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Authentic Mexican Rice

Authentic Mexican rice made with four simple ingredients
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: authentic mexican food, mexican recipe, mexican rice
Servings: 8 servings


  • 2 cups long grain rice
  • ΒΌ onion chopped
  • 1 (8oz) can tomato sauce
  • 4 cups water or chicken broth
  • 1 tbsp chicken bouillon *only if using water and not broth
  • 1 tsp sazon *optional
  • 2 tbsp olive oil


  • Rinse rise in a strainer until water runs clear. If able to prep ahead, leave to air dry overnight. Otherwise, set aside.
  • In a medium sauce pan add water and bouillon or chicken broth and place over medium heat. Bring to simmer or slow boil and turn heat off.
  • While broth simmers, place large pan over medium heat and add oil and onions. Once oil is hot and onions are fragrant add rice. Cook until rice is slightly golden being careful to not brown too much.
  • Bring heat down to medium low and add tomato sauce and broth to rice. Add in sazon if using. Carefully stir only to combine everything. Cover with lid and cook for 15 minutes.
  • After 15 minutes check to see if all water is absorbed. If not, leave on for another 2 minutes and check again. Once all water is absorbed remove from heat and fluff rice with fork.