Mexican Rice Recipe

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

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Mexican Rice Recipe

Cooking time PREP TIME 5 mins
Cooking time COOK TIME 10 mins
Servings SERVES 6
Ready in TOTAL TIME 15 mins
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 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, 3-5 minutes.

    Step 2

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

    Step 3

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

    Step 4

  • Add 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. 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 leftovers? Use them as a delicious 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 a great option for inexperienced chefs, since it’s ready in 4 easy steps. It’s also a quick meal that anyone can be proud of! Our convenient Minute® Instant Rice makes it easy to create delicious and simple meals. If you need more options that are easy to throw together on the go, try our Ready to Serve varieties — they heat up in just 1 minute! Make a quick Microwave Egg Fried Rice or a veggie and sauce rice bowl in under 5 minutes. Take a look at more dishes that you can make in the microwave using any of our rice varieties.

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. Alternatively, you can simply cook your rice according to the package instructions, as in this Mexican Street Corn and Rice Salad, which is made with Minute® Instant Jasmine Rice, 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! To begin, 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 until everything is combined. Then, simply cook your rice until it’s nice and fluffy and the liquid has been absorbed.


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