In my opinion, there are two Mexican sides that are a must with nearly every Mexican entree: beans and Mexican Rice. This recipe is my go-to Mexican Rice recipe that I’ve been making for years. I make it at least once a week, some weeks as many as three times a week. It only takes a few minutes to prepare, and it tastes just as good as any authentic Mexican restaurant’s.
My Favorite Mexican Rice Recipe
I have tried several different recipes for Mexican rice and this one is definitely my favorite. I’ve tried using tomato sauce and fresh tomatoes, but I think the key to great authentic Mexican rice is the Caldo de Tomate (you can find it in the Latin section of the grocery store).
My sister gave me the recipe (which was given to her by someone who knew how to cook good Mexican food), and I added my own additions to it — you will see them where I listed optional ingredients. This rice can be made with or without those but I love the extra boost of flavor they give the rice.
This really is the perfect side dish for just about any Mexican food. When you go to a Mexican restaurant, what are the two sides you’ll get with your entree about 90% of the time? Refried beans or black beans and Mexican rice.
This homemade Mexican rice is delicious in burritos too. Add this rice along with some beans and green chile chicken to a burrito for a delicious dinner! And if you are looking for an even easier recipe, I have an Instant Pot Mexican Rice recipe as well.
Mexican Rice Ingredients
- Olive oil
- Long grain white rice
- Caldo de Tomate
- Onion powder
- Garlic powder
- Chili powder
How to Make Mexican Rice
In my opinion, this is the easiest way to make Mexican rice. I’ve tried the recipes from scratch that start with onions, garlic, chopped tomatoes, crushed tomatoes etc., but I think this one has the best texture and it has a delicious authentic flavor.
Here’s how to make Mexican rice:
- Whisk together water, Caldo de Tomate, onion, garlic and chili powders, and black pepper. Set aside.
- Add rice to hot skillet and cook, stirring occasionally, until the rice is slightly puffed and golden.
- Add water mixture to rice. Stir and cover with lid.
- Let rice simmer until the water has been fully absorbed.
- Remove from heat, then fluff rice with a fork and allow it to rest for 5 minutes before serving.
Can I Use Another Type of Rice in This Recipe?
Yes, you can use any rice you have on hand. However, you may need to adjust the amount of water you add to the rice and allow for a shorter or longer cook time, depending on the kind of rice you use.
How to Reheat Rice
To prevent leftover rice from drying out, I recommend reheating it in the microwave with a little water. You can also reheat rice in a skillet with a tablespoon or so of water.
Tips for the Best Mexican Rice
- Allow the rice to rest for a few minutes before serving it. This will make it extra fluffy and will ensure that every last bit of water is soaked up.
- Authentic Mexican rice is best enjoyed warm.
- This rice can be eaten as leftovers with tacos, burritos, enchiladas, and more!
More Mexican Recipes You’ll Love:
- Grilled Chicken Street Tacos
- Carne Asada Tacos
- Restaurant Style Salsa
- 3-Ingredient Queso
- Shrimp Fajitas
- Tres Leches Cake
Authentic Mexican Rice
A super easy Mexican rice that tastes just like what you'll find at Mexican restaurants. Great flavor, good texture and a recipe the whole family can agree on. Perfect side dish to all your favorite Mexican foods.
- 1 Tbsp olive oil or vegetable oil
- 1 cup uncooked long grain white rice
- 2 cups warm water
- 2 tsp Caldo de Tomate (I use Knorr brand)
- 1/2 tsp onion powder
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
- 1/4 tsp chili powder
In a mixing bowl whisk together water, Caldo de Tomate, optional onion powder, garlic powder, black pepper and chili powder, set aside.
Drizzle oil into a non-stick saucepan and heat over medium high heat.
Add rice and cook several minutes, stirring constantly until rice is slightly puffed and golden.
Add water mixture to rice then stir and cover pan with lid.
Reduce heat to low and allow rice to simmer for 20-25 minutes until water has been absorbed (you'll notice water bubbles stop coming to the surface).
Remove from heat, fluff rice with a fork, cover with lid and allow to rest 5 minutes. Serve warm.
- To prevent leftover rice from drying out, I recommend reheating it in the microwave with a little water. You can also reheat rice in a skillet with a tablespoon or less of water.
- Recipe Source: Cooking Classy