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Last updated February 6, 2023

Ground Beef Taco Bowls with Cauliflower Rice (Whole30, Paleo, Keto)

These ground beef taco bowls with cauliflower rice are loaded with all your favorite Mexican toppings! A healthy way to eat tacos, without the shells. And, they are perfect for meal prep! Whole30, Paleo, gluten free, and Keto too!

White bowl filled with ground beef taco meat, cauliflower rice, limes, radishes, red onion, tomatoes, and jalapenos

It’s Taco Night

This healthy taco bowl recipe is 100% customizable to fit all your Mexican food cravings. Gather all your ingredients and set up a buffet style spread in your kitchen.

We eat this recipe at least once a week in our house. It’s quick, easy and loaded with all the Mexican flavors! This recipe becomes our go-to when we don’t know what to cook for lunch or dinner.

Not only do the taco bowls take less than 30 minutes to make, but they also are perfect to make ahead or meal prep. We make 2 pounds of ground beef and a whole head of cauliflower rice so that we have leftovers in the fridge to eat throughout the week.

How To Make Whole30 Taco Bowls

Making the cauliflower rice:

Cauliflower rice is an excellent way to get more vegetables into your day! To make the cauliflower rice, start by chopping the cauliflower head into large chunks. If you notice excess water in the cauliflower be sure to soak it up with a paper towel before turning it to rice. Pulse the cauliflower in the food processor until is has a rice texture or you can also use a cheese grater.

Cooking the cauliflower rice is easy peasy. All you need to do is saute it in a skillet over medium heat with oil. Stir occasionally, cooking for about 5-8 minutes.

Cauliflower rice in skillet with wooden spatula

Making the taco meat:

To make the taco meat, add the ground beef to the skillet and brown until no longer pink. Once browned, stir in the water, tomato sauce, and spices. Let the mixture simmer for 3-5 minutes, or until the amount of liquid in the skillet has reduced.

Ground Beef Taco Meat in skillet with wooden spatula

Let’s Talk Toppings

Dress the taco bowl up with all your favorite real food toppings! For Paleo and Whole30 taco bowls use:

  • tomatoes
  • sliced radishes
  • red onion
  • cauliflower rice – add some cilantro and lime juice
  • sliced jalapenos
  • lime juice – add a few squeezes of fresh lime juice!
  • cilantro
  • hot sauce
  • salsa
  • guacamole
  • Siete tortilla chips
toppings including red onion, halved tomatoes, jalapenos, cauliflower rice, mixed greens, radishes, limes and halved avocados on white background

Recipe Variations & Shortcuts

Ground beef – Substitute with ground turkey or ground chicken if you don’t have ground beef. You can also use fish and make fish taco bowls.

Cauliflower rice – I use cauliflower rice as a base for this recipe. You can substitute with white rice if you aren’t on a Whole30, or Paleo. To make this recipe super easy you can buy riced cauliflower from the frozen section at your grocery store.

Tomatoes & Onions – Buy pre-made pico de gallo at the grocery store to cut down on preparation time.

Mixed greens – To transform this recipe into a taco salad, simply use greens as the base to your taco bowl.

To make Vegan – Omit the ground beef and use beans, lentils, or more greens in taco bowl

Ground beef taco bowl with tomatoes, cauliflower rice, red onion, radishes, and smashed avocado

Meal Prep Ground Beef Taco Bowls

This recipe is so easy to meal prep and throw together in less than 5 minutes. All you need to do is portion out the ingredients into separate containers. I love this high-quality glass food storage container set.

I recommend to wait adding the mixed greens, avocado, and any dressings until the day you plan to eat it to prevent sogginess.

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Whole30 ground beef taco bowl with cauliflower rice, radishes, red onion, grape tomatoes, and jalapenos

Ground Beef Taco Bowl (Whole30, Paleo)

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  • Author: Abbey Blackwell
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


These ground beef taco bowls with cauliflower rice are loaded with all your favorite Mexican toppings! A healthy way to eat tacos, without the shells. And, they are perfect for meal prep! Whole30, Paleo, gluten free, and Keto too!



for the cauliflower rice:

for the taco meat:

topping ideas:

  • red onion
  • sliced radishes
  • avocado
  • lime juice
  • jalapenos
  • tomatoes
  • mixed greens
  • cilantro


for the cauliflower rice:

  1. Chop the cauliflower into large chunks and place them in a food processor. (Work in two separate batches if you are doing a whole head of cauliflower.) Pulse until the cauliflower has the texture of rice.
  2. In a large skillet, heat avocado oil over medium heat. Place the cauliflower rice in the skillet and saute for about 3-5 minutes. Season with garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and lime juice.Transfer the cauliflower rice into a large bowl. Set aside.

for the taco bowls:

  1. In the same skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add the ground beef to the skillet and using a spatula, break the beef into smaller pieces. Cook the ground beef until no longer pink. Add water, tomato sauce, and spices to the ground beef. Stir together and bring to a simmer. Simmer for 3-5 minutes or until little liquid remains in the skillet.
  2. Make the taco bowl by adding the cauliflower rice to the bottom, and then adding the taco meat. Add the toppings of your choice and garnish with cilantro and lime juice.


  • You can use frozen cauliflower rice instead of using a whole head of cauliflower.
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Main Course
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: Mexican


  • Serving Size: 1 bowl
  • Calories: 242
  • Sugar: 5.1 g
  • Sodium: 140.9 mg
  • Fat: 9.3 g
  • Carbohydrates: 12.1 g
  • Protein: 29.2 g
  • Cholesterol: 67.8 mg

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