Mexican Rice (Healthy)

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Mexican Rice – A Mexican style rice, that happens to be good for you. It is full of scallions and chunks of avocado. So good and a staple anytime we have Mexican food!

Mexican food is a staple in our house. It can be something like Southwest Baked Chicken where you just need an easy side dish, or even just taco night.  We love anything with those Mexican spices.

One of my favorite things about going out for Mexican food is having the rice!  Well that and margaritas, but that is a different story. I have made many rices over the years that are similar to restaurant style, but this is the one we come back to every time.

a bowl of mexican rice with a spoon


This homemade Mexican rice has been a staple in our house for at least 15 years.  I found the recipe somewhere when I was first married and we still make it today.  I do know it is the only rice that my mother in law will make now.  It is just that good!

The chunks of buttery avocado and green onions make it extra special. If you leave those out, you have a pretty normal Mexican rice. But don’t leave them out, trust me they make it over the top amazing.

a bowl of mexican rice and avocado

How to Make Mexican Rice

  • Just like any rice you boil a liquid and then let the rice cook and absorb everything!
  • Use chicken broth to make it have so much more flavor
  • Season with cumin and a tiny bit of butter when cooking to give the rice so much flavor
  • Pick your favorite salsa. Hot, medium, or mild – they are all good
  • Stir in chopped avocado and green onions when you are ready to serve. So buttery, creamy, and delicious

A bowl of rice on a plate, with Dinner and Avocado

This Mexican 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. Avocados are good for you, they are a healthy fat. So they are a great way to bulk up rice and make it better for you!

The next time you are making Enchilada Casserole or just about any kind of Mexican food, this rice needs to be on the menu!  It just rounds out he meal and everyone will love it.  Plus it is just so darn easy to make!

A bowl of food with rice meat and vegetables

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4.89 from 9 votes

Mexican Rice (Healthy)

By Erin
Mexican Rice - A Mexican style rice, that happens to be good for you. It is full of scallions and chunks of avocado. So good and a staple anytime we have Mexican food!
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 25 minutes
Servings: 5


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


  • 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.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 137kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 341mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Author: Erin
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Course: Side Dish Recipes
Cuisine: American
Servings: 5
Calories: 137
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  1. 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.

  2. 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 🙂

  3. 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.