Easy to Make Authentic Mexican Rice Recipe

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This Authentic Mexican Rice Recipe is the ideal accompaniment to many Mexican dishes and is very simple to make. Add tomatoes, jalapeños, cilantro, and of course, rice to your shopping list, and have this rice side dish ready in 45 minutes.

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Authentic Mexican Rice

The full ingredients list and instructions are found in the printable recipe card at the end of this post. I highly recommend reading the blog post all the way through so that you don’t miss any tips or substitution suggestions, to ensure that you have all the ingredients and equipment required and understand the steps and timings involved.

Many cuisines have a traditional rice recipe, such as Rice and Peas in the West Indian Caribbean, Fried Rice in Asian countries, Paella in Spain, Jollof in West Africa, and Jambalaya in Creole and Cajun cuisine.

To add to that, I’m sharing an easy a delicious way to add some Mexican flavor to your meals with this authentic Mexican rice recipe.

It’s simple to make using fresh tomatoes, onions, garlic, cilantro, and limes, and the end result is a flavorful and fragrant side dish that will perfectly complement your favorite Mexican dishes.

So give it a try today – you won’t be disappointed!

Authentic Recipe - Mexican Rice

Ingredients & Equipment Used In This Recipe

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It may not include staple ingredients such as oil, salt, sugar, etc., as you’re likely to have those in your kitchen. The complete list of ingredients with measurements is found in the recipe card.

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Authentic Mexican Rice - Easy Side Dish

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Authentic Mexican Rice Recipe

Recipe Tips

  • The secret to getting making and fluffy Mexican rice that doesn’t stick together is to thoroughly rinse the uncooked rice under cold water for a couple minutes to remove the excess starch.

How Do I Make Authentic Mexican Rice?

Check out the printable recipe card below with full ingredients and instructions. Any demonstration photos do not print out to save your ink.

How To Make Authentic Mexican Rice

Authentic Mexican Rice

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

This Authentic Mexican Rice Recipe is the ideal accompaniment to many Mexican dishes and is very simple to make.


  • 4 medium ripe tomatoes, seeded and roughly chopped
  • 1 medium onion, roughly chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 2 jalapeño peppers, seeded
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 2 cups long-grain white rice, thoroughly rinsed
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • Fresh cilantro, stems removed and finely chopped
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 limes, cut into wedges


  1. Preheat oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas 4.
  2. Place the tomatoes, onion, garlic, and jalapeños into a blender or food processor. Process thoroughly until the mixture is smooth.
  3. In a large oven-safe skillet with a tight-fitting lid, heat olive oil over medium heat. Once hot, add rinsed rice and stir constantly with a wooden spoon for 5 or 6 minutes or until it starts to turn brown.
  4. Add the chicken broth and puréed tomato mixture to pan. Stir until thoroughly combined with rice. Bring to a boil while stirring occasionally, and then remove from heat.
  5. Cover the skillet with the lid and place it in the preheated oven on the middle shelf.
  6. After 15 minutes, remove the lid and carefully stir the contents of the pan. Cook for another 15 minutes or until all excess moisture in the pan has been absorbed.
  7. Remove from the oven and stir in fresh cilantro.
  8. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  9. Serve with wedges of fresh lime to help “brighten” the taste.

    How To Make Authentic Mexican Rice


The secret to getting making and fluffy Mexican rice that doesn’t stick together is to thoroughly rinse the uncooked rice under cold water for a couple minutes to remove the excess starch.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 279Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 2mgSodium: 546mgCarbohydrates: 35gFiber: 3gSugar: 6gProtein: 5g

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