cauliflower taco rice

Taco Meat with A Cauliflower Surprise – Kid Friendly Recipe

Taco Meat with A Cauliflower Surprise!

My kids hate Cauliflower with a passion! I have to admit that it really stinks when it’s cooking and I probably wouldn’t want to eat it if I were a kid. But as a mom, I know how many vitamins are in cauliflower and it is packed vitamin C which helps to keep them healthy.

I love to make tacos because it is an easy way to get my kids to eat vegetables. The kids tend to tolerate the lettuce but the other vegetables are too easy to pick out! One night I had some leftover Cauliflower Rice so I decided to mix it in to the taco meat. I was surprised how well the textures blended and the kids didn’t even suspect that I had added anything!

The best part of this recipe is how simple it is to make. The trick is to make sure the meat is cooked into small pieces that are the same size (or slightly larger) than the riced cauliflower. We eat it on lettuce or spinach with diced tomatoes, olives and cheese. The kids eat it with whole wheat tortillas. Delicious!

This recipe assumes you have the Riced Cauliflower already made. Click here for the Riced Cauliflower recipe. It is not necessary to cook the cauliflower ahead of time.

Let’s Make It:

This recipe is so simple, you will smile!

  1. Brown the Ground beef in a large skillet.
  2. Mix in the cauliflower. It is OK to use raw cauliflower.
  3. Mix in the taco seasoning and water. Bring to a simmer and cook until the sauce reduces. About 5 minutes
  4. Serve and Enjoy!

Taco Meat with Riced Cauliflower

This is a great recipe to use your leftover Riced Cauliflower, but you can also make riced cauliflower just for this recipe. 

  • 1/2 head Cauliflower, Riced or pulsed in food proessor
  • 1 pound Ground Beef or substitute Turkey
  • 1/4 cup Taco Seasoning
  • 1/2 cup Water
  1. In a large saute pan, cook the ground beef. Try to break the meat into the smallest possible pieces. This will help to hide the cauliflower.

  2. When the beef is brown and cooked through, mix in the riced cauliflower. 

  3. Mix in the Taco Seasoning and Water. Simmer until the water starts to evaporate (about 5 minutes)

  4. Save and Enjoy!



  • Katie July 27, 2017 at 1:19 pm

    What a creative solution to such a common problem. I personally am a vegetarian, but I am definitely going to suggest this recipe to my wife the next time we have tacos, so that she gets more veggies in her life! 🙂

    • NaturalDeets July 28, 2017 at 3:12 am

      I hope she likes it!She might have even more ideas!

  • Rachel July 27, 2017 at 10:51 pm

    What a great idea. I have never considered this before and want to go make tacos now!

    • NaturalDeets July 28, 2017 at 3:12 am

      It is surprisingly good! Let me know if you give it a try!

  • Kamie Berry July 27, 2017 at 11:31 pm

    Great idea! I bought some pre-made riced cauliflower, but even I didn’t like it. Hiding it with taco meat and seasonings might make it more palatable.

    • NaturalDeets July 28, 2017 at 3:14 am

      I have a hard time eating the pre-made riced cauliflower too. It has a weird smell so this is a good way to hide it! If you ever get a chance to make it from scratch, it’s much better 😉

  • Lisa July 27, 2017 at 11:54 pm

    This is a great idea! I am vegan, but my family isn’t. So, I could make the riced cauliflower with the rice and beans and then they can eat it too! Thanks for sharing!

    • NaturalDeets July 28, 2017 at 3:15 am

      I have mixed it with rice before and you can’t even taste it. But I might try your bean idea too, I love that!

  • Whitney Thill July 28, 2017 at 12:01 am

    LOVE THIS!!! We do this too!! <3 so good

  • Jacqueline Marie July 28, 2017 at 12:09 am

    Great idea! I love hiding veggies in my kids foods! Another veggie we’ve hidden in taco meat is food processed green beans 🙂 Thanks for the easy recipe!

  • GIna July 28, 2017 at 12:36 am

    I am such a picky eater so kid-friendly meals are actually Gina-friendly meals. Awesome idea!

  • Carmen July 28, 2017 at 12:58 am

    I am definitely going to try this! Love cauliflower and tacos, so why not?! I think I may use the meat combo for a taco salad. Mmm.

  • Shelanda July 28, 2017 at 1:52 am

    Hmmm! You have me thinking…

  • Celeste July 28, 2017 at 3:04 am

    Ohh this looks so yummy! Will definitely try it soon 🙂

  • Robin July 28, 2017 at 3:19 am

    Love this idea. I add veggies to lots of our meat dishes to bulk them up, but also to get some of that veggie goodness into my kiddos. Thanks for the idea.

  • Emily July 28, 2017 at 4:58 am

    This is such a great way to sneak veggies into a child’s diet. I love cauliflower, but my kids do not. Thanks for the idea!

  • Courtney July 28, 2017 at 1:55 pm

    Might need to try this- I’m always looking for ways to sneak more veggies into my daughter’s diet!

    • NaturalDeets July 29, 2017 at 1:39 am

      It is perfect for exactly that!

  • Joanne July 28, 2017 at 5:18 pm

    Very creative. Thanks!

  • Jennifer July 28, 2017 at 10:36 pm

    What a great idea. I am always looking for a way to disguise the veggies. I am definitely going to try this!!

  • Jennifer July 29, 2017 at 12:04 am

    I am making these this week! I had tacos on my meal plan anyway and just happen to have rices cauliflower in my freezer! Can’t wait to try it!!

    • NaturalDeets July 29, 2017 at 1:38 am

      Let me know what you think! It’s even easier when you already have the riced cauliflower!

  • Autumn July 29, 2017 at 1:49 am

    What a great idea!! I agree that the house is rank when you cook cauliflower, but I think the smell of taco meat may overpower this one. I’m always looking for ways to cut down on the meat consumption, and, whadya know, I make cauliflower rice all the time too! This is perfect!

  • Stacey July 29, 2017 at 4:18 am

    This looks so good! I love tacos, and I need more vegetables in my life.

  • Autumn Murray July 30, 2017 at 7:05 pm

    I’m going to try this! You can never have too many veggies!

    • NaturalDeets July 31, 2017 at 10:02 pm

      Very true! 🙂

  • Amanda August 2, 2017 at 9:27 pm

    This looks amazing! I will definitely be trying it soon!

    • NaturalDeets August 3, 2017 at 1:31 am

      Let me know how you like it!


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