Mexican Rice

Mexican Rice (640x477)
I have been craving Mexican food and flavors lately. Fortunately, my whole family loves Mexican food, so I have not received any complaints about the frequency with which it is showing up on our table.

I don’t know if I should admit this, but Mexican rice (with the green chili peppers omitted) mixed with black beans has been one of the earliest table foods each of my kids has eaten. I am sure this breaks all sorts of parenting rules, but my kids did not want any part of jarred baby food.

Mexican Rice
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Serves: 6
  • 1½ cups long grain brown rice
  • 3 cups water, vegetable broth or chicken broth
  • 1 can diced tomatoes*
  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • ¼ cup chopped bell pepper
  • 1 tablespoon diced green chili pepper (optional)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  1. Combine all of the ingredients in large pot with lid. Cook uncovered over high heat until it reaches a boil.
  2. Lower the temperature to a simmer. Place lid on pot and cook for 45 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand for 5 minutes.
  3. Fluff with fork, then serve.
You can drain the liquid from the diced tomatoes into a measuring cup and then add water or broth until you have 3 cups of liquid.


To make this quickly in the pressure cooker, reduce the liquid to 2 1/2 cups + 2 tablespoons and follow the directions for making brown rice in a pressure cooker.

I am linking this recipe to Tasty Tuesday and Real Food Wednesday.



  1. CrystalsCozyKitchen says

    This looks like a wonderful variation of Spanish Rice. I love the flavors that you added – YUM!

  2. Diana says

    I never thought about seasoning the rice while it was cooking. Definitely going to try this sometime!

  3. Swathi says

    I too have baby fat left in most of tummy. I am retaining the weight which i gained during the pregnancy.
    This Mexican rice looks awesome delicious, I love Mexican food. Thanks for sharing with Hearth and Soul blog hop.

  4. Christy says

    Hmm, Alea I love your version of Mexican Rice – delicious, nutritious, simple and frugal – perfection!

  5. April @ The 21st Century Housewife says

    Your Mexican rice sounds wonderful Alea, and your comment about it being one of the earliest foods your kids ate made me smile. I kept trying to give my son all these lovingly prepared (mild) things when he was a baby, but his absolute favourite thing was my friend's Mexican chili!!

  6. says

    OOhhh so glad I found your blog and this post in particular — We are big rice fans and this looks like the best off all rice worlds – yummy and healthy?? Thanks!

  7. says

    Have you ever done this with meat? I wanted to put chicken chunks in mine. Would you precook the chicken or just throw it in with the other ingredients? Thanks for the post!

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