Mexican Rice recipe: Arroz a la Mexicana

The traditional Mexican rice recipe that is arroz a la Mexicana is one of the most popular easy Mexican recipes used in the cuisine as a side dish.  It surprised me recently to find out from talking to a lot of foreigners visiting Mexico that many people starting out in the cuisine have a hard time cooking authentic Mexican recipes that involve rice, so I’m going to break this down simple and easy for you here so there’s almost no chance you’ll screw it up!

The signature of Mexican rice is the cilantro and the vegetables.  It is no more harder to make than other types of rice; it just takes a bit more preparation than some, but it’s worth it because this rice tastes great, it’s a bit more healthy than other types of rice, and it makes for good presentation when you use it to finish a dish off.

Easy Mexican recipes like this are all over in the cuisine, but I’ve chose to share this one with you today because I haven’t covered any kind of rice yet on this site and it’s about time I did and helped out the people struggling to make these traditional Mexican recipes that have rice!  With that said, here we go:

Ingredients (serves four guests as a side dish):

brown rice – 1 cup
white onion – 1/4 of a medium size one
cilantro – 2 branches
garlic – 1 clove
mixed vegetables (chopped carrots, potatoes, peas) – 1 cup
olive oil – 1 table spoon
salt – 1 table spoon
water – 1 cup

Preparation:

If you’re working with raw rice for this Mexican rice recipe, start by putting it in a pot, submerging it in super hot water and then letting it sit for a half hour.  Then drain the rice and allow it to dry out for about fifteen minutes.

In a blender, blend your tomatoes, onions, and garlic.

Once it’s liquefied, in a hot sauce pan, put a table spoon of olive oil and heat up this sauce and bring it to a boil.

Then stir in your cup of rice.

Then add a table spoon of salt, and return to boil.

Once it’s there, reduce the heat to low, cover it with a lid and let it simmer for five minutes.

Then remove the pan from heat, and then add the two cilantro branches in.

Pour your cup of vegetables into the pan as well, and stir it all together, and then cover it and let it sit for another five minutes until the rice has absorbed all the sauce.

Then fluff it with a fork.

And that’s it!  Serve with your main course and enjoy this easy Mexican rice recipe.  I know rice isn’t the most exciting dish out there, but at least with Mexican rice you get to put a little twist on an otherwise boring staple.  I hope you enjoy it!

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