Make Mexican rice a little bit better with this Brown Rice Mexican Rice recipe.
Today I am keeping it simple with a recipe for Mexican rice. Instead of regular Mexican rice though, I am changing it up slightly with brown rice.
I feel like I am in the minority when it comes to my love of brown rice. At least in my family, I am.
I love brown rice. I love the flavor. To me, it has a lot more flavor and better texture than regular rice.
Using brown rice in recipes is also a simple way to make rice a little bit healthier, so I keep finding new ways to incorporate it into recipes that we make all the time.
My family doesn’t love brown rice, but they do enjoy it in recipes like this that have a lot of flavor.
- brown rice
- garlic powder
- ground cumin
- tomato sauce
- chicken broth
What To Serve with Mexican Rice
- Homemade Refried Beans
- Cheater Refried Beans
- Instant Pot Refried Beans
- Dutch Oven Refried Beans
- Crock Pot Mexican Chicken
- Mexican Pulled Pork
- Mexican Pork Chops
Brown Rice Mexican Rice
An easy way to make Mexican rice a little bit better.
- 1/4 cup vegetable or other cooking oil
- 2 cups uncooked long grain brown rice
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 8 ounces tomato sauce
- 4 cups chicken broth
- 1/2 cup water
- Heat oil in a large pan.
- Add rice, stirring constantly until rice starts to change color slightly. You are basically frying the rice a little bit. You don't want to burn or over brown the rice.
- While the rice is "frying" add garlic powder and cumin. Stir.
- Stir in tomato sauce, chicken broth, and water.
- Bring to a boil.
- Reduce heat to low and cover.
- Cook for about 50 minutes.
- Remove from heat and let sit for 5 - 10 minutes before serving.
If you are gluten free be sure to read labels to make sure that your ingredients are gluten free.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 73Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 2mgSodium: 489mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 2g
Nutritional values are approximate and aren't always accurate.
Brown rice is the whole grain of rice including the outer layers of bran and germ. Because brown rice is a whole grain it includes more vitamins and minerals.
Yes, this recipe for brown rice Mexican rice is gluten free as long as you read labels and make sure your chicken broth etc. is gluten free.
thank you! I am always looking for recipes with BROWN rice and not white. I will be making this.
This works great with brown rice!
We’ve made your Mexican rice many times so I’m sure it probably is better with brown rice. My daughter is the one who prefers brown rice to white here.
But what I’m wondering about is that pan? I’m always looking for new and better cooking tools.
I am glad that you enjoy my Mexican rice recipe! That pan is a Le Creuset pan that I paid way too much for but absolutely love! I got tired of nonstick wearing-off pans and electric skillets. They just were not lasting long at all. I tried to stop using nonstick altogether but for some things it just makes life easier. So I did some research and ending up buying a three piece set. It came with a fry pan, a saute pan which is in the picture with Mexican rice and a lid that fits both. I LOVE them. I have had the set about six months and love the saute pan. I use the saute pan way more than I realized I would. I have only had them six months, but so far the nonstick is holding up well. Here is the Amazon link for what I got. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B087SCS31M?ie=UTF8&psc=1&linkCode=ll1&tag=lynnskitcadve-20&linkId=086be7269f35d81195554450966b41cc&language=en_US&ref_=as_li_ss_tl
Thanks for the info. I don’t like to use nonstick either but we needed to replace our T-fal griddle pan. The nonstick was ok but it warped so the middle was higher than the sides. Not good for pancakes or fried eggs lol. Last week, I bought a ceramic T-fal fry pan at the grocery without doing any research. I haven’t tried it yet. According to online reviews, it’s either great or terrible.
I could tell from your picture that yours was a nice pan. I will have to look into those some more if the ceramic doesn’t work out. You didn’t pay too much if it works well and you use it all the time. We don’t want to talk about how much I paid for my air fryers but they work well, clean up easily and save me from turning on the gas oven. We use one or the other (sometimes both!) pretty much every day so they were well worth the money.
Do you think there is a way to cook this in a rice cooker and get the flavors?
Yes, I think you could easily do this in the rice cooker and get the same flavors. The texture however will be different when cooked in the rice cooker.