Tuesday, September 07, 2010

August 29, 2010: Mexican rice

The arrival of corn in our vegie box coincided with a realisation that it had been a long while since we'd whipped up any Mexican food at home. Cindy wanted something to stuff capsicums with and already had the accompaniments picked out: chipotle onion sauce and black beans. I had a quick scrabble around the internet trying to find a Mexican rice recipe that would use up our corn and not require any more shopping, eventually settling on something fairly simple from Spark Recipes.

It's straightforward to make, filling and relatively healthy, but this was a bit lacking in flavour in the end. I guess when it's being served up with delicious chipotle-based sauce and rich black beans, it doesn't need to offer up a massive taste sensation, but I was still a little disappointed in the blandness of it. Don't get me wrong, it used up the corn and combined pretty well with the capsicums, beans and spicy sauce, but I don't think we've found the ideal Mexi-rice recipe just yet. Any suggestions?

Mexican Rice
2 cups rice
1-2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 small onion, chopped finely
~ 1 cup of corn kernels (we used two stalks of corn, which was probably 1.5 cups)
1 can diced tomatoes
4 cloves of garlic, minced
Fresh coriander for garnish
2 cups water

Heat the oil and butter in a large pan. Add the rice and fry (stirring often) for 5-10 minutes, until the butter is absorbed and the rice has started to turn golden.

Add the onion, garlic, tomatoes, corn and water, stirring everything together.

Bring it all to the boil, cover and reduce to a simmer for about 25 minutes, until the rice is cooked and the liquids absorbed.

Serve with the coriander on top as a side, or stuff a roasted capsicum with it.


  1. Well it looks like an awesome dinner, very colourful too!

    I looked at the recipe and I would cook the onion before adding the rice in and I'd add more coriander, like 1/2 a cup plus 1 teaspoon (at least) of ground cumin and a squeeze of lime.

    Viva Vegan! has some great rice recipes like lime coriander rice which is delicious :)

  2. It definitely looks pretty! I'm guessing I would've been dousing the rice in Tabasco, though, judging by your comments ;)

  3. I love stuffing capsicum with mexican rice, super tasty!