Nina's Mexican Rice


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

Cook Time:
15 mins
Additional Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
6 servings, about 2/3 cup each


  • 2 tablespoons canola oil

  • 1 cup long-grain white rice (see Brown Rice Variation)

  • ½ cup finely chopped onion

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic

  • 1 8-ounce can tomato sauce

  • 1 1/2 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth or vegetable broth

  • 1/2 cup frozen mixed vegetables (such as corn, peas and carrots), thawed


  1. Heat a large heavy saucepan with a tight-fitting lid over medium heat. Add oil and rice and cook, stirring, until the rice is just beginning to brown, 4 to 5 minutes. Add onion and salt and cook, stirring, until the onion begins to soften, about 2 minutes. Add garlic and cook, stirring, until fragrant, 1 minute more. Pour tomato sauce over the rice and cook, stirring, for 1 minute.

  2. Stir in broth and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer, cover and cook until the rice is cooked, about 15 minutes. Stir in vegetables and serve.

  3. Brown Rice Variation: Use 1 cup long-grain brown rice and 1 3/4 cups broth. In Step 2, simmer for 45 minutes. Remove the rice from the heat and let stand, covered, for 15 minutes before adding the vegetables.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

193 Calories
5g Fat
32g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Serving Size about 2/3 cup
Calories 193
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 32g 12%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 4g 9%
Total Fat 5g 7%
Saturated Fat 0g 2%
Vitamin A 702IU 14%
Vitamin C 5mg 6%
Folate 103mcg 26%
Sodium 421mg 18%
Calcium 23mg 2%
Iron 2mg 9%
Magnesium 22mg 5%
Potassium 244mg 5%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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