Restaurant Style Mexican Rice

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No matter how you serve it, you'll feel like you're out to eat without the cost or inconvenience.

Ever wished you could recreate your own version of authentic Mexican rice in your own home kitchen? After testing different flavors and spices, we’ve found the perfect Restaurant Style Mexican Rice. Onion, garlic, fire-roasted tomatoes, and spices blend together to make a version of Mexican rice that can rival any restaurant’s. Have no fear, it’s SkinnyMs. style, so no extra oil or frying involved.

You can serve it as an awesome side for your Mexican-inspired meal, or add it to your burritos, enchiladas, or tacos! No matter how you serve it, you’ll enjoy out-to-eat flavors without having to leave your home.

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Restaurant Style Mexican Rice

Get that restaurant Mexican rice at home with this delicious and nutritious recipe.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Yield 6 people
Serving Size 1 cup
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Mexican


  • 2 tablespoons butter (I used Ghee)
  • 1 cup long-grain brown rice dry (I like Uncle Ben’s Long-Grain)
  • 1/2 cup sweet onion diced
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher or sea salt more or less to taste
  • 1/2 cup diced fire-roasted tomatoes canned, with liquid
  • 2 tablespoons diced green chiles canned, with liquid
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 2 cups chicken broth fat-free


  • In a large pot over medium heat add butter and rice and cook 5 minutes. Add onion and cook until onion is tender, about 3-4 minutes. Add garlic and cook 1 additional minute.
  • Add the remaining ingredients, bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a low-boil, cover and simmer until rice is tender and most of the liquid is absorbed, about 20 minutes.
  • Note, some long grain rice takes longer than others to cook. Uncle Ben's takes about 20 minutes.
  • Fluff with a fork and serve.
  • If desired, garnish with chopped cilantro.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1cup | Calories: 190kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 13mg | Sodium: 322mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g |
SmartPoints (Freestyle): 6
Keywords dairy-free, Kid-Friendly, Vegetarian

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Gale Compton

Gale co-founded SkinnyMs. with a goal to provide women with delicious recipes, fitness routines, and ways to reach their ideal weight. Gale has been featured on the Today Show in which she won a cook off for the best Lasagna. Be sure to search for her winning recipe, Skinny Lasagna Rolls.

Guided by her firm belief in healthy eating and the power of exercise, Gale has written two cookbooks and several fitness ebooks. She earned her Fitness Training Certification from, National Exercise & Sports Trainers Association. Gale loves to run with her dog Maggie and has completed numerous half-marathons.

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