Do you love the rice you get with your dish at your favorite Mexican restaurant? Are you looking for an easy way to recreate it at home? We have ‘Taco Tuesday’ nearly every week, and Mexican or Spanish Rice makes a great side dish. I was buying the packs of precooked 60-second Mexican Rice at the grocery store, but those packets are kind of expensive when you’re buying them week after week. And there’s no telling what kind of stuff is in there – hello, ingredients I can’t pronounce. So, I went on the hunt for an easy and tasty recipe that I could make at home. Specifically, I wanted something that I could just throw in my rice cooker and let it do all the work.

I finally found a recipe that I modified a bit, and the family loves it! This is a regular in our house, and if we don’t have it with our tacos, enchiladas, and/or quesadillas, there is mutiny. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

Rice Cooker Easy Cheesy Mexican Rice

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: About 2 cups


  • 1 cup rice
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp garlic salt
  • 1/2 to 1 cup cheese - depends on how cheesy you want your rice!


  1. Place all ingredients in your rice cooker, and stir gently.
  2. Select the "White Rice" setting.
  3. Check the rice after 30 minutes - my rice cooker doesn't need the entire cycle, or the rice will be over cooked.


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