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Mexican Rice in a white bowl

Mexican Rice

Jennie Duncan
This Mexican Rice makes the BEST side dish recipe for your Mexican inspired dinners. 
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Side, Side Dish
Cuisine American, Mexican
Servings 8 servings
Calories 218 kcal


  • cup oil
  • 2 cups long grain rice
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 8 oz tomato sauce
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder (or to taste)
  • ¼ teaspoon cumin (or to taste)
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro (diced)
  • 2 limes


  • Heat oil in a medium saucepan. Over medium heat add rice and toast until just golden brown.
  • Carefully add in chicken broth, tomato sauce, garlic powder, and cumin.
  • Bring to a boil then reduce heat and cover. Allow to simmer for 25-35 minutes until liquid is absorbed. Remove from heat and fluff with a work.
  • Mix in diced cilantro and lime juice. Fluff again then serve.


Can I use another type of rice? I prefer long grain rice but you can use a standard short grain rice in it's place. The rice could be more sticky but will still taste great. 
Can I freeze this rice? Yes, you can definitely freeze this recipe. Once it's ready allow it to cool completely. Then place it in freezer bags and into the freezer for 3-6 months. 
When you are ready to eat place your bag of rice in the fridge to thaw. To warm it just place it in the microwave for a few minutes. 


Sodium: 581mgCalcium: 30mgVitamin C: 15mgVitamin A: 141IUSugar: 2gFiber: 2gPotassium: 261mgCalories: 218kcalTrans Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gFat: 4gProtein: 4gCarbohydrates: 41gIron: 1mg
Keyword Mexican Rice
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