Authentic Mexican rice is easy to make. There are not a lot of steps for how to make Mexican rice and for this recipe it is all done on the stovetop.
Mexican rice and Spanish rice are close to the same dish. Both are rice that is toasted first and then cooked with broth and tomatoes. Some of the seasoning is different between the two regional side dishes and Mexican rice usually has more stuff in it. That is definitely true with this recipe as I added some onion, jalapeño peppers, corn and black beans.
We love this rice to go alongside tacos, fajitas, enchiladas and more. I have also thrown some of this in a burrito, along with some chicken, pico de gallo, guacamole and cheese. Oh My Word!
One other thing that is awesome about Mexican rice is that it will turn any meal into a feast allowing you to feed a crowd! Have a bunch of people coming over? Make some fajitas along with this rice and I bet you will have leftovers!
Sometimes with a rice dish like this, I will bake it in the oven. That is how I made this Chorizo Fiesta Rice Bake. For this recipe though, I did not want to use the oven, but instead I cooked it on the stovetop, which is more traditional to the preparing of Mexican rice.
It is very simple to make, but you do want to make sure that you do not have the temperature too high while it is simmering. You want to make sure that the rice does not stick to the bottom and burn.
Heat some oil in the dutch oven on medium heat and then add the rice. This toasts the rice which gives it a nuttier taste and texture. Make sure you stir is almost constantly so that the rice does not stick to the bottom.
After a few minutes, add the onion, jalapeño and garlic. Continue to cook for another 5 minutes, stirring often.
Add the rest of the ingredients and stir. Bring to a boil and lower the heat to a simmer. Cover the dutch oven with a lid and let the rice soak up all that flavour infused liquid.
Every once in a while, check to see how the rice is doing and stir it, making sure to scrape any rice that is sticking to the bottom with a wooden spoon. Put the lid back on and cook some more.
Cook until all the liquid is absorbed and the rice is tender. If there is no more liquid and the rice is still a little crunchy, add a bit more broth or water and cook a little longer.
This Mexican rice has so much flavour. Normally, I just cook rice in the rice cooker with water. After making this, I am amazed at how so much flavour is infused right into the rice. It reminds me of jambalaya or paella but just with different seasonings.
There is so much stuff in this rice that it is almost a meal in itself. But, it is also incredible as part of a Mexican themed dinner.
Serve it alongside any of these dishes and you will have one awesome Mexican feast!
- Chicken Flautas
- Grilled Tequila Lime Marinated Tilapia Tacos
- Chicken Enchiladas
- Crock Pot Chicken Carnitas
- Fiesta Salad
How to make Mexican rice with this authentic and easy recipe. Simple stovetop recipe that is great with tacos, fajitas, enchiladas and more!
- 3 tbsp oil
- 3 cups long grain rice
- 1 large onion diced
- 2 jalapeno pepper cored and minced
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- 2 tbsp chili powder
- 1 tsp Mexican oregano
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp cumin
- 2 cups crushed tomatoes
- 5 cups vegetable broth (or more if needed)
- 1/4 cup fresh cilantro minced
Pour oil in a dutch oven and dump in the rice. Turn on heat to medium and stir to toast the rice for about 3 minutes.
Add in the onion, jalapeño pepper and garlic. Continue to stir and cook for another 5 minutes.
Stir in the remaining ingredients.
Bring to a boil and then lower heat to a low simmer. Cover with lid and cook until the liquid is absorbed and the rice is tender.
If all the broth gets absorbed but the rice is still crunchy, add a little more broth or water and continue to cook until the rice is soft.