If you love Mexican food, you know that it isn’t the most carb-friendly food out there. We recently tried Trader Joe’s Spicy Mexican Style Riced Cauliflower for the first time and I need to tell you about it. Whether or not you’ve ever eaten riced cauliflower before, listen up! This Mexican keto side dish is worth hearing about.
What is Trader Joe’s Mexican Style Riced Cauliflower?
Riced cauliflower, or cauliflower rice as it’s also known, is raw cauliflower that has been grated on a box grater or finely chopped in the food processor.
Processing cauliflower by one of these two methods creates tiny cauliflower bits that resemble rice. Pretty cool, right?
You can make your own cauliflower rice or buy it packaged and ready-to-cook in virtually all grocery stores these days. Trader Joe’s sells a number of riced cauliflower products, including this Mexican Style variety.
So, the Trader Joe’s Mexican Riced Cauliflower is composed of cauliflower rice, tomatoes, red, orange, and yellow bell peppers, jalapeños, and cilantro.
Where In the Store?
You can find this riced cauliflower in the Frozen aisle of Trader Joe’s.
How to Cook and Serve Mexican Riced Cauliflower
The cooking instructions for this cauliflower are on the back of the bag so I found it really easy to whip this side dish out to go with dinner recently. It was fast and completely uncomplicated to make, which speaks volumes to me on weeknights.
You’ll heat 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter or olive oil in a large non-stick frying pan over medium-high heat. I used a 10-inch pan. Once hot, dump the entire bag of cauliflower into the pan and stir it up to coat it with the butter or oil.
Stir the cauliflower every few minutes and cook for a total of 8 minutes.
We served this spicy cauliflower along with some Aleppo grilled chicken and grilled corn.
Adding Meat and Seafood
You could certainly add some protein directly to the cauliflower rice too! Raw shrimp will cook pretty quickly in the pan with the cauliflower, so add that towards the end of the cooking time.
If you want to add chicken or steak, I suggest that you sauté it in the pan first and transfer it to a bowl while you cook the cauliflower. You’ll get a nice sear on the chicken and steak by cooking it first.
If you cook it with the cauliflower, the chicken and steak will boil in the liquid and turn out a little rubbery. And nobody likes rubbery chicken or steak!
My little family is collectively a HUGE fan of Mexican food. In fact, rice is one of my daughter Riley’s top 3 favorite foods and if she had it her way, she would be eating Mexican rice every day of the week.
That said, even though she enjoys cauliflower, she did not love this cauliflower rice – it was too spicy for her!
My husband and I, on the other hand, totally loved it!
While I love cauliflower prepared in other ways, I’ve had some trouble getting on board with riced cauliflower. It’s always been too bland for me and I can never seem to cook it properly.
But because all of the seasonings were added already and the cooking instructions were straightforward, I aced this side dish!
Kyle has been eating a modified keto diet for the past couple of months so we’ve tried riced cauliflower a number of ways. This version was by FAR the best! And as a consummate carb-eater, I actually thought it resembled regular rice in terms of its texture.
On the spicy scale, this was near the top for me. It was spicier than the Crispy Jalapeño Pieces but not nearly as spicy as the Trader Joe’s Peri Peri Sauce (yet to be reviewed here). I tempered the heat with a dollop of sour cream, which definitely added to the feeling of eating Mexican food.
Buy It Again?
We completely enjoyed this Mexican riced cauliflower enough to buy it again, especially because it makes such a great substitute for Mexican rice. It will go perfectly with all kinds of cozy Mexican food once the weather cools down again this fall!
And because it makes such an easy keto side dish, we’ll be able to routinely make it part of our low-carb meal plans.
If you’ve been passing this item over, give it a try! We can certainly recommend it!