Arroz Rojo (Mexican Red Rice)

Arroz Rojo (Mexican Red Rice) is a basic tomato  rice, with this version seasoned with annatto, onion,  garlic and cumin  for an easy yet tasty side dish.
Arroz Rojo (Mexican Red Rice)

Arroz Rojo (Mexican Red Rice)

By Sue Lau | Palatable Pastime

Arroz Rojo (Mexican Red Rice) is my recipe  of the day with the blogging  group  Foodie Extravaganza.

Every month on the first Wednesday we  get together and  post  our favorite recipes that correspond  with Food  Holidays. September is National  Rice Month so  here we  go!

Arroz Rojo (Mexican Red Rice)

I  have a recipe for Mexican  red rice (Arroz Rojo, which just  means red rice) as I have been toying with  different ingredients. So far all my rice has been good.  You can find a few extra links to those below.

There is more than one way to make your rice, as demonstrated  by different Mexican restaurants,  which each have their own  version.

Today’s recipe uses achiote  oil  along with a mix  of  chicken broth and tomato juice. I  don’t  want  too  much tomato, but then  I do want  enough to give flavor.

The annatto is mostly there for color.

The  annatto oil you can buy in  a bottle at  tiendas. Or  you can make it by  infusing  annatto seed in oil,  but that  is just more work. I’d  rather  spend more time  on  other parts of the  meal.  So I do use what  comes in the  bottle.

I also think  this would be good with either frozen peas or corn stirred in. But you can  decide for yourself. Tinker and discover what works best for you.

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Arroz Rojo (Mexican Red Rice)

Arroz Rojo (Mexican Red Rice)

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Arroz Rojo (Mexican Red Rice)

Arroz Rojo (Mexican Red Rice)

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Mexican, Tex-Mex
Servings 4


  • 1 medium onion (grated)
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon achiote oil or annatto oil
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup tomato juice
  • 1 cup long grain rice (rinsed and drained)
  • 1 tbsp cilantro (minced)


  • Combine ingredients (not the cilantro) in a saucepan and bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer 20 minutes.
  • Remove from heat, place a clean towel between the lid and the pan and let sit undisturbed 10-15 minutes.
  • Stir in cilantro and fluff with fork.


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