3 Step Mexican Rice

A fast baked rice dish packed with flavor! Your family will be begging you to make this over and over again!

Yahoo! A fast, delicious dinner!

This is one of my GO TO recipes when I want something hearty and satisfying, but don’t feel like being in the kitchen (imagine that, yes I get tired of cooking sometimes).​
This rice dish has 3 steps:

1. Combine chicken broth & tomato paste.
2. Chop veggies.
3. Combine rice with all ingredients in a baking dish.

The FLAVOR secret is…

The shortcut & flavor secret here is the jar of salsa! Salsa is packed full of flavor, and is thick, this will give the rice a great taste, and keep it creamy.

What kind of vegetables can I use in this Mexican rice casserole?

The veggies you choose to mix into this Mexican Rice is totally up to you! I recommend using what is on hand, that’s the beauty of this dish. I LOVE to use corn, but was fresh out! So I made due, and for this recipe used green bell pepper, spring onions, lots of garlic. I always use a jar of salsa. Feel free to add whatever you like, a lovely combination is corn and red bell pepper for a sweet kick!

Spring onions or scallions?

As you’ll see in this recipe, I used spring onions, not scallions (green onions). When they are in season, and I can find them in the store I always try and use spring onions. Spring onions are sweeter in flavor than scallions, which have a more sharp, almost peppery taste. Additionally, the spring onion has a large “onion” at the base, almost the size of a golf ball!. The white base of the scallion is much smaller. See the photo below.

Difficulty: Beginner Prep Time 10 min Cook Time 30 min Total Time 40 mins
Servings: 4
Best Season: Suitable throughout the year


A jar of salsa is the secret to this flavor packed rice dish. Made in one baking dish, chop up some veggies, mix in chicken broth and salsa, cover with foil and bake!

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Prepare Rice

    • Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Brush an 8 x 8" glass dish with oil to keep rice from sticking.
    • Heat broth & tomato paste and stir until combined.
    • Add rice, broth and tomato paste, and all other ingredients to glass dish. Stir.
    Note how the spring onion (above) looks different than the green onion, or scallion. The spring onion has a very large bulb on the bottom!

Bake Rice

    • Cover tightly with foil.
    • Pour into prepared pan. 
    • Bake for 25-35 minutes.
    • If rice is done but too watery for your liking, you can uncover it and leave it in the oven for 10 additional minutes to let liquid evaporate. 
    • Garnish with dark green parts of onion.
    Rice, veggies, and broth in dish before baking.
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