Perfect Mexican Rice


This Perfect Mexican Rice recipe is popular for a reason!  It’s way better than the rice from a box and is so easy to make!

This Perfect Mexican Rice recipe is popular for a reason! It's way better than the rice from a box and is so easy to make!

A lot of times I like to take shortcuts when it comes to side dishes for a meal.  This is mostly because I’m putting all my effort into the main course which tends to be a lot of work sometimes….and let’s be honest, I am not very good at multi-tasking.  In fact, I’m horrible at it.  If I don’t focus on just one task at a time I tend to screw something up (even when I do only have one task it’s iffy).

This time around I decided to make a Perfect Mexican rice side dish instead of buying the pre-packaged “throw it in the microwave and done” rice.  Although, those are very tasty sometimes.  Don’t get me wrong, there’s definitely a time and a place for shortcuts, but I was making slow cooker chicken tacos which freed me up to do other things while the slow cooker was doing all the work.  Gotta love it!

This Perfect Mexican Rice is creamy, sticky (in a good way), fluffy, and so flavorful.  It also could not get any easier to throw together.  You can make this using any salsa you like and also make it as hot as you wish.  Mr. Wishes doesn’t like spicy food and I accidentally bought “hot” salsa.  At least one of us enjoyed it 🙂

Perfect Mexican Rice
Recipe type: Side Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
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Cook time: 
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Serves: 3 cups
This Perfect Mexican Rice recipe is popular for a reason! It's way better than the rice from a box and is so easy to make!
  • This Perfect Mexican Rice recipe is popular for a reason! It's way better than the rice from a box and is so easy to make!
  • 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ cup minced onion
  • salt & pepper
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 1 cup jasmine rice
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  1. Heat oil in a pot over medium heat. Add onion, season with salt & pepper, then saute until tender, about 5 minutes. Add salsa, rice, and vegetable broth then bring to a boil. Lower heat then place a lid on top and simmer until rice is tender, about 20-25 minutes.
  2. Serve as a side dish with any Mexican meal!

Recipe source: adapted from

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22 Responses to “Perfect Mexican Rice”

  1. February 6, 2013 at 3:26 PM #

    This looks great! I love all things spicy, so I would totally go for the hot salsa too. 🙂 I was actually planning on making rice tonight to go alongside a southwestern-style gumbo… I think I’ll try this out!

    • February 7, 2013 at 11:37 AM #

      Awesome! I hope it turns out well for you!

  2. Becky @ Olives n Wine
    February 6, 2013 at 9:45 PM #

    Love this! What an easy recipe for something I thought to be complicated! I also loooove spice so I might throw some jalepenos into this when I make it for our next taco night!

    • February 7, 2013 at 11:38 AM #

      I’m glad someone else appreciates spice like I do 🙂 Thanks for commenting, Becky!

  3. February 7, 2013 at 2:50 PM #

    we have mexican for dinner every friday night. usually it’s just a TON of guacamole and some quesadillas and chips. Now, I want to add rice to the rotation too! I love spicy. I think we’d add some jalapeno!

    • February 7, 2013 at 3:01 PM #

      The spicier the better!

  4. February 7, 2013 at 8:27 PM #

    This sounds so easy and delicious!! Every other Mexican rice I’ve made has turned out to be way too complicated for what it’s worth, but this looks perfect for the next time we whip up tacos for dinner. Thanks!

    • February 8, 2013 at 12:36 PM #

      Thanks for commenting, Rachel! It really was super easy!

  5. February 9, 2013 at 8:04 PM #

    This looks fitting for an upcoming Mexican night meal! And easy to boot!

    • February 10, 2013 at 12:02 PM #

      I loved how easy it was!

  6. February 12, 2013 at 1:42 PM #

    This recipe not only looks and sounds delicious, but it also seems totally simple to make..which is definitely right up my alley. Thanks for sharing :).

    • February 13, 2013 at 4:57 PM #

      Thanks, Hannah!

  7. February 12, 2013 at 10:48 PM #

    I could eat rice like this every-single-day! Fabulous!

    • February 13, 2013 at 4:58 PM #

      Thanks, Ashley!

  8. February 12, 2013 at 11:48 PM #

    I swear, I could eat Mexican rice plain–nothing else! I LOOOOOVE it. As a kid, it was my favorite reason we had tacos lol.

    • February 13, 2013 at 4:58 PM #

      I agree – I can make meals out of rice!

  9. Carole
    February 28, 2013 at 4:24 PM #

    Hi there. The current Food on Friday on Carole’s Chatter is collecting links to posts about Mexican dishes and flavours. I do hope you link this one in. This is the link . Please do pop back to check out some of the other links – there are a lot of good ones already. Have a great week.

  10. March 15, 2016 at 11:47 AM #

    Hi there! I LOVE this recipe and it has been my ‘go-to’ for Mexican rice the last couple of years. Would you mind if I featured it in a post on my new food blog ( I would of course credit you appropriately and link to your site 🙂


    • March 15, 2016 at 11:48 AM #

      Of course that is fine! Thank you for asking! -Ashley


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