February 23, 2013

South of the Border Mexican Rice

If you guys like the type of Mexican rice that is "dry", then you will really enjoy this recipe.  My Father-In-Law made some delicious Mexican rice a few months ago that was more dry and crumbly than sticky and wet.  He said it was a pretty involved recipe and I know he used jasmine rice.  I wanted to find a similar recipe, but that was much easier and used ingredients I always have on hand.  

That is where this recipe comes in and it turned out great.  I think it tastes yummy "as is", but I also think it is a great base recipe to add whatever you like, such as some chopped bell pepper and onion or maybe some diced tomatoes and Feta.

Serve as a side dish or inside some burritos or taco salad.  Delicious.
South of the Border Mexican Rice
2 Tbl. olive oil
2 c. long-grain white rice, uncooked
1 c. salsa or tomato sauce
1 tsp. garlic, minced
1 tsp. chili powder
1 tsp. ground cumin
salt and pepper, to taste
4 c. water

In a large saucepan, heat oil over medium heat.  Add the rice; cook and stir until lightly golden.  Stir in the remaining ingredients; reduce heat to low.  Cover and cook for about 20 minutes or until rice is done.  Serves: 8

Jenn's Notes:  I made half a batch and I think it could easily serve 4 people.  I used homemade salsa instead of tomato sauce and it turned out fabulous.  I even used the leftovers for taco salads later in the week and it still tasted great.

adapted from: Gooseberry Patch's Weeknight Dinners, submitted by Nichole Martelli, as seen on A Well Seasoned Life


  1. My son love Mexican dishes - I'll be forwarding this to my DIL ;-)

  2. Oh, this looks and sounds delicious. I love rice ~ Pinning this for later.

    I would love to have you share this tonight at Project Inspire{d} ~ the party goes live every Monday night at 8 p.m. EST ~ http://cupcakesandcrinoline.com/

    I hope to see you there.

    Have a great week,

    Mary Beth

  3. My husband loves a very similar dish -- except he mixes the rice with stewed tomatoes. This version (especially with homemade salsa) sounds amazing.

  4. Hi, I followed you over from Ginger Snap Crafts. I love rice and I love Mexican food and this seems easy enough to make.


    1. Thanks for taking the time to comment! Let me know if you try it.

  5. This sounds delicious! I'm making this for dinner!

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  7. Could you make this in a rice cooker?

    1. I'm not sure? I've never used a rice cooker.


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