Restaurant Style Mexican Rice

Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Authentic Mexican Rice just like what you find at your local favorite Mexican Restaurant. It's so easy to make and will quickly become your favorite side dish with all your Mexican food favorites! 

Mexican Rice recipe that tastes just like what you find at your favorite Mexican Restaurant. Easy to make, great flavors, and the whole family will love it! A favorite recipe for Mexican Rice from Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch.

We make Mexican Rice all the time. It's super easy to make and a favorite with all our favorite Mexican food recipes from Enchiladas to Tacos.

Our friend Marcy is always making Authentic Mexican food recipes her Mother passed down to her.

So one night I asked her the secret to Mexican Style Mexican Rice and she said,"Knorr Caldo De Tomate" or Knorr Tomato Bouillon with Chicken. I usually find it at the grocery store in the Mexican Food Section and included a photo down below of what the package looks like, just incase you're a visual person like me.
Our favorite easy recipe for Authentic Mexican Rice like you find at your favorite Mexican Restaurant using Tomato and Chicken Bouillon from Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch.

A few of our favorite recipes to make with Restaurant Style Mexican Rice are: 
And if I'm feeding a crowd I love to make Cilantro Lime Rice too!

Here's how to make Mexican Rice:

Saute onions with garlic in a pan for Mexican Rice.

In a large sauté pan with a lid add:
  • 2 tablespoons Cooking Oil like Olive Oil or Avocado Oil
  • 1/2 whole Large Onion Diced Fine
  • 3 cloves Minced Garlic
Sauté until onion starts to soften.

Knorr Caldo De Tomate or Knorr Tomato Bouillon with Chicken Cubes Packages.

Add 1 cube Tomato Bouillon with Chicken and break up.

Logan helping to make Mexican Rice.

  • 1 1/3 cup Jasmine Rice or Long Grain Rice
  • 1 rib Celery Diced Fine
  • 2 whole Carrots Diced Fine 
  • 1/4 whole Red Pepper Diced Fine
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
Sauté until rice becomes translucent. About 3 minutes.

(Check out the wonderful kitchen help. He's in training to make a wonderful husband some day!)

Restaurant Style Mexican Rice coming to a simmer.

Add 2 1/4 cup Water bring to a simmer. Turn heat to low and cover.

Cook for 15-20 minutes until all the liquid has been absorbed.

Mexican Rice Fluffed with a fork from Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch.

Fluff Mexican Rice with a fork.

Authentic Restaurant Style Mexican Rice recipe is an easy family favorite! A must for your next Mexican food night from Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch.

If you have cilantro feel free to sprinkle some over the top of the Mexican Rice. If not that's cool too!

Make sure to grab the printable recipe below!

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Restaurant Style Mexican Rice

Restaurant Style Mexican Rice

Our favorite easy recipe for Authentic Mexican Rice like you find at your favorite Mexican restaurant using tomato and chicken bouillon from Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch.
prep time: 5 Mcook time: 25 Mtotal time: 30 M


  • 2 tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1/2 whole Large Onion, Diced Fine
  • 3 cloves Garlic, Minced
  • 1 cube Knorr Tomato With Chicken Bouillon
  • 1 1/3 cups Jasmine Rice or Long Grain White Rice
  • 1 rib Celery, Diced Fine
  • 2 whole Carrots, Diced Fine
  • 1/4 whole Red Pepper, Diced Fine
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 2 1/4 cups Water


How to cook Restaurant Style Mexican Rice

  1. In a large saute pan with a lid add olive oil, onion, and garlic. Heat over medium-high heat until onions softens, and becomes fragrant.
  2. Add tomato and chicken bouillon. Break up into small pieces.
  3. Stir in rice, celery, carrots, and red pepper. Sauté until rice becomes translucent. Stir continually.
  4. Add all the water. Bring to a simmer, cover, and turn heat to the lowest setting. Simmer for 15-20 minutes, until all the water has been absorbed.Fluff with a fork and serve.
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Easy to make Authentic Mexican Rice recipe like you find at your favorite Mexican Restaurant from Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch.

Easy to make Authentic Mexican Rice recipe like you find at your favorite Mexican Restaurant from Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch.


  1. What a great idea to use the Knorr Tomato With Chicken Bouillon ... You're lucky she shared the tip :)

  2. I love Mexican rice. I'll definitely have to try your version of it, it looks so pretty and colorful.

  3. Mmmmmm...what an excellent side dish for all sorts of Mexican meals. It looks delish!

  4. Ohh.. what a great recipe! I may have to try this next week!

  5. I've never tried Bouillon before, and I may just have to start! Looks incredible =D

  6. Looks great serena

  7. I love a good Mexican rice...I've tried MANY and found a few great ones! I'll have to try the Knorr(and thanks for the visual! It truly helps me too!) Great pic of your future Chef!

  8. This looks wonderful. I've never tried the Knorr Tomato with Chicken. I'll have to look for it.

  9. I can almost smell it cooking - delicious!

  10. Thanks for sharing the secret! It looks even better than the Mexican rice in restaurants! YUM!!!

  11. Really? Its that easy? Just a different type of boullion?? I'll give it a try! Mexican has been at the top of my pregnancy cravings list, so this will go in that queue! ha!

  12. YUM! Looks very appetizing & what a great post! I don't cook Mexican that often & would be nice to try out this awesome recipe for my family! Thanks for sharing! Have a nice day, Serena! :)

  13. This looks amazing! I like your little helper. My boyfriend has trouble even making canned soup. It's ok though, he's learning :p

  14. Hi! Can i please ask you what brand is the rice from this recipe?

    1. I used the Trader Joes Brand. It's not authentic at all but Jasmine Rice works well because of the grain and smells delicious as another option.

  15. This makes me want to try making homemade Mexican style rice. Thanks for the recipe. Theresa @DearCreatives

  16. The secret to Mexican fried rice is to fry it in lard, then do the rest. Very, very, lightly brown but do not burn the rice. Once the liquids are added, set aside, do not stir. Do not stir ever while it adsorbs the liquid. My wife has tried other oils to make it more "healthy" but the results were always unsatisfactory. She made huge amounts of rice when she worked at her father's taco house.

  17. I love mexican rice that has layers of flavors and this recipe does not disappoint. It is really delicious and has wonderful textures as well as flavors and color!

  18. what could i use instead of the knor chicken w tomato bullion cube ? it has MSG and Palm Oil; BOTH are not good for you !!


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