Our Tex-Mex inspired easy Mexican rice recipe makes a great side dish for your next Fiesta Friday. Best of all it's ready to eat in under 30-minutes.
Lately, I’ve been rummaging through many of the old cookbooks my grandmother gave me to find inspiration for some of my blog posts. Occasionally, I’ll come across a small 4 x 6-inch note card containing a handwritten recipe from my grandmother.
Those are always fun to make. It just so happened, she gave me a Mexican Rice recipe. The ingredients and directions looked pretty straightforward.
Since John and Kale have both had her Mexican Rice before, I knew it would be a hit in our household. We've always loved it as much as her Mexican Spaghetti, Mexican Casserole, Pumpkin Roll, and Coconut Pie recipes. I followed her directions and was surprised at how quickly this dish cooked. It was ready to eat in about 20-25 minutes.
The longest part was cooking the peppers and onions and allowing them to soften. Grandma’s easy Mexican Rice recipe uses instant rice, so it was cooking within a few seconds of adding it to the liquid.
Her recipe also calls to add shredded cheese over the top and let it melt before serving. However, I decided to just dump it into the rice and give everything a quick stir.
Easy Mexican Rice Instructions:
First, heat canola oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Now, you could use vegetable oil if you so choose. With that being said, I would only use olive oil if I had no other choice.
It's just a preference here, but that's my two cents. Next, add the onions and green bell peppers and cook until both are soft.
This process should only take a few minutes. Given the fact the rice is going to boil, there's no reason to go crazy and overcook these vegetables.
Then, add frozen corn, broth, and salsa. That's right, just dump them right into the pot.
It will lower the temperature of the pan, but that's okay, you can bring up the heat a little to compensate. At this point, stir the ingredients to combine them and bring the mixture to a boil.
Afterwards, pour in the rice and cover. Here's where the minute rice shines in this easy Mexican rice recipe.
If you were using traditional rice, you would need to let it cook for a bit before the next step. That's not the case with this recipe.
Once you've added the rice and covered the dish, remove the pan from heat and let stand for 5 minutes. For this reason minute rice is the perfect choice.
You could use traditional white or brown rice; however, you will need to let the pan boil according to the instructions on the packaging. Otherwise, you'll have under cooked, crunchy rice and nobody wants that to happen.
Finally, after the 5-minutes have passed, add the cheese and fluff the rice with a fork. All done, you have a delicious Tex-Mex inspired easy Mexican rice.
You can pair it with chorizo burritos, enchilada casserole, turkey tacos, taquitos, chicken spaghetti, etc., you get the idea. Since it only takes about 30-minutes, it truly is a simple, quick, side dish recipe.
We hope you enjoy it!
Easy Mexican Rice Tips:
- You can use vegetable broth instead of chicken broth to make this dish vegetarian.
- For a lower calorie option, omit the cheese.
- If you don't have salsa, try using canned tomatoes and green chiles, along with a few Mexican themed spices.
Recipe Card with Ingredient Amounts and Instructions
- 1 tablespoon canola oil, or vegetable oil
- ½ cup white onion, diced
- 1 cup green bell pepper, diced
- 10 ounces frozen corn
- 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
- 1 cup salsa, any variety
- 1 ½ cups instant rice, Minute Rice
- ½ cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
- First, heat canola oil in a saucepan over medium heat.1 tablespoon canola oil
- Next, add the onions and green bell peppers and cook until both are soft.½ cup white onion1 cup green bell pepper
- Then, add frozen corn, broth, and salsa. Stir to combine and bring to a boil.10 ounces frozen corn1 cup low-sodium chicken broth1 cup salsa
- Afterwards, pour in rice and cover.1 ½ cups instant rice
- Once you've added the rice and covered the pan, remove the pan from heat and let stand for 5 minutes.
- Finally, add the cheese and fluff the rice with a fork.½ cup sharp cheddar cheese