Easy Mexican Rice

This Easy Mexican Rice is the perfect addition to your favorite Mexican meal!

This Easy Mexican Rice is the perfect addition to your favorite Mexican meal! | MomOnTimeout.com

 Last week we had the BEST time on Spring break. We drove down to Southern California did a couple of days at Disneyland and then headed to San Diego.  San Diego is seriously where I want to live.  LOVE the weather. Love the people. It’s just awesome.

We did Sea World, San Diego Zoo Safari Park and then headed to Carlsbad to go to Legoland on Friday.  We finished up our week at Magic Mountain and then made it back just in time for Easter.

Tired mommy.

spring break collage 1

I wanted to share some pics of our trip over the next few weeks. Today we’re looking at Sea World.  This was our second visit to Sea World and the boys just adored how hands on everything was.

The turtle and penguin exhibits were so impressive and it was a totally chill and relaxing day.  Our killer whale from Discovery Kingdom (Shouka) now lives here at Sea World so it was fun to go to the killer whale show and see who his new friends are.


We’ve been catching up on sleep all week and yesterday Chris had his monthly BBQ at work.  This month’s theme – Mexican.  Kind of an early Cinco de Mayo party.

He let me know Wednesday that he had signed up for rice and asked me to make this recipe.  It occurred to me that I had photographed the rice months ago and hadn’t posted it yet.

Perfect timing.

This Easy Mexican Rice is the perfect addition to your favorite Mexican meal! | MomOnTimeout.com

A Mexican meal is not complete without this rice. No joke.  This recipe has been tweaked consistently over the past several years till it’s just perfect. We make this rice at least a couple of times a month.  The boys LOVE it. My husband LOVES it. And me? I’m not much of a rice person but I can eat this straight out of the pot.  It’s just really that good.

It takes a couple steps more than regular rice but it’s worth the extra ten minutes.  Trust me on this one.

This Easy Mexican Rice is the perfect addition to your favorite Mexican meal! | MomOnTimeout.com

Easy Mexican Rice
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Recipe type: Side
Serves: 6 Servings
  • 1 Tbls canola oil
  • 1 cup long grain white rice
  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1½ cups water
  • 1 chicken bouillon cube
  • 1 tomato, seeded and chopped (2 Roma tomatoes)
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, halved and seeded
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • ½ cup chopped cilantro
  1. Heat oil in a medium saucepan.
  2. Add rice to oil and cook for 3-5 minutes or just until rice begins to color.
  3. Add chopped onion and continue cooking for another 1-2 minutes.
  4. Add garlic and cook for an additional minute.
  5. Dissolve bouillon cube in hot water.
  6. Add to saucepan and bring to a boil.
  7. Stir in tomato, jalapeno, cumin, salt and pepper.
  8. Cover with lid and reduce heat to low. Cook for 20 minutes.
  9. Remove from heat, fluff rice with a fork and stir in cilantro.
  10. Remove jalapeno and garlic.
  11. Serve immediately.

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Flour Tortilla Chips

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  1. I live in San Diego! Had no idea you guys were here! Looks like you had a blast!! :) Rice – pinned!

  2. I’m really not much of a rice person — I’d rather have an extra tortilla (or bread, who am I kidding??) — but if you say you love it, then it might change my mind too! So happy you and your family had such a fun time in SoCal! Those pictures at Sea World are absolutely adorable; they look so happy with their hands in the water!
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  3. Omg, how funny…I’m posting Spanish Rice on Tuesday. And it’s really similar to yours! A staple, for sure.
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  4. AAAHHH!! I have been looking for a new Mexican Rice recipe! I’m tired of the stuff from a bag, and we eat Mexican a couple times a month. I don’t mind the few extra minutes – if it means I get a totally homemade, awesome tasting, fresh batch of rice out of it! This recipe looks fabulously delicious – thanks Trish! I cannot wait to make this!! I also love all the other Mexican foods you’ve paired with this – yummy!

    Quick question – have you ever tried using chicken broth instead of bouillon?
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  5. Carol P. says:

    I live 20 miles inland from San Diego. Glad you had a great time in San Diego. Will be trying this rice.

  6. Trish, thanks for sharing this with us at Marvelous Monday… this would be perfect for Cinco de Mayo!! And maybe on my menu – pinned!
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  7. We make enchiladas pretty often so I will have to try this out next time we do! Glad you had a fun Spring Break in San Diego!
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  8. I need a good Mexican rice dish for this week! How do your remove the garlic? It sounds very easy and delicious!! Thanks!

  9. Made this tonight with enchiladas and we loved it! Thanks for the great recipe. I look forward to making this again!!

  10. I’m always looking for great side dish recipes – and this mexican rice recipe would be perfect for taco night!
    It looks like you all had so much fun – love the family pics thrown in here :)

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