Quick Mexican Rice

Quick Mexican Rice recipe – only 6 ingredients and ready in 20 minutes! Rice, butter, chicken broth, Rotel, chili powder and paprika. SO much better than the Mexican restaurant!! The entire family loves this quick Mexican Rice recipe!!

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Easy Mexican Rice Recipe

Mexican food is a staple at our house. We never miss Taco Tuesday! I’ve been working on an authentic Mexican rice recipe and I finally found it. This rice is just as good, if not better than the rice at our favorite Mexican restaurant. It is super simple to make – long-grain rice, Rotel diced tomatoes and green chiles, chicken broth, chili powder, and paprika. It only takes about 20 minutes from start to finish. Just enough time to whip up some tacos or sauté some fajitas!

How to Make the Best Mexican Rice Recipe

This recipe is super easy to make with only a few simple ingredients. In a skillet or large saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Add long-grain white rice and cook until it starts to turn golden brown. Add chicken broth, Rotel diced tomatoes and green chiles, chili powder, and paprika. Bring to a boil. Cover the pan. Reduce heat and simmer on low heat for about 20 minutes. Fluff the rice with a fork and enjoy.

Helpful Tips & Frequently Asked Questions

  • This recipe uses uncooked long grain white rice. Using other types of rice will change the liquid and cooking time.
  • Can substitute plain water or vegetable stock for chicken stock. I prefer chicken stock or chicken broth because it gives the rice a little bit of extra flavor.
  • You can add some chopped bell peppers and onion to the skillet when toasting the rice if desired.
  • What can I add to Mexican rice?
    • pico de gallo
    • black beans
    • lime juice
    • green onions
    • hot sauce
    • ground cumin
    • fresh tomatoes
    • sour cream
  • Add cooked chicken or leftover taco meat to the rice to turn it into a main dish.
  • Is Mexican rice gluten-free? Yes! All of the ingredients in the recipe are gluten-free.
  • Store leftover rice in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
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What to Serve with Homemade Mexican Rice

This rice is the perfect side dish for any Mexican meal. We love this with chicken enchiladas, tacos, fajitas, and carne asada. Throw in some refried beans, chips & salsa, and queso for a fiesta better than any restaurant. Leftover rice is great reheated in burrito bowls. YUM! Give this a try with your favorite Mexican dishes. It is sure to become a favorite!

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Quick Mexican Rice

Yield: 6 people
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Quick Mexican Rice – only 6 ingredients and ready in 20 minutes! Rice, butter, chicken broth, Rotel, chili powder and paprika. SO much better than the Mexican restaurant!! Everyone loves this quick Mexican Rice recipe!!

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • cups long grain cooking rice, uncooked
  • cups chicken broth
  • 1 (10-oz) can Rotel diced tomatoes and green chilies
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • ½ tsp paprika

Instructions:

  • In a large saucepan, melt butter over medium-high heat. Add rice and cook for 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Add remaining ingredients, bring to a boil. Cover and reduce heat to simmer. Cook for approximately 20 minutes.

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  1. 100% better than any boxed brand or what I’ve had at Mexican restaurants. I added heaping measurements paprika and chili powder. …just like the extra flavor.

  2. This is easy and better than any Mexican rice I’ve ever had at any restaurant. It also reheats well. An inexpensive crowd pleaser.

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