This is a delicious and simple recipe for Mexican rice that rivals anything you can get in a restaurant. It is far better than anything you can make from a box. I have tried different methods in my rice cooker, but cooking it over the stove is so much better.
Mexican Rice Recipe Tips
This Mexican rice is slightly on the dry side, like in restaurants which is exactly how I like it. It doesn’t turn out wet, clumpy and sticky like some homemade Mexican rice recipes can be. The secret is all in the way that you cook it. Mexican rice needs to be fried in oil and browned BEFORE you add the chicken broth and tomato sauce. As a result, the rice really absorbs the flavors yet has the perfect consistency. My other tip is to mix in the chopped cilantro after cooking. If you add it before, the cilantro gets brown in color and wilted. When you toss it in after, it stays green and fresh looking.
Authentic and Easy Mexican Rice
My husband is very picky about his Mexican rice. He had a family friend growing up that made the most amazing and authentic Mexican food. I could see he was skeptical that this rice would not be as good as his friend’s Mexican rice, but to his pleasant surprise this was just as good if not better! This is his new favorite way to make it. We have made it several times since.
We have had so many rave reviews from people who have made and loved this rice recipe. You can read them all in the comments below. This is one of my favorites from a fan named Patty, “I am a Puerto Rican woman married to a hard core Mexican man. I’ve tried just about every recipe available for this rice and it never quite worked. I made this today and IT’S PERFECT!! This is the way my MIL makes it. It is as authentic as it can get! Thank you, thank you, thank you. This is the recipe I will make my family from now on.”
I mean, you can’t get a much higher compliment than that!
More Delicious Mexican Recipes
What about the beans? Mexican Rice and Beans are a match made in heaven! This recipe goes hand in hand with our Restaurant Style Refried Beans. Also, be sure to include our Best Guacamole EVER, and our fresh Homemade Salsa. With all of these recipes combined, you will have your sides covered for your next big fiesta! Your friends will think you had it all catered in from your favorite Mexican joint. We have tons of great Mexican recipes here on Favorite Family Recipes. Our Mom is what you would call a Mexican food addict, she would eat it for every meal if she had the choice. Because of this, we learned at an early age how to make all different kinds of Mexican dishes. Consequently, as we got older and more adventurous, our Mexican food recipe collection grew even more. Browse through ALL of our Mexican recipes, click HERE!
More Yummy Rice Recipes
If you are looking for some other good rice side dish recipes to go along with some of your other meals, I highly recommend our Easy Yellow Rice and Lemon Pesto Rice. Both make a great side dish to just about any meal, especially grilled meat and veggies! If you are cooking Asian food, definitely give our Restaurant Style Ham Fried Rice a try!
How to Make Mexican Rice
- 3 Tbsp. vegetable oil
- 1 cup long grain rice, uncooked
- 1 tsp. minced garlic
- 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
- 1/2 tsp. cumin
- 1/2 cup tomato sauce
- 14 oz chicken broth
- 3 Tbsp. fresh cilantro, finely chopped
- Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat.
- Add the rice and gently stir until rice begins to lightly brown.
- Add the garlic, salt, and cumin and stir the rice til it looks golden.
- Add the tomato sauce and chicken broth and turn the heat up to medium high.
- Bring the mix to a boil then turn the heat to low and cover the pan with a lid.
Simmer for 20 to 25 minutes.
- Remove from heat and fluff with a fork, then stir in chopped cilantro.