Arroz a la Mexicana-Traditional Mexican Rice

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 35 mins

You won't get that "canned - chili powder" taste with this one.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a small pan bring the broth to simmering.
  2. Set a large pan over medium heat-add the oil, then the rice and onion and cook, stirring, until both the rice and onion are light brown-around 10 minutes.
  3. Mix in the garlic and cook for 2 minutes.
  4. Add the pureed tomato Add the broth Add the optional ingredients-except cilantro and cheese Scrape the rice down and stir well.
  5. Reduce heat to a medium low, cover and finish cooking-around 20 minutes.
  6. Remove from heat and toss and either stir in cilantro or offer at the table-I offer at the table because either you love it-like I do-or hate it, and offer the queso fresco or farmers cheese.
Most Helpful

Excellent spanish rice with great flavor. Very easy to make and the taste compares to restaurants. I didn't add cilantro, but I will next time. It should help bring out the taste of the tomato, which isn't very tasty this time of year. Goes great with Diana's Refried Beans recipe.

Mark H. December 16, 2002

The "Fam" loved this rice! My daughter ate 2 helpings. I liked it alot, but it was missing something, which I think is the fact that tomatoes are so crummy around here in December - mostly "wood," as I call it. I am definitely going to make it again, and recommend this as a great side dish to any Mexican treat. Thanks for sharing it.

HEP MEP December 14, 2002

This is the recipe I've been searching for! My daughter is a spanish rice afficionado, and she likes the kind they serve in Mexican restaurants. All of the recipes I've tried are too tomato-saucy, gloppy, and heavy. This came out perfect! I only used onion, tomato, and 1/2 can green chilis (my bunch don't like food real hot). I followed the recipe exactly, and thought I'd have to add more water, but it came out fluffy and just right. I simmered it over a VERY low flame. After it was all done, I realized I hadn't added salt, but it was right for us. GOOD STUFF!

papergoddess September 12, 2002