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RECIPE
21 INGREDIENTS 8 STEPS 40min

Authentic Mexican Rice

This Mexican Rice is light, fluffy, and infused with perfect spice and flavor. The key to great and authentic Mexican Rice is basmati rice, fresh vegetables, herbs, and spices. For a change, try adding black beans or grilled corn. Perfect by itself or layered in tacos, burritos, enchiladas. Ole!
Authentic Mexican Rice Recipe | SideChef
This Mexican Rice is light, fluffy, and infused with perfect spice and flavor. The key to great and authentic Mexican Rice is basmati rice, fresh vegetables, herbs, and spices. For a change, try adding black beans or grilled corn. Perfect by itself or layered in tacos, burritos, enchiladas. Ole!
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My name is Diane, but you can call me Mama V! I'm the recipe developer, photographer, writer and website designer behind Snowflakes & Cupcakes! Thanks for stopping by!
https://www.snowflakesandcoffeecakes.com/
40min
Total Time
$1.17
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Ingredients

US / METRIC
Servings:
8
Serves 8
3 Tbsp
1/2
Medium Onion , chopped
or 1 tsp Onion Powder
3 cloves
Garlic , minced
or 1 tsp Garlic Powder
1
Jalapeño Pepper , deseeded, deveined, minced
up to 3
or 1/4 tsp Cayenne Pepper
1
or Yellow Bell Pepper
3 cups
Low-Sodium Chicken Broth
1 cup
Tomato Sauce
1 can
(14 oz)
Fire Roasted Diced Tomatoes , drained
1/2 cup
Tomato Paste
3 Tbsp
Chopped Green Chili Pepper
1/2 tsp
Ground Cumin
1/2 tsp
Chili Powder
1/4 tsp
Ground Coriander
1/4 tsp

Garnish

to taste
Finely Chopped Fresh Cilantro
to taste
Lime Wedges
to taste
Freshly Squeezed Lime Juice

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Nutrition Per Serving

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CALORIES
284
FAT
6.6 g
PROTEIN
7.0 g
CARBS
49.9 g

Author's Notes

Yields 8-10 servings. You will notice I use both coriander and cilantro in this Mexican Rice recipe but they actually taste different even though they both come from the cilantro plant and taste sweet, warm, and toasty while whereas cilantro adds the fresh, fruity citrus punch. If you don't have coriander on hand you can omit it, I just think it adds a little "something-something" special.

Cooking Instructions

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Step 1
Place the Basmati Rice (2 cups) in a fine-mesh sieve and thoroughly rinse under cool running water until the water runs clear.
Step 2
Heat Olive Oil (3 Tbsp) in a dutch oven or large heavy pot over medium-high heat. Once hot, add Onion (1/2) and rice and sauté for 3 minutes.
Step 3
Add Jalapeño Pepper (1) and sauté until rice is toasted, approximately 2-3 more minutes.
Step 4
Add Garlic (3 cloves) and sauté for 30 seconds.
Step 5
Stir in Red Bell Pepper (1) , Orange Bell Pepper (1) , Low-Sodium Chicken Broth (3 cups) , Tomato Sauce (1 cup) , Fire Roasted Diced Tomatoes (1 can) , Tomato Paste (1/2 cup) , Green Chili Pepper (3 Tbsp) , Ground Cumin (1/2 tsp) , Chili Powder (1/2 tsp) , Dried Oregano (1/2 tsp) , Smoked Paprika (1/2 tsp) , Ground Coriander (1/4 tsp) , and Salt (1/4 tsp) .
Step 6
Bring to a boil, cover, and reduce heat to low. Simmer 12-15 minutes, or until water is evaporated and rice is tender, stirring once at 8 minutes and replacing the lid. If the liquid evaporates before rice is done, then just add a little bit of water.
Step 7
Once water is evaporated, remove from heat, stir, cover and let sit undisturbed for 10 minutes. If rice is still wet, don't worry, it will continue to absorb the 10 minutes while it is steaming. The rice will also dry out a bit more once the lid is off.
Step 8
Add Fresh Cilantro (to taste) , Lime Juice (to taste) , and Lime Wedges (to taste) if desired, and fluff with a fork. Taste and season with additional salt or lime juice if desired.
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Nutrition Per Serving
Calories
284
% Daily Value*
Fat
6.6 g
8%
Saturated Fat
1.0 g
5%
Trans Fat
0.0 g
--
Cholesterol
0.0 mg
0%
Carbohydrates
49.9 g
18%
Fiber
3.9 g
14%
Sugars
6.4 g
--
Protein
7.0 g
14%
Sodium
204.8 mg
9%
Vitamin D
--
--
Calcium
46.3 mg
4%
Iron
1.3 mg
7%
Potassium
274.6 mg
6%
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