Classic Mexican Rice With Tomatoes and Peppers

Classic Mexican Rice With Tomatoes and Peppers

The Spruce / Tara Omidvar

Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 30 mins
Total: 40 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
114 Calories
3g Fat
19g Carbs
4g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 114
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3g 4%
Saturated Fat 0g 2%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 633mg 28%
Total Carbohydrate 19g 7%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 21mg 106%
Calcium 59mg 5%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 348mg 7%
*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.)

This is an easy and tasty Mexican rice made with the addition of tomatoes and peppers. Most of the ingredients for this recipe can probably be found in your pantry. 

Feel free to add a tablespoon or two of minced jalapeno peppers for some heat, or add a dash of crushed red pepper flakes. Chicken stock can be used in place of the beef stock, or substitute vegetable broth if you prefer a vegetarian version.

Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil

  • 1/2 cup onion, chopped

  • 1/4 cup green bell pepper, chopped

  • 1 large clove garlic, minced

  • 1 cup long-grain rice

  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes (with liquid)

  • 1 teaspoon chili powder

  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin

  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1 1/2 cups beef broth

  • Chopped cilantro, optional

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Classic Mexican Rice With Tomatoes and Peppers ingredients

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  2. Heat vegetable oil in a heavy skillet over medium heat. Add onion, green bell pepper, and garlic. Cook until onion is translucent, stirring frequently.

    onion, green bell pepper, and garlic in a skillet

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  3. Add rice to skillet and cook for about 2 to 3 minutes, or until rice has browned slightly.

    rice and vegetables in a skillet

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  4. Add tomatoes, chili powder, cumin, salt, and beef broth. Bring rice to a boil and cover pan.

    Add tomatoes, chili powder, cumin, salt, and beef broth to the rice mixture in the skillet

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  5. Reduce heat to low and simmer until liquid has been absorbed, about 20 minutes. Taste and add more salt, if needed.

    Mexican rice cooking in a skillet

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  6. Garnish with chopped cilantro, if desired.

    Classic Mexican Rice With Tomatoes and Peppers

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