Mexican Rice Recipe

This homemade and authentic Mexican Rice recipe is quick to make for when you need a delicious side dish to accompany your Taco Tuesday specialties.

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Cooking time
PREP TIME 5 mins
Cooking time
COOK TIME 10 mins
Ready in
TOTAL TIME 15 mins


  • 1 tbsp canola oil
  • 1 small green pepper, diced
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 pkg (10 oz) frozen sweet corn, thawed
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup mild salsa
  • 1 1/2 cups Minute® White Rice
  • 1/4 cup shredded Cheddar cheese


  • Easy and homemade, Mexican Rice is perfect as a side dish or entrée for your next meal, family gathering or Taco Tuesday party! Try out this recipe using our Minute® Instant White Rice.

    Step 1

  • Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add pepper and onion and sauté until tender but not browned.

    Step 2

  • Add corn, broth and salsa and bring to a boil.

    Step 3

  • Stir in the rice and cover. Remove from heat. Let stand 5 minutes.

    Step 4

  • Add the cheese and fluff with a fork.

    Recipe Tips
    This recipe is adaptable so try it with whatever you have on hand. Feel free to add fresh or canned, crushed tomatoes in place of the salsa. Or, if you’re looking for more heat, add a hot salsa or maybe drizzle some Tabasco sauce on top.

    If you’re an avocado lover, garnish the rice with guacamole or sliced avocado.

Homemade Mexican Rice

This Mexican Rice is a delicious, home-cooked side dish that you can make in 15 minutes for your next taco night! Serve it alongside tacos or as a filling for burritos or other Mexican-style meals. Have any leftovers? Use as the rice base for a Rice and Beans Burrito Bowl.

Our Minute® Instant White Rice makes for a dish that cooks up quickly without losing any delicious flavor! It’s the perfect kitchen helper for when you’ve got hungry mouths to feed. This easy dish starts with a quick sauté of chopped green peppers and onions to give a nice flavor base to the rice. Salsa, corn and broth add a mix of savory, sweet and tangy flavors. In nearly no time, your rice dish is ready!

Simple Meal Options

This recipe is also a great option for inexperienced chefs, since it’s ready in 4 easy steps and is a quick meal anyone can be proud of. Our convenient Minute® Instant Rice makes meals delicious and simple, but to put together something truly on the go, try our Ready to Serve varieties that can be heated in just minutes. Make a quick egg and rice recipe or a veggie and sauce rice bowl in under 5 minutes! Take a look at more options that you can make in the microwave using any of our rice varieties.

Authentic Mexican Rice Recipe

If you enjoyed this Mexican Rice Recipe, you may also be interested in these family-friendly, authentic Mexican Easy Chicken and Rice Tacos with Minute® Instant White Rice the next time you are hosting Taco Tuesday.

What is the Difference Between Spanish and Mexican Rice?

The main difference between Spanish Rice and Mexican Rice is that the former is normally made with saffron, which gives it its signature yellow coloring. Mexican rice on the other hand is normally made with cumin and gets its reddish color from being cooked in tomato juice.

How to Cook Mexican Rice

There are a few different ways to cook Mexican style rice. For example, you can try flavoring the rice with cooking liquids such as chicken broth and salsa like in this recipe. Alternatively you can also simply cook your rice according to the package instructions like in this Mexican Street Corn and Rice Salad  which is made with Minute® Instant Jasmine Rice along with chili and lime mayo sauce. Although this recipe calls for queso fresco, you can also use feta cheese if that’s all you have in the kitchen.

Can You Make Mexican Rice in a Rice Cooker?

Yes you can make Mexican rice in the rice cooker! Firstly you’ll want to dice some onion and mince some garlic and soften it in the microwave. add the softened onion and garlic to your rice cooker along with your Minute® Instant Rice, vegetable broth, tomato paste and salt. Stir the mixture round until everything is combined. Then simply cook your rice until it’s nice and fluffy and the liquid has been absorbed.

Mexican Rice Seasoning

Making authentic tasting Mexican rice is actually very simple, the key is in what you season it with. Flavor enhancers like garlic salt, onion and cumin will go a long way in improving the flavor of your Mexican rice.

Once you’ve seasoned your rice, try it with this microwaveable 5 minute Fajita Rice Fiesta made with Minute® Organic Brown Rice cups.

What Goes With Mexican Rice?

If you are looking for something to serve with your Mexican Rice, try making it as part of a Mexican-Inspired rice bowl, for example this microwaveable Mexican Corn and Beef Rice Bowl. This recipe calls for you to make your Minute® White Rice according to package instructions, however feel free to use any leftover Mexican Rice instead. If you don’t have any beef in the kitchen, you can also use chicken with this recipe as well. The great thing about this recipe is that it also works for bigger family meals if you double or triple the ingredients.

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