Mexican Rice: Copycat On the Border Rice

Rice in wooden bowl
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  • Total: 40 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 30 mins
  • Yield: 2 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
236 Calories
15g Fat
20g Carbs
5g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 2 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 236
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 15g 20%
Saturated Fat 1g 7%
Cholesterol 4mg 1%
Sodium 739mg 32%
Total Carbohydrate 20g 7%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 24mg 122%
Calcium 32mg 2%
Iron 1mg 5%
Potassium 277mg 6%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Mexican rice (or Spanish rice) is a staple in Mexican restaurants and one of our favorites. The onion, pepper, and tomato give this rice a lot of flavor that make it a side dish with substance. It can be served anything from simple sauteed vegetables or baked chicken, or other Mexican dishes like flavorful beans, stuffed peppers or fried eggs. Served with some enchilada sauce and an enchilada or two on the side, this rice makes a wonderful meal.


  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup long-grain rice
  • 1/4 medium

    onion, chopped

  • 1/4 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1 tablespoon chile powder
  • 1 clove

    garlic, finely chopped

  • 1/4 cup diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Heat oil in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add rice and cook (stirring frequently to prevent burning) until translucent and toasted 5 minutes.

  3. Add onion, green pepper, and chile powder and continue cooking for 5 minutes, stirring often.

  4. Stir in garlic and cook 1 minute longer.

  5. Add tomatoes, chicken stock, and salt and bring to a boil. Cover tightly cook over low heat for 20 minutes.

  6. Remove from heat and allow to sit, covered, for another 5 minutes then fluff with a fork.

Make It a Meal

Add some cubed leftover chicken, pork, or beef to the rice while it cooks and you'll have a delicious and inexpensive meal.