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The Best Mexican-Style Orange Rice | Easy & Delicious 30 Minute Recipe

This recipe is part of the new Spain on a Fork virtual travel series. Where we recreate a dish from one of the many beautiful countries around the world and give it a Spanish twist. In this recipe, we visit the extraordinary country of Mexico. I´m going to show you how to make what I consider to be, the BEST Mexican-Style Orange Rice I have ever tasted.

Mexican-Style Orange Rice
This rice dish is packed with so many great flavors, it´s super easy to make and comes together in just 30 minutes. Serve it next to some refried beans and some tacos for the ultimate Mexican fiesta.

Mexican-Style Orange Rice
To make this recipe, I used the traditional long grain rice. But you can use any rice you like. Either way, make sure to check the package instructions on the rice you are using, to ensure you are using the correct amount of liquid to rice ratio. In my case it was 2 cups liquid to 1 cup uncooked rice.

Mexican-Style Orange Rice

TIPS & TRICKS to Make this Recipe: Once the rice is cooked and all the liquid has been absorbed. I raised the heat to a medium-high and went for 60 to 90 seconds. This helped achieve some socarrat, which is caramelized burnt rice underneath. It really elevates the textures and flavors of the rice.

Mexican-Style Orange Rice

Key Ingredients & Cookware I used in this Recipe:

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The Best Mexican-Style Orange Rice

Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 266 kcal
Author Albert Bevia @ Spain on a Fork


  • 2 cups vegetable broth 475 ml
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 30 ml
  • 1 small onion
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 cup long grain rice 190 grams
  • 1/2 tsp sweet smoked Spanish paprika 1.15 grams
  • 2 tbsp canned tomato concentrate 28 grams
  • handful finely chopped cilantro
  • 1 lime
  • pinch sea salt
  • dash black pepper


  1. Add 2 cups vegetable broth into a sauce pan and heat with a medium-high heat

  2. At the same time, heat a large fry pan with a medium heat and add in 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

  3. Meanwhile, roughly chop 1 small onion and roughly chop 4 cloves garlic

  4. Add the chopped onion and garlic into the pan with the hot olive oil, mix continuously, after 4 minutes and the onion is translucent, add in 1 cup uncooked long grain rice (rinse under cold water before adding), continue to mix and lightly toast the rice for 2 minutes, then add in 1/2 tsp sweet smoked Spanish paprika, 2 tbsp canned tomato concentrate and season with sea salt & black pepper, mix together

  5. Once all the ingredients are well mixed, add in the hot vegetable broth, give it one final mix so everything is evenly distributed, then place a lid on the pan and lower the heat to a low-medium heat

  6. Once all the broth has been absorbed by the rice (15 minutes in my case), raise the heat to a medium-high heat and go for 60 to 90 seconds, then turn off the heat and let the rice sit for 3 to 4 minutes with the lid on, then remove the lid and fluff the rice with a fork

  7. Transfer into a serving dish, garnish with lime wedges and sprinkle with finely chopped cilantro, enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
The Best Mexican-Style Orange Rice
Amount Per Serving
Calories 266 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 5g
Sodium 68mg3%
Potassium 209mg6%
Carbohydrates 45g15%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 254IU5%
Vitamin C 10mg12%
Calcium 34mg3%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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