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Mexican Rice Recipe

Just like it is served in many Mexican restaurants, this Mexican rice recipe uses a few ingredients to make a savory and delicious mexican rice to go with many Southwest dishes.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: rice, spanish rice
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 55kcal
Cost: $2.50


  • pan


  • 1 cup White Rice
  • 1 cup Water
  • 2 Roma Tomatoes Cubed
  • 2 cloves Cloves Minced
  • 1/4 cup Onion Minced
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil
  • Salt to taste


  • On medium heat, begin to saute garlic in olive oil
  • After 1 - 2 minutes, as they begin to soften, add Onion
  • Stir for 1 minute, add rice (uncooked)
  • Continue to stir regularly until mixture begins to brown and crisp
  • Add cubed tomatoes and using a potato smasher, smash tomatoes into the rice
  • Continue to simmer and stir for a minute or two, then add water
  • Add salt and bring to simmer, cover and continue to simmer for 10+ minutes, until water is absorbed 90% of the way.
  • Turn heat off or on lowest setting until water is fully absorbed. Be careful bottom rice does not burn.


This dish can be made with brown rice but cook time will be longer and you may need to add additional water to get it just right.