Appetizers and Side dishes — By Ben on 08 October 2007
The Perfect Mexican Rice

First, I want to apologize for not updating this blog more often. Things have been a little bit hectic on my end, but I will try to update at least 2 times a week.
I  have received a couple of requests on how to make Mexican rice like the one you find in Mexican restaurants, so here is the secret for the perfect Mexican rice.

The secrets learned from my mom to make rice that doesn’t break or stick are simple, the process, however, can be a little bit tricky.

Mexican Rice
Recipe type: Side Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
  • •vegetable oil
  • •1 ½ cups of rice
  • •2-3 Roma tomatoes
  • •½ small onion
  • •2 garlic cloves
  • •chicken broth if necessary
  • •1 small can of mixed vegetables
  • •salt
  1. In a deep saucepan heat about 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil over medium fire.
  2. When the oil has thinned add the rice and let it fried until it gets light brown. Stir constantly so it browns evenly. This step is very important to avoid the rice to stick when cooked.
  3. In a blender mix tomatoes, onion and garlic with some chicken broth until well blended. The secret to perfect rice is to double the liquid of the amount of rice. This means that for 1 ½ cups of rice we will need 3 cups of liquid. Make sure that you have 3 cups of liquefied tomato mix on your blender.
  4. When the rice is light brown mix it with canned vegetables, tomato mix and salt to taste.
  5. Stir and bring it to a boil.
  6. Reduce heat to low and cover.
  7. Let it cook for about 15 minutes.
  8. **Here’s another tricky part to avoid the rice to break and stick.
  9. You don’t want to stir constantly but not stirring at all will cause the rice to stick and burn at the bottom of the pan so stir lightly every 5 minutes making sure the rice is not sticking to the bottom.
  10. When the water is almost absorbed stir more constantly but always lightly.




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As you can see, making the perfect Mexican rice is not difficult but it can be tricky, but don’t worry if you mess up the first time. Even the best Mexican chefs don’t get it right all the time.

Buen Provecho!

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grew up around food. His family owned a restaurant in Mexico City and he spent a big deal of his childhood helping and learning after school the art of creating delicious dishes from simple ingredients. He created this blog to share his kitchen adventures with the world.

(20) Readers Comments

  1. Great recipe here in San Diego everybody has a closely guarded “best” Mexican rice recipe. Nice photography.

  2. Nice presentation of the rice.

  3. I looove mexican rice. I’m always stealing it off my hubby’s plate to get more =)

  4. tryed this recipe after searching endless around the internet for something more authentic. Came across this recipe and i love the fact that this is one of the only recipes that actually use fresh tomatoes instead of canned. I followed the recipe to a point ended up adding chicken sock from trader joes and added one habenero pepper to the blender mix. My husband loved it , He said it had a great kick wasn't spicy at all. Thanks for the recipe a keeper in our house.

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  7. Thanks for the receipt

  8. This is one of my favorite rice recipes. Thank you Ben for sharing your version, I am sure it tastes delicious.

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  10. Thank you for your recipe , it was delicious :)

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