Simple Mexican Red Rice

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Recipe: #39435

August 31, 2022

"Recipe from my lift driver simpler than the other red rices,she didn't say season to taste but I am"

Original is 4 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (237.3 g)
  • Calories 211
  • Total Fat - 4 g
  • Saturated Fat - 0.6 g
  • Cholesterol - 0 mg
  • Sodium - 422.2 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 39.8 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 3.5 g
  • Sugars - 2.3 g
  • Protein - 3.9 g
  • Calcium - 25.5 mg
  • Iron - 0.6 mg
  • Vitamin C - 2.7 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.1 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

Heat oil in saucepan

Step 2

Add onion cook until translucent

Step 3

Add garlic

Step 4

Add rice let get opaque

Step 5

Add rest of ingredients

Step 6


Step 7

Simmer 20 minutes

Step 8

Turn off heat leaving covered

Step 9

Fluff rice

Step 10

Season to taste


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 white rice.
  • Make sure to use a tomato bouillon cube for the best flavor.

  • Substituting olive oil for the vegetable oil will add a more robust flavor to the dish, as well as provide additional health benefits from the higher monounsaturated fat content.
  • Substituting brown rice for the white rice will increase the nutrient content of the dish, as well as provide a more complex flavor profile.

Vegetarian Red Rice Heat oil in saucepan. Add onion and cook until translucent. Add garlic. Add rice and let get opaque. Add frozen mixed vegetables, 2 cups vegetable broth, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes, then turn off heat leaving covered. Fluff rice and season to taste.

Black Bean Burritos: A delicious and easy dish that pairs perfectly with Mexican Red Rice. The creamy black beans and crunchy vegetables provide a great contrast to the savory rice.

Spicy Guacamole: A zesty and flavorful accompaniment to the black bean burritos. The creamy avocado and the kick of the jalapeno are the perfect complement to the savory rice and beans.


Q: How long should I simmer the rice?

A: Simmer the rice for 20 minutes, covered, then turn off the heat and fluff the rice. Season to taste before serving.

Q: How much water should I use for cooking rice?

A: The general rule for cooking rice is to use a ratio of 1 cup of rice to 2 cups of water. Adjust the ratio depending on the type of rice and desired texture.

1 Reviews


This was simple! I made as directed, using frozen mixed peas and carrots. A perfect side dish for tacos!


review by:
(14 Mar 2023)

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Fun facts:

Fun Fact 1: This dish is a traditional Mexican recipe and is often served with tacos, burritos, and enchiladas. It is also a popular side dish for Mexican-style dishes like fajitas and quesadillas.

Fun Fact 2: Mexican Red Rice is believed to have been invented by Mexican singer, actor, and restaurateur, Selena Quintanilla-Perez. The recipe is said to have been a favorite of hers and was featured in her cookbook, Selena’s Secret Recipes.