Mexican Rice (Healthy)


We are on the 2nd day of 2013, which means eating healthy, right?  Did you make a resolution to eat better, or lose weight, or exercise more?  I am not big on resolutions, so I didn’t really make any.  I do need to get back on track with eating, but that is always the case after a holiday, no matter what time of year it is.  I also need to get back to exercising.  I hurt my foot on Thanksgiving, and haven’t been able to do much of anything since.  I am hoping I can do some walking, and work back up to running in January.

I am here to help you with those resolutions.  Mexican is one of my favorite types of food, and it can be notoriously bad for you.  But this rice isn’t!  I got it, probably 6 or 7 years ago from a low calorie magazine.  I can not remember where it came from, I have just memorized it and have been making it since.  I honestly can not believe it has taken so long to share it with you.

This rice is full of avocados, which might seem a little strange for rice, but trust me on this one.  I have served this rice to countless people, and everyone raves about it.  I have had to give out this recipes more times than I can remember over the years.  So, just because you are trying to eat better don’t eliminate Mexican from your diet!

Yields 6

A healthy Mexican rice with scallions and avocados

5 minPrep Time

20 minCook Time

25 minTotal Time

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  • 2 1/4 cup water
  • 2 chicken bouillon cubes
  • 1 Tbls butter
  • 1 Tbls ground cumin
  • 1 cup long grain white rice
  • 1/3 cup salsa
  • 3 scallions, chopped
  • 1 avocado, chopped


  1. Add water, bouillon cubes, butter, and cumin to a saucepan. Bring to a boil. Stir in rice, cover, and reduce heat to low. Cook for 20 minutes, or until the liquid is absorbed. Stir in salsa. Remove from heat. Fold in the scallions and avocado. Serve.





  1. I could (and unfortunately do) go to Mexican restaurants just for a big bowl of that seasoned rice. I love the play of tomatoes ,spices and (oh my gosh) Starch! It’s my “south of the border comfort fix” I’m thinking rice for lunch, today :)

  2. This looks great. That it’s healthy is a plus, of course. Mindfully eating (and cooking) is the only reasonable resolution I can make — and stick to. That and not eating while I cook!

  3. This sounds delicious and so unique with the avocados! I think it would be wonderful with just about any type of entrée, not just Mexican. Thanks for sharing, I love old-time tried and true recipes like this!

  4. Yes, I like HEALTHY now! My NY resolution is…change of lifestyle – eat healthier, whole foods :) But yes of course, we all need a bit of Mexican! We actually had a Mexican-themed Christmas dinner! LOL!

  5. This looks so healthy and delicious Erin!

  6. You’re speaking directly to me when you say you need to get yourself back into the exercise routine. I walk my kids to school and back (twice) and that’s all the “exercise” I get these days. I definitely need to do better than that. Love the healthy Mexican rice… I’m a rice girl so it’s always a happy dish for me. :)

    PS.. Hope you enjoyed your birthday!

  7. I love Mexican food, this rice looks wonderful!

  8. I love it!!! I’m with you, I love Mexican and I can’t get enough of it! Great recipe!!

  9. I am definitely trying to eat healthier after eating loads of Christmas cookies for the past 2 weeks, so this rice is perfect! I agree that Mexican is known for being unhealthy, but you have proven that there are many ways to improve upon the nutrition of our favorites! Thanks and Happy New Year!

  10. Sounds really tasty Erin, I like the avocado in it, Mexican food is one of my favorites too :)

  11. I am always looking for new Mexican Rice Recipes!!! Love this and can’t wait to try it.

  12. This sounds divine and perfect to accompany tacos! Delish!!

  13. I will totally trust you on the avocados! Sounds like a fabulous addition to me!

  14. You just reminded me that I have a mexican rice recipe I need to find that my friend gave me. If it is lost I will definitely be back to make yours instead.

  15. I am always on the hunt for a better mexican rice recipe (since I have not found one yet that I love). I had mexican rice planned on next weeks menu and will definitely be giving this recipe a try instead of our normal one! Pinning :)

  16. Happy New Year Erin! I love the idea of avocado and rice…healthy + delicious!

  17. We eat tons of rice now that we’re gluten free. I need some new ways to jazz it up! I’m excited to try this one. I’m so happy that you visited and linked up at One Creative Weekend at The next party starts tonight at 8:00 PM MST. I hope you’ll be back.


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