This homemade restaurant-style Mexican rice is one of a kind with its delicious taste! Forget having to go out for Mexican food, now you can bring the taste of Mexico right to your kitchen table with this Easy Mexican Rice
Restaurant Style Mexican Rice is a zesty red rice recipe packed full of vegetables and flavor using a delicious combination of red and green peppers, garlic, onions, tomatoes, chiles, and cilantro!
Mexican food is definitely one of our favorites in this household! We hold it so near and dear that we eat it at least a few times per week. Everyone has their go-to dishes when it comes to Mexican food here and this just happens to be especially one of mine.
I like to switch up my rice dishes and add more interest to them. Water and rice? Not here. My absolute favorite recipe is Easy Mexican Rice because one likes to eat plain and boring white rice all the time.
Simmering it with bell peppers, garlic and onion packs in tons of flavor and nutrients. To make it really over the top, I use chicken broth and tomato juice so the rice can really soak up even more flavor.
I can’t emphasize this enough, it makes a world of difference in terms of flavor compared to just cooking it in water.
Cilantro can be a divisive ingredient and if you are one of those people who do not care for cilantro, simply omit it from the recipe. Easy Mexican Rice will be just as tasty and flavorful without it.
As a time saver, I coarsely chopped all ingredients that needed to be minced and them put them in the food processor. A couple of pulses and viola… they were minced in under 30 seconds. You’re welcome, you’ll be thanking me later for that tip!
If rice intimidates you or you have trouble getting it right, check out my tips for perfect rice every time. Cooking times for rice all depend on if it’s long or short grain, if it’s white or brown rice, and if you have soaked it prior to cooking.
For those of you that are curious, most often, medium-long grain rice is used in Mexico. That said, this will be delicious with any non-glutinous rice. Basically, sushi rice and arborio are not great choices here.
Interestingly enough, it is thought that rice was brought to Mexico by the Spaniards. Prior to that maize or corn was their staple crop. Nowadays, it is grown in more than 17 states in Mexico.
This dish is great for those of you that are watching your figure. It is relatively low in calories, great for keeping you full and brimming with flavor.
Don’t be discouraged, I know you can do it! Serve alongside your favorite Mexican recipes, inside burritos or as its own dish! I like to serve mine with Baked Chicken Enchiladas!
More easy rice recipes:
Restaurant Style Mexican Rice Recipe
- 1/4 cup red bell pepper , minced
- 1/4 cup green bell pepper , minced
- 1/2 cup yellow onion , minced
- 2 large garlic cloves , minced
- 2 tablespoons Vegetable oil
- 1 cup uncooked rice
- 14 ounces diced tomatoes with green chile , drained, reserve 1/4 cup of liquid
- 1 3/4 cup low sodium chicken broth
- 1 tablespoon cilantro , chopped
- Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add red bell pepper, green bell pepper, yellow onion and garlic. Saute until soft, approximately 5 minutes.
- Add 1 cup rice to the skillet and saute for an additional 3 minutes or until rice is lightly browned.
- Stir in 1/4 cup reserved liquid from canned tomatoes and low sodium chicken broth. Bring to a boil.
- Reduce heat to a simmer, cover and allow to cook for 15 minutes, fluffing with a fork every 5 minutes. If all liquid is not absorbed, increase cooking time to 20 minutes.
- Allow to sit for 5 minutes covered. Stir in cilantro and canned tomatoes, serve it up and enjoy!
- If you’ve tried this recipe, come back and let us know how it was!
Could I use yellow rice?
I don’t see where u put in the actual tomatoes?
Thanks for spotting that, Nadine! All fixed 🙂
This is a great rice dish with seafood and chicken. Cooking it again tonight with freshly caught Trevally.
Thanks for stopping by to let us know!I’ve never had trevally, although I’ve heard of it. Enjoy!
This was the best Mexican rice I’ve ever had. I ate it for breakfast the next morning… couldn’t wait until lunch. I made it with the spinach enchiladas which were super easy and tasty. Thanks! Keep em coming!
Thanks for stopping by to let us know! It is one of our favorites as well.