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a pot of green rice topped with lime and coriander

Easy Mexican Green Rice Recipe (vegan)

This Mexican green rice recipe makes the perfect accompaniment for fajitas, burritos, enchiladas and more! Vegan, gluten-free, and ready in just 25 minutes!
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Mexican, vegan
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 191kcal
Author Shivani Raja


  • 1 1/2 cups/ 270 grams White Basmati Rice or brown rice - see notes
  • 1/2 Red Onion roughly chopped
  • 1 clove Garlic
  • 1 cup/ 40 grams Fresh Spinach
  • 1/4 cup/ 5 grams Fresh Coriander plus extra to serve
  • 1/2 Fresh Red Chilli or more if desired
  • 1/4 Lime juiced
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Dried Coriander or dhana
  • 1/4 tsp Dried Cumin or jeera


  • Add the rice to a large pot and cover with water. Use your hands to wash the rice until the water becomes opaque (this is the starch). Drain the starchy water and repeat this process until the water runs clear.
  • After the final wash cover the rice with 2.5 cups/ 650 ml water. Set the pot aside.
  • Add the onion, garlic, spinach, coriander, chilli, lime juice and spices to a blender along with 1/4 cup/ 65 ml water. Blend until smooth.
  • Add the blended mixture to the rice and water and mix with a spoon to combine.
  • Bring the pot to the boil on high heat. Once the rice has reached a rolling boil, turn the heat down to low and cover the pot with a lid. Cook for 10 minutes. During this time, don't open the lid or touch the rice - just let it do it's thing!
  • After 10 minutes remove the lid and fluff up the rice with a fork. Taste the rice - if it is still not cooked, add an additional 1/4 cup - 1/2 cup water and cook for an additional 5 minutes until the rice is soft.
  • Taste the rice and season with extra salt if desired. Serve the Mexican green rice hot with lime wedges and fresh coriander. Enjoy!


  • If you are using brown rice, increase the cooking time by 5-10 minutes. You may also need more water, so check after the 10 minute mark.
  • This recipe yields green rice with a subtle kick - if you'd like an extra punch then add a whole chilli or some chilli flakes!
  • Please follow food safety guidelines when storing and reheating rice.


Serving: 1 portion
Calories: 191 kcal | Fat: 0.6g | Saturated Fat: 0.3g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 299mg | Carbohydrates: 41.7g | Fiber: 1.2g | Sugar: 0.7g | Protein: 4.8g