Easy Baked Mexican Rice


This easy Mexican rice is baked in the oven and tastes even better than the rice from your favorite Mexican restaurant!  Perfect for any occasion!


How much do you love the rice from your favorite Mexican restaurant?  Now you can have that amazing Mexican rice… at home, with just a little bit of effort, then it bakes in the oven for an easy hands-off side dish!

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Easy Baked Mexican Rice | This foolproof method for cooking rice tastes just like the rice from your favorite Mexican restaurant... full of flavor and cooked to perfectly fluffy perfection! | http://thechunkychef.com

This is another one of those recipes that I’ve been meaning to get up here on the blog for a while now, yet it somehow got pushed to the back-burner in my excitement for other recipes (like this strawberry pie or this spicy macaroni salad)!  But since Easter has passed, it’s time to get ready for one of my favorite days… Cinco de Mayo!

Easy Baked Mexican Rice | This foolproof method for cooking rice tastes just like the rice from your favorite Mexican restaurant... full of flavor and cooked to perfectly fluffy perfection! | http://thechunkychef.com

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I don’t know about you, but I’ve always been a HUGE fan of the rice at Mexican restaurants.  It’s so full of flavor!  This version starts with pulsing some tomatoes and onion in the food processor until smooth.  This imparts a TON of flavor, plus, it’s all fresh!

Easy Baked Mexican Rice | This foolproof method for cooking rice tastes just like the rice from your favorite Mexican restaurant... full of flavor and cooked to perfectly fluffy perfection! | http://thechunkychef.com

This recipe isn’t actually mine you guys… it’s my friend Meggan’s from Culinary Hill.  Seriously, do yourself a favor and head over there… you’ll be drooling!!  I’ve made a few minor tweaks to the recipe, due to things we have here and my family’s preferences, but she’s the genius behind it!

If you haven’t baked rice before… you should totally start.  It’s a fool-proof way to get rice with a great texture, and is so hands-off!  I’m planning some other baked rice recipes, but if you’re looking for another one to try for now, this Stick of Butter Rice is a great one!

Easy Baked Mexican Rice | This foolproof method for cooking rice tastes just like the rice from your favorite Mexican restaurant... full of flavor and cooked to perfectly fluffy perfection! | http://thechunkychef.com

I find this rice is easiest to make when you use an oven-safe skillet or pan (plus there’s only one dish to wash!), but you can start the rice in a sauce pan and transfer it to a baking pan (3 quart or larger) to finish baking in the oven.

This Mexican rice is delicious alongside just about any meal, but these are my favorites:

So the next time you’re craving some Mexican food, with that fantastic Mexican rice, try this version out and be amazed!!

Easy Baked Mexican Rice | This foolproof method for cooking rice tastes just like the rice from your favorite Mexican restaurant... full of flavor and cooked to perfectly fluffy perfection! | http://thechunkychef.com

Recipe adapted slightly from Culinary Hill (be sure to check out her page for tips on making this rice for a crowd!)


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Easy Baked Mexican Rice | This foolproof method for cooking rice tastes just like the rice from your favorite Mexican restaurant... full of flavor and cooked to perfectly fluffy perfection! | http://thechunkychef.com
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5 from 6 votes
Easy Baked Mexican Rice
6
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
35 mins
 

This easy Mexican rice is baked in the oven and tastes even better than the rice from your favorite Mexican restaurant! Perfect for any occasion!

Calories: 283 kcal
Author: The Chunky Chef
Ingredients
  • 4 roma tomatoes, core removed and cut into quarters
  • 1 yellow or white onion, skin removed and cut into quarters
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 cups long-grain white rice
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced (leave the seeds in if you want extra heat)
  • 1 1/2 cups reduced sodium chicken broth
  • 1 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tsp salt to taste
  • 1/2 cup minced fresh cilantro (divided)
  • 2 green onions, sliced
  • 1 lime (juiced)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Add dry rice to a mesh sieve and rinse under cold water until water runs clear.

  2. To a blender or food processor, add tomatoes, onion and approximately 2 Tbsp of the minced cilantro.  Process until smooth.  This should yield around 2 cups, but if there's excess, discard any amount more than 2 cups.

  3. Add vegetable oil to a large, oven safe pan (I love to use my Le Creuset buffet casserole dish), and heat over MED heat.  Add rice and saute for about 5-10 minutes, until fragrant and lightly golden.

  4. Add garlic and jalapeño and stir about 30 seconds or so, until fragrant.  Add tomato puree, tomato paste, chicken broth and 1 tsp salt.  Stir to combine and bring to a boil.

  5. Cover and bake about 25-30 minutes, until liquid is absorbed, stirring halfway through.  Fluff rice with a fork, squeeze lime juice over rice and stir in cilantro and green onions.  

  6. Taste and adjust by adding more salt or black pepper, if needed.

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15 comments on “Easy Baked Mexican Rice”

  1. Absolutely delicious! I’ve never had a Mexican style rice come out so well! It always ends up so-so flavor wise, and slightly mushy. Not this stuff! I prepped the night before, as I was making this and enchiladas at a get together. I minced the jalapeno and garlic in the food processor, then took that, the tomato-onion mixture, the chicken broth, the tomato paste, and the salt, and mixed them all in one large tupperware container. I put the oil in a small tupperware container, same with the chopped cilantro and green onions. I got to my host’s house, and toasted up the rice while the oven was preheating. Once toasted, I just poured in the whole container of liquid mixture, brought to a boil, covered, and put in the oven. Easy! The enchiladas I was made (that I also prepped the night before) went in for the same temp and time, so it all came out at once. Was a great meal, everyone loved it!

    The Enchiladas I made were the Creamy Jalapeno Chicken Enchiladas from Five Heart Home, if anyone is curious 🙂

  2. For the Easy Baked Mexican Rice, Would it be okay to put in a Crock-Pot the next day for an office party or will it make it too mushy?

  3. I just made your rise… AMAZING 😍
    thank you so much for sharing, I LOVE IT

  4. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe!! It turned out amazing and its been such a struggle to make good rice…even owning a rice cooker. I only hope it turns out good every time we make it. Saving this recipe for life! Thanks again!

  5. Great recipe. Always looking for something tasty and easy for my family of 5 now. Crazy how much they eat :p

  6. I LOVE that this is baked in the oven. It makes it so much easier.

  7. This is my dad’s favorite way to make rice! Definitely need to show him this recipe!

  8. Oh, yes please! Is it bad that I just want to sit down with the whole dish to myself?!

  9. I do love the flavor of Mexican rice and yours looks perfectly cooked!

  10. We love any Mexican food here! Believe it or not though, I’ve never made real Mexican rice. I always make Cilantro Lime Rice. Might be time to change things up a little!

  11. You are a life saver! I have always been an epic fail at sides for our mexican nights. I’m so excited to try this and finally have a win!

  12. I love Mexican Rice! I cannot wait to try this one!

  13. This is definitely a must-try recipe! <3
    We Filipinos loves rice! we have a variety of rice here in my country. Since I saw this, I might try this recipe. Plus, I can tell theirs a lot of sparks going on in my mouth if I try this. Lots of flavors! Anyways, I enjoyed reading this. You have an amazing blog!

  14. Baked rice? In all my years of Latin American cooking I never thought to bake rice. You’ve sparked my curiosity and inspiration. Now I’ve got to try it!!