Authentic Mexican Rice Recipe

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Leona Published: February 1, 2021 Modified: June 1, 2021

How To Make Authentic Mexican Rice

Flavored with savory Caldo de Tomate, this deliciously fluffy Mexican rice is made with chili powder, Roma tomato, water, and rice in just 25 minutes.

Preparation: 5 minutes
Cooking: 20 minutes
Rest Time: 5 minutes
Total: 30 minutes



  • cupswater,warm, or unsalted chicken broth, plus 2 tbsp
  • 1roma tomato,(heaping ⅓ cup) medium, minced
  • tspCaldo de Tomate
  • ½tsponion powder
  • ¼tspchili powder
  • ¼tspblack pepper,freshly ground
  • 1tbspolive oil,or vegetable oil
  • 1cupwhite rice,long grain, uncooked
  • 1garlic clove,(1½ tsp) large, minced


  1. Whisk together warm water, minced tomato, Caldo de Tomate, onion powder, chili powder, and black pepper. Set aside.

  2. Heat olive oil in a medium non-stick saucepan over medium heat. Add rice and saute until opaque and lightly golden for about 2 to 3 minutes. Add garlic and saute for 30 seconds longer.

  3. Pour water mixture in. Stir once to level out rice (water should simmer right away if not bring it up to a simmer).

  4. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for about 20 minutes until liquid has been absorbed.

  5. Remove from heat, fluff rice with a fork. Cover with lid and allow to rest 5 minutes off heat.

  6. Serve warm.


  • Calories: 211.20kcal
  • Fat: 3.73g
  • Saturated Fat: 0.56g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 2.56g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.46g
  • Carbohydrates: 39.97g
  • Fiber: 0.35g
  • Sugar: 0.45g
  • Protein: 3.48g
  • Sodium: 10.70mg
  • Calcium: 12.95mg
  • Potassium: 90.36mg
  • Iron: 0.52mg
  • Vitamin A: 9.06µg
  • Vitamin C: 2.43mg
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