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Easy Mexican Rice Recipe

This easy Mexican rice recipe comes together quickly and makes for one beautiful dish. This has become our go-to recipe for a side dish or as a filler for Taco Tuesdays.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Servings: 6
Author: Julie@MomFabulous


  • 2 cups uncooked rice; cooked in the Instant Pot or stove top
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped red onion
  • 1 red pepper diced
  • 1 small to medium jalapeno diced
  • 1 can black beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 Tbsp taco seasoning
  • 1/2 cup shredded co-jack cheese
  • 1/4 cup roughly chopped cilantro
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • 1. Cook the rice according to package directions or in Instant Pot. Set aside.
  • 2. Heat 1 Tbsp olive oil in skillet and add red onion and red pepper. Heat until soft, about 2 to 3 minutes.
  • 3. Add jalapeno and heat one minute.
  • 4. Add rinsed and drained black beans and 1 Tbsp taco seasoning to skillet. Mix and heat for one minute.
  • 5. Stir bean and pepper mixture into rice. Add the 1/2 cup of cheese and cilantro and mix. Salt and pepper to taste.


Serve as a taco filling in warm flour or corn tortillas.
Serve as a side dish.