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mexican rice

Fluffy Mexican Rice

  • Author: Natalie Way
  • Total Time: 30
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


Skip the Mexican Restaurant and enjoy this delicious Fluffy Mexican Rice at home. It’s homemade, authentic, and tastes delicious!


  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 small diced yellow onion
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/3 cup diced red bell pepper ( = approx. 1/2 of a red bell pepper )
  • 1 small jalapeno chopped ( 3 tbsp. )
  • 18oz. can tomato sauce
  • 1 cup gluten-free chicken broth
  • 1/2 tsp. cumin
  • 1/4 tsp. chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp. Tajin seasoning ( optional )
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic salt ( or regular salt )
  • 1 cup long-grain white rice
  • fresh squeezed lime for garnish
  • cilantro for garnish
  • additional salt and pepper to taste


  1. Rinse rice in a fine-mesh sieve under cold water and set aside.
  2. In a large saute pan heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil over med-high heat.
  3. Add onions, garlic, red bell pepper, and jalapeno. Saute 2 to 3 minutes until onion is translucent.
  4. Next add in the rice and saute until golden brown. This takes about 2 to 3 minutes.
  5. Gently pour in tomato sauce and chicken broth then stir together. Now add in seasonings and stir again until thoroughly incorporated.
  6. Bring to a boil. Once boiling turn down the heat to a low simmer and cover. Cook for 15 minutes, remove from heat and fluff the rice with a fork.
  7. Season with additional salt and pepper to taste. Garnish with fresh squeezed lime and cilantro.
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Category: mexican
  • Method: cook
  • Cuisine: side dish

Keywords: fluffy mexican rice, gluten-free mexican rice, dairy free, gluten-free