Cauliflower Rice With Black Beans

Cauliflower Rice With Black Beans

This cauliflower rice with black beans is a clean eating Mexican-inspired meal, delicious on its own, scooped up by the spoonful, or it can served with tacos, quesadillas, and more. Prepare it for the family on meatless Mondays – it’s so delicious that even meat-eaters will love it!

Since choosing to follow a plant-based diet a few years ago, I’ve come to the realization that cauliflower is one of the most versatile vegetables, and makes for an ideal key ingredient in so many different vegetarian dishes. It’s filling and flavourful, and is a perfect substitute for rice and ground meats, thanks to its grainy texture. It also packs a punch of nutrition – one serving contains 77% of the recommended daily value of vitamin C, and it’s a great source of other vitamins.

My family is not as keen on cauliflower as I am, but I am convinced that one day I will convert them. Almost every Wednesday’s dinner is Tex-Mex-inspired, whether it be tostadas, quesadillas, or rice dishes. This healthy vegetable rice is a tasty way to ease them into vegan fare – it’s delicious and filling, and tastes delicious with Tex-Mex flavours. This vegan rice has plenty of serving options – wrapped in lettuce for a gluten-free meal option, stuffed in tacos or quesadillas, or as a topping for nachos. This recipe is also a cinch to personalize by adding whichever vegan or non-vegan garnish you prefer – fresh cilantro or parsley, olives, Greek yogurt or sour cream, scallions, red onions, Sriracha or jalapenos, plant-based or regular cheese, fresh avocado or tomatoes, or fresh lime juice, to name a few.

Cauliflower Rice With Black Beans

If you try this recipe (and love it!) be sure to snap a pic and tag me on Instagram with #bitesforfoodies so I can see your creation!

Cauliflower Rice With Black Beans

2016-12-19
: Serves 4-6
: 5 min
: 30 min

This cauliflower rice with black beans is a clean eating Mexican-inspired meal, delicious on its own, scooped up by the spoonful, or it can served with tacos, quesadillas, and more. Prepare it for the family on meatless Mondays – it’s so delicious that even meat-eaters will love it! Since choosing to follow a plant-based diet a …

By:

Cauliflower Rice With Black Beans
5
5
1
15
Ingredients
    2 tbs. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1-2 garlic cloves, finely minced
  • 1/2 medium onion, finely minced
  • 1 head cauliflower, processed or chopped finely
  • About 2 1/2 cups tomato puree (or diced tomatoes)
  • 1 tsp. tomato paste
  • 1 - 1 1/2 cups water (If using diced tomatoes, reduce the water by at least 1/2)
  • 2 tbs. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. dried cumin
  • 1 can black beans, drained
  • sea salt and black pepper to taste
Directions

Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan for 1-2 minutes then add the garlic and onion and saute for 5-7 minutes, or until translucent. Add the cauliflower and spices and saute for 2-3 minutes then add the tomato paste, tomato puree, and about 1 cup of water. Cook (uncovered) for 25-30 minutes, or until the cauliflower is fork tender. If the sauce becomes too thick, continue to add water, 1/4 cup at a time, until cooked thoroughly. Add the black beans and stir to combine and heat through. Store in the fridge for up to one week and in the freezer for up to three months.

15 thoughts on “Cauliflower Rice With Black Beans”

  • Oh yum! We are actually looking for healthier options and this one sounds great. My kids love black beans which is great but I need more ideas to pair them with. Thanks for the great recipe idea.

  • This is too funny! Whenever I look at your blog, I think we are the same people-haha! We totally alternate between making vegan pizza and mexican night-our two favs! Hence the reason for my Mexian Pizza recipe… 🙂 this recipe looks tasty!

    • Lisa @bitesforbabies 3 years ago

      I know…I’ve actually thought the same thing, lol! We have a lot in common 😉

  • Kim Diskin Verdam 3 years ago

    this looks so good! I have to try this soon!

    • Lisa @bitesforbabies 3 years ago

      Thanks! Let me know when you try it-I appreciate the feedback!

  • monica 3 years ago

    Who would guess that there is cauliflower in there! You inspire me with every visit!

    • Lisa @bitesforbabies 3 years ago

      You wouldn’t by looking at it…you can taste it a bit in there but that’s a good thing!

  • Danielle 3 years ago

    This looks yummy…might have to give it a try!! Danielle (:

  • This looks delicious and it’s very healthy too! Thanks for dropping by my blog.

  • Vanessa Jordaan 3 years ago

    This honestly looks lovely and I am definitely going to try this.

    • Lisa @bitesforbabies 3 years ago

      It’s a worth a try…I think even meat-lovers will appreciate it!

  • I love how you think ‘outside the box’ when it comes to food. I would have never thought about this. Thanks for sharing…I pass on all of your recipes to my aunt who loves to cook. She made that raspberry parfait you posted about and she loved it. I didn’t get any because I went out that day!! Hmmmppphh!!!

    • Lisa @bitesforbabies 3 years ago

      Sometimes I think out of the box because I feel I have to! If I want to be mindful about what I eat I kind of HAVE to find new, creative ways to make traditional recipes so that I enjoy them and don’t feel I’m missing out on anything! And thanks for the feedback-I’m so happy your aunt enjoys my recipes ;-)))

Leave a Reply