Mexican Cuisine

Authentic Mexican Rice Delight

A Flavorful and Easy-to-Make Side Dish

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Authentic Mexican Rice Delight

Difficulty:BeginnerPrep time: 10 minutesCook time: 40 minutesRest time: minutesTotal time: 50 minutesServings:5 servingsCalories:224 kcal Best Season:Suitable throughout the year


Discover the vibrant flavors of Mexico with this simple yet delicious Mexican rice recipe. Perfect as a side dish for your favorite Mexican meals, this rice is cooked to perfection with a blend of tomatoes, onions, and spices.



  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
  2. In a large skillet, warm the oil over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and minced garlic, cooking and stirring until the onion becomes translucent. Mix in the chili powder and cumin, cooking for an additional 30 seconds. Add the rice, chicken broth, and tomato paste, then bring the mixture to a boil. Transfer everything to a 1-quart casserole dish, covering it with aluminum foil or a lid.
  3. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, or until the liquid is fully absorbed and the rice is tender. Allow the dish to rest for 3 to 5 minutes before serving.


  • – For a vegetarian version, substitute chicken broth with vegetable broth.
    – Adjust the amount of cayenne pepper to suit your spice preference.
    – This rice pairs perfectly with tacos, enchiladas, or grilled meats.
Keywords:Mexican rice, easy Mexican side dish, flavorful rice, tomato rice

Can I use brown rice instead of white rice?

Yes, but you will need to adjust the cooking time and liquid amount as brown rice takes longer to cook.

Can I make this recipe ahead of time?

Yes, you can prepare the rice in advance and reheat it when ready to serve.

Is it possible to freeze the leftover rice?

Yes, you can freeze the cooked rice in an airtight container for up to 3 months. Reheat thoroughly before serving.

What can I use instead of tomato sauce?

You can use diced tomatoes or tomato paste mixed with water as a substitute for tomato sauce.

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