Simple Side Dishes:Mexican Rice

Mexican and spicy foods are as some of you know by reading about my favorite salsa recipe are a true favorite of mine. Over the years, I’ve learned and taught myself to make some wonderful simple Mexican dishes my family has grown to love like Homemade Flour Tortillas, Enchiladas, a variety of salsas and today’s recipe: Mexican Rice. It’s part of this week’s Simple Suppers Menu. It’s versatile, easy and simple. It’s great as a simple side dish but can be included as part of a main meatless dish like smothered burritos (just leave out the chicken, beef or pork). Look how simple it is to make:

Mexican Rice


  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cups uncooked brown rice
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 3/4 cup salsa
  • 1 teaspoon taco seasoning
  • 4 cups chicken, vegetable or beef broth


  1. In large sauté pan or skillet with lid, heat oil over medium heat. Add rice and cook, stirring, until rice turns a lightly brown color.
  2. Reduce heat to medium-low. Slowly add tomato sauce and salsa. Be careful of splatters. Stir well.
  3. Add broth and stir. Bring to a low bubbling boil. (Again be careful of splatters).
  4. Cover and reduce heat to low. Cook for 15 minutes or until almost all liquid is absorbed. Remove lid and fluff with a fork. All liquid should be absorbed. If not, continue to cook on low for about five minutes to remove any extra liquid.

What’s a favorite Mexican dish that your family makes? I’d love to hear about it!


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