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Mexican Rice III Recipe
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Mexican Rice III

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"This is an excellent authentic Mexican rice recipe (not to be confused with Spanish rice) that I make as a side dish with all of my Mexican dishes. The key is cooking the rice properly and using good quality chicken broth or stock."

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  • PREP

    5 mins
  • COOK

    25 mins

    30 mins


  1. In a medium sauce pan, cook rice in oil over medium heat for about 3 minutes. Pour in chicken broth, and bring to a boil. Stir in onion, green pepper, jalapeno, and diced tomato. Season with bouillon cube, salt and pepper, cumin, cilantro, and garlic. Bring to a boil, cover, and reduce heat to low. Cook for 20 minutes.
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  • Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Mar 26, 2008

Authentic or not, this is a fabulous recipe...I leave out the bell pepper though simply because I don't like it. Also, brown the rice along with the onion and garlic for best flavor, and squeeze in the juice of 1/2 fresh lime just before covering. THE SECRET TO GETTING THE RICE TO "FLUFF UP" is 1) use long grain white rice, 2) make sure whatever liquid you use is HOT when you add it, 3) ALWAYS use twice as much liquid as rice (1 cup rice, 2 cups chicken broth or water) and 4) once you cover your pot and turn your burner to low, DON'T TOUCH the rice, DON'T LIFT the lid, don't stir it, let it do it's thing. After 20 minutes turn burner off but let the pot sit for at least another 5 - 10 minutes before removing the lid. You will have perfect rice, every time.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jun 22, 2005

I was a little disappointed in this recipe. I live in Tucson Arizona so I'm accustomed to great Mexican food. I felt that this recipe came out way to soggy and salty for my taste and it doesn't nearly measure up to my favorite local Mexican restaurant's version. It also didn't have any tomato taste to it which I like in my Mexican rice. I'll have to keep looking for a better recipe.

May 29, 2005

Very good rice, although in my mind not entirely authentic. My husband IS an authentic Mexican, and his mother's rice is nothing like this. It may just be a regional thing, though - I saw a few comments that this rice is similar to that served in Arizona restaurants, whereas my in-laws are in Texas and most of the rice served in those Mexican restaurants are very similar to my mother-in-law's. Although here in the northeast I find most Mexican restaurant rice similar to what I'm used to, also. But, anyway.... Next time I will: omit the green pepper as their taste tends to bully the other flavors, up the cumin to 3/4 tsp, and stir in the cilantro after the rice is cooked to keep it's fresh, earthy flavor intact.

Jun 02, 2005

I really love this recipe but agree with a previous reviewer that, while it is pretty authentic Mexican restaurant fare, it isn't anything like the rice I've had made by people from Mexico. Living in the Phoenix area for 15+ years, I've had lots of variations on the theme. Still, it is an excellent recipe, and my husband prefers it to any that we've had in restaurants. I found that it is even tastier if I saute the rice for a few minutes, then add the veggies (garlic finely minced)to the pan and let them cook down just a bit. That way, the flavors "mingle" better, and it sweetens up the garlic and onion. A brief saute also distributes the taste of the jalapeno and dissipates the heat. Thanks for a great recipe.

Apr 08, 2007

This is an excellent recipe. The traditional Mexican rice that my Mother-in-law makes takes a lot longer to prepare. The prep time for this recipe is almost nothing, and I don't think my Husband could tell the difference.Make sure the rice gets toasted long enough, every grain should be browned. I cook the onions with the rice, then add some garlic and the peppers, then petite diced canned tomatoes. Simmer one minute, then add the broth and seasonings.

Apr 17, 2006

I know the recipe calls for white long grain rice, but I tried using brown rice instead to make it healthier. It didn't come out very good. My husband liked it, but I didn't. Just in case someone else has this not-so-bright-idea, I wouldn't recommend using brown rice for this recipe. Not only does it take longer to cook, which I knew beforehand - it doesn't taste as good as white rice and doesn't pick-up the flavor as well. Next time I try this - I'm using white rice.

Sep 14, 2006

Great flavor! Plates nicely too! I do have some advise for another reviewer, SISTAJAI. I had the same problem with rice for a long time. Finally I corrected it. One reason could be brand - get a name brand long grain rice, not the store brand kind (it makes a HUGE difference in texture) also, when you reduce the heat and cover, DO NOT PEAK! Don't stir it, don't touch it until the 20+ minutes is up, then check it. If there's still a lot of liquid, keep the lid off and cook until it's evaporated. I hope this helps : )

Mar 15, 2008

Just the right side dish served with Chicken Kabobs Mexicana and Best Black Beans. Whether it's authentic Mexican or not, whether it should or shouldn't include bell peppers, I don't care. This was delicious, plain and simple, as written, with just a dab of butter thrown in at the end for added richness. Pefect, fresh, and unique blend of flavors. Hmmm, who knows what's "authentic" anyway? Is cooking ANY dish of any ethnicity ever precise and exact? Thanks for sharing your recipe, which we thoroughly enjoyed and will make again.


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  • Calories
  • 158 kcal
  • 8%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 29.1 g
  • 9%
  • Cholesterol
  • 1 mg
  • < 1%
  • Fat
  • 2.8 g
  • 4%
  • Fiber
  • 1.1 g
  • 5%
  • Protein
  • 3.4 g
  • 7%
  • Sodium
  • 631 mg
  • 25%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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