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Fiesta Rice Recipe

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.

Great news: ONE POT + ALL THE INGREDIENTS.

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

Katerina | Diethood
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.
4.80 from 5 votes
Servings : 8 servings
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 40 mins

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
 

  • Melt butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Add onions and red peppers; cook for 3 minutes.
  • Stir in garlic and continue to cook for 30 seconds.
  • Add rice and cook, stirring often, for 2 minutes.
  • Stir in diced tomatoes with green chilies, black beans, and corn.
  • Season with cumin, salt and fresh ground pepper.
  • Stir in vegetable broth and bring to a boil.
  • *Cover, reduce heat to low, and cook for 15 to 20 minutes, or until liquid is absorbed.
  • Remove cover, fluff with fork and stir in cilantro and lime juice.
  • Serve.

Notes

WW Freestyle Points: 6
 
NOTE: If you don't have a cover, top the skillet with aluminum foil and wrap it around.

Nutrition

Calories: 170 kcal | Carbohydrates: 32 g | Protein: 3 g | Fat: 3 g | Saturated Fat: 1 g | Cholesterol: 7 mg | Sodium: 538 mg | Potassium: 355 mg | Fiber: 2 g | Sugar: 5 g | Vitamin A: 845 IU | Vitamin C: 34 mg | Calcium: 59 mg | Iron: 1.9 mg | Net Carbs: 30 g

Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.

Course: Sides
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: rice recipes, side dish, vegetarian recipe
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42 comments on “Fiesta Rice Recipe”

  1. Just made this with the salsa chicken. I didn’t use corn though as we arnt fans of corn in rice. It was great, super flavorful. We also used chicken stock instead of vegetable stock l.

  2. Totally would have done this but, my family wanted riced cauliflower instead of rice today. I used the basic ingredients of this recipe (minus the chicken broth and rice, I substituted riced cauliflower) and my family loved it with the Baked Salsa Chicken recipe! Thank you for the inspiration!

  3. I followed the recipe exactly as written & thought it was very bland. Very disappointing mainly because it was so much to throw away.

  4. I love this recipe! I have made it many times, with great reviews. I have volunteered to make this for a Mexican themed couples shower, for 75-80! Yikes, was I crazy to agree to this? My plan is to make it about 5 double batches….do you think that will work?
    Thanks for a really flavorful, and simple dish!

    1. Katerina - Diethood
      Katerina Petrovska

      Oh wow! That is SO nice of you!! What a great friend! ♥️
      5 batches should be good for around 50 people, for sure, but to stay on the safe side, maybe make one more batch just in case! But then again, I’m always doing extra things “just in case”… I live by those words. 🤣
      Have a wonderful time and congratulations to the happy couple!

  5. Sorry I’m a bit confused in recipe it says to rinse both the beans and corn then in question asked if it’s drained and it was answered no so do I open corn and drain it or just put it all in liquid included? Can’t wait to make this looks great!

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