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A white plate with red rice and a fork with some cilantro garnish

Easy Mexican Rice

Learn to make my family's Mexican Rice recipe! It's easy to make and so delicious with chicken and vegetable flavors. It's the perfect Mexican side dish! 
Course Side Dishes
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 cups
Calories 245kcal
Author Ana Frias


  • 1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 cup long-grain rice
  • ¼ cup onion chopped finely
  • 2 cups reduced sodium chicken or vegetable stock
  • ½ cup tomato sauce
  • 1 cube chicken stock
  • ½ cup frozen vegetables such as peas corn, carrots & green beans. Whatever you prefer. (Optional)
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ½ cup fresh cilantro finely chopped


  • In a medium saucepan heat oil over medium-high. Add rice and sauté rice for about 2 minutes until it starts to get opaque.
  • Add the onions and sauté until rice becomes light golden brown. About two minutes.
  • Add the 2 cups chicken stock, tomato sauce, chicken bullion, frozen veggies, salt & pepper.
  • Mix all ingredients and cover saucepan with lid.
  • Bring rice mixture to a boil then reduce heat to low.
  • Simmer for 10 minutes.
  • At the 10 minute mark, add the cilantro and mix everything well to make sure the bullion is distributed all around.
  • Cover again and cook for another 10 minutes or until stock is completely absorbed.
  • Remove from heat and allow to rest for 5 minutes before opening pan. Fluff the rice with a fork and serve warm.


Serving: 1cup | Calories: 245kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 645mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g