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Easy Mexican Rice











If there is one thing that’s widely loved, it’s Mexican Rice! You’ll typically only find it served at Mexican restaurants, but it’s such a wonderful addition to any dish. Compared to the traditional white rice, it packs so much flavor and it’s so good homemade. 


Bonus, it’s so easy to make! 


Believe or not, I used to hate making rice. It’s one of those things that you have to be precise with the water. Too little and it’s too dry, too much and it’s too soggy. This recipe though? Seamless! There is no way to mess it up and utilizing the broth versus water truly imparts a lot of flavor. 


Authentic Mexican rice is made with fresh tomatoes, but I love the simplicity of using tomato paste, it offers a gorgeous color and a tart flavor profile that you can’t get from tomatoes. Needless to say, I’m a tomato paste girl all the way. 



Don’t want to use paste? 

You can add plain tomato sauce!




What’s great about this rice? Everything! It’s quick, easy, affordable, packs flavor, you can pack on the cilantro if desired, add lime juice, it has notes of garlic and onion, you could even add more jalapeños if desired, it can easily be made in bulk, pairs well with just about any dish, perfect for any season, and just so good!



If you’re searching for the most seamless side dish, you have to try my easy Mexican Rice!











Why this recipe is great: 







It’s perfect with countless main dishes

Mirrors the authentic Mexican Rice!

Made with minimal ingredients

Perfect for any season!



















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  • Author: Gabrielle
  • Total Time: 20 mins
  • Yield: Serves 4


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  1. In a large heavy saucepan, heat the oil on medium-high heat.
  2. Add the garlic cook for 2 minutes until golden. Now add the diced onion, cook for 4 minutes until golden.
  3. Add the tomato paste, broth, and salt. Mix well until paste is combined.
  4. Add the diced jalapeno.
  5. Cover, reduce the heat to low, and simmer until rice is ready, about 12 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool for 10 minutes.
  6. Fluff with a fork and serve immediately. Garnish with limes and cilantro.


  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins






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