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Mexican Cauliflower Burrito Bowl with Refried Beans

Mexican Cauliflower Burrito Bowl with Refried Beans

I love this Mexican Cauliflower Burrito Bowl but I am conflicted about cauliflower rice.

That may sound crazy but substituting cauliflower for regular rice gives me pause.  You may be thinking to yourself right now, “what is this crazy girl talking about?”  However, the dilemma for me is that using cauliflower “rice”  because you think that white rice or brown rice is not good for you is a huge myth.  A myth that the media and the “diet police” have spread relating to carbohydrates not being healthy or a “fat food”.

[bctt tweet=”And while today, I am cooking up a recipe for a Mexican Cauliflower Burrito Bowl topped with refried beans and your choice of other yummy toppings, it doesn’t mean that I think rice, white or brown, is a bad thing.” username=”Lyn_Croyle”]  In this recipe I feel that making a cauliflower burrito bowl changes the flavor and heaviness of the meal while lowering the grams of carbohydrates and adding a boost of nutrients. 

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What about cauliflower rice?

I do think that cauliflower rice can fit into a healthy diet especially if you are looking for ways to boost your vegetable intake.  In addition, cauliflower is definitely lower in carbohydrates and calories than brown rice or white rice.  Therefore, the cauliflower rice is a way to reduce your calorie count if weight loss is your primary goal.  Another benefit In reducing the calorie count, is it allows you to add on other ingredients such a bit of cheese, greek yogurt or sour cream and avocado, a healthy fat.  Another option is to also consider using half rice and half cauliflower.  As a result, you reduce the calories and carbohydrates while at the same time adding in a healthy vegetable.

Comparison of brown, white and cauliflower rice

*Nutrient info is based on a one cup serving and was provided by USDA Food Composition Database.

White riceBrown riceCauliflower rice
Protein4.3 g5.5 g2.4 g
Carbs44.5 g51.7 g4.7 g
Fiber.6 g3.2 g2.4 g
Fat.4 g2 g0 g


pin for pinterestShould carbohydrates be eliminated from your diet?

In my honest opinion, the answer to this question is absolutely NOT. Why?  Above all, carbohydrates, when the correct ones are eaten will boost your nutrition.  Carbohydrates that should be more frequently avoided are those that are highly processed and contain lots of sugar.  And while diets that severely restrict carbohydrates work in the short term, there is no long term research that indicates that they last for the long term.  And, furthermore, the health risks of following a long-term diet restricting carbohydrates is unknown.

Despite my conflicted feelings on cauliflower rice, it sure does taste great.  In this bowl, it makes the base for delicious refried black beans.  Because the calories contributed to the dish are minimal with the cauliflower rice, I allow myself to feel free to pile on the toppings (in reasonable amounts).  Including toppings like cheese, Greek yogurt and avocado which are definitely higher fat and calorie ingredients.

The Recipe featuring Mexican Cauliflower Burrito Bowl

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Mexican Cauliflower Rice Bowl with Refried Beans

Quick and delicious lower carb refried bean and cauliflower burrito bowl featuring Mexican cauliflower rice!!
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Course: Dinner, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: Latin American, Tex Mex
Keyword: black beans, burrito bowl, cauliflower, vegetarian
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 90
Author: Lyn Croyle


  • ½ large head cauliflower
  • 1 tsp canola oil
  • 1 small red onion
  • 1 ear Fresh corn cooked and cooled
  • ½ medium red or orange bell pepper
  • ½ jalapeno or other spicy pepper
  • 3-4 fresh limes
  • 1 small bunch cilantro
  • 3 cups black beans cooked
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp Adobe seasoning
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper as needed


Prep veggies

  • Dice the red onion into small pieces, you need about ½ cup for the recipe and more if you want to use it as a topping.
  • Remove the stem, rib and seeds from the bell pepper.  Cut into strips and then dice strips. Next, repeat the same procedure with the jalapeño or spicy pepper.
  • Cut limes in half and squeeze to get 1 tsp of lime juice for the cauliflower recipe. Set aside. Cut remaining limes in half for a topping or garnish.
  • Next, trim off cilantro leaves and chop into small pieces. Set aside 2 T for the beans and 2 T for the cauliflower, the remainder can be used as an additional topping or garnish.
  • Cut up any other ingredients you want to use for topping such as tomatoes, avocado, lettuce or cabbage.
  • Cut up the cauliflower into large chunks. Use the large side of a cheese grater to grate the cauliflower, making the “rice”.

Refried Beans

  • Drain the beans, reserving some of the liquid. Use a fork or potato masher to gently mash black beans. Heat the beans over medium low heat and add liquid a bit at a time to get it to the proper consistency for refried beans.
  • Add chili powder, garlic powder, cumin, adobe seasoning, 2 T of cilantro and salt and pepper to taste. Lower heat and cover, stirring occasionally and adding water as needed to keep the beans creamy and smooth.

Cook Cauliflower Rice

  • Heat canola oil in a skillet. When heated, add red onion, red bell pepper and jalapeno and cook until it is slightly softened.
  • Then add the cauliflower and cook for 3-5 minutes or until it is heated and slightly tender. Don’t overcook it. When it is ready, stir in the lime juice and cilantro. Add salt and pepper as needed.
  • To serve, place cauliflower and refried beans in a bowl. Top each bowl with your choice of toppings.
  • Each bowl gets about ¾ cup of cauliflower rice and ¾ cup beans.


Each bowl gets about ¾ cup of cauliflower rice and ¾ cup beans.
To make the cauliflower rice:  Another option is to use a food processor.  If so, work in small batches and pulse until it begins to resemble rice. 


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 250kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 330mg | Potassium: 1457mg | Fiber: 14g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 400IU | Vitamin C: 74.3mg | Calcium: 150mg | Iron: 3.6mg

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Jazz up your Cauliflower Burrito Bowl!!!

Consider adding any of the following toppings to your bowl.  Just remember they aren’t used in the nutritional information displayed below.

  • Greek yogurt or sour cream
  • Diced tomato
  • Diced red onion
  • Sliced green onions
  • Shredded cheese
  • Avocado slices or guacamole
  • Diced fresh or pickled jalapeno
  • Tortilla strips
  • Shredded lettuce
  • Shredded cabbage
  • Lime wedges
  • Anything else that you enjoy on tacos or burritos!!

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