Cauliflower Rice Burrito Bowls

Cauliflower Rice Burrito Bowls with pico de gallo and guacamole - - - >

There are things we food bloggers do in order to tell you things. The vague train’s pulling up to the station, all aboard!

Foooor instance…

I may show you something chocolaty to let you know I’ve been watching waaaaay too much Grey’s Anatomy. If you spy chocolate on this blog, it’s probably because I need a neuro consult, Dr. Shepherd.

The salad I show you immediately following said chocolate-filled treat is my way of telling you chocolate goes down reaaaaal nice and kale is excellent at rectifying high density Grey’s Anatomy-induced chocolate situations.

I may show you butter creamed with sugar (when have I done that ever? Bad example, Julia) in order to let you know I adore Darius Rucker but I love Hootie & the Blowfish WAY more. You see? That sentence doesn’t make a lick of sense, but now you know how I feel about the D.R. versus Hootie topic.

What’s that you say? You wish Hootie was still together, too? Get out of my mind.

Cauliflower Rice Burrito Bowls with pico de gallo and guacamole - - - >

And finally. . .

I may (as in most definitely will) show you a burrito bowl complete with cauliflower rice, ‘banzo beans, corn off the cob, pico de gallo and guacamole in order to tell you this is how I eat the majority of my meals. A conglomeration out of a bowl. It looks all neat and tidy sitting there on that table, but when your back is turned, I add 3 times the amount of guacamole and mix it all up like I’m trying to spin precipitate out of a centrifuge.

Check out this pico:

pico de gallo

Do you see the kale? Good eye, mate, good eye. I made pico de gallo with kale for my cookbook, Let Them Eat Kale!, which you can pre-order now and devour (the pico, not the book), in a few months time. But for now, this recipe from Coupon Clipping Cook for pico de gallo will get you by.

Cauliflower Rice Burrito Bowls with pico de gallo and guacamole - - - >

Writing about burrito bowls is tough business when your belly’s stuffed with burrito bowl…and pumpkin bread. It’s like going to Costco when you’ve sworn off free samples. That’s actually not at all what it’s like, but you should never go to Costco when you’ve sworn off free samples. That’s pure masochism.

Cauliflower Rice Burrito Bowls with pico de gallo and guacamole - - - >

Ultimately, I showed you burrito bowl so that I could tell you cauliflower rice is a staple in my house. It actually takes less time to make than regular rice, and of course you get all the wonderful health benefits of cauliflower…since it’s made out of cauliflower. Entirely.  Another version you can make is my Jalapeño Ginger Cauliflower Rice.

It is not recommended to eat a whole head of cauliflower (or whole skillet of cauliflower rice) if you have roommates; however, this is, indeed, in truth, indivisible with liberty and justice for all, how you eat an entire cauliflower in one sitting. I did it. I regretted it. But it hurt so good. Bygones.

Cauliflower Rice Burrito Bowls

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 3 to 4 burrito bowls

Cauliflower Rice Burrito Bowls


    For the Cauliflower Rice:
  • 2 tablespoons grapeseed or olive oil
  • 1 head cauliflower, grated
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt
  • For the guacamole:
  • 2 ripe avocadoes
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 2 tablespoons red onion, chopped
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and chopped
  • 1 roma tomato, seeded and diced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh cilantro, chopped
  • Salt to taste
  • For the Burrito Bowls
  • 1 14-ounce can garbanzo beans
  • 1 ear corn, cooked and kernels removed
  • Guacamole
  • Cauliflower Rice
  • Pico de Gallo
  • Cilantro for serving


    To Prepare the Cauliflower Rice:
  1. Remove the green stems off the cauliflower and chop the head of cauliflower in half.
  2. Grate the whole head (one half at a time) on the box grater. It’s okay if you leave some small florets.
  3. In a large skillet, heat oil to medium-high heat.
  4. Add the cauliflower, lime juice, chili powder, onion powder, and salt. Stir everything together and cover the skillet.
  5. Cook the cauliflower, stirring consistently, until it is softened and browned, about 15 to 20 minutes.
  6. To Make the Guacamole:
  7. Peel and pit the avocados and place them in a bowl.
  8. Add the lime juice, garlic, onion, jalapino, and mash with a fork or chop with a knife (to leave the guacamole chunky, use a knife to chop everything together).
  9. Add the chopped tomato and cilantro and fold into the guacamole.
  10. To make awesome burrito bowls:
  11. Add the garbanzo beans to a saucepan and heat on medium to medium-high until hot.
  12. Steam an ear of corn about 5 to 8 minutes. When it’s cool enough to handle, carefully remove the kernels using a knife.
  13. Dish desired amount of cauliflower rice, beans, and corn into a bowl. Add pico de gallo and guacamole and go to town!


  1. Me, too! Me, too! I absolutely add three times the amount of guac to almost anything (except maybe Fruity Pebbles … well, if I actually ate Fruity Pebbles, you know!) and I also am totally down with your D.R. vs. Hootie sentiments (such a crying shame about Hootie, no?). But onto the real issues at hand: kale pico and this gorgeous cauliflower rice bowl. Brilliant! ‘Nuff said! :D

    • The Hootie thing KILLS me! But I’m glad D.R. is following his dream…over the years, my unconditional love for him has grown, so I suppose it’s okay for him to pursue happiness :)

  2. I thought that was a whole big mess of cilantro and was thinking “PASS!” but then you said it’s kale… mmmm deliciousness. This burrito bowl looks amazing. Real burritos are too messy for me to eat (especially when I put on SIX times the guacamole!) but I think I could probably manage to eat this without having to change my shirt after.

    • I’m all about keeping my guacamole-to-burrito fixings to at least a 1:1 ratio…LOVE that guac! I pretty much freaking hate cilantro, so I use it for garnish, but that’s about it ;) I’m so glad there’s a fellow cilantro loath-er in the house, woop woop!

  3. Oh how I miss Hootie! And cauliflower…why on Earth have I not had any cauliflower in over like six months?! That needs to change…but I promise to practice restraint. I know the pain of cauli-belly! Lol

  4. I am a totally cauliflower rice lover, so naturally this is making me jump our of my skin with excitement! You nailed this one! Love. It.

  5. Free samples at Costco are evil. Pure evil. I thought I escaped them when I left the west coast, but alas…the east coast has Sam’s Club, which is pretty much the same. Chipotle needs to take note of this cauliflower rice idea!

  6. Move the heck over Chipotle, there’s a new burrito bowl in town! Absolutely love this! And, how on earth have I never had cauliflower rice?!?!?!!!

  7. yesss, these are always my fav meals! I can eat my weight in pico, gahh it’s so good. Did you find Top Chef on hulu yet? :)

  8. This looks great! I love the idea of the cauliflower rice. Skip on extra calories for more veggies!!! Awesome!

  9. Your last line made me laugh out loud. Your poor roommates and your happy tastebuds :) I’ll happily eat a head of cauliflower, too- especially if it’s roasted. No regrets!

  10. Yum! This looks so good and healthy! I’ve not made cauliflower rice before, but now I want to try it! And going to Costco is basically torture for me all the time, since I don’t eat gluten, dairy or eggs, I can almost never try any samples. Boohoo…I still go so I can grocery shop, and I may or may not throw a pair of jeans or a magazine in the cart just to ease the pain. :)

  11. I love bowl meals like this, and I definitely don’t make them often enough. I may have to hop on the cauliflower rice train because this looks so tasty!

  12. Sometimes you’re so healthy it makes me NEED to cream together butter and sugar and stir in some gluten.


    I think living in CA makes you like veggies more than the cold, cold midwest. (It’s not that cold yet, but it will be. yuck.) But kale pico?! You so smaht.


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