Fiesta in Your Mouth Mexican Rice -

This rice y’all. THIS rice. It is amazing. The first time I made it I stood in front of the stove eating spoonfuls directly out of the pot and mumbling “oh my, this is so good. This is SO good. I can’t believe how good this is”. Fortunately for me The Dude was changing out of his work clothes during this episode and didn’t bear witness to such questionable behavior.

Mexican Rice is one of those things that you would think would be simple but then you search for recipes on Pinterest and nope, you’re using 20 ingredients tonight my friend. Until now. This recipe uses four ingredients and blows all of those more involved recipes out the door.

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The secret? Adding salsa to your rice. Seriously, that’s it. I used to make Mexican rice by adding individual spices and chopped veggies until one day I was like um didn’t I just basically make a really good salsa out of all of those ingredients? Why don’t I, I don’t know, JUST USE SALSA?

If you are looking for a really, really good salsa recommendation, let me introduce you to Mateo’s gourmet salsa. I usually pick up the medium version at Costco and it’s been the only salsa in our house since the first discovery. It’s a very finely pureed salsa that has amazing flavor and perfect spice balance. And contrary to their label, I believe they should be held responsible for obsession. This stuff is dangerous. Their ingredients are all natural and it’s made in Texas which obviously means it’s legit.

Fiesta in Your Mouth Mexican Rice -

Fiesta in Your Mouth Mexican Rice
Simple four ingredient Mexican rice.
Recipe type: Side Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Serves: 3 cups
  • 1 cup uncooked long-grain rice
  • 2 cups chicken broth (I prefer low sodium)
  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • ½ cup salsa
  1. Combine all ingredients in a small non-stick pot.
  2. Bring to a boil, stir ingredients, cover pot, and reduce heat to low.
  3. Simmer on low for 25 minutes.
  4. Remove rice from heat and let stand, covered, for 10-15 minutes. Rice will be slightly wet but should not have excess liquid.
  5. Fluff rice with a fork before serving.

I hope you make this rice. And I hope you stand over the stove eating spoonfuls of it like I did.

Anyone else have a favorite salsa to gush over or another favorite Mexican side dish?


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20 thoughts on “Fiesta in Your Mouth Mexican Rice”

  1. I am a rice lover and love to make rice from different cultures. And I love the idea of adding the salsa in rice. In my tradition we use Sofrito to season our food- a different type of salsa with peppers, onions, garlic and cilantro. Definitely will try yours. Thanks! (Found you on Pinterest 🙂

    1. Thanks for visiting and I’m so glad Pinterest brought us together 🙂 I think the Sofrito sounds amazing and would work so well with this recipe! I’m going to have to try making it and also using it in this recipe. They are made for each other!

  2. We eat a lot of Mexican dishes in our house because we all know that rice and beans are frugal, healthy, and yummy.

    This recipe look so simple and delish. Thanks for sharing. I’m pinning and trying soon. I just hope it’s not that particular brand of salsa that makes it so out of this world. I’ll have to try it and let you know.

    Thanks, again!

    1. Thanks Heather! I can’t wait to hear how you like it. I’ve made this before with other salsas (even the cheap stuff) and it’s always turned out well though I will say that my favorite version uses this particular salsa 🙂

  3. Just wanted to let you know that you’re being featured again at the Weekend Blog Hop at My Flagstaff Home. Be sure to come by on Thursday evening.


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