This Easy Mexican rice is the best side dish. It is made with a limited number of ingredients and made with one pan. Want to learn how you can you make this easy Mexican rice? Lets get started!
Lets talk about rice. One of my favorite side dishes and main dish. It’s seems the easiest thing to make but nothing is further from the truth. Which I found out again when we were on vacation and did not have my trusted rice cooker with me.
Just to get the rice perfect in a normal pan is quite a challenge. Rice that got stuck to the pan or lightly burned. I had to learn how to cook rice again because I’m so used to cook rice in my rice cooker.
How to cook rice
There are a number of ways to cook rice without a rice cooker. In all cases you need to start with washing the rice. Put it in a sieve and put it under running water until totally clean. This can take quite some time so I usually stop as soon as the water is not white any more to prefer water.
You can also put warm water on the rice and wash it with your hands. All of the starch on the rice will be released this way.
Method 1. Steam cook rice
After you washed the rice put it in the pan with a large amount of water and bring to the boil. Boil it for 10 minutes as instructed on the package.
Drain the rice and put it back in the pan. Put the lid on and open it a crack let the steam escape the pan.
Method 2. Cook the rice dry
After you washed the rice put it in the pan and put water on top. Put water on top. To check the right water to rice ratio. Stick your finger in the pan and the water should cover 1 finger pad.
Bring to the boil and stir through. Reduce the heat to low until all the water is evaporated (about 10-15 minutes). Method 2 can also be applied to the rice cooker.
Method 3. No washing rice
This method is applied when making Paella or easy Mexican rice. These are one pan dishes where the rice is cooked straight in the pan and all the other ingredients are added.
The secret to cooking rice in the pan is not to let the pan get to hot. It is really a feeling that you need to acquire but when you do it results in delicious spicy Mexican rice.
Rice to use for skillet cooking
When cooking rice I use a long grain like Basmati, Jasmin or Pandan rice. I prefer Basmati as it has a nice aromatic flavour and cooks dry beautifully.
asmati also works great in this easy Mexican rice. It takes in total about 20 minutes to get cooked. The trick is to not drown your rice in a lot of water.
So the ratio of water to rice should be about 2 to 1 or even 1½ to 1 ratio. If you put in to much water it will not cook dry and it will get very sticky.
Easy Mexican rice ingredients
What do you need to make easy Mexican rice? It takes in all 10 ingredients that you need on your shopping list:
- Basmati rice
- Vegetable oil
- Vegetable stock or water
- Cherry tomatoes
- Sieved tomatoes
- Chili powder hot version
How to make Mexican rice
So what do you need for this red hot tex-mex rice besides basmati rice? I start with warming the oil. Sauté the onion, garlic until soft. Then add the vegetable stock, sieved tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, spring onion, Chili powder and cumin. That is all.
When you cook Mexican rice do not over heat the pan. I use a non stick pan to prevent the rice from sticking to the pan to quickly.
I fry the onion and garlic first until they are soft and translucent, then I add the rice. Just as with risotto the rice has to absorb the oil. So stir continuously before adding the sieved tomatoes.
Again stir through before adding the stock and spring onion. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer. Then you can add the tomatoes and let it simmer for about 15 minutes. Stir again before the rice is totally set. You can put a lid on the pan but I usually do not use a lid.
When done stir through with a fork to loosen the rice grains and you are ready to serve. This rice is as hot as you want it to be.
If you like a really spicy rice you can add a Chili pepper, hot sauce or more chili powder. This dish fits a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle.
Eat this easy Mexican rice with
You can eat Mexican rice with a number of main dishes like:
- Veggie frenzy stir-fry tacos – some great crunchy tacos with veggies stir fry.
- Pulled chicken fajitas – This spicy Mexican rice is a great combination with pulled chicken
- Shredded enchilada – another great combination is to eat easy Mexican rice with chicken enchilada
How to store Mexican rice
Rice stores great in the refrigerator in an airtight storage container. First let it cool down completely outside of the refrigerator before you store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
The flavour will intensify even more if you make this a day in advance. Just make sure you heat the rice through thoroughly so all the rice is nice and hot.
How to make easy Mexican rice
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Rice is one of my favorite side dishes. This red hot tex-mex rice is a one pot rice recipe that takes about 20 minutes to prepare. So let get started!
- 1 cup of Basmati rice
- 2 tbsp vegetable oil
- 1½- 2 cups of vegetable stock or water
- ½ onion
- 1 clove of garlic
- 1 scallion finely chopped
- 150 grams of cherry tomatoes
- ½-¾ cup of sieved tomatoes
- ½ tsp cumin
- ½ tsp Chili powder (if you like it more spicy you can use 1 tsp Chili powder)
Heat the pan to medium heat
Add the vegetable oil to the pan and let it warm through
Fry the onions and garlic until soft and translucent
Next the rice. Stir the rice thoroughly so it can absorb the oil and liquids from the onion and garlic
Now add the sieved tomatoes while stiring the rice
Add the vegetable stock and bring it slowly to a boil while adding the chili powder and cumin
Let this boil shortly before adding the spring onions
Finally add the cherry tomatoes
Simmer for 15 minutes on medium heat. Stir through after about 5 minutes.
Stir loose after 15 minutes with a fork
If the water or stock drains to fast (water is gone after less than 5 minutes) the heat is to high turn the heat down to medium. Add some water and stir through. If the rice is not dry after 15 minutes you might have used to much stock or water. Just leave the rice on longer so it can dry. Do not turn the heat up to high as it will only fry the bottom of the rice. The rice needs time to evaporate the excess liquids. You can add a lid on the pan (I hardly use it, only to keep it warm when the remainder of the meal is not ready yet). Rice stores great in the refrigerator in an airtight storage container. First let it cool down completely outside of the refrigerator before you store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator.