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Easy One Pot Mexican Rice


Easy One Pot Mexican Rice Vegan Gluten Free

You guys know that if there are two things I love here at Ceara’s Kitchen it’s quick ‘n easy One Pot Meals and Mexican Food. Combine both of those things and I am one happy cook! This One Pot Mexican Rice is one of my favorite, go-to meals. It’s both a super tasty Mexican dish AND made in just one pot. Less dishes and tasty food are always both good things around here!

This Vegan One Pot Mexican Rice is technically a recipe re-do over here at Ceara’s Kitchen. I’ve been making this One Pot Mexican Rice in our regular rotation for a while now and it’s one of those meals that is always a hit with family and friends. It’s a “low-key” meal that packs a lot of flavor! I’m so excited to share the new and improved recipe with you guys today along with some new photos (Here’s the original post in case you were wondering, old photos and all, ha!).  

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This One Pot Mexican Rice is so darn simple, tasty and extremely flavorful. You throw all your spices, veggies, beans, corn, rice, tomato sauce and water in a dutch oven or large pot and leave everything to simmer until the rice is fully cooked. I love topping this One Pot Mexican Rice off with fresh cilantro (the more cilantro the merrier in my books!), lots of hot sauce and serving it with a side of guacamole to smother on top. You can of course dial the hot sauce back a bit if you don’t like your food too spicy (which I usually do when making this for company!) but when I make this super easy One Pot Mexican Rice for J and I at home, I love to keep the seeds in the jalapenos and top everything off with lots of hot sauce! #SomeLikeItHot #EatHappyLiveHappy

Oh, and this One Pot Mexican Rice also makes AWESOME leftovers for lunch the next day stuffed in a tortilla or by itself. It’s one of the reasons why this recipe makes such a hearty portion because I love having tasty leftovers around and not having to make myself a lunch! I’m all about the easy, leftover lunches since I started my new job last week guys! 

If you do whip this Gluten Free + Vegan One Pot Mexican Rice in your kitchen, I love seeing what you make! Share your creations with me by writing your feedback in the comments below, tagging me (#cearaskitchen) in your beautiful shots on Instagram or sharing your photo on my Ceara’s Kitchen Facebook page. πŸ™‚

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Easy One Pot Mexican Rice

  • Author: Ceara
  • Total Time: 38 mins
  • Yield: 8-9 servings 1x


This One Pot Mexican Rice is a regular meal around here, it is a simple, versatile and flavorful meal. Using the same measurements, I often switch up the combination of vegetables based on what I have on hand.


  • 23 small white onions
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 12 jalapenos, finely chopped*
  • 3 cups shredded carrots
  • 3 cup leeks, chopped
  • 1 red pepper, 1 green pepper, 1 yellow pepper*
  • 4 cups brown rice or long grain white rice
  • 67 cups low sodium vegetable broth
  • 2 cups plain tomato sauce
  • 3 cups white beans
  • 2 cups corn
  • 1/3 cup nutritional yeast (optional)
  • Salt and Pepper


  • Cilantro
  • Green onions
  • Guacamole
  • Hot Sauce


  1. Over medium-high heat, in a large pot (or dutch oven), saute onions and garlic with the spices (cumin through to cayenne pepper) in a couple splashes of vegetable broth for a couple of minutes until the onions are soft.
  2. Add jalapenos, carrots, leeks and peppers. Stir and saute for about 3 – 5 minutes until the vegetables are lightly cooked. Add vegetable broth when necessary so the vegetables do not stick to the pan.
  3. Add the rice. Stir and brown the rice slightly over the heat for a minute or so before adding the vegetable broth. Add 4 cups of the vegetable broth, tomato sauce, white beans and corn. Cover and cook for 10 – 15 minutes. Stir the rice mixture every so often in the pan. Add additional vegetable broth towards the end of the cooking time if necessary (I used 6 cups in total). Note: The amount of time your rice takes to cook and how much vegetable broth you need will differ depending on the rice you used).
  4. Once the rice is cooked, fluff it with a fork. Season with salt and pepper and stir in the optional nutritional yeast. Garnish with cilantro, green onions, guacamole and hot sauce! Enjoy!


1) Leave the seeds in the jalapeno if you want this dish to be spicier. I like to leave the seeds in.
2) I like using 1 red, 1 yellow and 1 green pepper because it makes this rice dish so colorful! Use all red, all yellow or all green peppers depending on your preference
3) Add in the nutritional yeast at the end if you want a bit of a “cheesy” flavor to this dish.

  • Prep Time: 8 mins
  • Cook Time: 30 mins
  • Category: Main
  • Cuisine: Mexican

Easy One Pot Mexican Rice Vegan Gluten Free recipe

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  1. Ok, if you’re using brown rice, it’s going to take A LOT longer than 15 minutes to cook, FYI. Nice flavors, but for brown rice the process needs tweaking.

  2. Excellent dish. I have made it three times and it pairs well with a walnut cauliflower taco meat recipe I found. Thank you for posting.

  3. Made this today for my family. Very tasty. Next time I think I will use less carrots and more jalepeno. I only put 1 jalepeno. I will also add kidney beans for color. My boys put this rice in their burritos with refried beans. Delish.

  4. Wow, now I’m starving big time for this Ceara! Seriously, Mexican food is my jam and I love every single ingredient! That is a HUGE pot that should last a while too, haha! I bet your place just smelled amazing too from all those spices and aromas! I definitely need to try this sometime! What a delicious recipe! The colors are so beautiful too!

    1. <3 Sending you a big bowl nowl girl!! :) This definitively is a meal that makes your home smelly just lovely! Thank you!

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