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Mexi rice

Bake up a batch of this cheesy Mexican-styled rice. It is tastier and healthier than store-bought versions.

Number of servings: 6
Serving Size: About 1 cup


1 tablespoon vegetable oil

1/2 cup onion, finely chopped

1/2 cup green peppers, chopped

3 cups cooked brown or white rice

1 14.5 ounce can tomatoes (no salt added), drained

1 tablespoon taco seasoning, low sodium

Non-stick cooking spray

Optional: 1/2 cup cheddar cheese, shredded

Allergens: Dairy (if cheese added), soy (see cooking spray label ingredients)


Time needed: 1 hour preparation; 30 minutes cook time

  1. Heat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Heat oil in a skillet. Add onion and green pepper and cook for 8-10 minutes, until tender.
  3. Add cooked rice, tomatoes, and taco seasoning to skillet and mix.
  4. Grease a medium sized baking dish, and add the mixed rice. Top with cheese if desired.
  5. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until cheese is melted and dish is heated through.

Nutritional information

Calories 190
Total Fat: 6.4 g
Saturated Fat: 2 g
Cholesterol: 10 mg
Sodium: 150 mg
Total Carbohydrates: 28 g
Dietary Fiber: 3 g
Sugar: 3 g
Protein: 5 g

Tips and variations

Hide some more vegetables in this dish! Add cooked diced carrots, chopped mushrooms, corn, zucchini, black or pinto beans, or more peppers and onions.

Make this recipe a main dish by adding cooked turkey, chicken, pork, or lean beef, along with more vegetables.

Wrap leftover rice in a whole wheat tortilla for a fast lunch.


This was inspired by’s Spanish Rice (no date; retrieved from

Related resources

Slicing, Chopping, Dicing, or Mincing Bell Peppers (PDF) — Learn how to right way to prepare bell peppers.

Instant Spanish rice — Cook Spanish rice with instant brown rice. It will cut down on your cooking time and add additional health benefits (and flavor) to your meal.

Pinto beans beef tacos — Use a savory combination of beans, beef, and seasonings for a delicious taco filling. This recipe serves 12...think about trying it at your next family gathering!

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