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freshly made mexican rice in a skillet garnished with cilantro.
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3 Ingredient Mexican Rice

3 Ingredient Mexican Rice - your favorite Mexican restaurant style rice at home with only 3 ingredients. This rice comes together in only 15 minutes and in only one pot. Yup, you heard that right!
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time20 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: 3 ingredient mexican rice, mexican, mexican rice, rice
Servings: 4
Calories: 216kcal


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  • Combine all the ingredients: In a large skillet or saucepan add the rice chicken broth and enchilada sauce. Bring to a boil over medium high heat, stir well, cover the pot, then turn down the heat to a medium.
  • Cook the rice: Cook for about 10 to 15 minutes, or until the rice is cooked, stirring occasionally. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Season and garnish: Season with salt and pepper. Top with tomatoes, green onions and cilantro before serving.



  1. I used canned enchilada sauce, but feel free to make your own.
  2. You can add ground beef, cooked chicken, or prawns to turn this into a full meal.
  3. Be sure to store this dish as soon as it’s cooled as rice is a breeding ground for bacteria. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for 3 – 4 days. If freezing store this dish in a freezer bag with the air pressed out. Thaw overnight in the fridge and fluff the rice before reheating. This dish will last up to 3 months in the freezer.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 216kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 797mg | Potassium: 154mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 475IU | Vitamin C: 1.4mg | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 1mg