Would you dare try this rice with Mexican chili?

Would you dare try this rice with Mexican chili?

It can be said that Mexican cuisine is very picturesque, since it offers incredible flavors and a very striking aesthetic that surprises the palate of anyone. There is a particular rice preparation that bears the distinctive Mexican cuisine mark: a spicy and delicious dish that is worth preparing at home.

Rice and strong spices

If you are a great lover of Mexican cuisine, you will know that almost every dish stands out for the use of spices, as well as the large number of them available in any kitchen.

When buying a type of rice, such as mahatmarice.com rice/recipes/traditional-mexican-rice, you have the opportunity to prepare a delicious recipe where the Mexican chili pepper is the star.

Mexico is known as the mother of chilies, since almost 150 varieties are cultivated in its lands, but unlike other places in the world where chilies are used to heat, Mexican cuisine does it to aromatize its meals.

Moreover, it's the only country where people perceive some types of chilies as sweet, which is quite unusual.

For the following recipe you can choose the amount of hot spices that you want, since not all people support it and enjoy it in the same way, thanks to this you can surprise your family with a characteristic dish of Mexican cuisine. However, if you really want to try Mexican food, adding a few strong chilies to this recipe is a good way to get a palatal experience of that country’s cuisine.


  • Two cups of boiled short-grain rice.
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion.
  • 1/2 cup sliced cabbage.
  • ¼ cup of finely chopped red and green pepper.
  • ¼ sliced carrot cup.
  • Three chopped garlic cloves.
  • ¼ tablespoon of red chili powder.
  • 4 red peppers, although this may vary depending on how spicy you want the rice.
  • Two tablespoons of tomato sauce.
  • Two tablespoons of soy sauce.
  • A spoonful of lemon juice.
  • A handful of coriander leaves.
  • Two tablespoons of oil.
  • Salt to taste.


  1. The first thing you must do is blend the red chilies in a mixer, then grind until you get a thick paste.
  2. In a medium sized skillet with a little oil sautΓ© the onions over medium heat until transparent.
  3. Then incorporate the garlic and keep sautΓ©ing for a few more minutes.
  4. Add the sliced chopped carrot and let cook until softened. Place the cabbage, along with the salt, pepper, ground red chili flakes, and some powdered red chili.
  5. Then place the tomato sauce and mix well into the skillet.
  6. Place the cooked rice and mix gently, covering the rice completely with the sauce.
  7. Sprinkle the cilantro leaves and squeeze the lemon juice, mix the rice again to absorb everything. Add cilantro leaves to decorate.

Preparation takes about 10 minutes and another 10 of cooking, so in just 20 minutes you will have ready a spicy Mexican rice to surprise your family and friends at lunch or dinner. It’s very simple, you can even add other ingredients such as beans or jalapenos, to get a delicious result.

Do not forget that as in any other recipe with rice, it is important to use the proper amount of liquid and observe cooking time.

If you control this and prepare properly cooked, loose-grain rice, you will have the opportunity to create a delicious dish typical of Mexico.

How can this Mexican rice be served?

Once this popular rice is prepared, it is also important to find the right accompaniment for the gastronomic experience to be unique. It can be served as a starter or as a side dish with some meat, fish or chicken, i.e. you can complement almost any other preparation you make.

To give a fresh touch to the rice, you can sprinkle some lime juice on top. Simple as it may look, it not only improves flavor, but also reduces the amount of spicy in the rice, softening it a little in case you’ve overdone it with the chilies.

For those who like to enjoy typical meals from other countries, this recipe of rice with Mexican chili pepper is a good option to enjoy a delicious spicy flavor that you can accompany with beef, lamb, poultry or even fish.


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