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Mexican Rice Pilaf with Pasilla Chile

Rated as 4 out of 5 Stars

"For years I have had the trouble of my rice coming out too wet and soft and all stuck together. By reducing the ratio of water to rice from 2:1 to 1.5:1 and reducing the cooking time from 20 minutes to 15 minutes, as well as rinsing the starch off the rice and toasting it, I've found a consistency I really enjoy. Don't be surprised if the bottom burns a little; I like to scrape up the crunchy bits at the bottom into the rice for some texture, but this is optional."
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47 m servings 220
Original recipe yields 4 servings


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  1. Heat oil in a small saucepan over medium heat. Cook and stir rice in the hot oil until toasted, 6 to 7 minutes. Add onion; cook, stirring often, until soft, 5 to 8 minutes. Stir in pasilla chile and cumin; toast for 2 minutes. Add water, chicken soup base, salt, and pepper; bring to a boil. Stir one last time, cover, and cook for 7 minutes on medium heat. Reduce heat to low and cook for 7 minutes more.
  2. Remove saucepan from heat and let rice sit, covered, for 10 minutes. Fluff with a fork.


  • Cook's Note:
  • I use a dedicated coffee grinder (aka spice grinder) to pulverize the cumin and chile, but if you don't have a dedicated spice grinder, you could chop the chile on a cutting board or snip them into pieces with scissors, or just use store-bought ancho chile powder.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 220 calories; 3 43.4 4.3 < 1 145 Full nutrition

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Made as written and this was a nice change from the tomato based Mexican rices. The hubs gave it a thumbs up too. The only one problem I had is that there wasn't enough liquid and it didn't get ...