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Fiesta Rice Recipe

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Fiesta Rice Recipe – Mexican inspired side dish recipe with fluffy, tender, flavorful rice and colorful veggies. Serve with Mexican food like, tacos or enchiladas, but it’s just as good served with steak or chicken.

Fiesta Rice Recipe - Mexican inspired side dish recipe with fluffy, tender, flavorful rice and colorful veggies. Serve with Mexican food like, tacos or enchiladas, but it's just as good served with steak or chicken.

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Hello Hello! Happy day to you all!

Because I’m a big believer in celebrating all holidays, today, the day before Cinco de Mayo, I will present to you THIS. THIS Fiesta Rice being one of my too-many-things-all-in-one-pot, but-SO-GOOD-food.

Fiesta Rice Recipe - Mexican inspired side dish recipe with fluffy, tender, flavorful rice and colorful veggies. Serve with Mexican food like, tacos or enchiladas, but it's just as good served with steak or chicken.

My world is currently revolving around super quick dinners. With my dad still in the hospital, I don’t have the time to slave around the kitchen for too long, or wax poetic about Pambazos or Carne Adobada, know whadda mean? BUT, quick, one pot rice that practically cooks itself? Oh yes, bring it on!

Fiesta Rice Recipe - Mexican inspired side dish recipe with fluffy, tender, flavorful rice and colorful veggies. Serve with Mexican food like, tacos or enchiladas, but it's just as good served with steak or chicken.

Well this is the best of both worlds: not only are we eating fluffy rice, we’re eating all this color! Filled to the brim with fiber, potassium, and antioxidants, it’s fun and fabulous. Trust me. Not that I ever need an excuse to eat beans and corn and tomatoes, BUT. If you tell me that eating all of that will bring me all those healthy goodies? I’ll probably house more than usual, to be honest.

Fiesta Rice Recipe - Mexican inspired side dish recipe with fluffy, tender, flavorful rice and colorful veggies. Serve with Mexican food like, tacos or enchiladas, but it's just as good served with steak or chicken.

Fiesta Rice Recipe - Mexican inspired side dish recipe with fluffy, tender, flavorful rice and colorful veggies. Serve with Mexican food like, tacos or enchiladas, but it's just as good served with steak or chicken.

I’ve made a whole heck of a lot of side dishes in my blog life and I gotta say that this Fiesta Rice is probably one of the faves. The rice, the veg, the cumin and the tiny chopped and fried onions is just to die for. Maybe it’s because I am currently a bottomless pit – I need so much energy to keep me going while helping my parents AND running my own house – and I want to eat everything in sight, but the flavor combo here, while simple, it’s GOOD!

Fiesta Rice Recipe - Mexican inspired side dish recipe with fluffy, tender, flavorful rice and colorful veggies. Serve with Mexican food like, tacos or enchiladas, but it's just as good served with steak or chicken.

The rice is cooked in some brownish butter with onions and peppers, and then it takes a swim in flavorful broth with its canned buddies, tomatoes, corn and black beans. 15-minute-simmer later, this is your result. LOVE.
Fiesta Rice Recipe - Mexican inspired side dish recipe with fluffy, tender, flavorful rice and colorful veggies. Serve with Mexican food like, tacos or enchiladas, but it's just as good served with steak or chicken.

Sidenote: If you are desperately trying to use up some of those 435 cans found in your pantry, this is YOUR recipe. You can also use frozen veg. Thaw it beforehand.

ENJOY!

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Fiesta Rice Recipe - Mexican inspired side dish recipe with fluffy, tender, flavorful rice and colorful veggies. Serve with Mexican food like, tacos or enchiladas, but it's just as good served with steak or chicken.
Fiesta Rice Recipe
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
40 mins
 
Fiesta Rice Recipe - Mexican inspired side dish recipe with fluffy, tender, flavorful rice and colorful veggies. Serve with Mexican food like, tacos or enchiladas, but it's just as good served with steak or chicken.
Course: Sides
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 8
Calories: 61 kcal
Author: Katerina | Diethood
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 yellow onion , diced
  • 1 small red pepper , diced
  • 2 to 3 garlic cloves , minced
  • 1-1/4 cups uncooked long grain rice
  • 1 can (10 ounces) diced tomatoes with green chilies
  • 1 can (15 ounces) reduced sodium black beans, rinsed
  • 1 can (15 ounces) sweet corn kernels, rinsed
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin, OR to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
  • 2 cups organic low sodium vegetable broth
  • chopped cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
Instructions
  1. Melt butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.
  2. Add onions and red peppers; cook for 3 minutes.
  3. Stir in garlic and continue to cook for 30 seconds.
  4. Add rice and cook, stirring often, for 2 minutes.
  5. Stir in diced tomatoes with green chilies, black beans, and corn.
  6. Season with cumin, salt and fresh ground pepper.
  7. Stir in vegetable broth and bring to a boil.
  8. *Cover, reduce heat to low, and cook for 15 to 20 minutes, or until liquid is absorbed.
  9. Remove cover, fluff with fork and stir in cilantro and lime juice.
  10. Serve.
Recipe Notes

WW SmartPoints: 3

If you don't have a cover, top the skillet with aluminum foil and wrap it around.

Nutrition Facts
Fiesta Rice Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 61 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2g 3%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 7mg 2%
Sodium 334mg 14%
Potassium 62mg 2%
Total Carbohydrates 7g 2%
Sugars 1g
Vitamin A 13.6%
Vitamin C 24.5%
Calcium 0.8%
Iron 1.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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26 Responses
  1. Michelle

    Hi! Just came across this recipe and want to try it. I’m just learning to cook so excuse my silly question, but on step 4, “Add rice and cook, stirring often, for 2 minutes.” Am I adding the raw rice or pre-cooked rice?

  2. Doreen page

    Can you make ahead and freeze. how much to make if serving up to three hundred. How long can you hold it before serving???

    1. Hi Doreen! I have never made this for 300 people, not even for 30, but I guess if this recipe serves 8, then you will have to multiply every ingredient by about 40 to get what you need for 300 servings.
      You can freeze cooked rice for up to 3 months.

  3. Shelly

    Hi Katerina,
    Do you know what the actual number of servings this recipe serves? I need to feed about 40 to 50 people in February and would love to use this. I just need to adjust the amounts of the ingredients I buy to feed them.

  4. GavinsMommy06

    Made this for a “Fiesta Party” everything was great but overcooked a teensy bit not due to the recipe but my friends not arriving on time, ugh:)

  5. Amanda

    Yum! I am getting married in September and your website has been the source of my practicing my “wifey” skills for my fiancé. <3 so far he has loved all of them!

  6. Ruthie

    All your recipes look so good I just want to cook all day!!! This is one of the best newsletters I receive. Thank you for all the time and energy you put onto it. Im going to share your site with my friends! Ruthie

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