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Mexican Rice served in a yellow bowl with bacon and decorated with green herbs
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Mexican Rice

Make your own restaurant style quality Mexican Rice at home.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6 cups
Calories 61kcal
Author Sharee


  • Ingredients:
  • 2 tablespoons cooking oil
  • 1 & ½ cups white rice
  • 2 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 can 10 ounce Rotel diced tomatoes and chilies
  • ½ tablespoon to One tablespoon of Knorr chicken flavor bouillon powder (See tasty tip below)


  • Directions:
  • Heat the cooking oil in a medium pot using medium high heat.
  • Add the rice to the saucepan, and cook the rice until the rice is light golden brown. This takes about 5 minutes. (Make sure to stir the rice frequently, and don’t let the rice burn!)
    Browning up rice in a big pan
  • Next add the cumin and garlic to the pot, and cook the rice mixture for a few seconds (make sure to stir frequently).
  • Then, add the chicken broth, Rotel, and Knorr bouillon powder to the pot. Stir the mixture.
  • Bring the mixture to a boil.
  • Once the mixture comes to a boil, lower the heat to low, and cover the pot with a lid.
  • Cook the rice mixture for 20 minutes.
  • After the rice finishes cooking, remove rice from heat, and let the rice sit for 10 minutes before opening lid.
  • Lightly fluff rice with a fork before serving.


Tasty Tips:
  • When adding the Knorr bouillon powder, start by adding only a ½ tablespoon of the bouillon powder and taste to see if this meets your “salt to taste" preference…. I provide this option because I have had different Mexican rice dishes at different restaurants with some having more salt content than others…. Some mostly on the lighter side regarding salt content….. But all in all, I believe it is all based on one’s preference..... Because somewhere, someone’s aunt or great grandmother passed down a recipe that called for something extra special that may be a tad bit different…. Ok!
  • When choosing your diced tomatoes and chile peppers. Please choose accordingly regarding heat levels. Mild Rotel is good for those who do not like spicy foods. I like to add the Original Rotel, because it gives the Mexican Rice a little twist with a hint of heat, which is not too much for me…..
Presentation Tip:
  • Top the rice mixture with chopped cilantro garnish for a beautiful presentation. Plus it tastes good too!


Calories: 61kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 400mg | Potassium: 155mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 202IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 2mg