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Taco Rice

I live for Mexican food, and this easy taco rice is one of my favorite side dishes to prepare when I’m serving tacos, burritos, or enchiladas to my family. It’s a little spicy, a little sweet (thanks to the corn), and totally delicious!

rice with corn and taco flavor

How to Make Taco Rice

While I’m a fan of traditional Spanish rice, my husband is sensitive to tomato sauce. It’s why I often make this easy taco rice to serve as a side for my crew.

Oh, and this macaroni corn casserole is another one of my fave easy side dishes!

To make this recipe, you’ll need the following ingredients:

  • butter
  • long grain white rice
  • chicken broth
  • Southwest corn with poblano and red peppers (I get Del Monte Brand)
  • mild chopped green chiles
  • chili powder
  • cumin
  • garlic powder
  • dried oregano
  • salt
  • black pepper
  • fresh cilantro, chopped
rice with taco seasoning and corn

First, melt your butter in a large saucepan over medium heat.

Next, add the rice and cook for about 2 minutes, stirring frequently.

Stir in the remaining ingredients through the black pepper, and bring it to a boil.

Cover and reduce the heat. Simmer your taco rice for 15 to 20 minutes until the liquid is absorbed. Remove for the heat and allow to sit covered for 5 minutes.

Stir in the fresh cilantro (unless you’re one of those folks who doesn’t like cilantro). and enjoy!

If easy recipes are your thing, don’t miss my Mexican spaghetti casserole and this amazing cheesy cauliflower casserole while you’re here!

Ways to Enjoy This Recipe

If I’m not making a simple cilantro lime rice, I usually make this tasty taco rice as a side along tacos, burritos, or enchiladas.

You can even use this rice as a filling for your tacos or burritos.

My kids are not huge fans of the texture of meat, so, I often add this rice to a flour tortilla along with some cheese. It’s a great vegetarian dish that tastes amazing.

You can also use this taco rice as the base for a fabulous burrito bowl. Add some shredded lettuce, pico de gallo, cheese, avocado or sour cream to complete the bowl.

My friend Stacie’s slow cooker black beans would also taste amazing paired with this taco rice.

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Easy Taco Rice

Easy Taco Rice

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Additional Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

This delicious corn rice medley is a wonderful side dish, but also works well as a filling for tacos or burritos.


  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup long grain rice
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 (15.25 ounce )can Southwest corn with poblano and red peppers
  • 1 (4-ounce) can mild chopped green chiles
  • ¼ teaspoon chili powder
  • ¼ teaspoon cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoon fresh cilantro, chopped


  1. In a large saucepan, over medium heat melt the butter.
  2. Add the rice and cook for about 2 minutes, stir frequently.
  3. Stir in the remaining ingredients through the black pepper, bring to a boil.
  4. Cover and reduce heat. Simmer for 15 to 20 minutes until the liquid is absorbed. Remove for the heat and allow to sit covered for 5 minutes.
  5. Stir in the cilantro and enjoy!
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1/2 cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 91 Total Fat: 4g Saturated Fat: 2g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 1g Cholesterol: 12mg Sodium: 432mg Carbohydrates: 12g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 2g Protein: 2g

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  1. Looks nice and easy and a side dish for tortillas!

    Thanks. Look forward to your easy recipes!

  2. My mother makes something like this but she puts cooked ground beef in hers. Some times she uses the same ingredients but uses taco powder for flavor. She then serves in tacos, burritos, or a bowl. I have tweaked it to add chicken strips to my recipe.

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