Mexican Rice Recipe | Healthy Cinco de Mayo

    mexican rice with cilantro and lime juice

    If you’re looking for a healthy, vegetarian meal, look no further than this Mexican rice recipe. This recipe utilizes a handful of flavorful ingredients, including black beans and fresh lime juice. Each bite of this rice will feel like a bright and zesty party.

    One of the reasons we love this Mexican rice recipe is because it’s a vegetarian meal that will truly satiate you and satisfy you. Even though there’s none of the typical lean protein we enjoy, such as fish or chicken, the meal has enough protein from the black beans to keep us full.

    This Mexican rice recipe is also one of those recipes that you can whip up with pretty much any veggie you have lying around in your fridge or pantry. We love using last night’s brown rice to make use of leftovers (plus it makes this dish even quicker), but any kind of rice will do.

    The rice gets tossed with canned corn, fresh diced tomatoes, diced scallion, canned black beans, lime juice, fresh cilantro, and a pinch of salt. The rice ends up looking colorful and tasting incredible.

    As a garnish, you could also add some diced avocado for a dose of healthy fat. For even more great flavor, sprinkle a little bit of dried cumin into the water you cook your rice in. Feel free to swap out the rice for quinoa for greater protein and fiber in your meal.


    Cook time: 20
    Prep time: 10
    Idle time:



    1. If your rice is uncooked, prepare the rice according to the package instructions.
    2. In a large bowl, combine the cooked rice, warmed-up black beans, fresh tomato, scallion, cilantro, lime juice, and salt. Give everything a good stir, then taste test for salt and add more as needed.

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    Born and raised in Southern California, Beeta has embraced a healthy lifestyle focused on farm-to-table cooking, natural products, and wellness routines. When she's not writing up recipes or discussing the latest natural living trends, Beeta enjoys spending time trying new restaurants, traveling with family and friends, and relaxing at home with her furry companion.