Mexican Rice - The perfect side dish to all your favourite Mexican Dishes.
I love Mexican food, but sometimes it can be difficult to create many of the dishes in a Slimming Eats friendly way.
One of my favourite side dishes to make, when I fancy some Mexican Inspired dishes, is this amazing Mexican Rice. It takes the usual plain rice to a whole other level.
All those delicious spicy Mexican flavours, with a little heat from fresh Jalapenos and the added protein of some black beans, will make you want to eat this Mexican Rice just as it is.
I use just regular long grain rice, the key to that lovely colour is the fresh paste I make before stirring in the rice. To make the paste you need a Mini Food Processor like this like the Koölle Electric Powerful 3-in-1 800 Watt Hand Stick Blender or a similar make will do the job too.
Once the paste is done, this Mexican Rice is super easy to make, just start it off on the stove and transfer to the oven, to finish off, which means it frees you up to get on with what you want to serve this.
One of my favourite dishes to serve this Mexican Rice with is these Mexican Burgers, a perfect dish when you fancy a burger night. Delicious juice burger stacks, topped with caramelized onions, ripe tomatoes, melted cheese and mashed avocado.
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I like to make this rice in a cast iron skillet. Cast iron is the perfect cookware because it can be used on the stove and transferred to the oven and it retains heat really well. With proper care, it will also last you a lifetime. In the USA it's a very popular choice to use to cook in, and many pieces are often past down generations for years because of how sturdy they really are. Lodge and Creuset are two of the most popular brands. Le Creuset is usually enamelled, whereas lodge is just seasoned. Both are great for cooking. Although I tend to prefer to use my lodge cookware for searing meats etc.
I use my Le Creuset Enamelled Cast Iron Skillet for this Mexican Rice, but any pan with a lid that is okay to be used in the oven will work fine. Preferably one that is okay to be used on the stove too, but you can always transfer it from a pan to oven proof dish and cover with foil if not.
Want to make a Mexican Fakeaway Feast? Check out these other Mexican Inspired Dishes:
- Layered Mexican Dip
- Mexican Pasta Bake
- Mexican Lentil Bake
- Spicy Mexican Chicken Lasagne
- Spicy Mexican Chicken and Rice
- Turkey Rice Burrito Bowls
- Chilli Con Carne
- Fajita Chicken Pasta
- Pasta Chicken Enchiladas
- Sweet Potato, Vegetable and Lentil Chilli
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Perfect garnished with some fresh slices of lime and chopped coriander (cilantro). The family will love this Mexican Rice served in the middle of the table to accompany your main meal.
HOW CAN I ADD A ⅓ VEGETABLES TO THIS RECIPE?
I love just a simple salad of crisp lettuce of choice, tomatoes, cucumber and red onion, but this would pair well with a variety of vegetables.
WHAT KITCHEN ITEMS DO I NEED TO MAKE THIS CHICKEN AND CAULIFLOWER CURRY?
- Kitchen Scales
- Measuring Spoons
- Measuring Jug
- Chopping Board
- Santoku Knife (perfect knife for chopping veg)
- Wooden Spoon
- Cast Iron Skillet or Oven Proof Frying Pan
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