Pinto beans and rice recipes are equally abundant and varied. We’ve seen some that include ham and others that use ketchup (wut?). Our Pinto Beans and Cauliflower Rice is simple and straightforward, using just Homemade Taco Seasoning and the option of adding tomato paste or serving with fresh Pico de Gallo. Which is better and how do you serve it? Glad you asked.
If serving as a side dish or in salads, we recommend using Pico de Gallo. The mixture can also be used to make stuffed bell peppers, in which case, tomato paste with a little extra liquid is the way to go. Try it both ways or put your own spin on it and let us know how it turns out.Print
Pinto Beans and Cauliflower Rice
2 12-ounce bags of frozen cauliflower rice, thawed
1/4 cup unsalted vegetable broth/stock
1 tbsp Homemade Taco Seasoning
Salt, to taste (we used 1/8 tsp with unsalted beans)
Optional add-in: 1 tbsp tomato paste or serve topped with fresh Pico de Gallo
Optional garnishes: Lime wedges, diced red onions, jalapeno slices, guacamole, fresh cilantro.
Add beans with liquid, cauliflower rice, and taco seasoning, to a large sauté pan. Warm over medium-high heat until the beans are heated through, cauliflower rice softens, and the liquid has reduced to desired thickness (5-10 minutes).
Serve immediately, garnished as desired.
Refrigerate leftovers in an airtight glass container up to 4 days.
Nutrition Estimate Per Serving (1/4 RECIPE – AS MAIN COURSE) – Calories: 161, Fat: .5g, Saturated Fat: .5g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1.3.g, Monounsaturated Fat: .7g, Cholesterol: 0mg, Sodium: 301mg, Potassium: 693mg, Carbohydrates: 26.4g total/14.4g net, Fiber: 21, Sugar: 1.4, Protein: 10, Vitamin A: 0%, Vitamin C: 2%, Calcium: 4%, Iron: 10.8% (based on 2,000 calorie diet). Does not include optional toppings or add-ins.
Nutrition Estimate Per Serving (1/6 RECIPE – AS A SIDE) – Calories: 107, Fat: .3g, Saturated Fat: .3g, Polyunsaturated Fat: .9g, Monounsaturated Fat: .4g, Cholesterol: 0mg, Sodium: 200mg, Potassium: 462mg, Carbohydrates: 17.6g total/9.6g net, Fiber: 8, Sugar: 1.4, Protein: 6.7, Vitamin A: 0%, Vitamin C: 1%, Calcium: 2.77%, Iron: 7% (based on 2,000 calorie diet). *Includes 1/8 tsp added salt, made with Instant Pot Beans that are unsalted. *Includes 1/8 tsp added salt, made with Instant Pot Beans that are unsalted. Does not include optional toppings or add-ins.
Keywords: PINTO BEANS, CAULIFLOWER RICE, GRAIN-FREE, GLUTEN-FREE, WEEKNIGHT MEALS, VEGAN, PLANT-BASED, VEGETARIAN, LOW-FAT