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Instant Pot Menudo Inspired Riced Cauliflower

Menudo seasoning is a Mexican chili pepper-based seasoning used to boost the flavor for Menudo soup also known as Mole de Panza. Traditionally the soup was often used to cure hangovers but it is more so cooked at family gatherings and social events. Today there are several menudo themed festivals and cooking competitions across the United States year-round. Traditional Menudo is a time-intensive dish taking anywhere from four to seven hours! This recipe cuts down on all the fuss and uses a few of the traditional elements with some bits and pieces of Mexican inspired ingredients. It’s important to note that the recipe calls for Spanish olives, a controversial ingredient when it comes to the Paleo diet. While some argue that olives are Paleo friendly quite a few disagree. Olives are technically a fruit but contain more fat than sugar. The olives used in this recipe are still in whole food form so feel free to make an educated decision on whether or not to omit the olives. If you choose to do so feel free to substitute the olives with jalapenos in order to imitate the saltiness. Serve this cauli-rice as a side accompaniment with Almond flour tortillas at your next taco night.

  • 18 oz Ham (diced)
  • 1 Yellow Onion (small and diced)
  • 3 cloves Garlic (minced)
  • 1/2 Cilantro (chopped)
  • 1/2 cup Spanish Olives
  • 1 tsp Avocado Oil
  • 1/2 tsp Paprika
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin
  • 1/2 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp Oregano
  • 24 oz Cauliflower Rice
  • 1 tbsp Raw Honey
  • 1/4 cup Chicken Bone Broth
  • 1 tbsp Menudo Seasoning (Paleo-friendly (see below))

Paleo-friendly Menudo Seasoning Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp Chili Powder
  • 1 tbsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tbsp Dried Basil
  • 4 tsp Dried Thyme
  • 2 tsp Onion Powder
  • 2 tsp Cumin Seeds
  • 2 tsp Mustard Powder
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon Powder
  • 2 tbsp Coriander Seeds
  1. Turn Instant Pot setting onto sauté.

  2. Add 1 tsp of avocado oil to the pot, let warm for about 2-3 minutes or until the instant pot is fully preheated.

  3. Add diced ham, yellow onion, garlic, Spanish olives to pot, stir for 3 minutes.

  4. Add remaining seasonings (including Menudo seasoning), chicken bone broth, cilantro, and cauliflower rice to Instant Pot. Stir well so that ingredients are mixed well.

  5. Close Instant Pot and allow to cook for 15-20 minutes.

  1. Important to note that traditional Menudo uses sugar in seasoning, which is why I used 1 tbsp of raw honey as supplement.
  2. Menudo seasoning can be stored and saved for later use.
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