Nina’s Mexican Rice

May/June 2010

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The key to nutty and flavorful Mexican rice is cooking the rice first in oil until it is nicely golden.

"Stunning. Loved the taste.......................... "
Nina’s Mexican Rice

11 Reviews for Nina’s Mexican Rice


I live in Tucson, AZ, and this is the kind of rice served in all the Mexican restaurants here. I made it exactly as the recipe stated using white rice. Came out nice and fluffy. I do want to try it with brown rice but for the most authentic restaurant style rice, white rice is the way to go. I will also cut any large carrot chunks next time. I got a huge one and it took away from the rest of the bite.

Question on rice

I'm new to cooking, and I know this is a silly question, but do you fully cook the rice before you begin the recipe?

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Anonymous wrote 1 year 35 weeks ago

No - sauté the uncooked rice

No - sauté the uncooked rice in the oil first, then it "cooks" with the broth

Burnt the Rice

Can anyone lend a hand to someone just starting out? I followed the directions of the recipe and the rice was burnt within 3 minutes with the stove on medium heat. Even turned it down. Is it just my stove or did I do something wrong?

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Anonymous wrote 1 year 4 weeks ago

you cannot stir enough you

you cannot stir enough you must watch very close, if you are a beginner try with a lower heat and you will just have to wait longer for it to brown. I always think it smells like burnt popcorn when I know it's ready to add the water

Anonymous wrote 1 year 35 weeks ago

It will take vigorous

It will take vigorous stirring during this time, plus once it gets to making "popping" sounds, turn down the heat some.

blended flavor

This dish is worth a try. cook this dish before your other lunch/dinner sides/main dishes.

tasty, healthy
Nina’s Mexican Rice
Really good!

I've made this three times now, and each time gets better! I cut the recipe in half for the 2 of us each time.
First time, made according to recipe...was a bit bland, but moist & fluffy.
Second time, I used white rice, increased onion to 1/2 medium onion, kept the garlic at 1 Tbsp. and added 1/4 tsp. Mrs. Dash Southwestern (salt-free) seasoning; moist & fluffy and REALLY flavorful!
Third time, I kept the onion, garlic & seasoning the same but used brown rice; it took about a cup more of broth and about 20 minutes longer than the recipe specified for brown rice, but it was by far the most delicious in our opinion! Even DH, who is not a brown rice fan, said the brown rice flavor was "just better" than with the white rice. This is an easy, no fuss version of Spanish/Mexican rice which is healthier than the regular version! Yay!!

Tasty alternative to an unhealthy dish!

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