Turkey Taco and Cauliflower Rice Skillet

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One of my favorite tricks to make recipes more Weight Watchers friendly is to substitute cauliflower rice for regular rice. Did you know that rice has at least 5-7 SmartPoints per cup, depending on the variety? I don’t know about you, but I would much rather have a cup of cauliflower rice, which is only 0 SmartPoints per cup. I typically just use rice as a sponge for whatever I cook alongside it, so I’d prefer to save my daily point allotment for the good stuff—not just the filler.

Today I’m sharing an Easy Taco Cauliflower Rice Skillet, which comes together in under 30 minutes and is bursting with delicious Mexican flavor. This recipe was a big hit when I served it to my family recently and is perfect for Taco Tuesday or any day you are craving Mexican (which is basically every day for me).

I like to serve this tasty rice with a variety of tasty toppings including fat free sour cream, salsa, avocado, corn chips and spicy bean dip. I also like how versatile this rice skillet can be. You can substitute in any type of ground meat you like, add beans, use it as a stuffing for burritos, and spice it up as you prefer.

This Easy Taco Cauliflower Rice Skillet satisfied my craving for Mexican food and left me feeling full and energized (instead of sleepy like a typical carb heavy mexican dish does). I hope your family will enjoy this flavorful dish as much as mine does!

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Turkey Taco and Cauliflower Rice Skillet

Turkey Taco and Cauliflower Rice Skillet

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  • 1 pound 93% lean ground turkey
  • 4 cups cauliflower florets, finely chopped (fresh or frozen, or prepared cauliflower rice)
  • 1 cup salsa (of your choice)
  • 1/2 cup water (or broth)

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Use a food processor or grater to make your cauliflower rice, or use prepackaged cauliflower rice.


Heat a nonstick skillet over medium heat. Spray a nonstick skillet with cooking spray. Add the turkey and cook until browned and cooked through, breaking it up as it cooks. 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.


Add the taco seasoning and cauliflower. Stir to combine and then pour in the salsa and water. Stir and then cover the pan and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally until the cauliflower is tender. Top with avocado, cheese, scallions, cilantro, or your favorite taco toppings.

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Nutritional Facts
Serving Size: 1.33 cups
Amount Per Serving
Calories 237
Calories from Fat 89
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g
Saturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 84mg
Sodium 1012mg
Total Carbohydrate 13g
Dietary Fiber 4g
Sugars 5g
Protein 25g

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

The Nutritional Values provided are estimates only and may vary based on the preparation method.


Optional toppings: chopped cilantro, shredded cheese, chopped avocado, chopped tomatoes, chopped lettuce
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About the author Meet Martha Mckinnon
Martha is a lifetime WW committed to balancing her love of food and desire to stay slim while savoring life. Her blog, Simple-Nourished-Living.com, is a popular resource for easy healthy recipes, success stories and weight loss tips to help you eat great and lose weight. A huge fan of the slow cooker and confessed cookbook addict, when she's not experimenting in the kitchen, you'll find her helping beginners over the age of 50 discover the powerful benefits of yoga.  Learn More
Turkey Taco and Cauliflower Rice Skillet
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Tammy Gardner
October 18, 2017 - 18:21
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