Mexican Rice

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Mexican Rice is a staple in our house and the perfect dish to serve alongside Easy Fish Tacos, our favorite creamy chicken enchiladas or even alongside Taco Soup!

Turning regular white rice from your pantry into this delicious rice side dish is easy! You’ll need just a few ingredients you probably already have in the kitchen!

Mexican Rice cooked and topped with cilantro and lime

We often make rice recipes to accompany our meals and most of the time they’re quick to make from scratch! Homemade Mexican Rice is so much more flavorful than boxed versions and you can add or remove seasonings and spices to suit your tastes.

What is Mexican Rice?

All you need is some regular white rice, Mexican-style seasonings along with a bit of tomato sauce. It’s all cooked together creating a flavorful side dish! It doesn’t take much extra work than making just plain white rice.

You can serve Mexican rice with anything and everything- especially during taco night! I love adding homemade taco seasoning or turning it into Mexican rice and beans with a can of black beans or pinto beans!

What to Serve with Mexican Rice

Mexican Rice ingredients cooked and topped with cilantro and lime

How to Make Mexican Rice

A Mexican rice recipe calls for just a few basic ingredients. Chicken stock is the base for this rice dish and adds lots of flavor and of course tomato sauce adds the color we’re used to seeing in a Mexican rice dish!

Mexican Rice cooked in a pot and topped with cilantro and lime


To make this Mexican Rice Recipe:

  1. Brown the Rice: Saute the onions, butter and rice about 5 minutes in a pot until the rice becomes golden  in color.
  2. Add Seasonings: Add the seasonings, chicken broth and tomato sauce.
  3. Cook: Cover and simmer for about 15 minutes or until the rice is fully cooked. Once done, let sit covered about 5 minutes.

It’s that easy! I add in a minced and seeded jalapeno for flavor and of course a big squeeze of lime before serving.

Mexican Rice in a bowl and topped with cilantro and lime
4.96 from 23 votes
Review Recipe

Mexican Rice

Prep Time 9 minutes
Cook Time 21 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Holly Nilsson
Take that regular white rice that’s in the pantry and create an easy Mexican rice recipe with just a few ingredients you probably already have in the kitchen. 


  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 small onion diced
  • 1 jalapeno seeded and minced, optional
  • 1 cup long grain white rice
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon oregano
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 ¾ cups chicken broth
  • cup tomato sauce
  • lime & cilantro for garnish optional

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  • Cook onions, butter, rice and jalapeno if using over medium heat until onions are tender and rice is golden, about 5 minutes. Add spices and cook 1 minute more.
  • Stir in remaining ingredients and bring to a boil. Cover and reduce to a simmer and cook 15 minutes or until liquid is absorbed.
  • Remove from heat and let sit 5-10 minutes covered.
  • Fluff with a fork and serve.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 247, Carbohydrates: 42g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 6g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 15mg, Sodium: 648mg, Potassium: 310mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 3g, Vitamin A: 465IU, Vitamin C: 16.3mg, Calcium: 31mg, Iron: 1.3mg

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

Keyword Mexican rice
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Mexican
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  1. I made this rice to go with our tacos and burritos. I used red pepper for heat and left the jalapeño out. I added a tiny bit of salt, garlic powder and paprika. An easy and tasty dish! Thanks!5 stars

  2. Awesome to accompany taco night. So glad to have found this, thanks for the new weekly addition. Sooo good and easy. Thanks!!!5 stars

  3. This IS the best Mexican Rice recipe – only thing I do differently is to use 2 cups chicken broth and 1/2 cup tomato sauce (1/2 of an 8 ounce can). We like it with a little less tomato sauce. I freeze the leftover sauce for the next time I make this awesome recipe ! And I find that 20 minutes is the perfect amount of cooking time.5 stars

    1. For this recipe the rice is uncooked. We haven’t tried it with minute rice but you would need to reduce the cooking time to avoid overcooking the rice. Let us know how it turns out!

  4. Would this work if I also added in a can of black beans and corn? Would I need to change anything about the recipe? Looks yummy.

    1. We haven’t tried with those ingredients, but that should work fine Tracey. Since both of those ingredients are already cooked you just need to heat them up. I would add them closer to the end of cooking the rice. Let us know how it turns out.

  5. I didn’t add butter to mine, but used everything else. I have a huge pot of mexican rice but mine is red……Awesome Recipe, I’m a wife also and an educator.

  6. You have the most beautiful, informative recipes that I have found! Thank you for the wonderful site. The recipes are great and the pictures to go with the recipe only increase the the enjoyment. It is always nice to see what the recipe looks like.5 stars