Paula's Mexican Rice

"This is a meatless rice dish. It is very good and pretty spicy."
photo by Marsha D. photo by Marsha D.
photo by Marsha D.
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  • Sauté onion, butter,celery.
  • Add all other ingredients (except cheese); bring to boil, reduce, cover and cook until liquid is absorbed about 20 minutes.
  • Transfer to serving dish and add cheese.

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  1. Loved this recipe with my own changes. Hate celery so I used chopped red and green pepper instead. I used Rotelle tomatoes with peppers. I also used broth instead of water, gave it more flavor. I added a bit of cilantro paste and decreased the chili powder. With the red and green peppers and cilantro it gave a fresness. Of course I added cheese! It turned out great! Much like the spanish rice I made for my kids that they loved but I lost the recipe. I will continue to use this recipe.
  2. I used mild Rotel and cut back on the chili powder. I also added some cubed Velveeta after cooking, making this a very cheesy Mexican rice. This was easy and quick, and a welcome addition to refried beans and tortillas. With my changes the rice wasn't spicy enough, so next time I'm using the full teaspoon of chili powder.
  3. We enjoyed this very much. We didn't find it overly spicy at all, though, admittedly, we like spicy foods. I didn't have any Ro-tel tomatoes so I used 3/4 can of diced tomatoes and about 1/2 tsp of red pepper flakes as a substitute. I also added about 1/2 cup of corn . Thanks for a great recipe.
  4. Too spicy & not flavorful enough.
  5. I rate this recipe at least 5 stars! Just very very delicious.


  1. Very very good rice recipe! I love rice and always look for different ways to make it. I was making mexican food tonight so I found this recipe. I liked that it was very easy and had not too many ingredients and also was adaptable for a low fat diet. I substituted cooking spray for the butter, stewed tomatoes for the rotel, fat free chicken broth for the water and added 1/2 teaspoon oregano, and a little more salt. It's delicious, low fat and because it's so quick and easy I will be making this often. Thanks Paula!


Hello everyone, My name is Paula, I'm 40 years old, married 18 yrs. and have 3 children, 1 bird and Rocky the ferret. I love them all. I also love to cook and look and new and different recipes. I am in college full time working on my bachelors degree in Nursing Science. Hope you enjoy my recipes and I would love to hear what you think about them or just to share a recipe with me. Bye for now, your fellow food lover.
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