A (Healthier) Mexican Casserole

I've talked about Mexican food hundreds of times on this blog. In fact, I may have recently set a record for days in a row I consumed it. No shame in that, right? But it's also no secret that most mexican dishes aren't exactly healthy so I've been experimenting and working on a good at-home dish that combines all the delicious flavors without being TOO bad for you and I think I've come up with a winner. This may be one of my prouder moments.
mexican casserole

You'll start by making 6 cups of cauliflower rice (1 head of cauliflower should do it!)
cauliflower rice
Let me just say that cauliflower rice is AMAZING and totally fools us into feeling like we're eating carbs. But goodness gracious, it's SO messy. I make mine in the food processor which is definitely the easiest way, but you still have to chop it a little to make the pieces small enough for the device. I swear, I'd made two clean cuts with my knife and there was cauli-crumbs everywhere already! Where's the dog when you need him??
cauliflower rice
It's totally worth it to make it- I'm just warning you that you're going to make a mess in the meantime. Anyway- put your cauliflower through the food processor; I used the 'shred' side of the blade. Then put it in a microwave safe dish, add a tablespoon of water, cover and microwave for about 6 minutes. As soon as the timer goes off, get that dish out of the microwave and uncover. Letting it sit too long can make it mushy. NOT the consistency you want!

The other goodness you'll need:
2 lb ground turkey
1 can of whole kernel corn
1 can diced tomatoes & green chilies
1 c. taco sauce (I found out Taco Bell's sauce is available in stores. I bought and used the mild sauce- so.good.)
1 c. cheese (I used a 3-cheese blend)
Garlic powder, onion powder, chili powder or even just 1 taco seasoning packet.
(You can't really mess up with the seasonings- just add to taste!)
ground turkey stovetop

Brown the turkey until done, then drain the liquid. Add turkey to a large mixing bowl and add your cauli-rice, and everything else except the cheese. Mix well, season it as you please :) 
mixing ingredients

mixing mexican ingredients
Then put everything in a baking dish, spread it evenly and sprinkle with cheese. I tried not to go overboard with it since I want to limit my dairy, but you can use as much as your little heart desires. Bake just 20 minutes at 350 degrees and VOILA! You've got yourself a lighter version of all those delicious Mexican flavors!
mexican casserole


Anyone else have any great mexican dishes they've successfully lightened up?? 
Because you know I'd LOVE to have the recipe! :)
healthy mexican casserole

22 comments

  1. Yummy. I'm going to try this, but I'll swap out meat for lentils since I'm a vegetarian. We love mexican at our house so it'll be fun to try it with the cauli-rice. Thanks!

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  2. This looks great! I will certainly be trying that on our next Mexican night! :)

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  3. This sounds divine! I need to try cauliflower rice ASAP!

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  4. I LOVE Mexican food! Love, love, LOVE! I'm gonna have to try this, Thanks!

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    1. Let me know if you make it!! We devoured this! :)

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  5. I think I'm just going to have to come over and try this because I can't get passed the cauliflower! I've always had it by itself though so maybe mixed in with corn, cheese and turkey, I'll like it! :)

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  6. I'm not so sure about the cauliflower but man that looks good!

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  7. I just made an amazing healthy mexican dish on Sunday! I need to post the recipe now, but first I need to make it again :)

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  8. Looks delish. I've been told by more & more people that eating cauliflower as rice or potatoes is really amazing...but I'm still afraid to try it as I only like raw cauliflower. :|

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  9. This looks AMAZING! Thanks for sharing :)

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  10. Saw this on HuffPo and it made me think of you :)
    http://imgur.com/0tyH7gK

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  11. So am I the only one who didn't know that you could make cauliflower rice in a food processor? I've only ever seen tutorials for making it in a ricer and I was not about to buy more kitchen equipment for ONE thing! Basically what I'm saying is - you're a lifesaver and now I'm starving.

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  12. Ohhh my gosh! That looks amazing! I had no idea you could do so many things with cauliflower.. It's crazy!

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  13. YUM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That is all ;)

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  14. We have the same bowls :) woot woot! And man this made my mouth water! If I didn't have our weekly meals planned out i would be making this...hmmmm next week? :)

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  15. This sounds amazing - may have to go on the list for next week!

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  16. Holy heck, this sounds & looks so good!! I swear I could eat Mexican every.single.day.

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  17. ok yum, I love the healthy spin on this! I love anything Mexican!!

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