An easy authentic Mexican Rice recipe. |

Mexican Rice

An easy recipe for Mexican rice - a perfect side dish for any Tex-Mex meal you're planning!
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Prep 30 minutes
Cook 30 minutes
Total 1 hour
Servings 6 to 8 servings
Calories 403 kcal
Author Michelle


  • 28 ounce can whole peeled tomatoes
  • 1 medium white onion peeled and quartered
  • cup canola or vegetable oil
  • 2 cups long-grain white rice
  • 2 jalapeno peppers seeded and minced
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • teaspoons kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¼ cup finely chopped cilantro
  • ¼ cup fresh lime juice
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  1. Place the tomatoes and the onion in a food processor and puree until completely smooth. Measure out 2 cups of the mixture and set aside (reserve any extra for another use or discard).
  2. In a large Dutch oven, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the rice and cook, stirring constantly, until the rice is lightly toasted, 8 to 10 minutes. Reduce the heat to medium-low and add the jalapeño peppers, cooking until they are softened, about 2 minutes. Stir in the garlic and the tomato paste and stir to coat the rice, about 30 seconds.
  3. Stir in the tomato mixture, chicken stock, salt and cumin. Increase the heat to medium-high and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and cook, covered, until all of the liquid is absorbed and the rice has finished cooking, about 15 minutes. Remove the rice from the heat and stir. Re-cover the pot and allow to sit for 10 minutes. Gently stir in the lime juice and cilantro and serve.

Recipe Notes

Nutritional values are based on one serving

Nutrition Facts
Mexican Rice
Amount Per Serving
Calories 403 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 2mg1%
Sodium 411mg18%
Potassium 488mg14%
Carbohydrates 61g20%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 8g16%
Vitamin A 290IU6%
Vitamin C 23.8mg29%
Calcium 69mg7%
Iron 2.2mg12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.