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Mexican Rice Recipe

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A Spicy & Delicious Side dish, or One Pot Meal!

Mexican Rice Recipe

Mexican rice, or "arroz rojo," is a staple in Mexican cuisine, renowned for its vibrant flavors and simplicity. Typically made from long-grain white rice, it's sautéed with onions, garlic, and sometimes tomatoes until golden brown. Broth or water, along with spices like cumin and chili powder, infuse the rice with rich flavor. Often garnished with fresh cilantro and a squeeze of lime juice, it's a versatile side dish that complements many Mexican meals, from tacos to enchiladas. The rice grains are distinct, not sticky, with a slightly nutty taste, making it a delicious and essential component of any Mexican feast.

Here is our recipe for a deliciously spicy Mexican Ric meal that has been perfected over a number of years, and many, many trials and error:

Mexican Rice Recipe:

  • Ingredients:
    • 2 cup long-grain rice or even basmati rice
    • 2 tablespoons oil
    • 1/2 onion, finely chopped
    • 1 garlic clove, minced
    • 1 can (14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
    • 3 cups chicken broth/Veg Stock
    • 1 Tablespoon of Rock A Doodle Do's Taco Seasoning (or use 1 Teaspoon of each: Garlic, Chipotle Powder, Onion Powder,
    • 15g tomato paste


  1. Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add rice and cook until golden brown, stirring frequently.
  2. Add onion and garlic, cook until softened.
  3. Stir in diced tomatoes, chicken broth, cumin, onion powder, garlic powder, ginger, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil.
  4. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 20-25 minutes until rice is cooked and liquid is absorbed.
  5. Fluff with a fork before serving.

Make it Something Special

Turn your Mexican rice into a on pot meal by adding corn, beans, red peppers, jalepeno peppers, and shredded chicken into the pot. We also recommend adding some additional flavour and heat in the form of Snow Patrol's 'Just Say Yes' Chipotle Hot Sauce, squeeza a little lime over the tom, and garnish with cilantro/corriander!

Mexican Rice Recipe