Easy Mexican Rice

This Easy Mexican Rice Recipe is fragrant and fluffy and made in less than 20 minutes for the perfect Mexican side dish!

Pair this delicious rice with my Easy Ground Beef Enchiladas, Ground Beef Tacos or add it to my Quick Taco Salad to bulk it up a bit. Don’t forget about making my Instant Pot Refried Beans too. It’s a classic combination!

This Easy Mexican Rice Recipe is made in just one skillet in less than 20 minutes for the perfect Mexican side dish!

It’s quickly become my husband’s hands-down favorite Mexican Rice ever. EVER.

And… I’m going to have to agree with him.

Easy Mexican Rice Recipe

Over the years of making this Mexican Rice I’ve learned a few tips and tricks that can easily make this recipe work with what ingredients I have on hand. I’ll share more about that in the substitutions section below.

Start by toasting your Mexican Rice with ground cumin and garlic salt in a hot skillet.

Ingredients Needed For Basic Mexican Rice

  • Olive oil
  • Diced Onion
  • White Rice – medium or long grain
  • Garlic Salt
  • Cumin
  • Rotel Canned Tomatoes* 
  • Lime Juice
  • Chicken Broth
  • Chopped Cilantro

How to Make Mexican Rice:

  • The first thing you want to do is sauté your onion in a little olive oil until it’s tender.
  • Toss in some ground cumin and garlic salt.
  • Toast your rice in the skillet before adding in the diced tomatoes and liquid to finish it cooking.

This Mexican Rice is so easy to make, and so extremely flavorful with little hints of garlic and cumin in every bite.

Add in a few tablespoons of freshly chopped cilantro to bring out the flavor of the Mexican Rice Recipe.

Over the years I have made this Easy Mexican Rice with some flavor variations, and each time I’m always amazed at how delicious it turns out. This rice pairs perfectly with my Sweet Pulled Pork Enchiladas, Taco Meat, and Enchilada Casserole!

Mexican Rice Recipe Substitutions:

  • If you are out of garlic salt, try using garlic powder and salt combined. Or use fresh garlic in place of the powdered.
  • If you don’t have the diced tomatoes with green chilies, use regular diced tomatoes and add a 4oz can of diced green chilies.
  • If you’re not a fan of diced tomatoes in the rice, try swapping in 8oz of tomato sauce.
  • Out of limes? No worries, it still tastes great without the lime juice added!

This quick and easy Mexican Rice recipe is always a favorite for taco night or enchilada night!

Just before serving, add a couple tablespoons of freshly chopped cilantro for an added burst of flavor to this easy Mexican side dish!

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This Easy Mexican Rice Recipe is made in just one skillet in less than 20 minutes for the perfect Mexican side dish!
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Easy Mexican Rice

Delicious mexican style rice that will wow your tastebuds and the family.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 4
Calories: 214 kcal
Author: Shawn


  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 1 cup white rice, medium or long grain uncooked
  • 1 tsp garlic salt, or 1/2 tsp garlic powder + 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 10 oz Mexican Diced Tomatoes, diced tomatoes with green chiles
  • 1/2 lime, juiced
  • 1 1/2 cups Chicken broth
  • 2 tbsp freshly chopped cilantro


  • Heat the olive oil over medium-high heat in a large skillet (needs to have a fitting lid). Add the onion and sauté for 2-3 minutes until just tender.
  • Add the rice and stir, letting the rice toast slightly until it becomes a light brown. While it's toasting add the garlic salt and cumin and keep stirring.
  • Add the can of Mexican diced tomatoes (including the juices), lime juice and the chicken broth, stir and bring mixture to a boil.
  • Reduce heat to low, cover and let simmer for about 20 minutes.
  • Fluff with fork, stir in freshly chopped cilantro and enjoy!
If you can't find the 14oz can of Mexican Diced Tomatoes, use a can of regular diced tomatoes and a 4oz can of diced green chilies. (use as much or as little of the chilies as you prefer).


Calories: 214kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 915mg | Potassium: 277mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 96IU | Vitamin C: 16mg | Calcium: 46mg | Iron: 1mg
Keywords: Easy, Garlic, rice, tomatoes
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This Easy Mexican Rice Recipe is made in just one skillet in less than 20 minutes for the perfect Mexican side dish!

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Shawn is the Owner and Creator of I Wash You Dry. She loves to create and share simple, family-friendly recipes. Mom to 5 adorable children and dwells in the desert of Southern Utah.

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Shawn Syphus

Hi, I’m Shawn and I’m a busy mom of five; pretending to live on a budget. I love to cook, and explore new recipes, but they have to be quick and easy with as few dishes as possible.

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