Copycat Chipotle Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice

This keto Copycat Cilantro Lime Cauliflower rice recipe brings you those signature Chipotle flavors you love in a much healthier low carb version. It is the perfect side for all of your favorite low carb Mexican dishes! With only 4 ingredients, and taking only 15 minutes to make, it is a quick and easy recipe your whole family will love!

Looking for more low carb and keto cauliflower rice recipe ideas? Give this Green Chile Cauliflower Rice or Coconut Lime Cauliflower Rice a try!

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Mexican food is, hands down, my favorite food on the planet!

I grew up in Southern California, so that is pretty much a given.

As a kid, I was surrounded by little taco shops, and Mexican restaurants to choose from but, for a few months, my daughter and I lived in a smaller inland Northern San Diego town which didn't have as much to choose from as I was used to.

That is when I found Chipotle.

I fell in love with their cilantro lime rice.

After going low carb a couple of years ago I thought I had to forgo my love of rice, then was happy to discover cauliflower rice, and SUPER happy that the Mr enjoyed it.

The first time I made it was in my Shrimp and Bacon Cauliflower Fried Rice and he said he would have never known it wasn't regular rice if I hadn't told him 😲

Since then I have come up with several cauliflower rice recipes. One of my faves is my Mexican Cauliflower Rice because, well because it is uber cheesy and your girl loves her some cheese!

But I never get tired of coming up with new ways to enjoy it. Why it took me this long to get this recipe on the blog is beyond me though. 

We eat so much cauliflower here that I have it on auto-reorder in my Imperfect Foods box every week!

Between making it into rice, roasting it, and making this Roasted Garlic Mashed Cauliflower because it freezes beautifully, reheats in the microwave like a dream, and helps me meal prep. 

This veggie that I used to detest as a kid is now one of my favorites! It is so versatile and really takes on so many different flavors I never get bored of it!! 


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INGREDIENTS NEEDED TO MAKE COPYCAT CHIPOTLE CILANTRO LIME CAULIFLOWER RICE

Detailed measurements and instructions can be found on the printable recipe card at the bottom of the page.

INGREDIENTS

  • Cauliflower
  • Avocado oil or light olive oil
  • Fresh cilantro
  • Lime
  • Salt
  • Pepper 


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HOW TO MAKE COPYCAT CHIPOTLE CILANTRO LIME CAULIFLOWER RICE


STEP 1

Remove the leaves and trim the stalk from the cauliflower, cut into florets.

STEP 2

To make the cauliflower rice grate the florets, or pulse them in a food processor.

STEP 3

Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the cauliflower rice and toss to coat with the oil.

STEP 4

Add salt and pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until the rice begins to brown slightly and is tender-crisp, 5 to 7 minutes.

STEP 5

Remove the skillet from the heat, stir in the lime zest and juice, taste, and adjust the seasoning if needed.

STEP 6

Serve topped with additional chopped cilantro and lime wedges (optional).


Overhead photo of Copycat Chipotle Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice in a skillet with a wooden spoonful closer to the camera.



FAQS ABOUT COPYCAT CHIPOTLE CILANTRO LIME CAULIFLOWER RICE


Can I make Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice with frozen cauliflower rice? I have made this with frozen cauli rice in a pinch when I don't have a head of fresh cauliflower handy. I have to admit that it is second best to using fresh. It tends to get a bit mushy versus the tender crisp you can achieve with the fresh.

We like things spicy, can I add chili powder or cayenne pepper to the Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice? Sure! I tried to copy the flavor of Chipotle's cauliflower rice but, if you like things with a little kick, you could add chili powder to add some zip. 

How do I store the leftover Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice? Store the leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. If you want to freeze it I would spread the cooled cauliflower rice out on a sheet pan and put it in the freezer, then transfer it to a ziptop bag or another freezer-safe airtight container for up to 2 months.


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Last thoughts about Copycat Chipotle Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice


This recipe is one of the recipes I keep in the back of my mind for a last minute meal.

You know those nights when it is an hour before dinner and you realize CRAP I don't have anything planned!

Ya, even a food blogger does that too.

Back before I went keto I would just order pizza, nope can't do that now.

One of my faves is to toss some frozen chicken (boneless skinless thighs usually but breasts work perfectly too) into the Instant Pot with some chicken bone broth, salt, pepper, and my Mexican Blend Seasoning.

While that is cooking I make up a batch of this cauliflower rice. Then shred the chicken and make a burrito bowl with this cauli rice, the shredded chicken, a bit of shredded cheese, salsa fresca, and/or cilantro lime crema.

Mmmmm mmmmm good!


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Chipotle Copycat Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice

Copycat Chipotle Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice

Yield: 4 servings
Author: Bobbi Hass-Burleson
Prep time: 5 MinCook time: 10 MinTotal time: 15 Min
This keto Copycat Cilantro Lime Cauliflower rice recipe brings you those signature Chipotle flavors you love in a much healthier low carb version. It is the perfect side for all of your favorite low carb Mexican dishes!

Ingredients

  • 1 medium head of cauliflower, (4 cups riced)
  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil or light olive oil
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves, chopped
  • Pink sea salt
  • Fresh cracked black pepper
  • 1 lime zested and juiced (about 2 tablespoons juice)

Instructions

  1. Remove the leaves and trim the stalk from the cauliflower, cut into florets.
  2. To make the cauliflower rice grate the florets, or pulse them in a food processor.
  3. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the cauliflower rice and toss to coat with the oil.
  4. Add salt and pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until the rice begins to brown slightly and is tender-crisp, 5 to 7 minutes.
  5. Remove the skillet from the heat, stir in the lime zest and juice, taste, and adjust the seasoning if needed.
  6. Serve topped with additional chopped cilantro and lime wedges (optional).

Calories

63.13

Fat (grams)

4.03

Sat. Fat (grams)

0.57

Carbs (grams)

5.94

Fiber (grams)

3.33

Net carbs

2.61

Sugar (grams)

3.00

Protein (grams)

2.67

Sodium (milligrams)

167.43

Cholesterol (grams)

0.00

Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy and is approximate only. We cannot guarantee the accuracy of the nutritional information given for any recipe on this site. Erythritol carbs will not be included as it has a glycemic index of 0 (meaning it does not spike blood sugar) and it's not metabolized. Net carbs are the total carbs minus fiber.

Keto, Low Carb, Gluten-Free, Vegetarian
Side Dish
Mexican
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