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Mexican Wild Rice Recipe

Add this simple Mexican Wild Rice recipe as a tasty side dish to your next taco night. Can be made in rice cooker or on stovetop.

Add this simple Mexican Wild Rice recipe as a tasty side dish to your next taco night. Can be made in rice cooker or on stovetop.

Taco night returned last night. Yay! My son mentioned over the weekend that we should make chicken tacos at home this week, just like Chipotles. Sounds great to me son! I love that my kids are starting to embrace Mexican food more than a simple cheese quesadilla – it makes me happy to see them grabbing for fixings to add to their tacos on their plates.

For this week’s taco night I wanted to add a simple side that I’ve made a couple times before using my beloved rice cooker. There are a few small appliances I have picked up over the years that have become lifesavers in the kitchen for me – this rice cooker being one of them (which is why I’m giving one away today!). I have to admit, when I first got my rice cooker, I was a little intimidated by it. I haven’t always cooked a ton of rice, and the water to rice ratio always threw me off for some reason, it just never turned out right. I am happy to report I’ve finally gotten over the intimidation and use my rice cooker almost weekly.

Add this simple Mexican Wild Rice recipe as a tasty side dish to your next taco night. Can be made in rice cooker or on stovetop.

The best thing about this recipe for Mexican Rice that I’m sharing with you today is that I made it all in the rice cooker – at the same time. It is the easiest dish to put together ever! Pair it up with the chicken I cooked in the slow cooker for the tacos and I almost feel guilty about all the compliments I got at dinner last night – it was seriously one of the easiest dinners I’ve made in a while. All I had to really do when it came to dinner time is shred up the chicken and warm up the tortillas. Good stuff.

You can play with this rice a bit. I’ve added pinto beans to the mix before, but this time I tried corn. I always start with the rice and water at the bottom, then put the extras right up on top – without stirring. Once the cooker does it’s magic I fluff it up real good with a fork, drizzle some olive oil over it and season it well with salt and pepper. It’s a perfect side dish for taco night! Enjoy!

Add this simple Mexican Wild Rice recipe as a tasty side dish to your next taco night. Can be made in rice cooker or on stovetop.

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Mexican Wild Rice

Yield: 4 servings


  • 1 cup uncooked wild rice
  • 2 1/4 cup water
  • 1 15 oz can diced onion and garlic tomatoes, drained
  • 1 small can diced chilies, drained
  • 1/2 cup frozen corn
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • handful chopped cilantro


  1. Place rice, water, tomatoes, chilies and corn into rice cooker, in that order in layers. Do not stir (make sure rice is at bottom with water). Set to cook.
  2. Once rice cooker is done cooking, open lid and using a fork, carefully fluff up rice. Drizzle olive oil over rice and season well with salt and pepper. Taste and adjust for seasoning. Add in handful of chopped cilantro, stir and serve.

If you don't have a rice cooker, prepare your rice in a pot on your stove top as directed, adding in the additional ingredients just like in these directions. They will all cook up together the same way.

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324 comments on “Mexican Wild Rice Recipe”

  1. I prefer Jasmine rice but it isn’t always the right type of rice to use depending on what I am cooking. I use all different types of rice as needed.

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  4. I’m a brown rice lover! We eat it lots!

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  6. I’m a big fan of brown rice. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  10. We eat tons and tons of rice and this rice look so good!

  11. I also follow your blog via RSS!

  12. I followed Zojirushi on twitter! And this looks amazing. Will try this weekend!

  13. I love Basmati Rice!

  14. I love cilantro and lime rice!

  15. I typically eat brown rice, but I really love wild rice!

  16. RSS feed subscriber!

  17. Ohmygosh this looks good! I love Mexican food. nom nom nom. I usually love going for simple brown rice, but cilantro lime is a great mix up!

  18. I love arborio rice, especially for risotto!

  19. Tweeted about the giveaway from @NoshOnIt!

  20. Followed Zojirushi on Twitter!

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  22. Mexican food is the one type of food my kids don’t like. Including quesadillas. What’s wrong with them? *cries* I want this!

  23. Oh my gosh this rice looks great. I need one of those rice cookers because I can’t seem to make my rice turn out all that great.

  24. Brown rice–very versatile and good!

  25. pinned on Pinterest!

  26. I love cilantro, lime rice.

  27. I absolutely adore my Zojirushi Rice Cooker and this rice, I’m making it soon!

  28. My favorite kind of rice is sushi brown rice – medium grade.

  29. I have literally been DREAMING about this exact rice cooker since before Weston was born, but never got it because we didn’t have the money. I would cook everything in here, but my favorite rice is definitely basmati. With a little soy sauce? YUM ๐Ÿ™‚

  30. AND I am subscribed to your RSS through bloglovin’ ๐Ÿ˜‰

  31. I love salsa rice! It’s so yummy.

  32. I like plain white rice the best. I could eat it everyday.

  33. I follow you with my Google reader (soon on Feedly) but not until the last possible second!!!

  34. I know it’s lame, but I really do love white Minute rice. If I had a rice cooker though .

  35. My favorite right now is Saffron Rice!

  36. Brown rice is my favorite, but I love all rice equally ๐Ÿ™‚

  37. For me, the only rice is Thai Jasmine rice! I spent several months in Thailand and can’t get enough!

  38. I love a simple Dominican rice: white rice and corn, cooked together. Sweet and delicious!

  39. I’ve made a version of taco rice several times in my Zojirushi rice cooker, it always turns out perfect too, love it!

  40. I have just recently been experimenting with rice, and have been really enjoying Basmati Brown rice! I have never used a rice cooker, would LOVE to try it out! Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  41. We are a big fam of brown rice, but red rice is by far my most favorite. Have just started playing with black rice and am eager to see where that leads me. I would appreciate your opinion on prepping rice, I.e., rinse or no rinse. Thank you.

  42. I love Zojirushi – and would love to own one!

    I’m pretty particular about rice, but my favorite “normal” variety is Kohuko Rose.

  43. I also follow your blog in my RSS reader (currently google reader, have to make a transition soon, yikes!).

  44. My favorite type of rice to make is arroz con pollo! I love the color and spices in it. Thanks for the giveaway ๐Ÿ™‚

  45. We love tacos too and I make a vegan chili to go with it!! This rice looks like something I’d like to add as we love Chipotle too!!

  46. Buttery, cheesy rice is my favorite but this could definitely be a close contender! It looks so colorful and delicious, Aggie! Great recipe.

  47. I started following @ZojirushiUSA on twitter. My handle is @erichichi.

  48. Jasmine rice is great. But also the texture of brown rice is just awesome

  49. I love sushi rice…even though it’s not very good for me. Kimchi fried rice made with brown rice has to be one of my favourites though!

  50. I followed Zojirushi on twitter!

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  52. I love the brown rice at Pei Wei!!

  53. I am pretty partial to brown basmati most of the time, but Jasmine rice makes for a nice treat with certain meals.

  54. I was introduced to using rice cookers about a year ago with my little 3 cup cooker. I love these recipes and need all I can get. Entering in the giveaway hoping I can get a step up and retire my little cooker my neighbor gave me. I shared this on rss, instagram, pinterest, google, Facebook and twitter. Keep my fingers crossed. Thank you

  55. this rice dish looks INCREDIBLE Aggie. Yum!!!

  56. I like Jasmine and/or Basmati. Yum. This rice looks delish!

  57. arborio! i’m totally a risotto girl – mainly because it’s the only rice i can seem to cook correctly. go figure! thanks for the chance to win.

  58. That rice would be great IN a taco! My favorite rice right now is broccoli and cheese rice!

  59. I love wild rice! thanks!

  60. I am a RSS subscriber.

  61. I like white rice.

  62. I gotta say Jasmine. ๐Ÿ™ Brown rice doesn’t make the cut for my family although I enjoy it.

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  64. My favorite kind of rice is (should I be embarrassed by this?) Chipotle’s cilantro-lime rice…I can’t help it! But I do love the sound of this one too! I’ve always wondered if I would use a rice maker a lot. I like that this one looks pretty compact!

  65. My favorite rice is Spanish yellow rice. This recipe looks amazing!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  66. Brown rice my son loves it, but I don’t always have the time to make it!

  67. brown rice with black bean salad

  68. I like basmati and Japanese kokuho rose rice which would be even better cooked in a zojirushi rice cooker ๐Ÿ™‚

  69. I love all rice. I sometimes even eat it for breakfast with butter and brown sugar.

  70. I subscribed via email!

  71. Ooh I’d love this rice maker. I love fried rice.

  72. I’m an Aggie’s Kitchen subscriber. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  73. Brown rice is my favorite, but I really love them all.

  74. Favorite rice is a Thai style fried rice (ironically from a 25lb bag of imported Jasmine rice picked up at an Asian grocer years ago). Uses fish sauce instead of soy and chopped tomatoes and cilantro (along with the normal garlic, egg, and protein). Light, fragrant, delicious.

  75. Forbidden rice

  76. It’s a toss-up between coconut rice or cilantro lime!!

  77. I like brown rice.

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  84. I love Spanish Rice made with Poblano Peppers.

  85. I like brown when it is done well. Most rice cookers don’t realize that there is an art to it.

  86. My favorite rice is brown rice

  87. I follow you on email

  88. I follow Zojirushi on Twitter.

  89. I shared your link on Facebook

  90. Love mexican rice and what a fun giveaway!!

  91. Carolina Gold rice is my absolute run-away favorite rice!!!

  92. ~my favorite kind of rice is basmati…have to try brown basmati as someone suggested in another comment!

  93. Looking forward to trying the Mexican Rice. Would love to win the rice cooker. Keep up the good work.

  94. i know i would eat more RICE using the rice cooker.Would be much easier than boiling on stovetop

  95. would to have one

  96. I love risotto!

  97. My favorite kind of rice is Jasmine Rice.

  98. I followed @ZojirushiUSA on Twitter @AsTheNight.

  99. I’m already an email subscriber.

  100. I like jasmine and basmati rice.

  101. I like short grain brown rice!

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  104. I love jasmine

  105. I love Yellow Saffron Rice.

  106. I follow zojirushi on Twitter.

  107. I am an email subscriber.

  108. I love Jasmine rice with Asian flavors added

  109. My favorite rice is cilantro lime. I love a good Chipotle burrito!

  110. follow zojirushi on twitter

  111. subscribe to Aggie’s Kitchen by email

  112. Saffron rice!

  113. I’m an email subscriber.

  114. My favorite is brown rice.

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  117. This would be great to win. I prefer just plain white rice and add to it.

  118. I’m subscribed to you via email.

  119. My favorite is Mexican rice

  120. I am an email subscriber

  121. My favorite rice is jasmine!

  122. I am an email subscriber to aggies kitchen

  123. New Orlean’s Dirty Rice!

  124. Fav rice would be any, I am a carb freak to the nth degree!

  125. I subscribe to Aggieโ€™s Kitchen RSS in my reader (I use InoReader now that google is getting rid of theirs) Very good reader program! Thanks for all the good recipes and for the chance to win!

  126. I like wild rice with a mixture of vegetables from my garden.

  127. I follow Zojirushi on Twitter.

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  129. My favorite rice is basmati.

  130. I subscribe to your emails.

  131. My favorite kind of rice is wild rice!

  132. I follow Zojirushi on Twitter!

  133. I subscribed via iGoogle/Rss reader!

  134. I love regular steamed wild rice. Plain Jane over here!

  135. My favorite is brown rice and spanish rice

    I also love white with butter and soy souce

  136. We love, love, love TexMex foods, and your Mexican rice sounds delicious! We also love Chinese food, and one of my easy weeknight dinners is fried rice–it would be super easy with a rice maker ๐Ÿ™‚

  137. Spanish rice, all the way! But rice is good with salsa, butter and salt, soy sauce. I could eat it every day!

  138. I subscibe to your e-mail.Love this rice recipe~will be making tonight:-)

  139. following you through RSS Email

  140. I’m an email subscriber

  141. I am a sucker for sticky asian rice!

  142. I follow Zojirushi on Twitter

  143. I am already subscribed to Aggieโ€™s Kitchen RSS feed

  144. Favorite is Forbidden (black) Rice

  145. @KDFF follows Zojirushi on Twitter

  146. I subscribe via email

  147. I like just plain white rice. I have always been that way. But I can always go for a good fried rice too.

  148. I followed Zojirushi on twitter @susanbroughton5 [email protected]

  149. I subscribe via email [email protected]

  150. We buy white rice in bulk from Asian grocery stores.

  151. WE like Jasmine Rice – we buy gigantic bags of it (like feed bag sized bags!)

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  154. I shared you on Google+ (I’m Marguerite Core there):

  155. I love wild rice!

  156. I subscribe to you in my reader…

  157. Long grain and wild rice mix.

  158. Patricia posted on Facebook.

  159. @grannyhoff follows @ZojirushiUSA

  160. [email protected] already subscribes to Aggie’s Kitchen. She added you to her home page.

  161. My favorite rice is Jasmine Rice.

  162. I subscribe to Aggie’s Kitchen RSS feed

  163. jasmine rice with butter and pepper

  164. My favorite kind of rice is shrimp fried rice. I usually make them with brown rice. I love Zojirushi brand. They are the best rice cooker one can get. I got mine a few years back and is still working awesome. I want to win this for my Mom as she’s been looking for a rice cooker recently before her old one broke down. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for hosting the giveaway.

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  167. My favorite is brown basmati rice ๐Ÿ™‚

  168. White rice is still my favorite.

  169. I do get email updates.

  170. I love Jasmine rice !

  171. I love jasmine and brown rice – but coconut rice (the flavor – so good).

  172. I followed Zojirushi on twitter ( I follow you too)

  173. I subscribe by e-mail – Aggie – I’m moving and my e-mail will change – how do I do that? Sign up with my gmail now? and the old e-mail will be closed 6/24.

  174. I like the aromatic aroma ones…basmati and jasmine.

  175. I like Spanish rice.

  176. I love a light brown rice, sometimes I put black lentils in too. It’s so good!

  177. I subscribe to you in RRS

  178. I follow Zojirushi on twitter (@emmasausville)

  179. My favorite is a 50/50 blend of sushi rice and brown rice. My kids love this blend. I also like a 30% milled brown rice that my local Japanese market does. It takes aways just a little bit of the “brown” that some members of my family doesn’t like.

  180. I subscribed to your newsletter

  181. I subscribe to Aggies Kitchen via email

  182. I like brown rice and basmati rice

  183. I like brown rice – I cook in larger batches and package in 2 cup portions for the freezer – so nice to have it ready to add to casseroles, etc.

  184. Mexican wild rice looks awesome:-)
    I follow you with up-dates in my e-mail.

  185. Jasmine rice is my absolute favorite. It is very versitile too!

  186. I like Basmati rice the most.

  187. My fave rice is our local wild rice!

  188. I follow Zojirushi on Twitter(Kellysaver)

  189. I am already a subscriber…found this post and giveaway in my in-box. ๐Ÿ™‚

  190. I Subscribe to your email under kellywcuATyahooDOTcom

  191. I favorite is rice with Tomato gravy!!!

  192. Long grain white rice

  193. Basmati rice!

  194. I love all kinds of rice … jasmine, Calrose, brown, wild … it’s my absolute favorite side ๐Ÿ™‚

  195. I subscribe to your RSS feed!

  196. My favorite is basmati rice.

  197. Basmati rice and long grain brown rice.

  198. I love long grain/brown rice blends! Great giveaway ๐Ÿ™‚

  199. mine is brown rice

  200. I love white long grain and basmati.

  201. My children love Jasmine rice. I love Lundberg’s brown rice ๐Ÿ˜€

  202. Followed Zojirushi on Twitter

  203. Also shared via Pinterest

  204. I haven’t found a rice I didn’t like. Basmati, jasmine, wild, long grain, short grain, it’s all good.

  205. Following Zojirushi America on Twitter as halloweentango

  206. I already get email updates. ๐Ÿ™‚

  207. Man oh man this looks good! I just got a rice cooker just like this one and I must make this!

  208. White rice is still my favourite.

  209. Follow you on subscibed e-mail.
    I am keeping my fingers crossed to win.:-)

  210. I love long grain white rice! And brown basmati rice!

  211. We like jasmine rice!

  212. I follow Zojirushi on Twitter (@shala_darkstone).

  213. love spanish rice!

  214. Aggie,
    I’ve got to admit, reading that you made the whole thing in your rice cooker gave me pause! When I lived in Japan it was a major no-no to put any kind of seasoning in with your rice in the rice cooker. Some folks even had a second rice cooker that was for flavored rice–and in tiny Japanese kitchens that’s saying a lot!
    I love sushi rice best, since I love sushi!

  215. I already follow you by email! ๐Ÿ™‚

  216. I like any kind of rice, as long as it’s made into risotto

  217. follow Zojirushi on Twitter

  218. I love Jasmine rice with homemade Indian food. And risotto, especially butternut squash risotto. Yum!

  219. I love rice. Fried rice is one of my quick and easy go-to weekday meals.

  220. I subscribe to your blog via an RSS feed.

  221. I love plain white rice, but I also love brown and jasmine rice!

  222. White rice is my favorite and adding spices and vegetables to it.

  223. I love rice pilaf. ๐Ÿ™‚

  224. I’m following them via Twitter.



  225. follow you on rss reader and subcribed e-mail.
    I love all rice<3.

  226. I love Jasmine Rice. Wow – what a rice cooker. Love it!!

  227. My favorite rice is jasmine, thanks!

  228. WE LOVE our Zojirushi, seriously we use it almost every night! I am SO excited to try this rice!

  229. I recently tried making asparagus risotto – and my family loved it.

  230. Brown rice with cinnamon and raisins with milk.

  231. I tried your recipe for Mexican Rice~I think I now have a Favorite:-)
    Thanx for the recipe.
    Follow on Rss feed and e-mail.

  232. basmati

  233. I subscribe via reader.

  234. I like a like a simple rice pilaf. Goes with just about any protein.

  235. I subscribe to your emails. Thanks for the inspiration in the kitchen!

  236. btw Liz has 4 entries just on this page saying white rice is her favorite!

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  237. btw Liz has 4 entries just on this page saying white rice is her favorite!

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  238. It’s a close tie between white rice and jasmine rice.

  239. I just love rice of any kind~but since trying this~love it

  240. Gorgeous rice dish. The perfect side for taco night, and I love Zojirushi.

  241. My favorite rice is brown jasmine rice.

  242. I’m following Zojirushi on twitter! (@sweet26tweets)

  243. white rice is the best for lunch.

  244. I prefer white rice.

  245. Brown rice! Even in sushi ๐Ÿ™‚

  246. I love Japanese short-grain white rice!

  247. White (Sona Masoori / Basmati )

  248. I can’t wait to try it!

  249. I’m a brown rice guy.

  250. My daughter is leaving for college and she must have a rice cooker with her!

  251. I love jasmine rice!

  252. Japanese short grain white rice

  253. Following zojirushi on twitter

  254. your Mexican Rice recipe~Yum
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  255. What a fabulous summer side! Love my Zojirushi, btw.

  256. I can’t wait to try this, it looks packed full of flavor ๐Ÿ™‚

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  258. Could you post a link to the slow cooker chicken you made with this recipe? Thanks!

    • Hi Beth! I unfortunately don’t have a link. The chicken I cook up for tacos is usually pretty basic, I put chicken breasts and/or thighs in the crockpot and liberally sprinkle with a blend of chili powder, garlic powder, cumin, salt and pepper and let it cook up, sometimes I add a few spoonfuls of salsa too (if not just a bit of chicken stock or water), let it cook on low for 4-6 hours. I’ll have to work on a real recipe for this and post – thanks for asking about it!

      Here is a recipe I found recently on Skinnytaste that is basically the same way I prepare it :

      • Aggie, thanks for your reply. I absolutely love this blog, so many great recipes! Thanks for sharing that link, I can’t wait to make tacos with your Mexican rice!

  259. i just wanna eat the picture! I love everything with rice and my rice cooker was by far the best appliance i ever bought! thank you for the great recipe. I will surely make this!

  260. I’ve never put anything in my rice cooker other than rice. Do you worry about the acid in the tomatoes hurting the lining? Causing discoloration? I’d love to know if anyone has had this problem before I try this recipe. Thanks!

    • I’ve made this recipe several times in the rice cooker and have never had trouble with discoloration. I have heard people strictly not putting anything other than rice in their rice cooker, so it’s a personal decision I guess! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  264. Ya, really beneficial recepe, but it’s not for usual rice cooker… For multicooker – yes, It can remember it (as my Redmond 4502) and do very fast and tasty. It’s much better than in rice cooker, what ia more – meat in redmond get better.

  265. Agree with the idea about using a multi cooker(I have Redmond m90), it’s good not for cooking rice only!
    The recipe is really nice, I gonna try it these days

  266. Posted to Facebook – thanks for the recipe!