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Simple mexican rice recipe

Arroz Integral Mexicano (Mexican Brown Rice)

  • Author: Anna Rios
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 40
  • Total Time: 50
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


Simple and authentic Mexican rice recipe with a healthy twist! This Mexican rice is made with only 6 main ingredients and has all the flavor of the original Spanish rice. Includes tips on how to cook brown rice for the best texture.


  • 1 cup of brown rice
  • 1/4 cup white onion
  • 1 cup tomatoes, roughly chopped
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 1/2 cup vegetable broth
  • 1/2 tablespoon canola oil
  • Salt to taste


  1. Rinse the rice and let it soak for an hour/overnight if possible. Soaking the rice helps it cook faster.
  2. Add tomatoes, tomato paste, onion, and garlic to a blender and blend until smooth. Set aside.
  3. Turn a skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add oil and brown rice. Toast the brown rice for 5-7 minutes until golden. Stir the consistency to prevent burning.
  4. Add the tomato sauce and simmer for 2 minutes. Add the vegetable broth and once it starts to boil, lower the heat to a simmer and cover with the lid.
  5. Simmer for about 25 minutes if soaked or 40 minutes if not soaked. Check for doneness, taste, and add salt as needed.
  6. Serve with beans, tacos, in a burrito or burrito bowl, and enjoy!


* Rinse the brown rice until the water runs clear. Don’t skip this step!

* The same recipe applies to white rice, except it doesn’t need to be soaked and it cooks faster; cooking time is 15-20 minutes.

* Avocado oil or vegetable oil also works. You can omit the oil if you like, but it helps make some great rice.

  • Category: Sides
  • Cuisine: Mexican


  • Serving Size: 1/2 cup

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