Simple Mexican Rice with Salsa

This simple Mexican rice recipe came about by happenstance! Usually I use special rice seasoning, but one day I could not find mine! I tried making Mexican rice with salsa instead and have not gone back to seasoning since. This vegetarian Mexican rice recipe is about 6 servings and 194 kcal per serving.

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Check out my other Mexican main dish recipes to serve this Spanish style rice with:

Favorite ingredient brands to use for this easy Spanish rice recipe:

*rice-Mahatma, I usually use long grain rice, but white rice works too.
*picante sauce-Pace. I have not tried this recipe with homemade picante sauce yet. If you chose to do so, let me know how it goes in the comments section below! If you need a picante sauce recipe, click here.

Is this simple Mexican rice spicy?

I would not say it is too spicy. It has a little kick to it, but is not water-guzzling hot by any means. I am not really the person to ask if a food is hot or not, I drink Diablo hot sauce from taco bell straight, but my family does not think it is hot so I take their word for it.

How to make Mexican rice without tomato sauce:

  • boil water-brining water to a rolling boil is a necessity to make sure the water is a hot enough temperature to cook the rice evenly.
  • add rice-this will allow the rice to cook. When the rice is almost done cooking, add the picante sauce. This will provide the rice with extra moisture it needs to finish cooking.

How to store rice:

  • fridge-store this chicken breast recipe in an air tight container in the refrigerator for up to one week
  • freezer-I have not tried freezing this recipe. If you would like to try it, go for it! Let me know how it goes.
simple mexican rice in a pot

Simple Mexican Rice with Salsa

This easy Mexican rice with salsa is how to make rice without tomato sauce! Since this is cooking rice on the stove, it should take you no longer than 20 minutes to make this vegetarian Mexican rice recipe.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 2 mins
Cook Time 18 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 6 people
Calories 194 kcal

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  • 2 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cups long grain rice
  • 8 oz picante sauce


  • Bring water to boil in a large sauce pan. Add in rice. Turn down to medium heat and cook for 8 minutes.
  • After the 8 minutes, stir in the picante sauce. Cook for 10 minutes continuing on medium heat. Serve your Simple Mexican Rice with your favorite Mexican dish!


Calories: 194kcal

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  1. 5 stars
    Super easy and simple recipe but delicious! I can’t believe it only has 3 ingredients. We eat rice all the time at my house, and this recipe is perfect. Thank you so much for sharing your recipe!

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