Cheesy Mexican Rice Recipe

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

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.

I have over 900 recipes on my site and I’m about to say something really serious. THIS EASY CHEESY TEX MEX 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.

It’s the kind of super simple recipe I can see us making time and time and time again. I want to make it as a side dish for fajitas, tacos, or even just chicken breasts. I want to toss beef or chicken into the mix and make it a main course. It’s BEYOND delicious and so customizable. I’m really proud of it and I hope you love it as much as we do!

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

This Tex Mex Rice 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!

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.

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.

Drop whatever your dinner plans are and make this Easy Cheesy Tex Mex Rice 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.

Enjoy!

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.

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

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

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 498 kcal
Author: Becky Hardin | The Cookie Rookie

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

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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 1 ounce packed Old El Paso Taco Seasoning (or Spicy Taco Seasoning)
  • 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!
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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