20 Minute Mexican Rice

Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 18 mins

Spice up a meal with Mexican rice, done in a jiffy!! from the local newspaper.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Cook rice in hot oil in 2 to 3 litre saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly, about 2 minutes.
  2. Stir in onion and garlic; cook, stirring about 1 minute.
  3. Add broth and cumin.
  4. Heat to boiling; stir once or twice.
  5. Lower heat to simmer; Cover with tight fitting lid.
  6. Cook 15 minutes or until rice is tender and liquid is absorbed.
  7. Combine tomato paste and 1 tablespoon water.
  8. Stir tomato mixture, peas and carrots into rice; fluff with a fork.
Most Helpful

Very good, very easy way to make a more sophisticated rice. Also much healthier than buying Mexican-style rice from a packet (less sodium and fresher, etc.). Made this vegan by using vegetable broth and added the carrot while boiling the rice to make sure it was soft enough. Added another tablespoon of tomato paste so it covered/flavored all of the rice. Also added some smoked spanish paprika and taco seasoning for a kick!

EmilyStrikesAgain June 25, 2008

great flavor in a light, fluffy rice. I only use Uncle Ben's. I did add the tomato paste to water BEFORE I added the rice, so the flavor soaked thru. Wasn't too spicey....so if you like it hot, you may need to kick it up a bit

Lightly Toasted December 14, 2004

this was quick and delish,i made it a one pot meal,by adding smoked sausage to it, i served this with cornbread and a salad

southern chef in louisiana April 22, 2004