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Mexican Rice

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  • Author: Monkey and Me Kitchen Adventures
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 4 - 6 Serves 1x
  • Category: Side
  • Cuisine: Mexican, Southwestern


This simple steam cooker Mexican Rice is so easy and flavorful.  It makes for a perfect side dish to accompany all your Southwestern dishes.  Whole Food Plant Based, oil free, refined sugar free, no processed ingredients to minimally processed ingredients, and gluten free!


  • 1 1/2 cup rices – uncooked, rinsed and drained (rice of your choice, we have found that Della Light Brown Basmati works really well)
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 cup of tomato sauce
  • 1  1/2 cups water
  • 1 cup vegetable broth (we used Pacific Organic Vegetable Broth)
  • Pinch dried jalapeño pepper flakes* or 1 small jalapeño pepper, seeded, cut in rings

Optional toppings:

  • Chopped green onions
  • Chopped fresh cilantro
  • Sliced jalapeño 


  1. Combine the dry spices in a small bowl, stir to incorporate. Set aside.
  2. Combine tomato sauce, water and vegetable broth together. Set aside.
  3. Rinse and drain 1 1/2 cups of rice, then place in a rice cooker.
  4. Combine the dry spices to the liquids and mix well to incorporate, then add to the rice cooker, gently stir. Stir in the jalapeño.  
  5. Set the rice cooker to the appropriate setting.
  6. When the rice is done, transfer to a serving bowl, fluff with a fork.
  7. Enjoy as a delicious side dish or incorporate into your favorite Southwestern dishes.


* Dried Jalapeño Flakes:  We love Penzeys dried jalapeño flakes.  They pack a really nice punch of heat without adding a ton of heat.