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Super Easy Mexican Rice Recipe

This super easy Mexican rice recipe will become your new favorite side to accompany all of your favorite Mexican dinners. There’s no chopping involved in this recipe and it can be ready in under 30 minutes!

super easy mexican rice in a white bowl garnished with cilantro

What should I serve with Mexican rice?

Ingredients needed:

  • white rice
  • Sazon Goya with culantro and achiote packet
  • chicken bouillon
  • vegetable oil
  • water

Here is a photo of the chicken bouillon I use. I always use the Knorr brand.

As you can see there is no tomato sauce nor fresh tomatoes in this recipe.

What’s going to give the rice it’s orange color is the packet of Sazon Goya with culantro and achiote.

chicken bouillon and sazon goya for super easy mexican rice

How to make it

Heat up the oil in a pot over medium heat. Then add the rice.

You’re going to toast the rice over medium heat for about 5-10 minutes or until the rice turns a golden color as shown below.

toasting rice

Now that the rice is toasted go ahead and add the water, sazon goya and chicken bouillon.

Stir and bring it to a boil over medium heat. Then reduce heat to low and cover.

Cook for for 25 minutes.

cooking rice in a pot

When the rice is done fluff it with a fork.

This easy rice is yummy alongside pinto beans.

Rice and pinto beans are the perfect sides to go with any Mexican meal.

cooked super easy mexican rice

Frequently asked questions

What kind of rice is used in Mexican cuisine?

Long and medium grain white rice and Jasmine rice all work fantastically.

These days I’m partial to jasmine rice however use whichever one you have available.

Why does my rice come out hard?

Your rice may be coming out hard due to not using enough water. Make sure the amount of water you use is double the amount of rice.

For example if you’re cooking 1 cup of rice you’ll want to use 2 cups of water.

Another reason your rice may be coming out hard is removing the lid to check on the rice while it’s cooking.

Removing the lid causes the heat to escape and the rice won’t cook evenly after that.

Once you put the lid on the pot do NOT remove it until it is done cooking.

How do you keep rice from getting mushy?

In order to keep your rice from getting mushy it’s important that you don’t over stir it.

Only stir it once after adding the liquid and seasonings to it.

Another way to keep rice from getting mushy is using the right amount of water.

Using to much water will result in a mushy rice.

So like I said earlier if cooking 1 cup of rice use 2 cups of water. If cooking 2 cups of rice use 4 cups of water and so forth.

Looking for more rice recipes? Here are a few of my favorites!

I really hope you enjoyed this super easy Mexican rice recipe.

Please don’t forget to leave it a rating down below.

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rice in a white bowl
rice in a white bowl
4.25 from 24 votes

Super Easy Mexican Rice

This is the easiest Mexican rice recipe ever. It's ready in under 30 minutes.

Course Mexican, Side Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword easy rice recipe, mexican rice
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Author Carissa


  • 1 1/2 cup white rice
  • 1 Sazon Goya with culantro and achiote packet
  • 2 tsp chicken bouillon
  • 2 tbs vegetable oil
  • 3 cups water


  1. Heat up oil in a pot over medium heat.

  2. Add the rice and toast for 5 to 10 minutes until its a golden color. Stir every now and then to prevent it from burning.

  3. Add the water, Sazon Goya and chicken bouillon. Stir and bring to a boil over medium high heat. Reduce heat to low, cover and cook for 25 minutes.

  4. Fluff with a fork and serve.

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Wednesday 18th of October 2023

Excellent recipe especially for a first timer! I added a cup of frozen mixed vegetables when I added the water & seasonings....cooked it exactly as stated in your recipe. Came out just right Mexican rice. Vwill go well with out tamales for dinner tonight. Thank you


Thursday 19th of October 2023

Awesome! I’m so glad you enjoyed this recipe!


Thursday 16th of June 2022

This was really good! My hubby loves it. It went great with our tacos and Mexican corn for dinner tonight!


Sunday 26th of June 2022

I'm so glad you all enjoyed it!


Tuesday 15th of February 2022

This recipe was excellent - and super eacy! I added 1/4-1/2 can of Rotel for color and kick!! Delicious


Sunday 15th of August 2021

My family loved it. Easy to make. I just added some salsa to my liquid mixture to give it some kick. Def will make again


Tuesday 17th of August 2021

I'll have to try that, it sounds great!

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