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Finished rice in a bowl with a spoon and cilantro and lime in the background.

Copycat Chipotle Cauliflower Rice

8-ingredient, Copycat Chipotle Cauliflower Rice is a healthy rice recipe that comes together in just 20 minutes. It is the perfect gluten-free and vegan side dish for Taco Tuesday!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Side
Cuisine Gluten-free, Mexican-Inspired, Vegan
Servings 6 servings


  • 1 large head cauliflower
  • ½ yellow onion diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • Zest and juice of 1 lime
  • Large handful fresh cilantro chopped (about 1/2 a cup)
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • ½ tsp. sea salt
  • ¼ tsp. ground pepper


  • Dice onion, mince garlic, chop cilantro, zest lime and set these ingredients aside.
  • Cut the cauliflower florets from the stems and place them into a food processor. Pulse until your cauliflower becomes a fine rice like texture.
  • Into a large skillet over medium heat add your olive oil. Once hot add garlic and onion to the skillet and sauté until soft and fragrant, about 2-3 minutes.
  • Add cauliflower, zest, lime juice, salt and pepper to the skillet and incorporate everything together.
  • Cook over medium heat for about 5 minutes until the cauliflower has softened.
  • Enjoy!


  • Make sure not to over pulse your cauliflower as it can turn into more of a paste like texture versus rice if you allow it to process for too long.
  • If you do not have a food processor your could mince the cauliflower very fine to achieve a rice like texture or use your blender to pulse small amounts at a time. 
  • To make this oil free you could use vegetable broth. Just splash a few tablespoons as needed to ensure nothing sticks to the pan. 


Calories: 73kcalCarbohydrates: 6gProtein: 2gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 189mgPotassium: 307mgFiber: 2gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 1IUVitamin C: 47mgCalcium: 26mgIron: 1mg
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