Sunday 18 August 2013

Mexican Rice/Spanish Rice - Method 1/Mexican Rice with step by step photos

I am very fond of Mexican food, may be because it is spicy and hot like the South Indian food. Living outside India I have got wonderful opportunities to try different cuisines in these past 10 years. Whenever I get a choice of cuisines, my first choice will be Mexican followed by Thai food, and then Italian.

Spanish rice is also known as Mexican rice is a very common side dish in Northern Mexico. In Mexico this rice dish is referred to as “Arroz” which translates to “rice”. In Northern Mexico the rice is cooked with chicken broth, tomato, onion and garlic, it is the Mexican way to flavor the rice. So the “Mexican Rice” is nothing but the rice is cooked in the Mexican style.  Today I made Mexican rice and Chicken Fajitas for lunch and chicken fajitas is coming up in my next post.

Here’s how to make Mexican/Spanish rice with step by step photos…

Basmathi Rice/LongGrain Rice
2 cups
3 large [cubed]
1 large [cubed]
Jalapeno/Green chillies
2  finely chopped
Garlic cloves
4 -6 finely chopped
Tomato paste
2 tbsp
Vegetable/Chicken stock
1 to 1 ½ cup
1 tbsp
* Cumin seeds [optional]
½ tsp
As needed
Lime juice
2 tsp
Cilantro leaves/Coriander leaves
2 tbsp finely chopped
* Cumin seeds are not added in Mexican rice but I do add them when I make it just for the flavour. It is totally optional.
Preparation Time: 5-10 minutes                        Recipe Category: Main Course
Cooking Time: 30 minutes                                   Recipe Cuisine: Mexican
Author: Priya Anandakumar


Wash and soak the rice for 15 min, I used basmathi rice. Then drain the water completely and keep it aside.

Blend the tomatoes and onions together to a puree in a blender. Measure the amount of puree, I got about 1 ½ cup of puree.


Heat oil in a heavy bottomed pan or a pressure cooker, splutter the cumin seeds. Add the chopped garlic, Jalapenos and saute until they turn golden brown.

Add the basmathi rice and saute in the oil until they turn golden brown.

Now add the tomato puree 1 ½ cup and vegetable stock 1 ½ cup to the rice. Add required amount of salt, tomato paste to the rice.

Cover and cook the rice for about 10 to 12 min.

Open the lid, add the cilantro leaves and mix it in the rice.

Super delicious Mexican rice is ready to be enjoyed. Finally serve it hot by drizzling some lime juice.

Serve this Mexican rice with Guacamole [Avocado Sauce], sour cream, refried beans and chicken fajitas or the Mexican rice is just good by itself.

  • If you do not get Jalapenos, just replace them with green chillies.
  • Make sure you adjust the amount of chicken or vegetable stock depending on the amount of tomato puree.
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  1. Yummy Mexican rice.. Love to have it with fried beans..

  2. wow very quick and delicious mexican rice dear :) looks yummm..

  3. I am a big fan of Mexican rice too...It is easy to cook and delicious!
    Your look so yummy and perfect!

  4. I am a big fan of spicy and hot food, does not matter which type and where it originated from. I see the same, the green chilies and fragrant notes from coriander leaves. Ohhh!!, am another big fan of rice too. Nice and inviting flavors.

  5. New to me,looks yummy Priya

  6. Wow nvr had a chance of trying Mexican food... This looks so yummy

  7. Superb ! Congrats !! All pictures are also Very Nice !!!

  8. me too, am a big fan of Mexican foods Priya..just now I ate this rice with refried beans, guacamole and sour cream..loved your version..looks great...

  9. Very tempting delicious maxican rice..loved this one pot meal.

  10. what a red color flavourful rice

  11. Looks so delicious n perfect rice dear

  12. am a fan for spicy the easy method of making there any special rice to bring in more flavor?

    1. Hi Divya, Usually the long grain rice is used to make this mexican rice but I prefer to use basmathi or u can also use the sona masoori...

  13. Very perfect and delicious Mexican rice .

  14. Delicious and flavorful rice.

  15. Looks delectable Priya ! Honestly I've never tasted Mexican food before,It's time I look for a restaurant nearby :)

  16. Thank you all very much for your lovely comments...

  17. Delicious rice and thanks to link this to my event...


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