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Authentic Mexican Rice

The BEST, truly authentic Mexican rice is an easy recipe to make for a crowd and it's a necessary side dish for all of your favorite Mexican recipes.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 6
Calories: 275kcal
Author: Lauren Allen

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups long grain white rice
  • 1/4 cup oil (vegetable or canola oil)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic , minced
  • 1/4 medium onion , finely diced
  • 1/4 cup tomato sauce , or 2 pureed tomatoes
  • 2 tomato bouillon cubes , chopped (these can be found in the Mexican food aisle at Walmart or your local grocery store)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 carrot , diced
  • 1/2 cup peas (frozen or fresh)
  • 3 1/4 cups water
  • 3-4 whole serrano peppers , optional

Instructions

  • Rinse and drain the rice in a fine mesh strainer.
  • In a large saucepan over medium-high heat, add the oil. Add the rice and stir to combine. Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until the rice is lightly golden brown all over (about 10 minutes).
  • Add tomato sauce, garlic, and diced onion to the pan. Stir. Add the tomato bullion cubes, salt, carrots, peas, and water (and serrano peppers, if using. They add a little flavor, but not spice.).
  • Cook, stirring, until bullion cubes are completely dissolved. Bring to a boil, then cover, reduce heat to low and cook for about 20 minutes or until the water is completely absorbed.  Remove from heat and allow to rest for 5 minutes before fluffing with a fork.
  • Serve this with one of my favorite authentic Mexican meals.

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Notes

Tips for perfect rice are listed above in the post!

Nutrition

Calories: 275kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 10g | Sodium: 394mg | Potassium: 164mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 1865IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 0.7mg