Quick Mexican Brown Rice

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This Quick Mexican Brown Rice is the perfect side dish that goes with everything from tacos, enchiladas, refried beans 'you name it!

This Quick Mexican Brown Rice is the perfect side dish that goes with everything from tacos, enchiladas, refried beans –you name it!
Quick Mexican Brown Rice

This Mexican inspired side dish is perfect for those nights. It's super quick and much healthier than using a boxed pre-seasoned rice (also MUCH lower in sodium and made with real fresh veggies as opposed to dehydrated ones). You can use frozen brown rice from Trader Joe's or make your own frozen brown rice to keep on hand for busy nights!

This Quick Mexican Brown Rice is the perfect side dish that goes with everything from tacos, enchiladas, refried beans –you name it!

Rice is my favorite carb, I love it more than potatoes or even pasta! But brown rice isn't always as tasty as white rice, not true for this dish! This Mexican rice has so much flavor thanks to the onions, garlic, tomatoes, cilantro and spices. Trust me, your family will flip! I love this with this slow cooker salsa chicken and guacamole on the side when I need an easy weeknight meal.

You can make this with leftover brown rice, but if you're live near a Trader Joe's, I'm pretty obsessed with their frozen brown rice ' it's the perfect texture and takes just 3 minutes to heat up. Great for those days I don't have time to make brown rice from scratch.

This Quick Mexican Brown Rice is the perfect side dish that goes with everything from tacos, enchiladas, refried beans –you name it!

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This Quick Mexican Brown Rice is the perfect side dish that goes with everything from tacos, enchiladas, refried beans –you name it!

This Quick Mexican Brown Rice is the perfect side dish that goes with everything from tacos, enchiladas, refried beans –you name it!

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This Quick Mexican Brown Rice is the perfect side dish that goes with everything from tacos, enchiladas, refried beans –you name it!
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Quick Mexican Brown Rice

200Cals5Protein39Carbs3.5Fats
Prep Time: 5mins
Cook Time: 5mins
Total Time: 10mins
Yield: 5Servings
COURSE: Side Dish
CUISINE: Latin, Mexican
This Quick Mexican Brown Rice is the perfect side dish that goes with everything from tacos, enchiladas, refried beans 'you name it!

Ingredients

  • 4cupscooked brown rice, if frozen, heated
  • 1teaspoonolive oil
  • ½medium onion, finely diced
  • 2medium plum tomatoes, small dice
  • 1jalapeno, seeds and membrane removed, minced
  • 2garlic cloves, minced
  • 2tablespoonstomato paste
  • ½teaspooncumin
  • ¼teaspoonsmoked paprika
  • ¼teaspooncayenne pepper
  • 1teaspoonkosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 5lime wedges, for serving
  • chopped cilantro, optional

Instructions

  • Heat the cooked rice. Set aside.
  • Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.  When hot, add the onions, tomatoes and jalapeno and sautà until just tender, about 2-3 minutes.  Add garlic and sautàfor another minute.
  • Add the tomato paste, cumin, paprika, cayenne, salt and pepper.  Stir to evenly coat the vegetables.  Add the cooked rice, stir, and cook for 1 minute or until heated through. Serve with cilantro and lime wedges on the side.

Nutrition

Serving: 3/4 cup, Calories: 200kcal, Carbohydrates: 39g, Protein: 5g, Fat: 3.5g, Cholesterol: 17mg, Sodium: 234mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 2g
Blue Smart Points: 5
Green Smart Points: 5
Purple Smart Points: 1
Points +: 5
Keywords: brown rice recipes, Mexican Brown Rice, Mexican Rice, Mexican Side Dish, Spanish Rice recipe