Side Dish | April 28, 2014

Authentic Mexican Rice

Authentic Mexican Rice in patterned bowl close up shot

We have Mexican food at my house at least once a week.  That’s a lot of enchiladas, tacos, mexican casseroles etc.  I realized that amongst all the wonderful savory main dishes, I didn’t have a great authentic Mexican rice dish!  So my hunt began. Everything I tried seemed Americanized, so I enlisted the help of my friend Maria, who graciously came over and showed me the ropes!  She’s from Mexico and this recipe has been in her family for years.  She makes it at least twice a week for her family and I have to say the rice is LEGIT!  Seriously, it has all the flavor you need to compliment any Mexican dish; it’s a perfect way to sneak some veggies in for the kids:).

carrots, tomatoes, garlic and onions on wooden cutting board

Below is an important step in the texture of the rice. The rest of the steps are self explanatory. Here, the rice sautéing over grapeseed oil.  Make sure that most of your rice grains are that golden brown color before adding the tomato mixture.

raw rice being cooked golden brown

The final product.

woman holding out bowl of warm mexican rice

Serve with tacos, enchiladas, fajitas, whatever your stomach desires! This one is for the books!

rice served with tacos

overhead shot of Mexican food dinner: tacos, salsa, beans, rice, with taco toppngs

5 from 1 vote
Authentic Mexican Rice
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins

Has all the flavor you need to compliment any Mexican dish, plus it's a perfect way to sneak some veggies in for the kids. 

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: mexican rice
Calories: 614 kcal
Author: Desarae
  • 1 1/2 cup Jasmine Rice
  • 1 Boullion Cube
  • 2 Tomatoes diced
  • 1 Garlic Clove
  • 3 T Grapeseed Oil
  • 1 1/4 cup Water
  • 1/6 onion diced
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 3/4 C. carrots diced
  • 1/2 C. peas
  1. Blend 2 tomatoes, boullion cube, garlic clove, and 1 1/4 cup water, onion. Set aside.
  2. Pour grapeseed oil into medium sized pot. Pour rinsed rice into pot. Stir over medium heat until rice is golden brown.
  3. Add tomatoes sauce and bring to a boil.
  4. Add veggies and salt. This is where you need to add more water. About another 2 cups.
  5. Cover and let cook for 18-20 minutes. Its important that when checking on the rice during the 18-20 minutes that you don't stir it. If you want to mix it at all fold the rice in from the outside of the pan to the center of the pan.
  6. Take off heat, fluff with a fork and serve!
Nutrition Facts
Authentic Mexican Rice
Amount Per Serving (1 cup)
Calories 614 Calories from Fat 405
% Daily Value*
Fat 45g69%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Sodium 3036mg132%
Potassium 1758mg50%
Carbohydrates 267g89%
Fiber 17g71%
Sugar 22g24%
Protein 30g60%
Vitamin A 32600IU652%
Vitamin C 92.4mg112%
Calcium 191mg19%
Iron 5.1mg28%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  2. Carly! I love this! Thanks so much for sharing. I’ve been using this as my go-to for the past few months. Before I used a recipe from my Auntie, she’s from Mexico & I loved the recipe but it just wasn’t fresh. This is something I can easily make, love eating, & feel good about feeding to my family. I usually sub the jasmine rice for brown rice just because it’s Cooper’s favorite. Mahalo!

  3. THis looks so yummy! Just wondering how it reheats? I often cook the night before so that whoever gets home from work first just pops in the oven. Thank you so much!