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Low-Carb Ground Beef Cauliflower Rice Taco Bowls (Video)

Ground Beef Cauliflower Rice Taco Bowls have the taco flavors you love in a low-carb bowl meal, and we used frozen cauliflower rice for a quick dinner! Use Bowl Meals to find more recipes like this one.

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Low-Carb Ground Beef Cauliflower Rice Taco Bowls are an easy work-night dinner that I bet your family is going to love. And these taco bowls use frozen cauliflower rice to make it extra quick and easy! This idea for a cauliflower rice taco bowl recipe started with a conversation on the Kalyn’s Kitchen Facebook page about how I was frustrated that I couldn’t get to Trader Joe’s in time to buy their fresh cauliflower rice. When I complained that the cauliflower rice is always sold out, more than one reader raved about how much they loved frozen cauliflower rice. I was skeptical at first because I loved my favorite easy cauliflower recipe that starts with fresh chopped cauliflower rice, and at first I couldn’t imagine frozen cauliflower rice would be that good.

But I bought a few bags of the frozen cauliflower rice and started dreaming up ideas for using it. And these Ground Beef Cauliflower Rice Taco Bowls using frozen cauliflower rice were definitely a winner, and using the frozen cauliflower rice made this meal so quick to get on the table. We used chopped poblano pepper added to the cauliflower rice for extra flavor, but I’ve since made the frozen cauliflower rice with just my standard green onion and garlic, and that was good as well.

And now fast forward a few years later, and I buy big bags of frozen cauliflower rice at Costco, and I’m such a fan of frozen cauliflower rice that I’m featuring this recipe as my Friday Favorites pick this week! I hope you enjoy trying this for a quick low-carb taco bowl. And a lot of the carbs in this meal are in the tomatoes, avocados, and green onions, so use less of those if you want a version with fewer carbs.

Want More Low-Carb Mexican Food?

This recipe was featured in Ten Low-Carb Mexican Food Favorites You’ll Make Over and Over and if you like Mexican flavors you might find some other good dinner ideas there.

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How to Make Low-Carb Ground Beef Cauliflower Rice Taco Bowls:

(Scroll down for complete printable recipe, including nutritional information.)

  1. Heat a little olive oil and brown the ground beef, seasoning with salt and pepper as it cooks.
  2. Then add Spike Seasoning (affiliate link), Kalyn’s Taco Seasoning, salsa, water, and diced green chiles (affiliate link) and simmer until most of the liquid is cooked off.
  3. While the beef cooks, cut up olives, avocado, and tomatoes.
  4. Dice the Poblano chile (if using) and cook in a little olive oil, then add the frozen cauliflower rice and cook until rice is heated through and any liquid has evaporated. Stir in the sliced green onion. (We used 4 cups of cauliflower rice from a big 3 lb. package that came from Costco.)
  5. To serve, put some of the hot cauliflower rice mixture into a bowl and top with one-fourth of the spicy meat.
  6. Top with cheese, tomatoes, avocados, and olives as desired.
  7. Serve hot, with extra salsa and sour cream to add at the table for those who want it.

Low-Carb Ground Beef Cauliflower Rice Taco Bowls found on KalynsKitchen.com

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Cauliflower Fried Rice ~ Crunchy Creamy Sweet
Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Cauliflower Rice Bowl ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Low-Carb Ground Beef Stroganoff Casserole with Cauliflower Rice ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Mexican Cauliflower Rice ~ Hungry Food Love
Easy Spicy Coconut Milk Shrimp (over Cauliflower Rice or Rice) ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
One Pot Curried Cauliflower Rice ~ BellyFull

Weekend Food Prep:

This recipe has been added to a new category called Weekend Food Prep  to help you find recipes you can prep or cook on the weekend and eat during the week!

Low-Carb Ground Beef Cauliflower Rice Taco Bowls found on KalynsKitchen.com

Low-Carb Ground Beef Cauliflower Rice Taco Bowls

Yield 4 servings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

These Low-Carb Ground Beef Cauliflower Rice Taco Bowls have all the taco flavors you love in an easy cauliflower rice bowl.

Ingredients

  • BEEF INGREDIENTS:
  • 2 tsp. olive oil
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • salt and fresh-ground pepper to taste
  • 2 tsp. Spike Seasoning (see notes)
  • 1 T Kalyn’s Taco Seasoning (see notes)
  • 1/4 cup Pace Picante Sauce, see notes
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 4 oz. can diced green Anaheim chiles with juice (optional)
  • TOPPING INGREDIENTS:
  • 1 6 oz. can black olives, drained and cut in half
  • 1 medium avocado, diced
  • 1 T lime juice (for avocados)
  • 1/2 cup diced cherry tomatoes
  • 1 cup grated Mexican Blend cheese (more or less to taste)
  • CAULIFLOWER RICE INGREDIENTS:
  • 4 cups frozen cauliflower rice (see notes)
  • 2 tsp. olive oil
  • garlic cloves for seasoning the oil, optional
  • 1 small Poblano chile pepper (see notes)
  • 1/2 cup sliced green onions
  • salt and fresh-ground black pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Heat 2 tsp. olive oil in a medium-sized frying pan, add the ground beef, season with salt and a little black pepper, and cook over medium-high heat, until the beef is nicely browned. Use the turner or a potato masher to break the meat apart as it cooks.
  2. When beef is well-browned, add Spike Seasoning (affiliate link), Kalyn’s Taco Seasoning, salsa, water, and diced green chiles (if using) and simmer until most of the liquid has evaporated.
  3. While the meat cooks, drain the olives and cut in half, cut up avocados and toss with lime juice, and cut up the tomatoes.
  4. Remove seeds from the Poblano pepper and finely dice, and thinly slice the green onions. Have the grated cheese, extra salsa, and sour cream ready.
  5. When the liquid has evaporated from the meat mixture, heat the other 2 tsp. of olive oil in another large non-stick frying pan over medium-high heat. (I used my favorite 12 Inch Green Pan (affiliate link).)
  6. If you want to season the oil, add several peeled garlic cloves and cook just until you smell garlic, then remove. Then add the finely diced Poblano chiles and cook 2-3 minutes, just until the peppers start to soften.
  7. Add the frozen rice and cook, stirring frequently, for 3-5 minutes or until the cauliflower is heated through and any excess liquid has evaporated. (You might need to turn down the heat a bit, depending on how hot your stove gets.)
  8. Turn off heat and stir in the sliced green onions.
  9. To serve, put one-fourth of cauliflower rice in a bowl and top with one-fourth of the meat mixture.
  10. Add grated cheese, sliced olives, diced avocado, and diced tomatoes.
  11. Serve right away, with additional salsa and sour cream to serve at the table if desired.
  12. Any extra beef mixture and rice can be refrigerated and reheated later if this makes more than you’ll eat at one time. Don’t combine or add toppings until you’re ready to serve.

Notes

If you don't have Spike Seasoning, just use another all-purpose seasoning mix. You can use a purchased taco seasoning if you prefer, but pick one without added sugar. Be sure to check the label if you use purchased salsa for this recipe and pick one that's low in sugar. I used Pace Picante Sauce, medium, but mild salsa might be better if you're cooking for kids. 

If you can’t find frozen cauliflower, just use my recipe for Easy Best Cauliflower Rice with Garlic and Green Onion and saute the chopped poblano chiles after you remove the garlic. Poblanos are often called Pasilla Peppers in U. S. stores.

Many of the carbs in this recipe are in the avocados, tomatoes, and green onions, so use a smaller amount of those ingredients if you want a version with fewer carbs. Nutritional information doesn't include optional extra salsa and sour cream to add at the table.

Recipe created by Kalyn and Kara.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 647Total Fat: 45gSaturated Fat: 15gUnsaturated Fat: 25.8gCholesterol: 128mgSodium: 1882mgCarbohydrates: 17gFiber: 9.5gSugar: 7.2gProtein: 42g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.

If you make this recipe I'd love to hear how it turns out. Leave a star rating or share on social media with the hashtag #KALYNSKITCHEN, thanks!

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Historical Notes for this Recipe:
This recipe was first posted June 4, 2016, when I was just starting to use cauliflower rice. Since then I’ve become a huge fan of frozen cauliflower rice. Recipe was last updated February 28, 2020.

Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
These low-carb ground beef taco bowls would be suitable for most low-carb eating plans, or for the South Beach Diet. South Beach would prefer low-fat dairy but other plans would recommend full-fat, so take your choice on that. If you omit the cheese and sour cream and use an approved salsa, this recipe can also be Whole 30 or Paleo diet approved. To make this lower in carb, use less avocado, tomatoes, and green onion.

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    21 Comments on “Low-Carb Ground Beef Cauliflower Rice Taco Bowls (Video)”

  1. This recipe would also be great as a roasted, stuffed Poblano. Just mix the cauliflower rice with the beef and stuff. Bake and add toppings. Thanks for another great recipe 

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  3. I love cauliflower. What a fun healthy twist!

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  6. Thanks, Kalyn! I see this is an older post but I wanted to share with your readers that Wal-Mart now carries a variety of frozen cauliflower rices and even cauliflower mashed potatoes!

  7. JUST made a cauliflower fried rice recipe for the blog – AND IT WAS AMAZINGGG! Don't know why I waited SO long to make it! haha!

  8. Ah, now, cauliflower rice combined with all other ingredients I love — well, I might have to reconsider my position on cauliflower! This looks wonderful.

  9. How colorful, beautiful, healthy and tasty looking! Although I am a vegetarian, I could use all of the ingredients except the beef. I use the cauliflower rice in everything. It seems like everyone loves the cauliflower rice and they are always out of it at my TJ. When I find it , It stock up!

  10. I've never seen the frozen cauliflower rice at Trader Joe's. I'll be sure to hunt it down my next trip.

  11. This recipe looks delicious, Kalyn. I'm actually imagining how great it would be with my leftover taco meat! But what I'm really excited about is your mention of Target carrying the frozen cauliflower rice! We don't have a nearby TJ's, but we do have a Target. I don't normally shop there, but I'd go so that I can try the frozen cauli-rice for sure. Thanks much for sharing that info and for the recipe, of course! 🙂

    Shirley