We have a little confession…we often buy the boxes of flavored rice to serve as a side dish. I’m not really sure why, because making it from scratch doesn’t take long at all. The only thing I can think of is that we never had a really good recipe to use.

Well, now all that has changed, because this recipe for Mexican Red Rice is delicious, and super easy too!

We have been sharing Mexican Basics all this week, and this Red Rice is definitely a great recipe to add to your collection. To catch you up, we have shared Classic Guacamole, How to make Flour Tortillas and Pico de gallo.

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Mexican Red Rice

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  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x


Delicious and easy side dish for Mexican meals. Recipe from PocketChangeGourmet.com


  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup onions, chopped finely
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground ancho chili pepper or chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup long grain rice, brown or white rice {we used brown}
  • 1 3/4 cups chicken or vegetable stock
  • 3/4 cups salsa
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup cilantro, finely chopped


  1. In a medium saucepan, heat oil over med-high heat
  2. Add onions, garlic, ground ancho chili pepper and salt, cook for 2 minutes
  3. Add uncooked rice, cook and stir for 1 minute
  4. Add broth, salsa and water
  5. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer for 20 – 30 minutes or until rice is tender
  6. Remove pan from heat, remove lid and cover with a clean kitchen towel to absorb any liquid, replace lid and let set for about 5 minutes
  7. Fluff with fork and stir in cilantro
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes


  • Serving Size: 2/3 cup

Follow along as we share more Mexican Recipes!

We also shared a recipe for Salsa Verde over on Lifetime Moms




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