This quick Mexican brown rice is super healthy and easy to make.
Yield: 5 Servings
4.89 from 9 votes

Quick Mexican Brown Rice

Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 5 mins
Total Time: 10 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Latin, Mexican
This Mexican inspired side dish is perfect for Mexican nights.


  • 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)


  • 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.


Serving: 3/4 cup, Calories: 200kcal, Carbohydrates: 39g, Protein: 5g, Fat: 3.5g, Cholesterol: 17mg, Sodium: 234mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 2g
Freestyle Points: 5
Points +: 5