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Easy Tex-Mex Rice

My daughter shared this satisfying rice recipe with me. It's appealing to the eye as well as the taste buds.—Margaret Blair, Lorimor, Iowa
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
  • Makes
    4-5 servings


  • 2 cups cooked brown rice
  • 1-1/2 cups salsa
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup frozen corn, thawed
  • 2 tablespoons chopped ripe olives
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese


  • In a bowl, combine the first six ingredients. Transfer to a greased microwave-safe 8-in. square dish. Cover and microwave on high for 3-4 minutes, rotating once. Stir; microwave 1-3 minutes longer or until heated through. Sprinkle with cheese. Microwave, uncovered, for 20-30 seconds or until cheese is melted. Let stand for 5 minutes.

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  • bunnygirl6489
    Aug 5, 2014

    This was very good, which surprised me a little, based on the limited number of ingredients. Next time I might throw in some taco meat to make it a full meal but this was very good on its own. My own picky eaters gave it a thumbs-up! I will definitely be using this recipe again.

  • HBcook
    Feb 24, 2010

    This is a really easy and good side dish to serve with a southwestern or Mexican meal. I bought Uncle Ben's Brown rice that is precooked so it was even easier. I halved the recipe but it needed more rice so I used 2 cups and it was perfect.