Salsa Rice

"What to serve alongside tacos,enchiladas and taco lasagna."
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  • Mix rice, salsa (I like medium heat, but go with your family's preference) and water in small saucepan.
  • Bring to a boil, cover with lid and reduce heat to low.
  • Simmer, stirring every 5-7 minutes until rice is tender, about 20-25 minutes.

Questions & Replies

  1. Can you you instant rice?


  1. This has been a favorite for us for a while now; who knew replacing those awful salty box mixes would be so easy? I highly recommend doubling the recipe if you are serving your family; my DH and I alone can go through the amount this recipe makes. Also, I typically add a little bit of cumin, garlic powder, and chili powder to add a tiny bit more kick.
  2. I made mine with mango salsa. Delicious!
  3. Super easy and super good. Nice to have a side dish that requires no thought or work, but that looks great on the plate and has lots of flavour. I’m thinking of adding canned black beans next time too. :)
  4. I make this all the time as a side dish for Mexican type foods. I've used it IN burritos as well. It serves 4-6 as a side dish. Make sure to use a chunky salsa not an esp thin one to prevent excess liquid. This can be made in a crock pot. If you have a large family it's easy to double. If you do make this in the rice cooker make sure to use a US measuring cup for your rice and water and not the cup that comes with your rice cooker (it's not a standard cup). Thanks Mom!
  5. This is great! I cooked my rice a bit longer than the recipe called for to get rid of some excess liquid. I definitely recommend using salsa with a low salt content for this dish. Thanks for sharing!


  1. My favourite way to do 'Spanish' rice!! I actually started doing it this way when I'd made a HUGE batch of salsa that we didn't like because it was kind of sweet. Since then, I use whatever salsa we have in the house because it's just so easy!! I usually substitute chicken broth for the water to give it a bit of a fuller flavour.


My husband, Walt and I live in Huntley, Illinois; about 1 hour west/northwest of Chicago O'Hare airport. I'm a stay at home wife with 3 adult children. I collect old cookbooks, enjoy reading, gardening, canning, candy making and jewelry making. I'm passionate about my savior, singing on the worship team and volunteering for a non-profit that provides free legal services to poor families. My favorite cookbooks are Taste of Home Contest Winning and those authored by Rachael Ray. A pet peeve is when a cook doesn't give an alternative for a difficult to find ingredient.
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