Recipe Review: Healthy Restaurant-Style Mexican Brown Rice

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I love making food from scratch, and good rice dishes are something that you really don’t need a mix for.

Stay away from all those crazy chemical additives and processed stuff in the mixes!

Anyway, I have tried recently to introduce more whole grains and complex carbohydrates into our diet.

The other night I made burrito bowls for dinner (made almost entirely of leftovers, score!).

I wanted brown rice( a complex carbohydrate) to be the base of the bowls so I quickly came up with this recipe.

This is a great way to get your family to try brown rice (along with my brown rice cheesy chicken bake recipe).

Healthy Restaurant-Style Mexican Brown Rice

4 servings

  • 1 can tomatoes and chilis (aka Rotel or similar) plus chicken stock (or water) to make 2 1/4 cups
  • 1 cup uncooked brown rice
  • 1 tsp cumin or chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt (or more to taste)
  • 2 tablespoons oil ( I used grape seed oil)


Start by processing the can of tomatoes and chilis in a food processor or blender until smooth. Add chicken stock (or water) to the pureed tomatoes to reach a total of 2 1/4 cups of liquid.

Combine the tomato mixture, spices, oil and brown rice into a small sauce pan, cover and bring to a boil over high heat. Then reduce heat to low and return the cover to the pan.

Simmer for 40-45 minutes. Make the rest of your fiesta while you wait:)

Remove from heat. Fluff with a fork and serve.


  • Add 1 cup of frozen corn the tomato mixture before boiling.
  • Once cooked, toss in fresh cilantro. Fluff and serve.
  • Top with shredded cheese for extra yumminess
  • This recipe works well as a base under enchiladas, burrito bowls, and tex-mex casseroles.
  • This recipe freezes very well, up to a month. Make a double batch and freeze half. Before serving thaw in the refrigerator. (I just reheat mine in the microwave for 2-3 minutes.

Tip: I usually buy the mild Rotel and add extra spice if it needs it. The “Original” tends to be too spicy for some people.


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