20 Minute Mexican Rice

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"Spice up a meal with Mexican rice, done in a jiffy!! from the local newspaper."

Original recipe yields 4 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (216.6 g)
  • Calories 213.2
  • Total Fat - 4.8 g
  • Saturated Fat - 0.7 g
  • Cholesterol - 0 mg
  • Sodium - 292.9 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 37.5 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 6.6 g
  • Sugars - 5.8 g
  • Protein - 8.1 g
  • Calcium - 37.8 mg
  • Iron - 2.7 mg
  • Vitamin C - 9.7 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.2 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

Cook rice in hot oil in 2 to 3 litre saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly, about 2 minutes.

Step 2

Stir in onion and garlic; cook, stirring about 1 minute.

Step 3

Add broth and cumin.

Step 4

Heat to boiling; stir once or twice.

Step 5

Lower heat to simmer; Cover with tight fitting lid.

Step 6

Cook 15 minutes or until rice is tender and liquid is absorbed.

Step 7

Combine tomato paste and 1 tablespoon water.

Step 8

Stir tomato mixture, peas and carrots into rice; fluff with a fork

Tips & Variations

No special items needed.


5 Reviews


Another Derf winner recipe!! I used 1 cup cooked mixed vegetables and this worked out perfectly.


review by:
(26 Sep 2013)


We loved this, so easy and so good, thank you Derf for this recipe


review by:
(16 Jul 2013)


Excellent easy healthy rice recipe! I made this for Cinco de Mayo with some changes to fit it in more with my meal, and use what I had on hand. I used my favorite Jasmine Rice, so only used 1 1/2 cups water. When I was almost done stir-frying the rice I added in 2 teaspoons chicken bouillon granules and the ground cumin. Then I subbed corn for peas and shredded my carrot instead of diced it. It went great with some Salsa Chicken and Refried Beans. Thanks for the recipe Derf!


review by:
(13 May 2013)

Chef shapeweaver

I made this recipe on 5/3/13 for the "Cinco De Mayo" event in the Food Photo Forum.And for a change,I made a recipe exactly as it was written :). But for some reason,the rice didn't seem to have much of a flavor to it.We did like it though, it was a very good side to go with our Mexican seasoned chicken. Thanks for posting and, " Keep Smiling :) "


review by:
(4 May 2013)


Yummy recipe with just the right amount of flavor, thank you Derf


review by:
(30 Apr 2013)