Mexican Rice in 3 Simple Steps

This recipe has been a family favorite for years! In fact, it is one of the first recipes I posted here but I think it’s time to shake the dust off and put it center stage.

I’ve seen this recipe discussed in online communities and while everyone said it was delicious some insisted it should be called Spanish Rice instead of Mexican Rice. If you have time to kill, feel free to google the difference, everyone has an opinion and everyone insists they are right.The PERFECT Mexican Rice recipe that is easy, cheap and delicious!

This recipe was adapted from the recipe my husband grew up eating. When I started making it I removed the oil and started measuring the ingredients. At the time we lived in the South where Tex-Mex reigns. You can add optional veggies like onion, peas and carrots. I usually leave them out due to forgetfulness and ease.

This recipe can be made with basic pantry staples and can serve 4 generously as a side dish. I’ll warn you though, if there is a little left it is really hard to save the leftovers without eating it straight from the skillet.

The PERFECT Mexican Rice recipe that is easy, cheap and delicious!

Mexican Rice

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups of water
  • 1 cup of brown rice (I use short grain)
  • 8 oz tomato sauce (you can make do with 6 oz if you need the extra 2 for Lentil Tacos)
  • 1 tsp salt (optional)
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • handful of chopped cilantro, optional

Do

  1. Dump all of the ingredients except cilantro (is you are using it) into a skillet and turn on medium heat.
  2. Cover skillet with a lid and set timer for 45 minutes.
  3. When timer beeps give the rice a good stir. If liquid remains remove lid and let the rice cook a few more minutes to allow liquid to evaporate.

If using cilantro toss it on top and cover with the lid for a few moments.

Serve

This Mexican Rice is the perfect side dish to tacos, but can also be used in a Bean and Grain Bowl, burritos, or Taco Salad.

If you are looking for more delicious Mexican inspired recipes take a look at my Mexican Food Page or my Pinterest Board for Plant-Based Mexican Food.

7 Quick and Easy Mexican Food Ideas

Today is Cinco de Mayo. For most of you that is just an excuse to eat Mexican food, you know that I don’t need an excuse to eat Mexican food. It’s pretty much on the menu daily at our casa. It takes a lot of thought to branch out into anything else for me.

Today I’m going to forgo the normal Meal Plan and share 7 Quick and Easy Mexican Food Ideas! This is for those of you who haven’t planned and have NO TIME! Go ahead and admit it, embrace it even.

Each of these ideas can be ready in less than 30 minutes, some much less. If you are exhausted, frustrated or feel like running away from home then these recipes are for you.

7 Quick and Easy Mexican Food Ideas

7 Quick and Easy Mexican Food Ideas

Let’s begin the countdown with the recipes taking the longest time to the recipes taking the least amount of time. Remember they are all quick, taking less than 30 minutes.  [Read more…]

Plant-Based Mexican Food Meal Plan

You may think it is silly of me to have a Mexican Food Meal Plan. You would be right since we eat Mexican food most of the time. It’s just who we are. Our fresh fool supply is also extremely low since we haven’t been to the store in a while but I still have beans and grains along with a few tomatoes and jalapenos so all is well.

By the way, I hope you all had a great Easter! My husband and teen son were both out of town so our weekend wasn’t typical. We are all trying to get back into the swing of things.

Mexican Food Meal Plan

Breakfast

Some of these items don’t quite fit with out Mexican food theme but that is ok. I usually prefer a quick breakfast but I don’t mind combining a few things that are already cooked.

Lunch

You’ll notice most of these recipes use black beans. I cook a large batch to use in multiple recipes to save time.

Dinner

If I have enough leftovers I may not make all of these dishes. I’ll definitely make the first two because they make great leftovers and I can use them in other meals.

I may even try to work in my Taco Muffins!

Does a Mexican Food Meal Plan look like something you can get behind or do you have a different set of favorites? If you’ve tried some of these recipes I’d love to hear which are your favorites!

custom meal plan

Vegan and Gluten-Free Taco Muffins

I love Tacos! There, I said it. I’m willing to bet that you love tacos too. What I don’t like is the mess my kids make every time they eat them. These Vegan and Gluten-Free Taco Muffins may just be the solution we’ve all be looking for.

If you’ve ever tried my Lentil Tacos then you will see where I’m going with these delicious, hearty muffins. Before you start doubting Taco Muffins let me ask you, have you ever had meat loaf or a faux beanie loaf? Taco Muffins are not that far of a stretch. You can even use a mini loaf or a full loaf pan but I haven’t tried it, yet.

Vegan Taco Muffins

I want to make sure you understand from the beginning that these are savory, taco flavored muffins. My teenage son that I was just being clever and had quite a shock when he took the first bite. I don’t know what he was expecting but he couldn’t stop eating them. My 3 year old devoured most of them over 2 days. I had to cut him off. I got a couple and put one in the freezer to experiment.

taco muffins gluten free and vegan

Taco Muffins (gluten-free and vegan)

Makes 12 muffins

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Brown Rice Flour
  • 1/2 cup Potato Flour
  • 1/2 cup Tapioca Flour
  • 1 tsp xanthum gum
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp each of garlic powder, sea salt, onion powder and cumin
  • 1 1/2 cups unsweetened plant milk
  • 1/2 to 1 cup water
  • 8 oz tomato sauce
  • Lentil Mix (1 1/2 cup cooked lentils; 1 tsp each of garlic powder, sea salt, onion powder; and 1/2 tsp cumin)

Do

  1. Preheat oven to 350° and prepare muffin pan. I spray with a light coat of spray oil.
  2. In a small/medium bowl make Lentil Mix by combining lentils and spices together then set aside.
  3. In a large bowl mix flours, xanthum gum, spices, baking soda and baking powder and mix.
  4. In a separate bowl or large measuring cup mix liquids.
  5. Pour liquids into dry ingredients and stir with a sturdy spoon. Add more liquid as needed. Mine was clumpy so I used a potato masher to help.
  6. Spoon in a small amount of batter into muffin tin, just enough to cover the bottom.
  7. Then dump the Lentil Mix into the remaining batter in the mixing bowl and stir well. Continue filling muffin cups.
  8. Bake for 25 minutes.

Serve these muffins while slightly warm, or straight out of the fridge if you have leftovers. They are equally good the next day and don’t need anything added. These are perfect for lunch boxes or to take to soccer games.

I haven’t tried making wheat versions yet but it’s not my list. I think you could also use a gluten-free flour mix if you don’t have these flours available.

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Green Chili White Bean Dip

I’ve been selfishly keeping this Green Chili White Bean Dip to myself. Today is the day I set it free! It’s made with pantry staples so if you have nothing in the fridge you can still make this dip. I think it is “guilt-free” so if you end up eating the whole bowl with a spoon there is no harm done.

Green Chili white bean dip

Green Chili White Bean Dip

Ingredients

  • 1 can of white beans, drained and rinsed (I used Great Northern beans)
  • 1 (4 oz) can of diced green chilies
  • 1 tsp salt (optional)
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • cilantro (optional)

Do

  1. Pour beans, chilies, and seasonings into a blender or food processor.
  2. Blend until smooth, add a little water if needed.
  3. Taste, add extra seasonings if desired.

Serve

I devoured this dip with Way Better Snacks Simply Beyond Black Bean Tortilla Chips and homemade Pico de Gallo. Way Better Snacks are made from real ingredients like seeds, grains and beans.

You could also eat the Green Chili White Bean Dip with veggies or use it as a sandwich or wrap spread. I finished it off with a spoon though, it is just that good!

This tip would be perfect for a potluck!

I also wanted to invite you all to join a brand new Facebook group for our community. The My Plant-Based Family Group is a group for anyone interested in plant-based living. Discussion, questions and encouragement are welcome! Click HERE to join!

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