Mexican Rice with Cilantro Dressing

Mexican Rice with Cilantro Dressing

I just can’t help myself from ordering the same thing almost every time.

Mexican Rice with Cilantro Dressing

You got it, a chicken burrito, served enchilada style with verde sauce and cheese.  Add some Cafe Rio Style Black Beans on the side and Mexican Rice with Cilantro Dressing, tan bueno!

Mexican Rice with Cilantro Dressing

I’m not a big fan of traditional red Spanish rice, but Mexican Rice with Cilantro Dressing is amazingly flavorful.  It’s a splendid side, easy, zesty, and appealing, especially when garnished with fresh cilantro, a natural served with burritos, enchiladas, fajitas, and tacos.  For me, Cafe Rio and Costa Vida have helped to make their sides exciting and different.  Plain rice and refried beans seem so ho-hum.  Try carnitas or grilled chicken a top a bed of this stuff too.  Believe me, it’s hard to beat.

 The yummy dressing is what really makes this rice exceptional.  It’s flavorful and moist, compared to a dry Spanish red rice.  Begin by heating your oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion, garlic, and green chilies. Cook until onion is soft, about 5-10 minutes over medium heat. Mix in rice, stir about 2 minutes. Mix in broth. Bring to boil. Reduce heat to low; cover and cook until rice is tender and broth absorbed, about 15 minutes. Turn off heat and let rice sit, covered for 5 minutes. Transfer rice to serving platter or bowl. Let rice sit for about 5 more minutes to cool slightly. Pour dressing over rice, tossing gently together. Season with salt and pepper. Can be prepared ahead. Let stand at room temperature.
Combine all dressing ingredients in blender or food processor, blend until smooth. Season with salt and pepper. Go ahead, you can make this dressing one day ahead. Chill it well.

Mexican Rice with Cilantro Dressing

 Garnish with chopped fresh cilantro and chopped tomatoes, or stuff it in burritos too.

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Enjoy this moist and flavorful Mexican Rice with Cilantro Dressing with all your south of the border favorites; tacos, enchiladas, burritos, tan bueno!!!
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Serves: 8 servings
Ingredients
Rice:
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 large white or yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 (4-ounce) can chopped green chilies, mild
  • 2 cups long grain white rice
  • 3½ cups chicken broth without MSG
  • salt to taste (I used about ¾ teaspoon)
  • ½ to ¾ cup Cilantro Dressing
Cilantro Dressing:
  • 1¼ cups packed chopped cilantro (about 1 small bunch)
  • ¾ cup olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon minced seeded Serrano chile
Instructions
Mexican Rice
  1. Heat oil in large saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Add onion, garlic, and green chilies. Cook until onion is soft, about 5-10 minutes over medium heat. Mix in rice, stir about 2 minutes. Mix in broth. Bring to boil. Reduce heat to low; cover and cook until rice is tender and broth absorbed, about 15 minutes. Turn off heat and let rice sit, covered for 5 minutes. Transfer rice to serving platter or bowl. Let rice sit for about 5 more minutes to cool slightly. Pour dressing over rice, tossing gently together.
  3. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Can be prepared ahead. Let stand at room temperature.
Cilantro Dressing
  1. Combine all dressing ingredients in blender or food processor, blend until smooth.
  2. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Can be made one day ahead.
  4. Chill.

What is your must-have Mexican Meal?  It’s always a treat to have you here…thanks friends!

Mexican Rice with Cilantro Dressing

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About The Author

Renée

Renée is passionate about making and sharing ALL things delicious! Her happy place really is her kitchen where she loves whipping up memories with her family and friends. Raised in sunny Southern California she's spent her adulthood in Idaho, both sides of her great state. She's married to an amazing man, and together they have 5 children, who gave them five more, and now they have 22 grandchildren. So there’s always a reason to cook and celebrate around their place!

2 Comments

  1. Susan

    I always order the same things when we go to our favorite Mexican restaurant too! This rice dish sounds wonderful, Renee! I am definitely enjoying cilantro more than i did a few years ago.

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    • Renée

      Oh, I’m so glad you are becoming a fan of cilantro, Susan. I buy it so often, I’m going to start growing it!!! Thanks.

      Reply

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