Easy Mexican Baked Brown Rice is the perfect side dish for all the Mexican food we love to eat. This recipe is full of comforting traditional Mexican flavors, nutritious brown rice, and a medley of vegetables for a delightful one-pan meal.
Baking this Mexican rice is truly a fool-proof method making this Spanish rice come out fluffy and delicious every time. This amazing Mexican rice will rival any rice from your favorite Mexican restaurant!
WHY YOU’LL LOVE THIS EASY MEXICAN BAKED BROWN RICE RECIPE
Mexican brown rice has a delicious, nutty taste that is a little bit heartier than traditional white rice. It’s packed with healthy nutrients and dietary fiber without tasting healthy.
Cumin, chili powder, salsa tomato sauce, and a flavor-loaded medley of vegetables come together with brown rice, rich butter, and chicken broth to make a traditional Mexican staple.
This dish compliments any main Mexican dish from tacos and fajitas to enchiladas and burritos. Paired with black beans or refried beans it becomes a main dish.
It’s so easy to prepare because everything is done in one Dutch oven or heavy-bottomed deep skillet. Every cook loves a one-pot dish!
The best part about this easy recipe is you get savory, fluffy rice every single time.
WHAT YOU’LL NEED FOR EASY BAKED MEXICAN RICE
Rice: Brown long-grain rice still stands up to baking better than short-grain brown rice. White long-grain rice will too but not quite as well as brown. Jasmine rice or Basmati rice, when baked, tends to overcook and get mushy in this recipe.
Vegetables: red onion or white onion, minced garlic, and jalapenos. Any green pepper can be substituted for the jalapeno. Red pepper or a combination of both red and green would be good.
Spices: Savory cumin, chili powder, or smokey chipotle chili powder, or packaged taco seasoning can be used for the seasoning. Better than Boullion Roasted Garlic is absolutely delicious in this recipe. You can use Better Than Boullion Chicken or omit it altogether.
Butter: you can use either salted or unsalted. Olive oil can be substituted for the butter. Use the same amount of oil as you would butter.
Tomato Sauce: This recipe uses store-bought salsa. Pace Original Picante Sauce. Any thick jarred salsa can be substituted. Canned Rotel Tomatoes can be used as well but draining them beforehand is necessary. Canned tomato sauce can be used too but it’s not as flavorful.
Broth: Chicken broth, vegetable broth, or water. If using water use one and a half times the roasted garlic bouillon.
Toppings: 1 cup shredded cheddar or Mexican blend cheese, green onions, and chopped fresh cilantro (optional, for topping).
6 tablespoons of butter – 2 tablespoons for sauteed veggies
1 large or 2 small fresh jalapeno pepper, chopped
1/2 medium red onion, chopped
2 large cloves of garlic, minced
2 cups of brown rice
1 teaspoon of cumin
1/2 teaspoon of chili powder or chipotle powder
1/2 cup of thick, store-bought salsa
1 heaping tablespoon of Better Than Boullion Roasted Garlic Paste.
3 cups of broth
Salt and pepper and more spices, if needed, to taste.
HOW TO MAKE THIS EASY MEXICAN RICE RECIPE
STEP 1:Preheat Oven: Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and position a rack in the center.
STEP 2: Add the Veggies: In a large medium-sized Dutch oven or large oven-safe skillet with a lid, melt 2 tablespoons over medium heat. Add the chopped onion, jalapeno, and garlic and sauté for 2-3 minutes, until they become fragrant and slightly translucent.
STEP 3:Incorporate the Rice: Add rice to the skillet and stir it into the vegetable and spice mixture. Let the rice toast for a couple of minutes, stirring occasionally.
STEP 4:Season It Up: Add the chili powder and ground cumin. Stir well to coat the vegetables with the spices.
STEP 5:Pour in the Tomatoes: Pour in the salsa and Better Than Boullion Roasted Garlic. Stir to combine.
STEP 6:Add the Broth: Pour in the chicken or vegetable broth. Add the remaining 4 tablespoons of butter.
STEP 7:Bake It: Cover with a heavy tight-fitting lid and place in the oven. Bake for 1 hour. If broth is not absorbed, then bake for 10 minutes longer. Let the rice dish set for at least 10 minutes with the lid still on.
STEP 8:Fluff and Garnish: Fluff the cooked rice with a fork. Sprinkle freshly chopped cilantro, chopped green onions, and a squeeze of lime juice over the top.
HOW TO SERVE BAKED MEXICAN RICE
Serve this delicious rice dish with your favorite Mexican meal along with tortilla chips and yummy Queso for starters.
Make this delicious side dish into a satisfying main course by stirring in taco meat or a can of black beans. Sprinkle grated cheese on top and bake for 15 minutes or until cheese is melted.
This simple recipe is a great side dish for any grilled or barbeque chicken or steak. Especially if you’re grilling fajitas.
Add leftover Mexican rice to your favorite taco salad or use it as a base in a Mexican rice bowl. Top with shrimp, avocados, beans, corn, and salsa for a quick lunch or light dinner.
What is Mexican baked rice, and how does it differ from traditional Mexican rice?
Mexican baked rice is a flavorful dish that combines brown rice with a variety of Mexican-inspired ingredients, such as spices, jalapeno peppers, tomatoes, and onions. It differs from traditional Mexican rice which is made with white rice. The baking process allows the flavors to meld together, resulting in a unique and satisfying taste.
Can the spice level be customize in this Mexican rice recipe?
Yes, you can definitely customize the spiciness of your Mexican baked rice. Adjust the amount of spices and chili peppers for your individual heat level. If you prefer a milder dish, reduce the amount of chili peppers or opt for bell peppers or canned green chilies. If you love the heat, increase the spice amount to suit your taste. This recipe is the best Mexican rice recipe because it has a lower level of heat to start with and is easily adjusted.
HOW TO STORE LEFTOVERS
Store this baked rice in the refrigerator in an airtight container for 4-5 days.
Traditional Mexican flavors, nutritious brown rice, and a medley of vegetables for a delightful one-pan meal. Baking this Mexican rice is truly a fool-proof method making this Spanish rice come out fluffy and delicious every time.
.5cupchunky, thick salsaPace Picante Sauce was used in this recipe
1tblsroasted garlic boullionBetter than Boullion Roasted Garlic
3cupchicken brothvegetable broth or water can be substituted
salt, pepper, more spice for individual taste
Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and position a rack in the center.
In a large a medium size Dutch oven or large oven safe skillet with a lid, melt 2 tablespoons of over medium heat. Add the chopped onion, jalapeno, and garlic and sauté for 2-3 minutes, until they become fragrant and slightly translucent.
6 tbsp butter, 1 large jalapeno or 2 small, .5 cup red onion, 2 large garlic cloves
Add rice to the skillet and stir it into the vegetable and spice mixture. Let the rice toast for a couple of minutes, stirring occasionally.
2 cup long grain brown rice
Add the chili powder, and ground cumin. Stir well to coat the vegetables with the spices.
1 tsp cumin powder, .5 tsp chili powder or chipotle chili powder
Pour in the salsa and Better Than Boullion Roasted Garlic. Stir to combine.
.5 cup chunky, thick salsa, 1 tbls roasted garlic boullion
Pour in the chicken or vegetable broth. Add the remaining 4 tablespoons of butter.
3 cup chicken broth
Cover with a heavy tight-fitting lid and place in the oven. Bake for 1 hour. If broth is not absorbed, then bake for 10 minutes longer. Let the rice dish set for at least 10 minutes with the lid still on.
Fluff the cooked rice with a fork. Sprinkle freshly chopped cilantro, chopped green onions, and a squeeze of lime juice over the top
salt, pepper, more spice for individual taste
Note: Rinsing brown rice first will clean the rice of dust particles and micro debris. It will also remove some starch which will make it less sticky. On the flip side, rinsing will also remove some nutrients from the brown rice. Bake time will vary depending on the amount of rice cooked. When making 1/2 this recipe, 1 cup of rice, that bake time will be approximately 45 minutes.