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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.

Cheesy Mexican Rice Recipe

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 498kcal
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.
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  • 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 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)


  • Combine the cooked rice into a bowl with all the other ingredients, adding the cheese last. Stir until everything is fully combined.
  • 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)
  • 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.
  • Serve garnished with more cilantro and freshly diced onion and tomato. Enjoy!



Calories: 498kcal | Carbohydrates: 67g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 53mg | Sodium: 1255mg | Potassium: 540mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 1580IU | Vitamin C: 58.7mg | Calcium: 440mg | Iron: 3mg