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mexican rice with limes and coriander in pan

Mexican-style chipotle rice

Mandy Mazliah
This vegetarian recipe for Mexican-style rice uses chipotle paste, which you can buy in a jar from the supermarket. Chipotle is a mild, smoky chilli and using a ready-made paste makes it really easy to adapt the amount you use to suit your tastes. Also suitable for vegans.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 4
Calories 380 kcal


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon chipotle paste or dried chipotle or adjust to taste
  • 1 red pepper diced
  • 100 g sweetcorn fresh, tinned or frozen
  • 400 g tinned chopped tomatoes
  • 240 g tinned black beans (1 standard tin) drained and rinsed
  • 200 ml hot vegetable stock or boiling water
  • 160 g basmati rice rinsed*
  • salt and pepper to taste

To serve

  • small handful coriander leaves picked or chopped
  • 1 lime cut into wedges


  • Heat the olive oil in a large non-stick pan over a medium heat.
  • Add 1 chopped onion, stir well, reduce the heat to medium-low and cover.
  • Cook, stirring occasionally for ten minutes or until the onion is soft and translucent.
  • Add 1 cloves garlic and 1 tsp chipotle paste, stir well and cook for a further minute.
  • Add a chopped red pepper and cook for another ten minutes, stirring occasionally, until the pepper is cooked.
  • Add 100g sweetcorn then pour in a tin of chopped tomatoes, the drained tin of beans, 160g rice and 200ml boiling water or hot vegetable stock.
  • Bring to the boil, then cover with a lid and cook on a low heat for 25-30 minutes until the rice is cooked through and most of the liquid has gone.
  • Add a little more water if needed but be careful not to add too much.
  • Season to taste with salt and pepper and serve with fresh coriander and lime wedges.


  1. Rinse the rice in cold water until the water runs clear for best results
  2. Nutritional information is approximate and is intended as a guide only.


Calories: 380kcalCarbohydrates: 72gProtein: 14gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gSodium: 372mgPotassium: 770mgFiber: 12gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 1236IUVitamin C: 56mgCalcium: 87mgIron: 4mg
Keyword chipotle rice, mexican rice
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