Easy Authentic Mexican Rice


This easy Mexican rice recipe is cooked with onion powder, garlic powder, and tomato sauce for a simple side dish. Add green bell pepper, red bell pepper, or fresh tomato to the rice before simmering for extra flavor and color, according to your family's taste. Use chicken stock in place of water for even more savory flavor.

Cook Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
25 mins


  • ¼ cup canola oil

  • 1 tablespoon onion powder

  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder

  • 1 cup uncooked white rice

  • 1 ½ cups water

  • 1 (6.5 ounce) can tomato sauce


  1. Heat canola oil in a skillet over medium-high heat; season with onion powder and garlic powder. Stir in rice and cook until golden, 2 to 4 minutes.

  2. Stir in water and tomato sauce; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until rice is tender, about 15 minutes.

    close up view of Mexican rice garnished with herbs in a bowl
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Nutrition Facts (per serving)

158 Calories
7g Fat
21g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 158
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 1g 3%
Sodium 124mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 21g 8%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 2mg 10%
Calcium 15mg 1%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 123mg 3%

* 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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