Mexican Rice

  • Servings : 5
  • Prep Time : 10m
  • Cook Time : 20m
  • Ready In : 30m

This rice has to be the cheapest, tastiest thing that I make. I spent about $2 making this dish. I suggest buying rice (and anything else that you can) in bulk – it’s a lot cheaper and less wasteful of packaging.


  • 1 cup medium grain rice
  • 1 can tomato sauce
  • 1/4 yellow onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp vegetable oil
  • salt and pepper, to taste


Step 1

Heat vegetable oil in a medium sized pan. Fry the uncooked rice until it's golden.

Step 2

Add onion and garlic and let cook until onions become translucent.

Step 3

Add tomato sauce and two cups of water, then stir with about a tsp of both salt and pepper.

Step 4

Bring water to a boil, cover the pan with a lid and bring down heat to a low temperature. Let it sit for 15-20 minutes at low heat.

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Comments (32)

  1. posted by Keren on May 8, 2012

    I do something similar except I use Trader Joes Organic Brown Rice. You microwave it for 2 min. and 30 sec. , let it cool.
    Mix in the ingredients in a frying pan use 1Tbl. Extra Virgin Olive Oil in the pan mix thoroughly while heating. EAT! mmmmmmm! Yummy!

    • posted by Toni on May 8, 2012

      Thanks for the tip, maybe I’ll try that. I have a hard time waiting for the rice to cook. I can be pretty impatient. πŸ™‚

  2. posted by Jackie P on October 6, 2012

    This looks so yummy…. kind of a dumb question but you are frying already cooked rice correct??

    • posted by Toni on October 10, 2012

      No, sorry for the lack of clarity – I fixed that. Fry the uncooked rice until it’s lightly browned. Thanks!

  3. posted by Brianna on May 28, 2013

    What can size is recommended for one cup? I make a variation with canned chopped tomatoes.

    • posted by Toni on August 26, 2013

      I use a small can of tomato sauce. πŸ™‚

  4. posted by paula g on May 29, 2013

    Is that one cup uncooked rice and what size can tomato sauce? Looks Yummy!

    • posted by Toni on August 14, 2013

      Yes, that’s uncooked rice. πŸ™‚

      • posted by Ali on January 5, 2016

        What size can of tomato sauce?

        • posted by Toni on January 14, 2016

          Hi Ali, good question! Use an 8 oz can.

  5. posted by Lisa on July 6, 2013

    I like to add some vegetables to mine – the frozen mixed veggies with green beans, peas, corn, and carrots are particularly good. And if you like things spicy, can use El Pato tomato sauce instead of plain. Thanks for the recipe!

  6. posted by Erica on November 12, 2013

    Can you use another grain like quinoa or barley for this?

    • posted by Toni on November 12, 2013

      Hi Erica,

      I’ve never tried, I imagine so. If you try it, let me know! <3

  7. posted by Melissa on November 15, 2013

    Made this tonight – delicious! I added a chopped jalapeΓ±o with the onion and garlic. I thought the teaspoon of pepper was too much so I’ll reduce that next time. So good, easy to prepare and easy on the budget!!! Thanks for the recipe!

  8. posted by Ronnie on November 15, 2013

    What is considered a medium grain rice? Is brown rice?

  9. posted by Amanda Gould on November 17, 2013

    The recipe calls for 1 can of tomato sauce. Did you mean tomato paste? Tomato sauce comes in 15 oz cans. Only paste comes in the smaller size. I followed the recipe using a can of of tomato sauce and 2 cups of water and the rice took almost an hour to boil off all the liquid. And I took the lid off and turned up the heat for the last 20 minutes.

    • posted by Garrett on January 6, 2015

      Yeah same problem here. Her instructions are super unclear… guess I’ll have to wait awhile before the liquid boils off πŸ˜›

      • posted by Shannon on January 28, 2015

        Her instructions are actually quite clear. I have made this many times and it turns out perfect every time. She did mean one can of tomato sauce not paste. The sauce does come in small cans at some grocery stores such as Whole Foods. If you cannot find the small can just use 8oz of what ever size can you buy so if you get a 16oz can just use half. I hope you try this recipe again as my whole family loves it. It is a really great side to the pups recipe found here as well. Good Luck!

  10. posted by sommer on November 19, 2013

    just made this tonight and its yum! I nearly burnt the rice when i was browning it uncooked,my own fault but just rescued it in time! I used 1 cup of tomato passata and it was perfect.

  11. posted by Teresa on April 19, 2014

    Also delicious to add some diced green bell pepper with the onions and let cook! That’s how my Nana does it πŸ˜‰ oh, and add cumin!

  12. posted by healthyhappymarierie on April 19, 2014

    Trying to Pin this on Pinterest and it says something is up with your website so I can’t. Thought you’d like to know!

  13. posted by Marsha on September 8, 2015

    My daughter in-law made this dish for her grandson’s baptism. Delicious! I asked her for the recipe and came here to find for help. This is exactly how she told me, except she used fresh tomatoes blended with the garlic and onion. Toni’s instructions were very clear!!! Thanks πŸ™‚

    • posted by Toni on September 17, 2015

      Glad you enjoyed it Marsha!!

  14. posted by Tom on May 21, 2016

    “1 can tomato sauce”
    …what size?

  15. posted by Terese on November 13, 2017

    I am SO happy with all your recipes! You’re a life changer!


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