Vegetarian Mexican Rice


This Mexican-style vegetarian rice is a flavorful favorite among locals in San Antonio, Texas.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
45 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 5 mins


  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • cup diced onion

  • 1 ½ cups uncooked white rice

  • 1 cup chopped green bell pepper

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • 1 teaspoon chili powder

  • 1 ½ (8 ounce) cans tomato sauce

  • 2 teaspoons salt

  • 1 clove garlic, minced

  • teaspoon powdered saffron

  • 3 cups water


  1. In a large saucepan, heat vegetable oil over medium-low heat. Place onions in the pan, and sauté until golden.

  2. Add rice to the pan, and stir to coat grains with oil. Mix in green bell pepper, cumin, chili powder, tomato sauce, salt, garlic, saffron, and water. Cover, bring to a boil, and then reduce heat to simmer. Cook for 30 to 40 minutes, or until rice is tender. Occasionally stir.


Instead of oil, I like to use bacon drippings. Sometimes, I like to use oil and cook the rice in a large skillet until it appears brown. I then add onion. If you do this, add a little more oil or bacon drippings.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

199 Calories
6g Fat
34g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 199
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g 7%
Saturated Fat 1g 4%
Sodium 809mg 35%
Total Carbohydrate 34g 12%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 19mg 97%
Calcium 21mg 2%
Iron 2mg 13%
Potassium 236mg 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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