Side Dishes

Fiesta Mexican Rice

This Fiesta Mexican Rice recipe is a Mexican rice side dish with jasmine, tomatoes, corn, cilantro, lime and black beans. Full of flavour and so easy to make!

This Fiesta Rice recipe is a Mexican rice side dish with jasmine, tomatoes, corn, cilantro, lime and black beans. Full of flavour and so easy to make!

Fiesta Mexican Rice

For another mouthwatering Mexican dish, try this Mexican Fiesta Dip, it’s an amazing appetizer dip. So full of flavour!

During the winter months, our meal sides consist of a lot of potatoes root vegetables. Before the summer salad craving sets in, we tend to ease the transition with -rice.

Yet, our rice side dishes aren’t boring to say the least, there is plenty that you can do to change up the flavour of rice.

One of our favourites is Fiesta Rice, it has a wonderful taste {fiesta says it all!} and also sneaks in some servings of veggies too. Mom for the win!

I also love that Fiesta Rice re-heats like a dream, so serving it again as leftovers the next day or taking for school lunch – is totally doable. We like to pair it with Pesto Chicken Quesadillas for a themed delicious meal!

Fiesta Rice

Since I also pair this side with another veggie, there’s always plenty of leftovers. My tip is to plan fajitas for the next night, Fiesta Rice is amazing in fajitas!

You could make this recipe with a different rice than jasmine, this is just my favourite with this recipe.

Fiesta Rice recipe

I’m not that crazy about brown rice {or brown bread for that matter}, but if that’s your thing – give it a try. I’d like to hear how this recipe fares for those interested, so let me know if you try it with another rice.

Fiesta Rice

Fiesta Rice

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes

This Fiesta Rice recipe is a Mexican rice side dish with jasmine, tomatoes, corn, cilantro, lime and black beans. Full of flavour and so easy to make!

Ingredients

  • 1.5 cups rice, jasmine is my favourite for this recipe
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup shallots, chopped
  • 2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1.5 cups chicken broth. may need a 1/4 cup extra, all depends on your heat}
  • 1 10 oz pkg whole-kernel corn, frozen sweet , thawed
  • 1 cup carrots, diced
  • 1 15 oz can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup tomatoes, chopped with no seeds
  • 1/2 cup cilantro, fresh and chopped
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice, fresh and optional, but recommended}
  • salt, dash and optional

Instructions

  1. Heat your pan and add the olive oil. Add shallots and sauté until tender.
  2. Stir in rice, diced carrots and garlic. Stir and cook 1 minute. Add chicken broth and bring to a boil.
  3. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer for 45 minutes, stirring it occasionally.
  4. Remove from heat; stir in the thawed corn and beans.
  5. Cover and let stand 10 minutes. The heat from the rice will heat up the corn and beans. Then add the chopped tomatoes.
  6. Fluff your rice with a fork and add in the cilantro and juice. Give it that final stir and enjoy!
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 4 Servings
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 302Sodium: 351mgCarbohydrates: 61gFiber: 2gSugar: 2gProtein: 6g

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53 Comments

  1. We eat LOTS of Mexican in our house, so this would compliment everything perfectly! Yum!

  2. now this fiesta rice would not last long in my house! The husband would have it eaten in now time! And not leave any for the rest of us! lol. What a great recipe and delicious ingredients too!

  3. What a fantastic rice dish! My grandkids all love rice so I know they would love this colourful one!

    1. I didn’t have a fresh tomato so I used a can of Rotel tomatoes and Chili’s. I thought it still needed a little something so I added some chili powder and jalapenos including the juice. It gave it the punch I WANTED!
      Great recipe to tweak per household!

  4. That would be an awesome side for a nice chicken breast or steak. Thanks for sharing this. It looks delicious!

  5. I am so trying your recipe. I love rice dishes like this. I think they go with everything and are so good for our families its a win-win. Beautiful images.

  6. Mmm, you’re right this would be great in fajitas. It would add a nice touch to the aesthetics of the meal too.

  7. I make this rice for my family and they love it! Cilantro is one if my favorite herbs ever!

  8. Oh how delicious. I love rice and this totally sounds festive to me 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing…

  9. Mexican food is always a hit at our house. Most popular dish are my beefy cheesy enchiladas. I think the Fiesta Rice would pair really well with enchiladas!

  10. I absolutely love Mexican food and rice is my favorite side dish. Problem is, I cannot make it at home. Now I can!!

  11. This looks so delicious. My hubby is a big rice lover so he would love for me to make this. Thanks for the recipe.

  12. Sounds like a great rice recipe! I might just have to try it this weekend since I was planning on making fajitas.

  13. I love rice. Have it a couple times a week. I am not fussy on brown rice either. I use basmati rice.
    Thanks for the recipe.

  14. My husband just loves rice, but I get tired of always having it plain. This recipe looks fantastic. Cannot wait to try it.

  15. I like this twist on traditional arroz. Yummy! My husband is Mexican, so rice is a staple.

  16. This looks good. I’m not a rice fan, but with lots of veggies in it I’d like it.

  17. I have been looking for recipes that combine rice and vegetables and protein and this one sounds like a real winner to me. I am so happy that I read the recipe and saved it for future use. Thank you for this recipe and please share any rice recipes you really enjoy.

  18. We make lots of rice dishes, this will be a great additionto our meals! Thank you for sharing the recipe! My daughter loves to take left over rice dishes in her lunch in her thermos!

  19. I make something similiar to this, but it’s like a casserole. We eat it with tortilla chips for dinner. It’s such a simple meal, but my family loves it.

  20. This is amazing! What a yummy recipe! I would love for you to share this at my link party Making Memories Mondays going on now! 🙂
    Cathy

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  22. Tammi, I LOVE your Fiesta Rice! It’s so colorful, and I know it must be delicious. I have a huge weakness for rice dishes and anything cilantro, so I have a feeling this will be on my menu very soon! Thank you for sharing it with us at Treasure Box Tuesday- pinned! 🙂

  23. I didn’t have a fresh tomato so I used a can of Rotel tomatoes and Chili’s. I thought it still needed a little something so I added some chili powder and jalapenos including the juice. It gave it the punch I WANTED!
    Great recipe to tweak per household!

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