Quick Mexican Brown Rice

We LOVE Mexican food in my house, tacos, enchiladas, refried beans, you name it!

Quick Mexican Brown Rice – a quick, easy side dish!

This Mexican inspired side dish is perfect for those nights. It’s super quick and much healthier than using a boxed pre-seasoned rice (also MUCH lower in sodium and made with real fresh veggies as opposed to dehydrated ones).

Quick Mexican Brown Rice – a quick, easy side dish!

You can make this with leftover brown rice, but if you’re live near a Trader Joe’s, I’m pretty obsessed with their frozen brown rice – it’s the perfect texture and takes just 3 minutes to heat up. Great for those days I don’t have time to make brown rice from scratch.

Quick Mexican Brown Rice – a quick, easy side dish!

Quick Mexican Brown Rice – a quick, easy side dish!

This quick Mexican brown rice is super healthy and easy to make.
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Quick Mexican Brown Rice

5
Freestyle Points
200
Calories
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 5 mins
Total Time: 10 mins
Yield: 5 Servings
COURSE: Side Dish
CUISINE: Latin, Mexican
This Mexican inspired side dish is perfect for Mexican nights.

Ingredients

  • 4 cups cooked brown rice, if frozen, heated
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • ½ medium onion, finely diced
  • 2 medium plum tomatoes, small dice
  • 1 jalapeno, seeds and membrane removed, minced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 5 lime wedges, for serving
  • chopped cilantro, optional

Instructions

  • Heat the cooked rice. Set aside.
  • Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.  When hot, add the onions, tomatoes and jalapeno and sauté until just tender, about 2-3 minutes.  Add garlic and sauté for another minute.
  • Add the tomato paste, cumin, paprika, cayenne, salt and pepper.  Stir to evenly coat the vegetables.  Add the cooked rice, stir, and cook for 1 minute or until heated through. Serve with cilantro and lime wedges on the side.

Nutrition

Serving: 3/4 cup, Calories: 200kcal, Carbohydrates: 39g, Protein: 5g, Fat: 3.5g, Saturated Fat: 0g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 0g, Monounsaturated Fat: 0g, Trans Fat: 0g, Cholesterol: 17mg, Sodium: 234mg, Potassium: 0mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 0%, Vitamin C: 0%, Calcium: 0%, Iron: 0%
Freestyle Points: 5
Points +: 5