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    The 25 BEST Mexican Rice Recipes

    Rice surely has to be the unsung hero of the carbohydrate world, with so many countries having their own take on it and so many different forms. It truly is a champion.

    In this selection though, we giving these divine Mexican rice recipes a chance to show you what they’ve got!

    There are so many vibrant flavors and different cooking methods to suit every purpose, whether you’re looking for a side dish or a main course.

    Stunning and tasty, what is not to love?

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    Mexican Rice Recipes:

    1. Cilantro Lime Rice

    This cilantro lime rice recipe is just like the one you get at Chipotle. So tasty and easy to make!

    It takes just a few ingredients and a little extra effort to completely up your rice game.

    And we’re sure it will be the perfect go-to side dish for many of your favorite Mexican mains and other tasty dishes.

    Get the Recipe: Cilantro Lime Rice

    2. One Skillet Mexican Casserole

    One skillet Mexican casserole is a breeze to whip up, taking just 10 minutes of hands-on time.

    This casserole is packed with seriously amazing flavors. Plus, it’s super versatile and totally customizable, so you can mix it up with whatever you’re in the mood for that day.

    And guess what? It’s all made in one skillet, which means an easy cleanup later. Perfect.

    Get the Recipe: Mexican Casserole

    3. Chicken Burrito Bowl

    Forget about Chipotle! Our chicken burrito bowl recipe is going to hit the spot and satisfy all your cravings!

    Mix deliciously marinated chicken with rice and your favorite fixings, and voila! You’ve got yourself a wholesome and nourishing one-bowl meal.

    It’s also awesome if you’re meal prepping, so you can enjoy it all week long.

    Get the Recipe: Chicken Burrito Bowl

    4. Authentic Mexican Rice (Arroz Rojo)

    This Mexican rice, also known as aroz rojo, is a must-try for all you Mexican cuisine enthusiasts out there! It’s a delicious dish that you don’t want to miss out on.

    The delicious red rice is cooked in chicken stock and tomato juice, giving it that incredible red color.

    Follow this recipe and its awesome tips and tricks to nail it every time.

    Get the Recipe @ stellanspice

    5. One Pan Mexican Rice Skillet 

    Check out this one pan Mexican rice skillet – the ultimate weeknight meal hack!

    It needs only 30 minutes, one pot, and it is packed with your favorite taco flavors. So easy and delicious.

    Make a double batch and enjoy the leftovers the next day or packed for school and work lunches.

    Get the Recipe @ lifemadesweeter

    6. Mexican Fried Rice

    Mexican fried rice is a super awesome dish that combines the vibrancy of traditional Mexican ingredients with the irresistiblity of perfectly seasoned rice, creating a blend of flavors that will make your taste buds sing!

    This recipe is a breeze, taking a little over 30 minutes from start to finish, and it goes great with grilled steak or chicken. You could also use it as a side dish for all sorts of meals. Give it a try.

    Get the Recipe @ thisisnotdietfood

    7. Albondigas Soup (Mexican Meatball Soup)

    Albondigas soup is seriously delicious and perfect for warming your soul!

    In this recipe, juicy meatballs swim in a flavorful tomato-infused broth, packed with veggies and rice.

    Give this Mexican comfort food a go this winter and get ready to be wowed by this bowl that’s packed full of amazing flavors.

    Get the Recipe: Albondigas Soup

    8. Mexican Chicken and Rice Bake

    If you’re a fan of enchiladas then this Mexican chicken and rice bake is for you.

    You’re going to absolutely love every single bite of this cheesy and spicy delight! It’s all about that delicious enchilada sauce baked over rice and kidney beans, making it the ultimate dish to satisfy your Mexican cravings.

    And don’t worry, it’s a healthier version of your beloved enchiladas! So don’t hang around, give this recipe a shot.

    Get the Recipe @ slimmingeats

    9. Rice and Beans

    Rice and beans is a super easy, pantry-friendly recipe that packs a punch of nutrition and flavor. It’s vegetarian, gluten-free, and a winner for any mealtime!

    Get ready to make this easy dinner your new favorite.

    Get the Recipe @ dishingouthealth

    10. Salsa Rice

    This excellent salsa rice is super simple to make at home!

    It’s got fluffy rice, black beans, corn, and salsa to add a little kick. It’s the perfect side dish to go with any Mexican or Spanish-inspired meal.

    However you serve it, these flavors will definitely wake up your taste buds.

    Get the Recipe @ thewoodenskillet

    11. Spicy Mexican Rice

    Mexican cuisine is known for its bold and vibrant flavors and this spicy Mexican rice recipe has those by the bucket load!

    It can be made with your choice of brown or white rice cooked in broth and flavored with onion, garlic, bell pepper, carrot, tomatoes, and spices and then mixed with corn, cilantro, and lime juice.

    It truly makes one delicious side dish that completes any Mexican meal perfectly.

    Get the Recipe @ theendlessmeal

    12. Taco Rice

    Taco rice is like a Japanese-inspired dish mixed with the goodness of Tex-Mex tacos!

    You’ve got ground beef, lettuce, cheese, and tomatoes all on a bed of rice, topped with salsa. Trust us, this version of taco rice is absolutely amazing and bound to become your family’s new favorite dinner in no time.

    Get the Recipe @ laurenslatest

    13. Steak Fajita Bowls with Garlic Lime Rice

    These homemade steak fajita bowls with garlic lime rice are absolutely incredible, they taste even better than the ones you get at Chipotle!

    And guess what? You can learn the trade secret to making this ultimate steak marinade too.

    You’ve got to try this bowl, it’s seriously mind-blowing.

    Get the Recipe @ littlespicejar

    14. Fiesta Rice 

    Fiesta rice is the perfect way to add a pop of Mexican flair to your side dishes!

    This yummy dish is filled with wholesome rice, protein-packed black beans, and a variety of fresh veggies, all brought together by a tasty broth.

    This recipe is a total winner, proving that healthy food doesn’t have to be complicated or boring.

    Get the Recipe @ diethood

    15. Mexican Steak Skillet

    Got a craving for some mouthwatering Mexican flavors? Check out this versatile Mexican steak recipe that’ll definitely hit the spot!

    It’s super fresh, fast, and packed with an amazing mix of ingredients like fresh veggies, steak, beans, and salsa. Ideal for those busy weeknight dinners.

    Get the Recipe @ easygoodideas

    16. Mexican Street Corn & Rice Bowls

    These Mexican street corn and rice bowls are super versatile – they can be a side dish or even a full meal when you add your choice of protein.

    The flavors are inspired by the delicious elotes and esquites found on the streets of Mexico. And the best part? You can whip it up using pantry staples in just 30 minutes!

    Get the Recipe @ streetsmartnutrition

    17. One Pot Mexican Chicken and Rice

    This Mexican chicken and rice dish is all about big Mexican flavors. It combines all the classics; Mexican red rice, sweet corn, black beans, and fajita-seasoned chicken. So much yum!

    Plus this recipe is super handy, and you know what’s even better? It’s oven-friendly, so no need to worry about a burnt base.

    Get the Recipe @ recipetineats

    18. Chicken and Rice Enchiladas

    These chicken and rice enchiladas are so easy to make!

    Just mix cooked, shredded chicken with leftover rice, sautéed peppers, onions, and garlic, and add homemade enchilada sauce. Roll it all up in flour tortillas, top with extra sauce and freshly grated cheddar cheese, and you’ll enjoy the ultimate enchilada experience.

    Don’t forget to serve it with sour cream, green onions, and hot sauce, and dive right in.

    Get the Recipe @ simplyscratch

    19. Cheesy Green Chile Rice Casserole

    You’re going to love this green chili rice casserole – it’ll quickly become one of your all-time favorite side dishes for Tex-Mex or Mexican food.

    It’s got all that cheesy, creamy, comforting goodness that you crave in a rice casserole, and it’s also a great way to use up leftover rice. So tasty!

    Get the Recipe @ thecarefreekitchen

    20. Mexican Brown Rice Salad 

    Check out this awesome quick Mexican brown rice salad & dressing!

    It’s a cold Mexican rice salad packed with fresh chopped veggies, brown rice, warm spices, and black beans. And the best part? You can whip up this tasty Mexican-inspired salad in less than 20 minutes using some of the shortcuts shared in this recipe.

    Get the Recipe @ intentionalhospitality

    21. Arroz con Leche (Mexican rice pudding)

    This Mexican rice pudding or arroz con leche is seriously the bomb!

    It’s so creamy, with a hint of vanilla and a touch of cinnamon that make it super yummy. Plus, it’s a breeze to whip up.

    You can enjoy this awesome dessert hot or cold, either way, we promise you’ll be absolutely hooked.

    Get the Recipe @ saltandbaker

    22. Mexican Arancini Rice Balls

    Calling all cheese and carbs lovers, you really don’t want to miss out on these seriously drool-worthy Mexican arancini rice balls!

    These are Mexican spiced and filled with gooey melted cheese, later they are coated in crispy panko breadcrumbs and baked to golden perfection. Absolutely delicious.

    Serve this with your favorite marinara sauce, ranch dressing, or chipotle ranch dressing for extra pleasure!

    Get the Recipe @ isabeleats

    23. Arroz Verde (Green Rice Recipe)

    Add some flavor to your next meal with this arroz verde, aka green rice.

    White rice is cooked in a flavorful broth with a mix of peppers and herbs for a fluffy dish bursting with herb-infused goodness and a touch of spice.

    It makes a perfect side for Mexican cuisine or any protein and veggies combo, you will love it.

    Get the Recipe @ eatthegains

    24. Chicken Enchilada Rice Casserole

    You can have this chicken enchilada rice casserole ready for dinner in under an hour.

    It’s like having chicken enchiladas, but with rice. Trust us, it’s insanely delicious! The cheesy flavor is what makes this dish stand out. Another must-try recipe for enchilada lovers.

    Get the Recipe @ jocooks

    25. Baked Chicken Chimichangas

    Baked chimichangas are crispy and truly delicious for dinner and we bet they will be universally loved!

    These homemade chimichangas are packed with chicken, rice, beans, and loads of cheese! The queso on top takes them to a whole new level of perfection. So good!

    Get the Recipe @ thecookierookie

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    25 BEST Mexican Rice Recipes

    This collection of easy Mexican Rice Recipes includes a variety of both sides and main dishes featuring your favorite grain.


    • 2 cups water
    • 1 tsp salt
    • 1 cup basmati or jasmine rice
    • 1.5 Tbsp lime juice
    • 1 Tbsp olive oil
    • ⅓ cup cilantro, chopped


    1. Bring water and salt to a boil in a medium saucepan.
    2. Stir in rice. Reduce heat to medium low, cover, and cook 20 minutes.
    3. While rice is cooking, mix oil, lime juice and cilantro in a small bowl.
    4. Once rice has finished cooking, remove from heat and fluff with a fork. Allow to cool for a couple of minutes, then toss in cilantro lime mixture.

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