Authentic Mexican Scarlet Rice

A Vibrant Twist on Traditional Arroz Rojo

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Authentic Mexican Scarlet Rice

Difficulty:BeginnerPrep time: 15 minutesCook time: 25 minutesRest time: 10 minutesTotal time: 50 minutesServings:4 servingsCalories:215 kcal Best Season:Suitable throughout the year


Dive into the heart of Mexican cuisine with this Authentic Mexican Scarlet Rice, a colorful and flavorful side dish that perfectly complements any fiesta. With a rich tomato base and a blend of aromatic spices, this rice is not just a treat for your taste buds but also a feast for your eyes. Perfect for family dinners or special occasions, this recipe promises to be a crowd-pleaser.



  1. Utilize a box grater to shred the tomatoes directly into a bowl, ensuring the skin is left behind and discarded.
  2. Pour the vegetable oil into a sturdy skillet and place it over a medium-high flame until hot. Toss in the chopped onion and sauté until it softens and turns translucent, roughly 5 minutes.
  3. Add the minced garlic to the skillet and continue to stir for about a minute, or until the aroma of garlic is noticeable.
  4. Introduce the rice to the skillet, stirring frequently, and cook until each grain starts to turn a light golden brown, which should take around 3 additional minutes.
  5. Fold in the freshly grated tomato, pour in the chicken broth, and add the tomato sauce, then stir everything together as you bring the concoction to a steady boil.
  6. Add the jalapeño pepper, fresh cilantro, and a pinch of salt into the mix, then turn down the heat to its lowest setting. Cover the skillet with its lid and let the rice simmer gently, allowing the liquid to be fully absorbed, which will take about 15 minutes. Remember not to peek under the lid while the rice is simmering.
  7. Once the cooking time has elapsed, switch off the heat but keep the rice covered and let it rest for 8 minutes to finish the steaming process.
  8. After the rest period, use a fork to fluff up the rice, which will help separate the grains and ensure a fluffy texture. Now, the rice is ready to be spooned out onto a serving platter.


  • – For a vegetarian version, substitute chicken broth with vegetable broth.
  • – The rice can be garnished with fresh cilantro or parsley for added color and flavor.
  • – Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
Keywords:Mexican Scarlet Rice, Arroz Rojo, Tomato Rice, Mexican Side Dish
Nutrition Facts

Servings 4

Amount Per Serving
Calories 213
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g10%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Cholesterol 1mg1%
Sodium 109mg5%
Potassium 205mg6%
Total Carbohydrate 35g12%
Dietary Fiber 2g8%
Sugars 3g
Protein 5g10%

Vitamin C 8 mg
Calcium 25 mg
Iron 2 mg

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Can I use brown rice instead of white rice?

Yes, but adjust the cooking time and liquid quantity as per the brown rice package instructions.

How can I make this dish spicier?

Add diced jalapeños or a pinch of cayenne pepper with the onions for an extra kick.

Is it necessary to rinse the rice before cooking?

Yes, rinsing the rice helps remove excess starch, preventing the rice from becoming too sticky.

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