Mexican Rice

Mexican Rice

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"This flavored rice is a local favorite in San Antonio."

Ingredients 50 m {{adjustedServings}} servings 199 cals

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  • Calories:
  • 199 kcal
  • 10%
  • Fat:
  • 5.6 g
  • 9%
  • Carbs:
  • 33.8g
  • 11%
  • Protein:
  • 3.4 g
  • 7%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Sodium:
  • 809 mg
  • 32%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. In a large saucepan, heat vegetable oil over a medium-low heat. Place the onions in the pan, and saute until golden.
  2. Add rice to 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. Stir occasionally.
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  • Cook's Note:
  • Instead of oil, I like to use bacon drippings. Sometimes, I like to use the oil and "cook" the rice in a large skillet until it appears brown. I then add the onion. If you do this, add a little more oil or bacon drippings.
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I would rename this recipe "San Antonio" as opposed to Mexican. Being Mexican myself and making this rice or eating it from relatives in Old Mexico, the recipe does not call for all that spice nor peppers, much less all that tomato sauce. Less than 1 can is enough if you use tomato sauce. And the rice is supposed to be sauteed with the onion in the oil. It sounds good, but I don't think it's kid friendly. It's just another Tex-Mex variation of the traditional recipe.


I'm never using boxed red beans and rice to go with Mexican food again! In the past I was a little lost as to what to serve with tacos, or fajitas but now I have an answer. This was really easy, and it tasted a lot like the mexican rice we eat at a Mexican restaurant in my area. Of course, I can't afford saffron, so I omitted it but other than that the ingredients were pretty normal and easy to find. And no one was repulsed by green peppers, which the kids have a problem with every time we sit down to eat.


This was ok but I have had better. It was easy. The cook time listed is too long 25-30 min. is more then enough time.