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Cauliflower Rice Chipotle Copycat

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This cauliflower rice Chipotle copycat recipe is a great alternative to using white rice, which is higher in calories. This is only 100 calories per serving.

cauliflower rice in a black bowl with a spoon on a wood background

Who else is obsessed with the cilantro lime rice from Chipotle? This cauliflower rice chipotle copycat is a great alternative if you’re looking for a low-carb version.

Cauliflower can replace grains and legumes in many recipes, which is a great way to eat more veggies. Plus, 1 cup of fresh cauliflower rice has only 25 calories in it, so not many calories.

Cauliflower has gained so much popularity lately, and it’s so accessible in most stores now in many forms. Aside from buying cauliflower and grating it at home yourself, you can buy it frozen or pre-packaged too.

I personally buy it frozen because it’s a time saver for me. If you do buy it frozen it will take a little longer to cook, but it will taste delicious either way.

What is cauliflower?

Cauliflower is a cruciferous vegetable that looks like a white version of its cousin, broccoli. The word “cauliflower” stems from Latin, meaning “flowers of cabbage.” The head is made up of bumpy florets attached to the main stem.

Is cauliflower healthy?

Cauliflower is very low in calories and is an excellent source of vitamins and minerals. It’s an excellent source of vitamin C, vitamin K, folate, and vitamin B and is high in fiber.

Why you’ll love this recipe

  • Low carb alternative to rice
  • Makes a great side dish
  • Ready in about 15 minutes
cauliflower rice in a black bowl with a spoon on a wood background

Ingredients

What you’ll need to make this recipe.

  • Riced cauliflower
  • Butter
  • Garlic
  • Lime
  • Cilantro
  • Salt

How to make this recipe

1 – Heat a skillet to medium-high heat, add butter and garlic.

2 – Sauté for about a minute. Reduce temperature to low heat.

3 – Add the riced cauliflower and cook on low heat until the consistency of the cauliflower is soft. This will taken longer if you’re using frozen cauliflower.

4 – Once the cauliflower is soft, remove the skillet from heat. Add lime juice, chopped cilantro, and salt. Mix well and enjoy!

Tip – make sure to cook the cauliflower until it is soft so it has the texture of white rice. If it doesn’t cook long enough it will still be crunchy. If you like a little crunch that will work fine, just be aware if you are trying to get a consistency of cooked white rice.

cauliflower rice in a black bowl with a spoon

How do I store cooked cauliflower rice?

Place cauliflower rice in an airtight container. Properly stored, cooked cauliflower will last for 3 to 5 days in the refrigerator.

Can I freeze cauliflower rice?

Yes. Place cauliflower in an airtight container or freezer bag. Properly stored, it can last for 10 to 12 months.

Calories per serving (1 cup): 100

Yield: 2 Servings

Cauliflower Rice Chipotle Copycat

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This cauliflower rice Chipotle copycat recipe is a great alternative to using white rice, which is higher in calories. This is only 100 calories per serving.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 16 ounces riced cauliflower, pre-packaged frozen or use a cheese grater on fresh cauliflower
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. Heat skillet to medium-high heat. Add butter and garlic. Sauté for about 1 minute.
  2. Reduce temperature to low heat. Add riced cauliflower and cook on low heat until consistency is soft. This will taken longer if using frozen cauliflower.
  3. Once cauiflower is soft, remove skillet from heat. Add lime juice, chopped cilantro, and salt. Mix well and enjoy!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

2

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 101Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 33mgCarbohydrates: 10gFiber: 3gSugar: 3gProtein: 2g

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cyndy

Sunday 5th of April 2020

I love cilantro rice and making it with cauliflower is such a great idea! All the taste but with less guilt.

simplylowcal

Sunday 5th of April 2020

Thanks! :)

Adrianne

Sunday 5th of April 2020

I would have this as a side dish for so many recipes!! It looks so healthy and I love the cilantro lime combo. Yum, nice one!

simplylowcal

Sunday 5th of April 2020

Thanks, Adrianne. :)

Anita

Saturday 4th of April 2020

I love the original rice version, so I instantly fall in love with the cauliflower version too. What a great low carbs alternative. :)

simplylowcal

Sunday 5th of April 2020

Thank you, Anita. :)

Nart | Cooking with Nart

Saturday 4th of April 2020

I've heard just about everyone rave about cauliflower rice and I don't think I can resist now! You recipe looks really easy so it will be the first one I try!

simplylowcal

Sunday 5th of April 2020

Thanks, Nart. :)

Cathleen @ A Taste of Madness

Saturday 4th of April 2020

I love lime in my rice, so I am sure that I would love it in cauliflower rice. This looks so good as a side dish :)

simplylowcal

Sunday 5th of April 2020

Thanks, Cathleen. :)

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