Mexican Food, Side Dish

Easy Mexican Salsa Rice

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Making a main dish for my family each night is easy . . . it’s the side dishes that I really struggle with! Whenever we eat any kind of Mexican food, I always make our Slow Cooker Refried Beans as a side dish because they are so quick and easy (and delicious!). However, I needed something to mix it up. I had a box of brown instant rice in the pantry (confession: I don’t even own a rice cooker. I gave it to my mom because it was taking up precious space in my kitchen cupboards and I never used it!) and wondered what would happen if I added some ingredients to it to “spice” it up. It totally worked and the end result was delicious! Easiest side dish EVER!

Easy Mexican Salsa Rice
2 cups instant brown rice
2 cups water
1 envelope enchilada sauce mix (or you could use taco seasoning)
1 cup salsa (I used mild so my kids would eat it- go as hot as you want!)
1 (4 oz) can green chilis
Combine all ingredients together in a microwaveable bowl. Microwave on high for 8-9 minutes, or until rice is tender. Let sit for 3-5 minutes and it will soak up most of the liquid in the bowl. Fluff with a fork and serve.
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    • says

      Hmmm . . . to be honest, I am not sure! Unfortunately I don’t have much experience cooking with real rice . . . we just always use instant! Sorry that I am not much help!

    • Jane says

      Just prepare your rice according to package directions, maybe using chicken broth instead of water, and when rice is cooked, stir in other ingredients, heat through and serve. Hope this helps! :-)

  1. says

    We had a lot of rice leftover, so I made bean and rice burritos. I added a can of drained black beans and some shredded cheese. I rolled in a flour tortilla, and then I grilled the tortilla on my griddle. It was delicious! It made a very filling, inexpensive, meatless meal too!

  2. Candace says

    Hoping to try this out soon. Just wanted to let you know that the link to the Mini garlic monkey bread goes to the scalloped potatoes recipe. =)

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