Restaurant Style Mexican Rice

 Restaurant Style Mexican Rice

Happy (Taco) Tuesday!!!!

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I am very much a person who loves routine as I have so much to juggle so being able to keep my head above the water I like to stick to a routine. Or at least a plan at trying to keep a routine. ha!

Autumn enjoys her various routines with us, including our morning routine to drop her off at daycare. We take turns dropping her off either based on our schedule or her preference that day. She can climb into either car and car seat to then be strapped in before we start the drive to daycare.

If Price is driving her, I will pull up next to his car and roll down the windows and wave to Autumn who is waving through the open windows as well. So funny! And then they make the turn to daycare and I continue on my way to work.

If I am driving her, we wave at Price too but it’s important to note that we listen to 90’s on 9 or Pop2K on Siruis  so we get to sign along to so awesome rap and pop music. It’s important to start teaching them young of great 90’s and 00’s music.

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My dad picks Autumn up from daycare everyday in the afternoon so helps cut down on her day at daycare, compared to when I’d arrive from leaving work. It gives them a chance to play around and for him to give her dinner by the time that I get home. It has been working out so well. They both love their routine of him getting her at the daycare to their trips to Ace Hardware where Autumn loves to get little bags of popcorn to playing in her water station on the lanai.

I love how we all have these various routines with her. So much fun.

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Also fun (horrible segway…), is this rice. Rice can be fun right? Let’s say it’s fun!

I think it’s fun since it’s so packed with flavor. It’s just like the rice that you get at Mexican restaurants. I had no idea how easy it was to make but it is so I think it’s really going to become out go-to rice recipe when we are having tacos, burritos, enchiladas, and so much more.

I would normally like it spicy with 2 seranos but I kept it mellow since Autumn was eating it too and there is only so much spice this 2 year old enjoys. “ooo pie-c!!!”

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This rice is going to have you be hooked the moment you take a bite!!

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Restaurant Style Mexican Rice

Makes 8 servings


  • 2 pounds fresh plum tomatoes
  • 1 large yellow onion
  • 2 Tablespoons canola or vegetable oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 or 2 serrano or jalapeño peppers, seeded and minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 2 cups long-grain white rice
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • Juice from 2 limes, plus additional wedges for serving


  1. Using a blender or food processor, blend the tomatoes and onion until pureed.
  2. In a large stock pot over medium heat, combine the oil, garlic, chili peppers, and cumin until the spices are fragrant, about a minute or 2.
  3. Add the rice and toast for another 4-6 minutes, stirring frequently.
  4. Add the chicken stock and 2 cups of the pureed tomato mixture and salt to the rice.
  5. Cover and simmer for approximately 20 minutes to achieve tender rice. Check at 15 minutes and then every 2 minutes after that to check that the rice is tender and the liquid has evaporated. Fluff with a fork. Cover and set aside for another 5-10 minutes.
  6. Add the lime juice and fluff again with a fork. Serve with additional lime wedges.

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