One pot Mexican Red Rice (aka Arroz Rojo) – simple ingredients make for powerful flavours! Set this rice to cook on a side burner as your prep your main meal. Add to meal prep lunches, tacos, burritos, salads and other Mexican inspired cuisines. Gluten Free + Vegan/Vegetarian Option – just use veggie stock!
Controversial opinion time: a good Mexican red rice is better than Chinese fried rice. Thoughts?
Though to be fair, a more accurate statement would be that whatever rice I’m currently eating is my favourite and right now I can’t get enough of this stuff.
How to Make: Mexican Red Rice
Altogether this rice takes about 30ish minutes to make – most of that time hands off. After the initial prep of gathering and chopping your veggies it’s a fairly quick and straight forward process.
Like most promising recipes, start out by sautéing your onion and garlic in a bit of oil along with the jalapeño. Cook that mixture for a few minutes on a medium heat to soften the veg before adding the tomatoes and mix it altogether.
Next up, stir in your rice, cook another couple of minutes before finally adding the stock. Bring to a slight boil then reduce down to a simmer, cover and let cook for about 15-20 minutes until the liquid has evaporated.
In one last step, turn off the stove top, leave the lid on and let the rice sit for a final 10 minutes to fully evaporate any lingering liquids resulting in a more fluffy rice.
Tips & Substitutions
- You can make this Mexican rice using brown rice can be used in place of white rice but you will need to increase the cook time from 15 minutes to 35-40 minutes.
- Basmati can be used in place of the long grain white rice without any other changes to the recipe.
- You can use 2 tablespoons tomato paste in place of the fresh tomatoes.
- You can leave out the jalapeño if you’re sensitive to spicy food.
- Use vegetable stock instead of chicken stock for vegan/vegetarian friendly Mexican red rice.
And that’s it! Easy, Mexican Red Rice that comes together all in one pot with ingredients that you can easily find by shopping your own kitchen cupboards. Serve this as a side to your favourite Mexican inspired dishes or top up with some beans and guacamole to enjoy as the main star.