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Easy Mexican rice in white serving bowl

Easy Mexican Rice Recipe

This Easy Mexican Rice Recipe is guaranteed to be a family favorite! It's tender, flavorful and perfect served in burrito bowls or alongside tacos, enchiladas and more!

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  • 4 tablespoons avocado oil or sub with your favorite oil
  • 1 cup long grain white rice
  • 1 clove garlic minced (omit for Low FODMAP option)
  • 3 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt or to taste
  • cilantro, for garnish optional


  • Heat the oil in a medium sauce pan over medium heat. Add the rice and cook, stirring often until light golden brown, about 3 minutes. Add the garlic and cumin and cook for 30 seconds more.
    4 tablespoons avocado oil, 1 cup long grain white rice, 3 teaspoons ground cumin, 1 clove garlic
  • Add the water, tomato paste and salt to the pan and stir well to combine. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and cover. Simmer for 20 minutes, or until the liquid has been absorbed.
    2 cups water, 1/4 cup tomato paste, 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • When the rice is done, remove from heat and fluff with a fork. Cover and let stand for 10 minutes to steam. Garnish with cilantro, if desired, and enjoy!
    cilantro, for garnish


  • Pro tip:  Do not lift the lid to check on the rice during the cook time as this releases the steam and causes the temperature to drop.
  • I've never rinsed the rice for this recipe. Toasting the rice in oil prevents it from becoming sticky or gummy.
  • Use chicken or vegetable stock in place of the water for added flavor.
  • Store rice in an air tight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.


Serving: 0.5cup, Calories: 208kcal, Carbohydrates: 27g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 10g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 7g, Sodium: 481mg, Potassium: 166mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 179IU, Vitamin C: 3mg, Calcium: 25mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition is estimated using a food database and is only intended to be used as a guideline for informational purposes.

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