Mexican Rice Recipe (Cheesy & Easy Mexican Rice)

This Mexican Rice Recipe is our favorite Mexican side dish! We are obsessed with this cheesy Mexican Rice loaded with all the best ingredients; pico de gallo, cilantro, CHEESE, onion, corn, green chiles, and more. This easy Mexican Rice Recipe is one of the best side dish recipes for Cinco de Mayo.

Mexican Rice Recipe in a bowl

Mexican Rice Recipe 

This Mexican rice recipe is sooo cheesy and delicious. Perfect as a side for any meal, you’re going to love this easy Mexican rice!

This cheesy Mexican Rice Recipe is something special. I have over 900 recipes on my site and I’m about to say something really serious. THIS CHEESY EASY MEXICAN RICE IS ONE OF MY VERY FAVORITE RECIPES ON THE COOKIE ROOKIE. I like every recipe I post on here. Every single recipe is eaten by our family and approved. But this recipe just seems special. I mean, it’s any time cheese in involved, I’m sold.

I’m so glad I learned how to make Mexican rice because this is the kind of super simple recipe I can see us making time and time and time again. I will definitely be making this easy Mexican rice recipe as a side dish for fajitas, tacos, or even just chicken breasts. I might even toss beef or chicken into the mix and make it a main course next time.

It’s BEYOND delicious and so easy to customize and change up. I’m really proud of it and I hope you love this rice as much as we do!

I’m in love with this cheesy easy Mexican Rice Recipe and I know you’ll love it too! It’s the perfect side dish for any feast.

Large skillet full of cheesy easy Mexican rice

This EASY CHEESY TEX MEX RICE is our favorite Mexican side dish! We are obsessed with this cheesy rice loaded with all the best ingredients.

How to Make Mexican Rice

This easy Mexican Rice recipe is so good and so cheesy. I love the flavors of classic Mexican rice, with all the best ingredients to add that spice. It goes so well with other Mexican dishes, so it’s the perfect side dish to make over and over again. I never get tired of it!

How to Make Mexican Rice:

  1. Cook white rice according to package instructions
  2. Once the rice is cooked, mix it with all other ingredients, and then add the cheese
  3. Pour the Mexican rice mixture into a nonstick skillet
  4. Cook for 30 minutes on medium heat
  5. Stir rice every 5 minutes

Once it’s all cooked together, you’ll have the BEST Mexican rice recipe. I love how cheesy this rice gets, and all the ingredients really blend together to create the most amazing taste.

What spices are in Mexican Rice?

This recipe would be a whole lot more complicated without my fave brand, Old El Paso. Their Taco Seasoning (or Spicy Taco Seasoning if you’re feeling adventurous!) makes things so easy. One ounce is all you need to make this Cheesy Tex Mex Rice just the right flavor. Their green chiles pack the perfect punch to kick things up a notch. Ugh, I’m just so excited for you to try this!

Cheesy Mexican rice in a skillet

Bowl of Mexican rice

Easy Mexican Rice Recipe

This easy Mexican Rice recipe is loaded with corn, green peppers, diced tomatoes, onion, green chiles, fresh cilantro, and CHEESE! It cooks down to a melty, caramelized, delicious side dish that I simply cannot get enough of. I wish I would have come up with this years ago. I need as much as possible of it in my life!

I love that I can cook it up in just half an hour, and just like that, it’s ready to devour with tacos, chicken, fajitas, etc. It’s the PERFECT side dish for taco night!

Cheesy Mexican rice with tomatoes, corn, green chiles, onions, and more

This EASY CHEESY TEX MEX RICE is our favorite Mexican side dish! We are obsessed with this cheesy rice loaded with all the best ingredients.

Which rice to use for Mexican Rice?

White rice is the best rice to use for this Mexican Rice recipe.

What is Mexican Rice made of?

We start with the white rice. Then we add in a bunch of awesome ingredients to create that classic flavor we love.

Easy Mexican Rice Ingredients:

  • Diced tomatoes
  • Corn
  • Green Pepper
  • Dice white onion
  • Fresh cilantro
  • Shredded cheese (I used Mexican blend cheese)
  • Green chiles
  • Old El Paso Taco Seasoning

How to make Mexican rice

Drop whatever your dinner plans are and make this Cheesy Easy Mexican Rice Recipe TONIGHT! Pair it with your favorite Mexican dishes or layer it onto nachos, tacos, and more. It even works like a dream as a dip for tortilla chips.

Watch the video or see the recipe card below for full details on How to Make Mexican Rice. Enjoy!

Try this easy Mexican Rice recipe with some my other favorite Mexican dishes:

 

4 from 9 votes
This EASY CHEESY TEX MEX RICE is our favorite Mexican side dish! We are obsessed with this cheesy rice loaded with all the best ingredients.
Easy Cheesy Tex Mex Rice
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
35 mins
 

This Mexican Rice Recipe is our favorite Mexican side dish! We are obsessed with this cheesy Mexican Rice loaded with all the best ingredients; pico de gallo, cilantro, CHEESE, onion, corn, green chiles, and more. This easy Mexican Rice Recipe is one of the best side dish recipes for Cinco de Mayo.

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: cheesy rice, mexican rice
Servings: 4
Calories: 498 kcal
Author: Becky Hardin | The Cookie Rookie
Ingredients
  • 4 cups cooked white rice
  • 1 16 ounce can diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen corn I like fire roasted corn if getting frozen
  • 1 cup diced green pepper
  • 1 ounce Taco Seasoning Click for Homemade Recipe!
  • 1 4.5 ounce can Old El Paso green chiles, undrained
  • 1/2 cup diced white onion
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro minced
  • 2 cups Mexican Blend cheese
  • Freshly diced tomatoes onion and cilantro for garnish (optional)
Instructions
  1. Combine the cooked rice into a bowl with all the other ingredients, adding the cheese last. Stir until everything is fully combined.
  2. Pour the mixture into a nonstick or cast iron skillet over medium heat. (note: make sure your cast iron is properly seasoned or this will still pretty bad. If seasoned it should be fine)
  3. Allow to cook for 30 minutes, stirring and releasing from the bottom and sides every 5 minutes. Do not stir more than that, you want everything to caramelize. YUM! That cheesy crust forming on the side and bottom is the best part so be sure to scrape it all back into the rice.
  4. Serve garnished with more cilantro and freshly diced onion and tomato. Enjoy!

Recipe Video

Nutrition Facts
Easy Cheesy Tex Mex Rice
Amount Per Serving
Calories 498 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 17g 26%
Saturated Fat 9g 45%
Cholesterol 53mg 18%
Sodium 1255mg 52%
Potassium 540mg 15%
Total Carbohydrates 67g 22%
Dietary Fiber 5g 20%
Sugars 8g
Protein 20g 40%
Vitamin A 31.6%
Vitamin C 71.2%
Calcium 44%
Iron 16.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Lynne F
Is the nutritional data per serving or for the entire dish?
    Becky Hardin
    Yes it is. I'm having all sorts of problems with that data output, I'm sorry! I'm trying to figure a better app to use. Sorry about that!
Yatina Red
wow wonderful dish. Love it.
Danielle
It's 530 AM here and I'm already drooling over this recipe. I can't stop thinking about those caramelized pieces...YUM. And the fact that it's one of your favorite recipes on this awesome site has got me intrigued! I can't wait to make it.
Reno Dave
Just tried this with a couple of twists, literally. 1. Used cavatappi, "corkscrew" pasta cooked al dente as rice substitute. 2. Diced up 2 jalapeños in lieu of green pepper, which I didn't have on hand. 3. Added 1 1/2 # andouille sausage sliced into thin "coins" for more protein. Otherwise, used the noted ingredients and followed your directions. The crunchy crust reminded me of paella's socarrat, yum, yum... All in all, Fabulous!! Reno Dave
kirass
I really like this recipie. Need to try making it http://www.cheapestescort.com
James
At what temperature is this meant to be cooked?
    James
    Opps, never mind. It’s a stovetop recipe.
Kate
Can it be done in the oven rather of stovetop?
    Becky Hardin
    Unfortunately I haven't made it that way so I'm not totally sure on the directions. I'm sure it's possible but I would need to test it. If I do soon I'll update the recipe! :)
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