Maria's Mexican Rice

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My mom is from Nuevo Laredo, Mexico and this is how she has been making rice all her life. One day I finally stopped and measured the amounts she used while cooking. In my view this is the perfect Mexican rice. It's not too greasy or dry, nice color, and great flavor. The Serrano pepper will add flavor but no heat to this recipe since it is used whole and not chopped. If you would like spicy Mexican rice, de-seed and chop the Serrano before adding it to the mix.

close up view of Mexican Rice garnished with fresh herbs in a pan
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Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 cup rice

  • ½ large onion, diced

  • ½ tablespoon salt

  • teaspoon ground cumin

  • teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 2 ½ cups water

  • cup tomato sauce

  • 1 tablespoon chicken bouillon (such as Knorr®)

  • 1 whole serrano chile pepper (Optional)

Directions

  1. Heat oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Cook and stir rice and onion in the hot oil until browned, about 5 minutes; season with salt, cumin, and pepper. Pour water over the rice mixture. Stir tomato sauce and chicken bouillon into the water. Increase heat to medium-high, place a cover on the saucepan, and bring to a boil. Add serrano chile pepper and continue cooking at a boil for 10 minutes. Reduce heat to medium-low until the rice is tender and the water is absorbed, 15 to 20 minutes more.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

164 Calories
5g Fat
27g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 164
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g 6%
Saturated Fat 1g 4%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 845mg 37%
Total Carbohydrate 27g 10%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 2mg 12%
Calcium 19mg 1%
Iron 2mg 9%
Potassium 108mg 2%

* 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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