Fiesta Rice

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Recipe: #38634

May 06, 2022


Original is 6 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (387 g)
  • Calories 514.2
  • Total Fat - 6.9 g
  • Saturated Fat - 1.2 g
  • Cholesterol - 0.7 mg
  • Sodium - 586.4 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 95.7 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 16 g
  • Sugars - 9.1 g
  • Protein - 19.9 g
  • Calcium - 124.1 mg
  • Iron - 4.6 mg
  • Vitamin C - 34.1 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.8 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.

Step 2

Add onions and red peppers

Step 3

Cook for 3 minutes.

Step 4

Stir in garlic and continue to cook for 30 seconds.

Step 5

Add rice and cook, stirring often, for 2 minutes.

Step 6

Stir in diced tomatoes with green chilies, black beans, and corn.

Step 7

Season with cumin, salt and fresh ground pepper.

Step 8

Stir in vegetable broth and bring to a boil.

Step 9


Step 10

Reduce heat to low, and cook for 20 minutes

Step 11

Let stand covered 5 minutes

Step 12

Remove cover, fluff with fork and stir in cilantro and lime juice.


No special items needed.

Editorial Notes

The ingredient tips, suggestions, variations, facts, questions and answers below are not edits to the original author's recipe. They are not meant to imply any change would improve the recipe. They're offered for convenience, alternative ideas, and points of interest. If you have any comments about them, please post in the Help & Ideas forum.

  • For best results, use long grain rice for this recipe.
  • If you cannot find diced tomatoes with green chilies, you can use a can of diced tomatoes and 1/4 teaspoon of chili powder instead.

  • Substitute 2 tablespoons of olive oil for the 2 tablespoons of oil - Olive oil is a healthier alternative to other oils, and it also has a mild flavor that won't overpower the other ingredients in the dish.
  • Substitute 1/4 teaspoon of chili powder for the 1/4 teaspoon of cumin - Chili powder adds a nice kick of heat to the dish, and it has a slightly smoky flavor that pairs well with the other ingredients in the Fiesta Rice.

Vegan Fiesta Rice Replace vegetable broth with vegan broth. Use vegan butter instead of oil. Omit the lime juice.

Grilled Zucchini with Garlic and Parsley:

This simple side dish is the perfect accompaniment to Fiesta Rice. The grilled zucchini is lightly seasoned with garlic and parsley, giving it a fresh and flavorful taste that pairs nicely with the Mexican-inspired flavors in the Fiesta Rice. Plus, it adds a healthy dose of vegetables to the meal!

Black Bean and Corn Salsa: This colorful salsa is a great way to add some extra flavor and texture to your Fiesta Rice dish. It's made with black beans, corn, tomatoes, onions, and cilantro, and is a great source of protein and fiber. The mild flavors of the salsa pair perfectly with the spices in the Fiesta Rice, and it's a great way to add an extra boost of nutrition to your meal.


Q: Can I use white rice instead of long grain rice?

A: Yes, you can use white rice instead of long grain rice. However, you may need to adjust the cooking time depending on the type of white rice you use.

Q: Can I use brown rice instead of white rice?

A: Yes, you can use brown rice instead of white rice. It may take longer to cook than white rice, so you may need to adjust the cooking time accordingly.

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Fun facts:

Fiesta Rice is a popular dish in Mexico, where it is known as “Arroz a la Mexicana”. This dish is believed to have been served to Emperor Maximilian I of Mexico in the 19th century.

Fiesta Rice is also a favorite of Mexican-American singer Selena Quintanilla. She often served it to her family and friends, and it was featured in her cookbook, “Selena’s Secrets.”