Keto Dirty Cauliflower Rice

Last Updated on October 21, 2022 by Toya

Learn how to make this easy and delicious keto dirty cauliflower rice ripe in just 20 minutes! Everyone will love this satisfying dirty rice meal with only 6.4 net carbs per serving. 

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Is cauliflower rice keto?

Cauliflower is a keto-friendly vegetable with only 5 grams of carbs and 2 grams of fiber per 100 grams. Therefore, cauliflower rice, which derives from processing raw cauliflower, and is one of the most popular keto rice substitutes is indeed keto friendly. 

Can frozen cauliflower rice be used in the dirty rice recipe?

If you have frozen cauliflower and would prefer to use it then you can. Simply thaw the frozen cauliflower rice first, then place it on a paper towel so it can soak up any excess liquid.
Afterward, follow the recipe as per the recipe instructions.

Why do they call it dirty rice?

Dirty rice gets its name due to the appearance of the dish. Unlike regular cauliflower rice, dirty rice is a fried rice recipe that incorporates spices, meats, and vegetables. Dirty rice gets an earthy tone from the addition of these ingredients and due to its appearance is called dirty rice as the meal appears ‘dirty’.

Can I use another type of ground meat?

Instead of beef, you can use ground pork, venison, ground chicken, or turkey. You can also use a mix of meats such as beef and pork, or beef and venison for this keto dirty rice recipe. The flavor of the meal may change slightly but it will taste amazing nonetheless. 

Tips for making keto dirty rice

  • Cauliflower is not rice, so overcooking it may result in a soggy cauliflower rice recipe. To prevent this from happening, make sure you do not overcook the riced cauliflower. A quick saute will give you the best results. For this dish, in particular, add the cauliflower in the last step.
  • Make sure you are using freshly riced cauliflower. A rule to follow is that you cook cauliflower for three minutes with some grease in the skillet and that will do the trick. If you want to, you can also roast the cauliflower rice and add it to the finished dirty rice dish, just to coat it with the meat and spices. 

Ingredients to make dirty cauliflower rice

To make this cauliflower dirty rice recipe, all you’ll need is:

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1lb. ground beef
  • ½ cup celery, chopped
  • ½ cup chopped mixed peppers
  • ½ onion, diced
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • ¾ tsp paprika powder
  • ¼ tsp dried oregano
  • ¼ tsp dried thyme
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • ¼ cup chicken stock
  • 12oz. riced cauliflower

The best spices for keto dirty rice

Of course, everyone has their very own preferences. However, for me the best spices for keto dirty rice made with cauliflower rice are:

  • Garlic powder – Used in place of garlic cloves
  • Paprika powder – Paprika is used in this recipe to give a little kick. If you have no paprika, you can use a simple paprika substitute instead.
  • Dried oregano 
  • Dried thyme 
  • Pepper

 

How to make keto dirty cauliflower rice

To make this recipe, gather your ingredients in one place. 

ingredient for dirty rice

 

Then heat the olive oil in a skillet, add beef and cook until browned.

 

Reduce the heat to medium, and add onion, and bell peppers. Also, add herbs and spices.  

 

Cook stirring, for 5 minutes. 

Pour in the chicken stock to deglaze the pan. Add cauliflower and stir well.

 

Cook the cauliflower until tender and serve this ground beef cauliflower rice bowl warm. 

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How to store dirty cauliflower rice

Store the cauliflower in an airtight container, in a fridge for up to 2 days. To freeze; portion the dirty rice and store it in a freezer, in an airtight container for up to 3 weeks. To serve; thaw and reheat in a microwave.

Can you make keto dirty rice ahead?

Yes, you can make keto dirty rice ahead. Because this recipe is easily stored, you can make things easier for yourself by making it ahead and storing it until your’e ready to enjoy. This makes this quick meal the perfect idea for busy people. 

What to serve with cauliflower dirty rice

Dirty rice is a dish on its own, but you can also serve it with some sides such as keto cornbread, fresh salad, keto cucumber salad, or some grilled stuffed chicken

Also, if you loved this dirty cauliflower rice recipe, you’ll also enjoy some of these easy low carb lunch recipes or this list of 16 more cauliflower recipes that are keto too.

More keto cauliflower rice recipes

Keto Dirty Cauliflower Rice

Keto Dirty Cauliflower Rice

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Learn how to make this easy and delicious keto dirty cauliflower rice ripe in just 20 minutes! Everyone will love this satisfying dirty rice meal with only 6.4 net carbs per serving. 

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1lb. ground beef
  • ½ cup celery, chopped
  • ½ cup chopped mixed peppers
  • ½ onion, diced
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • ¾ tsp paprika powder
  • ¼ tsp dried oregano
  • ¼ tsp dried thyme
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • ¼ cup chicken stock
  • 12oz. riced cauliflower

Instructions

    1. To make this recipe, gather your ingredients in one place. 
    2. Then heat the olive oil in a skillet, add beef and cook until browned.
    3. Reduce the heat to medium, and add onion, and bell peppers. Also, add herbs and spices.  
    4. Cook stirring, for 5 minutes. 
    5. Pour in the chicken stock to deglaze the pan. Add cauliflower and stir well.
    6. Cook the cauliflower until tender and serve this ground beef cauliflower rice bowl warm. 
Nutrition Information:
Serving Size: 1 bowl
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 393Total Fat: 30gSaturated Fat: 9.7gCholesterol: 81mgSodium: 207mgCarbohydrates: 9.1gNet Carbohydrates: 6.4gFiber: 2.7gSugar: 3.4gProtein: 22g

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