Southwestern Skillet Rice

Southwestern Skillet Rice – our go-to side dish for all of our Mexican dishes. Rice loaded with cumin, chili powder, Rotel tomatoes, corn, black beans, onions, bell peppers, and garlic. I could make a meal out of this yummy rice! This is super easy to make and tastes fantastic! Ready in under 30 minutes. It goes great with everything – tacos, enchiladas, casseroles, and grilled chicken and steak!

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We are big fans of Mexican food at our house. We make it at least once a week. This Southwestern Skillet Rice has quickly become our go-to side dish. Rice loaded with Rotel, corn, black beans, onions, bell peppers, and garlic. I could make a meal out of this yummy rice! This is super easy to make and tastes fantastic! It goes great with everything – tacos, enchiladas, casseroles, and grilled chicken and steak!

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How to Make Southwestern Rice in the Skillet

This rice is very easy to make. Start with cooking some onion and bell pepper in a skillet. Add garlic and cook until fragrant. Add rice, cumin, chili powder, Rotel tomatoes, and chicken broth. Bring to a boil and simmer until rice is cooked. Stir in corn and black beans. Top the rice with some crumbled queso fresco cheese and enjoy.

  • Queso fresco is a soft Mexican cheese made with cow’s milk. I bought mine at Walmart. If you can’t find queso fresco, you can substitute feta cheese.
  • Can substitute vegetable broth or water for the chicken broth if you want a vegetarian dish.
  • Is Southwestern Skillet Rice spicy? There is a small kick to the rice from the Rotel diced tomatoes and green chiles. Use a can of MILD Rotel tomatoes if you are sensitive to heat.
  • Feel free to add cooked chicken, steak, or shrimp to the rice for an easy one-pot main dish.
  • I garnished the rice with chopped cilantro.
spooning rice with black beans, peppers and corn from skillet

What to Serve with Southwestern Skillet Rice

This rice makes a great side dish to all of your Mexican-style dishes. Fajitas, casseroles, grilled chicken, tacos, enchiladas – you name it! This also makes a great meatless main dish or base for a burrito bowl. YUM! Here are a few of our favorite recipes from the blog that go great with this delicious rice:

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Southwestern Skillet Rice

Yield: 8 people
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Southwestern Skillet Rice – our go-to side dish for all of our Mexican dishes. Rice loaded with cumin, chili powder, Rotel tomatoes, corn, black beans, onions, bell peppers, and garlic. I could make a meal out of this yummy rice! This is super easy to make and tastes fantastic! Ready in under 30 minutes. It goes great with everything – tacos, enchiladas, casseroles, and grilled chicken and steak! #meatless #mexican #rice #skillet

Ingredients:

  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium green pepper, diced
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup uncooked long-grain rice
  • ½ tsp ground cumin
  • ½ tsp chili powder
  • 1 (10-oz) can Rotel diced tomatoes and green chilies undrained
  • 1 (14.5-oz) can chicken broth
  • 2 cups frozen corn thawed
  • 1 (15-oz) can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • ¼ cup crumbled queso fresco, optional

Instructions:

  • In a large nonstick skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat; saute pepper and onion 3 minutes. Add garlic; cook and stir 1 minute.
  • Stir in rice, Rotel tomatoes, cumin, chili powder, and chicken broth; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, until rice is tender, about 15 minutes.
  • Stir in corn and black beans. Cover and cook 5 minutes, until heated through. Season with salt and pepper, if desired.
  • Top rice with crumbled queso freso and serve.

Notes:

  • Queso fresco is a soft Mexican cheese made with cow’s milk. I bought mine at Walmart. If you can’t find queso fresco, you can substitute feta cheese
  • Can substitute vegetable broth or water for the chicken broth if you want a vegetarian dish.
  • Is Southwestern Skillet Rice spicy? There is a small kick to the rice from the Rotel diced tomatoes and green chiles. Use a can of MILD Rotel tomatoes if you are sensitive to heat.
  • Feel free to add cooked chicken, steak, or shrimp to the rice for an easy one-pot main dish.
  • I garnished the rice with chopped cilantro.

Steph

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  1. This was really tasty. We liked it alot. Served it with some Cajun Pork loin that was slow cooked.

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