Recipe Sifter

  • Start Here
    • Course
    • Main Ingredient
    • Cuisine
    • Preparation
    • Occasion
    • Diet
    • Nutrition

Select () or exclude () categories to narrow your recipe search.


As you select categories, the number of matching recipes will update.

Make some selections to begin narrowing your results.
  • Calories
  • Amount per serving
    1. Total Fat
    2. Saturated Fat
    3. Polyunsat. Fat
    4. Monounsat. Fat
    5. Trans Fat
  • Cholesterol
  • Sodium
  • Potassium
  • Total Carbohydrates
    1. Dietary Fiber
    2. Sugars
  • Protein
  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin B6
  • Vitamin B12
  • Vitamin C
  • Calcium
  • Iron
  • Vitamin E
  • Magnesium
  • Alcohol
  • Caffeine
  • Find exactly what you're looking for with the web's most powerful recipe filtering tool.

    You are in: Home / Recipes / Mexican Yellow Rice Recipe
    Lost? Site Map

    Mexican Yellow Rice

    Mexican Yellow Rice. Photo by mickeydownunder

    1/2 Photos of Mexican Yellow Rice

    more photos

    Total Time:

    Prep Time:

    Cook Time:

    40 mins

    0 mins

    40 mins

    Cookgirl's Note:

    The yellow aspect comes from tangy achiote powder, also known as annatto. From Mexican: Healthy Ways With a Favorite Cuisine.

    • Save to Recipe Box

    • Add to Grocery List

    • Print

    • Email

    My Private Note



    Units: US | Metric

    • 1 cup long grain white rice
    • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
    • 1 -2 teaspoon ground achiote powder (I tend to use closer to 2 teaspoons) or 1 -2 teaspoon achiote paste (I tend to use closer to 2 teaspoons)
    • 1 small white onion, finely minced
    • 2 garlic cloves, minced
    • 2 cups vegetable broth or 2 cups chicken broth
    • 1/2 jalapeno, finely minced (optional)
    • salt



    1. 1
      Place the rice in a heat-proof bowl and pour enough boiling water to cover. Let rice stand 20 minutes. Drain, then rinse under cool water. Drain again.
    2. 2
      Heat the oil in a saucepan on medium heat. Add the achiote powder and cook for about 1-2 minutes, stirring constantly.
    3. 3
      Add the minced onion and garlic and cook for another 2-3 minutes or until the onion is translucent.
    4. 4
      Stir in the rice, toss to coat and cook for 5 minutes, stirring constantly. (The rice will want to stick to the bottom of the pan, so scrape it up using a metal spatula.).
    5. 5
      Pour in the broth, mix well and bring rice to a boil.
    6. 6
      Lower the heat, cover the pan and simmer 25-30 minutes or until all liquid is absorbed.
    7. 7
      Just before serving, add the minced jalapeno if using, season to taste with salt. Transfer the rice to a serving dish and garnish with fresh cilantro leaves.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on May 05, 2013


      I LOVED making this today!<br/>For Cinco de Mayo, it provided a bit of Ole!<br/>I used homemade chicken stock, added chili and lime zest too!<br/>It was the perfect compliment to Pil Pibil...Thank you! WHOO HOO!

      people found this review Helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes | No
    • on May 07, 2010


      This is a really good, quick rice recipe. I made it for Cinco de Mayo with the recipezaar Picadillo recipe and it was delish. Very tasty and easy.

      people found this review Helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes | No
    • on November 03, 2007


      Oh my *this* is good rice! I happened upon achiote powder while browsing one day and have now found a way to use it! DH usually won't touch rice in any shape, form or fashion and he ate half of this - _mmmmmming_ all the while. I made a helluva mess in my kitchen but it's worth having a few red wooden spoons! The only boo-boo I made was to add the jalapeno in with the onion and garlic and even that was a pretty good move. This will defintely be reappearing on my menu! Thanks for posting!

      people found this review Helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes | No

    Read All Reviews (7)


    Nutritional Facts for Mexican Yellow Rice

    Serving Size: 1 (49 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 6

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 158.7
    Calories from Fat 42
    Total Fat 4.7 g
    Saturated Fat 0.6 g
    Cholesterol 0.0 mg
    Sodium 2.1 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 26.0 g
    Dietary Fiber 0.6 g
    Sugars 0.5 g
    Protein 2.3 g

    The following items or measurements are not included:

    achiote powder

    vegetable broth

    Ideas from


    Everything Holidays

    Pop a bottle, cook some special dishes and celebrate the season.

    Advertisement Network of Sites

    • Mexican Recipes
    • Chinese Recipes
    • Australian Recipes
    • Breakfast Recipes
    • Greek Recipes
    • Restaurant Recipes
    • Italian Recipes
    • Christmas Recipes
    • Thanksgiving Recipes
    • Southern Recipes
    • Dessert Recipes
    • Deep Fried Recipes
    • Thai Recipes
    • Low Cholesterol Recipes
    • Indian Recipes
    • Healthy Recipes
    • Meatloaf Recipes