EASY MEXICAN RICE – The Southern Lady Cooks

Easy Mexican Rice - The Southern Lady Cooks

This Easy Mexican Rice is the perfect addition to taco Tuesday! Super simple side dish, reheats well and is always a great addition to any Mexican inspired meal. My family loves Mexican food and this easy rice recipe has quickly become a family favorite. Takes nothing to make and is delicious!

Easy Mexican Rice Ingredients Needed:

Long-grain White Rice

Cooking Oil


Minced Garlic

Chicken Broth

Tomato Sauce or Salsa


Chili Powder

Salt and pepper

Fresh or dried cilantro (optional)

If you love this recipe you may want to serve it with our Mexican Meatloaf which is a unique recipe but so popular. It was a twist on a classic that turned out so good! It would also go well with these Enchiladas or Chicken Skillet!

Of course one of our most popular rice dishes is this Green Chile Rice and it’s delicious.

I recently made this rice added in my taco meat and it was such a delicious dinner! I served it over tortilla chips and topped it with sour cream and salsa.

Full printable recipe in recipe card below. 

Easy Mexican Rice - The Southern Lady Cooks

Easy Mexican Rice - The Southern Lady Cooks

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Easy Mexican Rice

Simple Mexican rice, perfect addition to any meal.

Prep Time10 mins

Cook Time30 mins

Total Time40 mins

Course: Side Dish

Cuisine: American

Keyword: Easy Mexican Rice

Servings: 6 servings

Author: The Southern Lady Cooks

  • 1 cup long-grain white rice
  • 1/4 cup cooking oil
  • 1/3 to 1/2 cup onion chopped
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can chicken broth or about 2 cups
  • 1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce or 1 cup salsa (can use 1/2 cup tomato sauce and 1/2 cup salsa)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Dried or fresh cilantro optional
  • Rinse rice several times and drain. Heat oil in skillet on top of the stove. Add rinsed rice, onions and garlic. Cook until rice is browned stirring often.

  • Stir in chicken broth, tomato sauce or salsa, cumin and chili powder. Bring to boil and turn down to simmer. Cover and let cook about 25 minutes or until rice soaks up wet ingredients.

  • Remove and fluff the rice with a fork. Add salt and pepper to taste. Can garnish with cilantro. Makes 4 to 6 servings.

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