Mexican Red Rice + Video
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This simple Mexican red rice recipe is the perfect blend of spice, acidity, and sweetness. With flavor in every bite, it’s dangerously addicting!
Mexican red rice is the best part of the meal at any Mexican restaurant, right? Well, now you can get that taste right at home!
Mexican Red Rice Recipe
Fresh cilantro and my homemade seasoning blend are the key to this restaurant style Mexican rice dish.
It has become a fast family favorite in my home, and it’s sure to be one in yours too!
If you love rice side dishes, be sure to also check out my recipes for Popeyes Red Beans and Rice and Taco Rice!
They’re both a snap to make and pair well with just about any protein you want to serve them with!
Red Rice Mexican Recipe Tips and Tricks
- Control the level of spice. Add one jalapeno for a mild taste, two peppers for medium heat, and three for maximum spiciness!
- Add protein. Both beef and chicken are great in this dish, but turkey and pork can also be used.
- Customize for every meal of the day. This red Mexican rice dish has ultimate leftover potential. Add eggs and a tortilla and you have a delicious breakfast burrito!
- Add salsa for freshness. For a refreshing bite and variance in texture, add some salsa on the side to complete the restaurant style Mexican rice!
Red Mexican Rice Serving Suggestions
This Mexican red rice recipe is incredibly versatile and leaves tons of room for customization.
Add all of your favorite vegetables, such as carrots or peas, for a healthy way to work nutrients into your diet.
This will also make an excellent side dish for fajitas or enchiladas!
Mexican Red Rice FAQ
You can! Premade seasoning blends come with all of the ingredients mixed and ready to use. However, I always recommend making your own blends for the freshest flavor.
I recommend adding a bit of water to your leftovers and microwaving for a few minutes to make sure the grains aren’t hard after reheating.
Another trick is to cover your bowl with a damp towel, then reheat.
Long-grain Jasmine is typically best for stir-fried dishes. It comes out fluffier and doesn’t clump together compared to other short-grain alternatives.
You can use a short-grained alternative, but it won’t have the same texture and will be much stickier. You are also more likely to get mushy results.
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Mexican Red Rice + Video
- 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1/2 medium white onion, diced
- 1 –3 jalapeño peppers, seeded and minced (See Notes)
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 cups long-grain jasmine rice
- 2 cups reduced sodium chicken stock
- 14.5 ounces fire-roasted diced tomatoes with garlic
- 8 ounces tomato sauce
- 1 cup corn, frozen, fresh or canned and drained
- 2 tablespoons Mexican Seasoning Blend, recipe below
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- Chopped fresh cilantro
Mexican Seasoning Blend
- 4 tablespoons New Mexico chile powder
- 2 tablespoons smoked paprika
- 2 tablespoons ground cumin
- 1 tablespoon garlic powder
- 1 tablespoon onion powder
- 1 tablespoon dried oregano leaves
- 2 teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes
- 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- Warm the oil in a 10-inch skillet over medium heat. Once you can feel the heat when you hold your hand 6 inches above the skillet, add the onion and jalapeños to the pan and cook until the onions begin to soften, 2 to 3 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Add the garlic and stir. Continue cooking for 30 seconds.
- Add the rice and stir until it is well coated in the oil. Cook until the rice starts to brown, 3 to 4 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Add the chicken stock, tomatoes,tomato sauce, corn, seasoning blend and salt. Stir to combine and bring to a boil.
- Cover the pot, decrease the heat to a simmer and cook until the rice is cooked through, 12 to 15 minutes.
- Remove from the heat and sprinkle with the cilantro.
- Mexican Seasoning Blend
- Combine the ingredients in an airtight 8-ounce mason jar. Seal and shake until well mixed. Store in a cool, dry, dark place.
All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe’s nutritional value will vary depending on the ingredients used, measuring methods, and portion sizes.
Originally published January 2018, updated and republished February 2023
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Ohh thank you for this recipee. Just wrote down all the ingredients to buy. This dish is for this week. Wish I could eat it today…. But I have to wait. Looks delicious and be sure it is….
Enjoy and let us know how it goes!
10" skillet? I don't have one like straight sided the picture and you also mention to 'cover the pot' later. An awful lot of ingredients for the pan I have. Did you transfer at any time?
No. Perhaps you should use a 12" skillet or a stock pot to make sure you can fit everything. Enjoy and let us know how it goes.
I just mentioned earlier today to my husband that i am going to look up a recipe for Spanish rice. My finicky printer won't print this so I am hand copying it.
Enjoy Karen! Let us know how it goes!
I have a green New Mexico chili powder. Would that work in your Mexican seasoning blend?
Great addition to quesadilla night!!
I’ve made this dish before and even though the rice didn’t cook all the way through I could still taste the tastiness…trying again and cooking the rice a little before hand this time hopefully it comes out good
Great recipe, only I had to add 2extra cups of broth to fully cook the rice. Will make again 🙂
I have never had corn in Spanish rice at any restaurant…seems kind of strange, so I will leave it out and cut back on all the amounts of spices as they seem excessive.
Corn is very good in Mexican dishes. You really should give it a try. If nothing else, try cooking some corn separately and adding a spoonful or two to your portion and give it a try. I wouldn’t be surprised if you change your mind.
We agree with you, Michael – Corn is a delicious addition to rice side dishes!
TSRI Team member,
I’ve made this recipe three times now. It always turns out perfectly. No need to add more water. This recipe makes a ton, so I freeze the leftovers in small containers. Then the next time I’m cooking a tex-mex style meal I just thaw out a container of leftover rice and warm it in the microwave. It freezes great, and it saves me a lot of time on future meal prep.
Mexican red rice is far better than plain rice in my opinion, and even better when spice is added. This is an awesome recipe, I wonder if it would work in an instant pot too!
the flavors here are really good and i will def use the mexican seasonings for other things the only thing is the texture of the rice was still on the firmer side after 25 mns i wish it was a bit softer…..
Can’t wait to try this.
This will now be my “go to” rice recipe! I used two jalapeño peppers, perfect for me. I did not have corn on hand, so just skipped it. I had to cook the rice a bit longer to get the rice to soften up. The recipe for the Seasoning Blend will be used again since it made a nice large amount.
I am allergic to fresh tomatoes because of the acid. I can’t use the roasted tomatoes w/garlic. What is a good replacement?