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Mexican Yellow Rice Recipe

Mexican Yellow Rice Recipe
Mexican Yellow Rice Recipe

Mexican Yellow Rice is a delicious side that you can pair with your favorite Latin main dishes. One of the most common ingredients in Mexican recipes is rice! This Mexican Yellow Rice recipe is both easy and tasty.  

Some may call this Spanish Rice, but Mexican Rice and Spanish Rice differ by region. In Mexico, they call it Mexican Yellow Rice and in the United States, they call it Spanish Rice. The recipes are very similar but like all recipes, they will vary from recipe to recipe and from region to region.

The flavor is mild enough that you can serve it with many different types of recipes. Mix in some vegetables like peas or carrots to give it an extra boost. Serve it with refried beans on Taco Tuesdays or anytime Mexican food is on the menu.

This recipe can also be made in a rice cooker if you have one. So get ready for some South of the Border taste with this amazing Mexican Yello Rice recipe.

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Mexican Yellow Rice Recipe

Mike Gonzalez
This goes great in a burrito, or as a side dish with some re-fried beans.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Sides
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 4 people
Calories 570 kcal


  • 1 cup Long Grain Rice
  • 2 Tbsp Light Olive Oil
  • 1 small onion finely diced
  • 1 small red bell pepper seeded and finely diced
  • 1 can tomato sauce 8 oz can
  • cups chicken stock
  • ½ tsp Ground Tumeric
  • ½ tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp Granulated Garlic
  • ½ tsp oregano
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • In a saucepan, add the olive oil along with the onion, bell pepper and garlic and let them cook together over medium heat until the onion becomes translucent.
  • Add the rice, stir it around with the onion mixture for about a minute.
  • Add the tomato sauce, chicken stock, tumeric, cumin, oregano, granulated garlic, salt and pepper.
  • Place a lid on the pot, reduce the heat to medium low and simmer for about 15 to 20 minutes or until the rice is tender.
  • Fluff it up with a fork and serve it right away!

Did You Know?

The Spaniards first brought rice to Mexico through the port of Veracruz, an area where the warm, moist climate would prove to be ideal for its cultivation, in the 1520’s, over a century before slave ships from Madagascar would introduce rice to the Carolinas.



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