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Mexican Rice Recipe: the traditional recipe

Total time: 30 Min
Difficulty: Low
Serves: 2 people
By Cookist
Red tomatoes
4 large
Red onion
½ large, peeled and roughly chopped
Chicken stock
1½ cup
¾ tsp
Cumin powder
¼ tsp
Vegetable cooking oil
1½ tbsps
¾ cup, rinsed and drained
Jalapeno peppers
2, minced
Garlic cloves
4, peeled and minced
Lime juice
2 tbsps
Fresh cilantro
2 tbsps, roughly chopped

What a lovely and delicious rice preparation! Restaurant-Style Mexican rice preparation has all the typical Mexican ingredients…tomato, onion, lime, garlic, and a hell lot of cilantro!

Spice it up the Mexican way by adding a couple of more jalapenos and you will be kicking out of the chair to do salsa, dance not side dish…

How to make mexican rice

Fill a large pot until half with water. Put the pot over heat and let the water boil. Add washed red tomatoes to the boiling water and let the tomatoes cook in it for 10 minutes or until you see cracks on the outer peel or skin of tomatoes.


Remove boiled tomatoes in to a bowl of cold water and let it sit in cold water for about 2 to 3 minutes. Peel the blanched tomatoes and roughly chop them in to large chunks. Blend the chunks of blanched red tomatoes with roughly chopped onion until the mixture is smooth and without any lumps. Transfer the tomato and onion mixture in to a large pot and add the chicken stock, salt, and cumin powder to it.


Cook the tomato mixture on medium flame until it starts to bubble. Meanwhile, add cooking oil to another pan and heat it. Add the drained rice, minced jalapeno, and garlic to the hot oil and cook everything for 2 to 3 minutes while stirring it constantly.


Transfer the rice mixture to the bubbling tomato mixture. Adjust the seasoning and then cover the pot and cook rice on low flame until it cooks. Once the rice cooks, drizzle the lime juice evenly over it and fluff the rice using a fork. Transfer in to the serving bowl, garnish generously with chopped fresh cilantro and enjoy!


Difference between spanish rice and mexican rice

Spanish rice is a dish made from pilau rice, tomatoes, onions, garlic and saffron, simmered in chicken broth. Mexican rice is a dish made from pilaf rice, tomatoes, onions, coriander and cumin and is cooked in chicken broth.


You may soak the rice for about half an hour and then drain and use it in the recipe. Ideally, this dish is prepared using white rice, but you may give it your own twist and prepare it using any type of rice as per your preference.

Nutrition Facts

Nutritional information (per serving): 354 Calories, 13.9g Total fat (2.3g Saturated fat, 5.2g Polyunsaturated fat, 5.4g Monounsaturated fat), 5.4mg Cholesterol, 1165.4mg Sodium, 1160.2mg Potassium, 49g Total carbohydrates (5.3g Dietary fiber, 5.3g Sugars), 10.3g Protein

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