Mexican Rice


In our house we eat a lot of Mexican food.  It’s a cuisine that I know the kids like and will eat.  Tacos, enchiladas, quesadillas, burritos….they love ’em all!  Sometimes I’ll serve the main dish with a salad or some veggies and sometimes I’ll also make rice to go with it.  The original recipe for this Mexican Rice called for a cup of corn, 1/2 cup of frozen peas and 1/2 cup diced carrots.  I hate having small portions of leftover ingredients which I never end up using!  So instead of having leftover unused portions of veggies, I bought a box of frozen mixed vegetables.  So, this rice might of had some string beans in it, which I wasn’t going to pick out!   This is a pretty quick and easy side dish that the kids enjoyed.  It definitely beats those boxed rice mixes!

Mexican Rice
Recipe adapted from Damn Delicious

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 large garlic clove, minced
1 onion, diced
1 1/2 cups basmati rice
1 (8-ounce) can tomato sauce
1 1/2 cups vegetable broth
1 (10-ounce) box frozen mixed vegetables
1/4 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon cumin
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves

1.   Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and onion, and cook approximately 2-3 minutes, until onions become translucent.  Stir in rice until toasted, about 2 minutes.

2. Stir in tomato sauce and vegetable broth, and bring to a simmer, about 2 minutes. Stir in frozen vegetables, chili powder and cumin; season with salt and pepper, to taste. Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat and simmer until rice is cooked through, about 13-16 minutes.

3.  Serve immediately, garnished with cilantro, if desired.




  1. We eat a lot of Mexican Food here at the Cottage too, and we would love your Mexican Rice. Your post is awesome and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Happy Spring!
    Miz Helen

  2. My husband always makes Spanish rice when we eat tacos/burritos. This will be a little different and will give this a try. Thanks for sharing on Merry Monday.

  3. My family and picky son love mexican too. It’s like the one cuisine I don’t have to fight with him at all too. Plus it’s easy. I love how you used a bag of frozen veggies. I love your way much better than the individual servings.

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