Pantry Mix: Mexican Rice


This flavorful rice is perfect to serve alongside any number of dishes. It is also the perfect base for creating a burrito bowl. It goes together quickly and you can adjust the seasonings to the tastes of your family. I like to create a light, yet flavorful version so that it is extremely versatile and waiting on a shelf in the pantry for a quick weeknight favorite side dish.

Mexican Rice Mix:

Gather your supplies

  • five 8-ounce airtight containers
  • 4 cups uncooked long-grain rice
  • 1/4 cup THRIVE™ freeze-dried green bell peppers
  • 1/4 cup THRIVE™ freeze-dried green chili peppers
  • 4 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 5 teaspoons dried cilantro (or substitute parsley flakes)
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil


The THRIVE™ green peppers are a little large for my liking in this recipe, so I just chop them up a bit before I add to the mix.


Mix all the ingredients in a large bowl.


Place one cup of rice mix in each of the five 8-ounce containers.


Label your containers. Store in a cool, dry place for up to 8 months.



In a medium saucepan, mix 1 cup of Mexican Rice Mix with 1 and 1/2 cups water and a tablespoon of butter. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to low and simmer, covered, for 15 minutes. Each 1 cup of rice mix makes approximately 4 servings.

If you need to increase the number of servings to feed 6 people, store rice in 1-pint containers and place 1 and 1/2 cups rice mix in each jar. To serve, bring 2 cups of water and 1 tablespoon of butter to boil with the rice mix. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes.


I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as my family does. It is simple and versatile.

I love how easy it is to use the THRIVE™ green bell peppers and chili peppers. This is one of the first recipes I created to use my THRIVE™ freeze-dried veggies that I had on hand. If you would like to learn more about THRIVE™ foods, click here. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to share them.

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