Mexican Red Rice, Recipe, Video – Kids Cooking Lesson

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Mexican Red Rice

How To Make Authentic Mexican Red Rice


In this video cooking lesson, Chef Toby shows you how to make authentic Mexican red rice from scratch. 



  • Wash California Peppers
  • Pre-measure ingredients



  • Take 3 dry California peppers and remove the stem and the seeds. Rinse them. Once the water is boiling, place them in a sauce pan for about 5 minutes. Then turn off the water and let them cool for a few minutes.

Boil the chiles for 5 minutes

  • Once the water and the chiles have cooled a bit, add the chiles with 2 cups of the water from which they were boiled into a blender. Blend until smooth for about 45 seconds.

Add the California chiles and the water that they were boiled in to the blender

  • Using a colander, strain the juice so that any seeds or large pieces are removed.

After-blending, strain the mixture using a collander

  • In a separate pot, add about a tablespoon of olive oil and heat to medium heat. Then add 1 cup of rice and fry it until most of the grains turn a deep white color

In a sauce pan, fry rice in oil unitl it turns white

  • Now slowly add the chile sauce and salt. Let it come back to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer until the liquid evaporates (about 12 minutes).

Add the California chile mixture and bring to a boil before lowering the heat and cooking until tender

Mexican Rice

Mexican Rice


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Mexican Red Rice Nutritional Highlights

(The Stuff That Fuels Your Body!)

White Rice 

  • White rice contains 4 grams of protein per 1 cup serving, which helps keep you full and build muscle. 
  • Tasty Tip: Opting for brown rice or whole-grain varieties of rice is a healthier option due to its higher fiber content.

California Chile

  • Like other peppers, California chiles contain fiber and vitamin C, which are responsible for aiding the immune system, promoting healthy skin.

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Mexican Red Rice Frequently Asked Questions

What is Mexican red rice?

Mexican red rice is a rice dish that is seasoned with different ingredients like chiles, tomatoes, and/or onions.

What makes the rice red? 

In our recipe, the rice gets its red color from the California chile puree that is added to the rice.


What type of rice should I use to make Mexican red rice?

The best rice to use for Mexican rice is white long grain rice. Jasmine rice also works well in this recipe. 

Is Mexican red rice healthy?

Mexican Rice is generally a healthy food. Substituting the rice for a brown or whole grain variety is a way to make the dish even healthier. The rice also contains some healthy fat from the olive oil and vitamin C from the chiles. 

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