Gluten Free Mexican Dinner Party Part 4 – Easy Mexican Rice Recipe

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by Carol Kicinski on October 4, 2008

This is part four of our great gluten-free Mexican Dinner Party for 6, the humble yet ever so essential Mexican Rice.

With the use of two everyday appliances; the blender and the microwave, this recipe is super easy and no fail. Don’t like to use the microwave? No problem. It can just as easily be cooked stovetop risotto-style. A little combo of cultures with a delicious result.

Gluten Free Easy Mexican Rice Recipe

Ingredients

1 cup Risotto (Arborio) rice
2 tablespoons olive oil
½ cup finely chopped onions
1 15 ounce can of chopped tomatoes (I like to use fire roasted)
Approximately 1 cup gluten free chicken stock
½ teaspoon ground cumin
1 clove garlic
1 jalapeno pepper finely chopped – optional

Directions

Heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add olive oil and chopped onions. Cook until onion is soft but not browned, about 3 minutes. Add the rice and cook stirring for 2 more minutes. Rice will start to look translucent. Put onion rice mixture into a microwave safe casserole dish with a lid.

Put chopped tomatoes with their juice, ground cumin, garlic and jalapeno if using into a blender and blend until smooth. Add enough gluten free chicken stock to make 3 cups of liquid and blend.

Add the tomato chicken stock mixture to the rice, stir and microwave on high about 18 – 20 minutes. Stir 3 times while cooking. Remove from microwave, stir, replace cover and let stand 5 minutes.

If not using the microwave then add the tomato chicken stock mixture to the rice in the skillet in 1 cup increments, stirring after each addition of liquid until totally absorbed.

Servings

Serves 6 gluten free people.

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  • anudivya

    Er… tomatoes, but love rice! I use the brown basmati rice (gluten-free) ;) but never the risotto rice. Somehow I like the long grains better :)
    I just love the color of the rice!

  • Lauren

    Oh yum. I love arborio rice, I find it so creamy, and it sounds perfect with tomatoes!

  • SteamyKitchen

    You know what? I TOTALLY messed up my Mexican rice- it had nothing to do with the recipe, but I’m ashamed to say that I cannot make rice outside of my rice cooker.

    :-(

    Ended up re-doing the rice and making it in my rice cooker!

    lol

  • StickyGooeyCreamyChewy

    Oooh! This is sooo much better than Rice-a-Roni! Love that you used arborio rice too.

  • Peter G

    I love the colour of this Carol! And the use of the arborio…a true mix and match of cultures.

  • Maureen "Hold The Gluten"

    This is so simple (perfect for my cooking prowess) but so tasty! Is there a “Part 5″ to this dinner extravaganza? How does one acquire an invite to your casa? :)

  • Peter M

    I like the fiery red colour of the rice and the cumin is a nice touch.

  • Cynthia

    Uhhhh, did you say rice? Count me in :)

  • Tiffiny Felix

    I love mexican rice, but haven't been able to get it quite right. I can't wait to try this. It looks very simple, and with your ingredient list I can't see how it's not awesome! Thanks!

  • Dazy

    I'm making this for dinner tonight. I think I'll try to shoot it, but I don't think it will be as pretty as your picture!

  • Anonymous

    I just found this on tastespotting and made it (the stovetop version) and it was great! thanks!!

  • Anonymous

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    Thanks and good luck everyone! ;)

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  • Boudicca

    I just ran across this website. I see some great reciepes here; will be making some. I made Spanish rice a couple of weeks ago, but I substituted quinoa for the rice. You could not taste a difference at all.

  • Ky

    I LOVE this recipe! NOTE: a bag of cheap medium garin rice (89 cents) worked just fine, my local grocery store is lacking and didn’t have rissoto. I never liked Spanish rice too much because it was never anything special. But this is amazing…and I can make it myself. Another awesome thing is I can use the microwave, now I love to cook but sometimes having the microwave do the work is more pleasing. I also love onions so I add a lot more than the recipe calls for and to make it vegan I add veggie broth instead. But MMM it’s so good and has a lot of flavor, it puts reataurants to shame.

    • http://www.simplygluten-free.com Carol Kicinski

      So glad you enjoo0y this recipe Ky and thanks for letting me know that cheap rice works just as well! I love it when cheap will do in place of pricey!

  • Carolyn Y.

    I like to make my “easy” Mexican rice with salsa that we’ve canned from the garden in place of the canned tomatoes. I love the fact that you use pantry ingredients in your recipes. It makes it SO much easier to be GF! Thank you for all of your GF recipes! I haven’t seen one yet that I can’t wait to try!

    • CarolKicinski

      Wow! How fabulous that you make your own salsa from your garden. If I can ever get enough tomatoes to grow, I will do the same. Thanks for your lovely words!

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