Tex-Mex Rice Recipe

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"My grandmother gave me the recipe for this nicely spiced rice," recalls Kat Thompson of Prineville, Oregon. At 24 cents per serving, it's an economical side dish. "Or add some ground beef for a satisfying skillet meal," she suggests.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1 cup uncooked long grain rice
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 1 medium green pepper, chopped
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, drained

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup: 184 calories, 5g fat (1g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 490mg sodium, 32g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 3g fiber), 3g protein.


  1. In a large skillet, saute rice and onion in oil until rice is browned and onion is tender. Stir in the water, green pepper, chili powder and salt. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 15 minutes or until rice is tender. Stir in tomatoes; heat through. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Tex-Mex Rice in Quick Cooking May/June 2002, p59

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KristiJo User ID: 887218 204891
Reviewed Jan. 14, 2013

"Whenever we have Mexican food, I reach for this recipe. I like it with the addition of red kidney beans as well and topped with shredded Mexican cheese - yum! We've also used brown rice with great results, too!"

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