I can’t stop making this Mexican Rice recipe. Mostly because my family can’t stop eating it! Kids, grandkids, friends of kids and grandkids __ you get the idea. It is SO good. Even better than that, it is SO easy! It’s a simple side dish for your family taco night or your best Mexican dinner main dishes, like Favorite Enchilada Casserole.
I always try to make enough Mexican Rice for leftovers, because it reheats perfectly in the microwave. Plus, you won’t believe the delicious rice bowls you can create with the leftovers and some leftover Sheet Pan Fajita Chicken! You know I’m all about saving time on hectic weeknights. I love when I get to cook once, and we can eat twice, or even more, from the same delicious (and already prepared) ingredients.
Once you learn to recombine ingredients you already have ready, creating a new and exciting dish, you will literally change the way you feel about leftovers and about making family dinners on weeknights. You just need a list of tried and true favorite ingredients and recipes to remind you how simple it can be. Then weeknight family dinners can be about conversation, laughter and making memories instead of stressing over what’s to eat. Start YOUR list, today, and definitely, this delicious Mexican Rice should be on it!
How to Serve Easy Delicious Mexican Rice
This dish is a perfect side for any of your Mexican favorites. I usually just serve it plain, but if you want to dress it up, you can sprinkle with minced fresh cilantro or green onions. It’s also decadently delicious drizzled with queso blanco. MMmmmmm…now, I’m hungry. lol
The best thing is the leftovers can be used for creating AWE-mazing rice bowls. As one example, dice up the leftover peppers, onions and chicken from Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas, mix it with Easy Delicious Mexican Rice and some grated cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese and you’ve made a completely new dish, FROM LEFTOVERS, and the flavor is seriously, over-the-top. So good!
Toss in any add-ins you have on hand, like jalapeno, cheese, black beans, olives, green onions, sour cream, diced tomatoes, guacamole, chicken, beef, pork or any of your family’s favorites. You can simply dress up Mexican Rice, as a side, or make it into a complete and hardy meal. You’re only limited by your imagination.
How to Make Easy Delicious Mexican Rice
It’s as easy as 1-2-3.
- Add Caldo de Tomate and cumin to chicken broth and bring to a full boil.
- Add the rice. Cover with a tight fitting lid and turn off the heat.
- Wait 5 minutes. Remove the lid. Fluff and serve!
You may be wondering what Caldo de Tomate is. It’s not as exotic as it sounds. It’s just tomato bouillon. Combined with the cumin and the chicken stock it creates scrumptious Mexican Rice. I am able to purchase it, here, in my small town Walmart. Look in the ethnic foods section of your local store. I’ll bet you find it. If not, you can purchase it on Amazon.Print
- 4 cups chicken stock
- 4 cups (any brand) minute rice
- 5 tsp Caldo de Tomate (tomato boullion)
- 1 tsp cumin powder
- Dissolve the Caldo de Tomate and cumin in the chicken stock, in a 3-quart pan.
- Bring the stock to a rolling boil.
- Shut off the heat. Add the rice. Cover pan with a tight-fitting lid.
- Let rest, covered, for 5 minutes.
- Remove lid, fluff rice and serve.
Delicious was never so easy! Try it out in your own kitchen and let me know how it goes!