Mexican Restaurant Rice

Mexican Restaurant Rice is a simple, no-frills, easy to make restaurant style Tex-Mex rice that makes a perfect side dish.
Mexican Restaurant Rice

Mexican Restaurant Rice

By Sue Lau | Palatable Pastime

All this week I am  hosting a blogging event with my favorite blogger friends so we can share our favorite recipes for Cinco de Mayo, Mexican and Tex-Mex with you.

Today I am starting things off with a simple, no-frills recipe for restaurant style Mexican rice. This is less involved than my recipe for Spanish rice, and this makes a simple, easy to make side for things already brimming with flavor.

Mexican Restaurant Rice

To me, it is similar to a recipe I had seen about ten years ago that was called Chicano rice, that used a can of vegetable soup in it. This type of rice can also have a little bit of frozen corn or other simple veggies added the last few minutes of cooking, and indeed, in many restaurants, they serve their rice like that, so you can come up with your own variations.

Join me tomorrow as I share my recipe for Cheese Enchiladas Rojas. On Wednesday I’ll be doubling up with #FoodieExtravaganza for a salad theme with Taco Salad Boats with a dressing that for me throws back to my St. Louis days when we’d  go out for lunch at Casa Gallardo (now there’s a blast from the past!). Thursday I’ll be doubling up with the #FilltheCookieJar group with my recipe for Mexican Chocolate Bizcochitos, and I  will be finishing up #MexicanRecipes on Friday with my recipe for Pico de Gallo. Join me each and every day! Don’t forget to scroll down to the recipe linkup below. See ya’ tomorrow!


Mexican Restaurant Rice

Mexican Restaurant Rice

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
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Mexican Restaurant Rice

  • 1 cup long grain rice
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 teaspoons dry minced onion
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seed
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
  • 3/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper 
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 teaspoons chicken base 
  • garnishes: finely diced tomato, finely diced onion, chopped fresh jalapeno, minced cilantro, lime wedges


  1. Heat butter in a saucepan and add the rice, minced onion, garlic, cumin seed, turmeric, salt and black pepper, cooking until fragrant.
  2. Stir in water, tomato paste and chicken base, stirring to mix.
  3. Bring rice to a boil, then reduce heat, cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until liquid is absorbed.
  4. Remove from heat and let rice sit undisturbed 5-10 minutes (with pan lid on).
  5. Fluff with a fork before serving, and add desired garnishes.

From the kitchen of

Mexican Restaurant Rice

Happy #MexicanRecipes
Let’s have a fiesta of Cinco de Mayo inspired recipes all week long!

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6 responses

  1. One of my favorite foods is Mexican food. I spent many years living in the Southwest and swear I could eat Mexican food every day. I will have to try this wonderful rice recipe. Thanks for hosting #MexicanWeek

  2. This is a staple on any plate when I go for Mexican food, and I certainly haven’t perfected it. Thanks for sharing this version….can’t wait to try it!

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