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Top Mexican Rice Recipes

Learn how to make one of the most popular Mexican side dishes


Rice is a staple in Mexico and a popular side dish along with beans. There are many ways to prepare it, and here are just a few to get you started. Try to pair the rice ingredients with what you are making as the main dish. If you are serving chicken or pork, Easy Mexican rice is perfect. If you are serving a beef dish, try the Mexican Rice with Roasted Tomatoes which is made with beef broth.

For more information about Mexican Rice please see History of Mexican Rice

1. Easy Mexican Rice

Chelsie Kenyon
This is the perfect basic recipe for beginners. It is flavored with chicken broth, tomato sauce and garlic. After you make it a few times, you begin adding your own flavors with different sauces and spices. You can also easily substitute the chicken broth with boullion or use tomato paste instead of the sauce. It's very versatile. Just make sure you have 2 parts liquid for one part dry rice. (Tomato Sauce and/or paste doesn't count as a liquid. It's just an extra flavoring.)

2. Mexican Rice with Tomatoes and Green Chiles

Chelsie Kenyon
This rice packs a lot of flavor with the tanginess from tomatoes and the smoky, earthy flavor from roasted green chiles. This rice is perfect to go along side a dish of enchiladas or stuffed into a burrito.

3. Spicy Mexican Rice

This rice is not for the sensitive palette. It packs a spicy punch, but still delivers a bold Mexican flavor that pairs well with grilled foods. Of course you can adjust the heat with the type of chile sauce you use, but it will still be very spicy.

4. Mexican Rice with Roasted Tomatoes (for beef dishes)

Chelsie Kenyon
This rice features beef broth instead of chicken broth for a richer flavor and the perfect addition to any beef-based main dish. The roasted tomatoes give it an extra smoky flavor.

5. Mexican White Rice

In Mexico, white rice is often cooked with vegetables giving it additional color, texture and flavor. This particular dish uses water as the liquid, although you could substitute vegetable broth. Use whatever vegetables you have on hand such as carrots, peas, corn, celery, onion, bell pepper, green chiles or zucchini.

6. Red Rice (Arroz Rojo)

Chelsie Kenyon
This rice is flavored with red chiles giving this dish it's signature rich red color and flavor. Depending on the sauce used, it can also be little spicy if you wish. I like this rice when served with Pollo Guisado it compliments the richness of the chicken dish.

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