Mexican Rice





Introduction: Mexican Rice

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I love Mexican rice. I've tried making it several times over the years, but it never quite tasted right.

I gave it another go this weekend and I'm so happy with the results. Turns out I was over-complicating it. :D Mexican rice doesn't need a ton of ingredients - but there are two important things that give it that signature taste!

Step 1: Ingredients

  • 1 cup long grain rice
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken stock
  • 1/4 cup diced tomatoes and their juice
  • 1/2 - 1 tablespoon taco seasoning (try my recipe!)
  • 1/4 of a white onion, diced
  • 1/2 of a carrot, diced
  • 1 jalapeno, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
As far as I'm concerned, chicken stock is essential to getting the taste right. :)

Feel free to add a pinch of turmeric if you want it to be crazy orange. :D You can also add frozen corn and peas in when you add the stock.

Step 2: Saute the Vegetables

Heat a little canola oil in a pan over medium heat. Add in your vegetables (everything but the tomato!) and cook, stirring often, until they start to soften. This will take 2-3 minutes.

Stir in the taco seasoning and cook for another 30 seconds or so.

Step 3: Toast the Rice

This is the second essential thing needed to make awesome Mexican rice. :D

Add the dry rice into the pan and stir until it's coated with oil. Cook it for 3-4 minutes, stirring fairly often, until it begins to brown lightly and smells nutty.

Step 4: Add the Tomatoes and Stock and Simmer

Add the tomatoes and chicken stock and stir well. Leave over medium heat until it bubbles, and then cover and turn down to low heat.

Keep the pan covered and simmer for 20 minutes, or until the rice has soaked up all the stock. Once it's done, turn off the heat and let it sit for a few minutes before fluffing with a fork.

Enjoy! :D



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    20 Discussions

    I am mexican and love the fact ur promotig a mexican dish!! I just wanna suggest to use fresh tomatoes and use a blender to make it into a sauge with a little bit of oregano. This will give it a fresh flavor. The procedure is the same, jut pour the sause to the pan when the rice is cooked!

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    4 years ago


    I'm Mexican and have been eating rice like this for over 40 years.

    Not at all how Mexicans do there rice.!!! (Mexican)

    Hey, congrats, it looks sooo delicious!
    Thanks for that so amazing and simple recipe! :)

    I use your taco seasoning "recipe" all the time but sometimes change the amounts. This dish looks super yummy although I'm not sure what frozen or even unfrozen cord would add to the dish, fiber maybe?

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    Of course its Mexican! It has taco seasoning!! ;) Whatever it is, it look great.

    Yup, that looks like it'll be real tasty!

    Not Mexican at all. It looks good but definitely not Mexican. :)

    Not mexican. Well at list I never saw it where i come from.