instant microwave rice, add rice to a saucepan, with double the amount of water. Bring to a boil, then simmer until liquid is almost all absorbed, turn off heat, but leave covered with lid for approx. 10 mins, for steam to continue to cook rice.
  • Meanwhile, heat a large pan over medium heat and add olive oil and onion and garlic. Cook for 2 minutes and then add the zucchini, sweet potato and cauliflower rice (see notes below). Cook until vegetables are tender, 5-7 minutes.
  • Next, add the beans, corn and spice mix. Stir well adding the tinned tomatoes and cooked rice. Mix until everything is combined and cook until everything is heated through 3-5 minutes. Add in the cheese and cook until melted, 1-2 minutes.
  • Serve individual portions.


* To make cauliflower rice, place small heads of cauliflower into a food processor and pulse until it resembles grains of rice, 5-10 seconds.

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