Weight Watchers Freestyle Recipe of the Day: One-Skillet 4-Ingredient Easy Taco Cauliflower Rice
225 Calories | 4 WW SmartPoints
Ground turkey mixed with cauliflower rice, salsa and taco seasoning, this Easy Taco Cauliflower Rice Skillet is quick, easy, healthy, low carb, low points and absolutely delicious! It was a big hit when I served it to my mother and brother for lunch with a variety of tasty toppings that included chopped avocado, low-fat sour cream, salsa, baked corn chips and low fat spicy bean dip.
Perfect for Taco Tuesdays or when you’re craving Mexican, this quick and easy 4-ingredient skillet dish comes together in less than 30 minutes.
The best part? I was left feeling satisfied and energized (not heavy and sleepy like Mexican food often can) until dinnertime.
How Many Calories/WW SmartPoints in this Skinny Taco Cauliflower Rice Skillet?
According to my calculations, this recipe makes 4 generous servings with about 225 calories, *6 Weight Watchers PointsPlus, *4 Weight Watchers Freestyle SmartPoints each.
Is Cauliflower Rice Better Than Rice? Good for Losing Weight?
Cauliflower rice is lower in calories and carbs than regular rice. Cauliflower has 25 calories and 5g carbs per cup. It’s also a WW Zero Points food. A cup of cooked brown rice has 205 calories, 45g carbs and 6 WW SmartPoints. It’s also a good source of fiber. So if you are trying to cut your calories, watch or carbs and/or lose weight it is a much better choice.
Easy Healthy Taco Cauliflower Rice Skillet Recipe Notes
The secret to keeping this skillet low in carbs and WW SmartPoints is substituting “cauliflower rice” for regular rice, which depending on the type, has 5 to 7 SmartPoints per cup.
While it’s hard to beat the convenience of frozen cauliflower rice, you can also make it yourself by blitzing cauliflower florets in a food processor or blender, or grating them on a box grater until you’ve got tiny rice-size pieces.
Additions & Variations
different meats: ground beef or ground chicken would work
spicier: add additional chili powder, cumin, or chopped jalapeño to the ground meat while while cooking. Serve with additional hot sauce.
heartier: add a can of drained beans and/or corn
additional topping suggestions: salsa, corn, shredded cheese, avocado, light sour cream, and crumbed taco chips and chopped cilantro would all be yummy.
additional serving ideas: use this taco rice skillet as a stuffing for burritos, tacos, zucchini, peppers, etc.
If you like this easy taco cauliflower rice skillet recipe, be sure to check out my other Weight Watchers friendly recipes including Skinny Chicken and Brown Rice Bowl, Skinny Cauliflower Rice and Beans, Cauliflower Rice Recipe Roundup, Simple 3-Ingredient Sloppy Joes and Easy Skinny Southwestern Goulash
If you’ve made this taco cauliflower rice skillet, please give the recipe a star rating below and leave a comment letting me know how you liked it.
Easy Healthy Taco Cauliflower Rice Skillet Recipe
- 1 pound 93% lean, ground turkey
- 1 package taco seasoning (or chile powder to taste)
- 4 cups finely chopped cauliflower (fresh or frozen)
- 1 cup salsa
- 1/2 cup water
- Optional toppings: chopped cilantro, shredded cheese, chopped avocado, chopped tomatoes, chopped lettuce
- Slice the cauliflower head into large chunks, leaving stems on. Use a cheese crater or food processor or blender to coarsely grate the cauliflower to get about 4 cups' worth. (Or use purchased frozen cauliflower rice).
- Coat a non-stick skillet set over medium heat with non-stick cooking spray.
- Add the ground turkey, and cook, breaking up and stirring the meat until it is browned.
- Add the taco seasoning and cauliflower. Stir until well combined.
- Add the salsa and water and stir again and then cover the pan and cook 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the cauliflower is cooked to your liking.
- Serve with your favorite toppings.
*PointsPlus® and SmartPoints® calculated by Simple Nourished Living; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc. All recipe ingredients except optional items included in determining nutritional estimates. SmartPoints® values calculated WITHOUT Weight Watchers Zero Points fruits and vegetables using the WW Recipe Builder.
This is how SkinnyTaste makes her own version of Mexican Cauliflower “Rice”
This video demonstrates Slimming World’s spiced cauliflower recipe:
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Skillet Cauliflower “Arroz” Con Pollo (SkinnyTaste)
Caribbean Jerk Shrimp with Cauliflower Rice (EatYourselfSkinny)
Salsa Verde Chicken with Cauliflower Rice (HungryGirl)
Skinny Thai Chicken, Peanut & Cauliflower Rice Stir-Fry (SkinnyKitchen)
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