Mexican Red Rice

Arroz Mexicano o Arroz Rojo

Enjoy this rustic Mexican Red Rice also known as Spanish rice. It’s a great side dish for beef, chicken or enchiladas with a much bolder taste than plain white rice. It’s very easy to make and will become part of your regular dinner rotation.

Mexican Rice Recipe

Let’s Make Some Rice!

Gather the ingredients for your Mexican rice. You will need medium grain rice, plum tomatoes, white onion, frozen peas, a carrot, garlic, and chicken broth or water. You probably already have everything on hand.

Ingredients to Prepare Mexican RiceSoak the rice in water for 10 minutes and then drain. Soaking the rice removes some of the excess starch to give you fluffier rice.

Straining Soaked White Rice

Blend the tomatoes and garlic with the chicken broth or water.

Tomatoes and Garlic in Blender

This is what the blended tomatoes will look like. Not too appealing, yet. It will turn a beautiful red after being cooked.

Pureed Tomatoes

In a pot, preheat 3 tbsp. of cooking oil to medium hot. Add the diced onions and carrots to the hot oil. Cook for 30 seconds without stirring. Add the rice and peas and stir to mix the ingredients.

Preparing Mexican Rice

Add the blended tomatoes. Cover the pot and reduce the heat to low.

Preparing Mexican Red Rice

Cook for 25 minutes until the liquid has been absorbed by the rice. Turn off the heat and let the rice rest for 10 minutes. Fluff the rice with a fork and serve. Looks good, doesn’t it?

Mexican Red Rice Recipe

Provecho!

Bowl of Mexican Rice
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Mexican Red Rice Recipe

Rustic Mexican red rice made with plum tomatoes, onion, carrot and peas. An easy to prepare, delicious side dish for beef, chicken or enchiladas.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword how to make Mexican rice, Mexican rice recipe, red rice recipe
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 85kcal
Author Andrés Carnalla

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of rice
  • 3 plum tomatoes Roma
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas
  • 1 large carrot diced
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 cups chicken broth preferably low sodium or water
  • 1 tsp. salt + as needed

Instructions

  • Soak the rice in just enough water to cover for 10 minutes then drain and set aside.
  • Blend the tomatoes and garlic with the 2 cups of chicken broth.
  • In a pot, preheat 3 tbsp. of cooking oil to medium hot.
  • Add the diced onions and carrots to the hot oil. Cook for 30 seconds without stirring.
  • Add the rice and peas and stir to mix the ingredients.
  • Lastly, add the blended tomatoes and chicken stock.
  • Cover the pot and reduce the heat to low.
  • Cook for 25 minutes until the liquid has been absorbed by the rice. Turn of the heat and let the rice rest for 10 minutes.
  • Stir the rice and add salt if needed.
  • Serve with your favorite dish.

Notes

This dish is also known as Spanish rice.

Nutrition

Serving: 1/2 cup | Calories: 85kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 935mg | Sugar: 5g

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1 comment… add one
  • Leah

    I LOVE your website and your recipes! Thank you for all your hard work in putting this all together for the benefit of others. For this particular recipe, I just wanted to point out that the 3 roma tomatoes didn’t make it onto the list of ingredients somehow.

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