I have been trying to fix homemade Mexican rice as you get in a Mexican restaurant FOREVER — and I finally found the right recipe for it. Marcela from Mexican Made Easy really opened my eyes on how to make your rice fluffy and get it to taste like the delicious rice at my favorite Mexican restaurant.
This recipe is so easy to make and I have discovered that cooking your rice in chicken broth versus water adds so much more flavor to the recipe!
How to Make Homemade Mexican Rice
You can have this on the table in 20 minutes or less, and goes great with that delicious Mexican feast you are making. Seriously –one cup of rice will make a ton of this delicious homemade Mexican rice.
I can serve this rice with any of my delicious Mexican dishes like Chicken Verde Casserole, Mango Salsa Chicken, Roasted Pork Tacos, or homemade chips and salsa.
- 3 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 cup long grain white rice
- 4 tbsp tomato paste
- 1 tsp cumin
- 4 cups chicken broth
- 3 tablespoons tomato paste
- 1 tsp chili powder
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tablespoon of chopped fresh cilantro
- 1/2 tsp salt
- Pour the rice into a strainer and rinse thoroughly with water for about 1 minute. This step removes the starch and will prevent your rice from sticking together.
- In a large saucepan, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add in the rice and cook for about 2 minutes until the rice is lightly toasted. Stir in the broth, tomato paste, cumin, chili powder, garlic and onion powders, and salt.
- Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium. Cover and let the rice simmer until it is tender, about 20 minutes.
- Add in cilantro and then fluff with a fork and add additional seasonings if needed.
Rice is an essential side dish when fixing a Mexican meal for your family. If you are really up for a challenge, why not create a Mexican theme night and make it a family fun night?
- Watch a movie like Nacho Libre (one of our favorite movies ever!)
- Make string art
- Do a Mexican hat dance and act silly with your family
- and then serve a delicious Mexican meal to round out the night!
All of these things I have done with my own family — especially when we have studied those countries for school!
What is your favorite Mexican cuisine?