Rotel “Rice”

Recipe by Mandy Pagano

Recipe originally published on on 6/21/19. It has been lightly edited for re-publication.


Tex-Mex style food is probably my favorite. I get it honest. It's both my mom and my grandpa's favorite, too! I could (and do) eat it most days.

This is one of those recipes I came up with on the fly one night, and it ended up such a hit that I keep making it over and over again. It's not exactly Spanish rice, but it is a pretty flavorful stand-in. I usually make this whenever we have something Tex-Mex-ish, like Mexi-Stuffed Chicken. It would be a great accompaniment to tortilla-less fajitas or on taco night!


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Rotel “Rice”

  •  Author: Mandy Pagano
  •  Prep Time: 5 minutes
  •  Cook Time: 15 minutes
  •  Total Time: 20 minutes
  •  Yield: 8 servings
  •  Method: Stovetop
  •  Cuisine: Tex-Mex
  •  Keywords: cauliflower, cauliflower-rice, cheese, mexican, quick, sides, tex-mex, vegetables, vegetarian


  • 1/4 c (2 fl oz) avocado oil
  • 48 g yellow onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 20 oz (567 g) bag frozen riced cauliflower
  • 10 oz (284 g) can original Rotel (diced tomatoes and green chilies)
  • 1 1/2 tsp Seasoned Salt
  • 2 oz queso fresco (Mexican crumbling cheese), crumbled
  • 2 tbsp fresh cilantro leaves, chopped


  1. In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium.
  2. Once the oil is hot, add the onion and sauté until translucent.
  3. Add the garlic and stir another 30 seconds or so, until fragrant.
  4. Add the riced cauliflower, Seasoned Salt, and can of Rotel (juice and all) to the skillet and continue cooking over medium, stirring frequently, until the cauliflower is cooked through and most of the liquid has evaporated, about ten minutes or so.
  5. Remove from the heat and garnish with queso fresco and cilantro.
  6. Serve hot.


  • Serving Size: 1/8 recipe
  • Calories: 109 cal
  • Fat: 8.5 g
  • Carbohydrates: 5.9 g
    • Fiber: 2.1 g
    • Net Carbs [total carbs - (fiber + sugar alcohol)] : 3.8 g
  • Protein: 3.2 g

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