Mexican Rice

Mexican Rice

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So, I was looking to make chicken fajitas one night, and I posed a question to google: what side dishes compliment chicken fajitas? I posed this question at 11:30 pm on a weeknight…biiiiiggggg mistake. Some pretty awesome recipes came up though, including one for Mexican rice. It looked delicious, and simple, and something that I could use as a side dish for other Mexican themed entrees. This Mexican rice dish is very easy to pull together, and makes a ton of food. So, if you’re single like me, you have a lot of leftovers that you can freeze for future meals. Enjoy! 🙂

Mexican rice in a large fluted white bowl on a fake marble top dining room table. In the background is a homemade bean burrito on a red plate.

Mexican Rice

This Mexican rice is very versatile, and can either be served as a side to most Mexican dishes or served as part of a burrito!
4.5 from 6 votes
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: mexican rice, rice recipes
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 30 mins
Total Time: 35 mins
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 203kcal
Author: The Panicked Foodie


  • 2 cups long grain rice, uncooked
  • 2 teaspoons extra light olive oil
  • 8 ounces tomato sauce
  • 1 quart chicken broth
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • Freshly ground Himalayan pink salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste


  • Heat extra light olive oil over medium-high heat until it begins to shimmer.
  • In a strainer, rinse rice under running water.
  • Add rice to pan, and toast until the rice emits a nutty fragrance, and the tips of the grains start to toast. This should take around 5-10 minutes.
  • Add in tomato sauce, chicken broth, garlic clove, cumin, salt, and pepper. Give the pot a good stir to mix everything and then cover with a lid.
  • Once the mixture starts to boil, reduce the heat to low and simmer for 30-40 minutes, or until all the liquid is absorbed.
  • Fluff rice before serving and enjoy!


This recipe makes a TON (~2.5 quarts) of cooked rice. If you are cooking for yourself, I would recommend halving the recipe, or freezing half of it. If you decide to freeze the leftovers, be sure to flatten the freezer bags like pancakes before placing in the freezer.
Nutrition Facts
Mexican Rice
Amount Per Serving (0 g)
Calories 203
% Daily Value*
Fat 0g0%
Saturated Fat 0g0%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg0%
Sodium 0mg0%
Potassium 0mg0%
Carbohydrates 0g0%
Fiber 0g0%
Sugar 0g0%
Protein 0g0%
Vitamin A 0IU0%
Vitamin C 0mg0%
Calcium 0mg0%
Iron 0mg0%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Nutritional information on The Panicked Foodie is provided as a courtesy and is approximate only. We cannot guarantee the accuracy of the nutritional information given for any recipe on this site.

Recipe adapted from Kristyn at Lil’ Luna.

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