Southwestern Jasmine Rice

southwestern rice post

A few weeks ago, one of my favorite bloggers, Jennifer of Be Centsible, ran a free rice contest. I was lucky to win a 2-pound bag each of Jasmine and Basmati rice. Both of these varieties were already in my pantry but this sent me on a wild and delicious search for a new recipe worthy of the prize.

I found one–in my purse of all places. Evidently, I picked it up while shopping at Central Market some time ago. It’s so easy, I was inspired to come up with my own version. This rice is best described as fast, feisty and fabulous—a fiesta in your mouth. So far, we’ve tried  it with Mexican food and beef tips. Both were husband-approved. Add diced chicken or sausage to make it a main dish.

Listed ingredients are substitutable. Amounts are negotiable.

ingredients southwestern rice

Southwestern Jasmine Rice and a Giveaway
Recipe type: Side Dish
Serves: 4
Jasmine rice with southwestern seasoning and cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ cup chopped onions
  • ½ cup red peppers
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1-2 teaspoons southwest seasoning (I got mine at World Market but I've seen many different varieties about town)
  • 2 cups cooked rice (I used Jasmine today)
  • Fresh cilantro, chopped
  1. Preheat nonstick skillet and pour in oil. Saute onions and red peppers until softened but not brown.
  2. Add garlic and southwest seasoning and cook until fragrant.
  3. Add cooked rice and cilantro to vegetable mixture and mix well. Serve hot.


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Tree April 1, 2012 at 7:09 am

This sounds delicious! I’m making it tonight with some marinated grilled chicken breasts! Thanks for the recipe! 🙂


Paula April 1, 2012 at 4:41 pm

Hope it turns out good for you. pr


josie errico January 7, 2011 at 8:22 pm

My favorite way to eat rice? now there is a hard question! Id have to say either brown batsmati rice under vegan chili or cooked with scallions, garlic and ginger and made into a bakes asian rice cake. Yum


Amy Niemi April 23, 2010 at 11:15 am

I like any kind of spanish/mexican rice recipe but the easy one I make is…
2 cups instant rice (I really like Jasmine rice too but my hubby needs to have brown)
1 cup salsa
1 cup chicken broth
Serve with your favorite Mexican dish. (Enchilladas at my house).


Elaine April 21, 2010 at 3:25 pm

White rice with butter and little seasoned salt! As a side dish or by itself at the end of a rough day! Grew up on rice, rarely potatoes…


Niki April 21, 2010 at 7:38 am

I just stumbled on your blog and I love your salad in a jar idea! I eat a lot of salad, but get so frustrated with the bags going bad even after I repackage them in tupperware.

Anyway, I love the little minute rice brown rice cups (even though I know that’s cheating). I have some frozen Indian meals that I love (also cheating) and I throw those over the rice. I love rice with Thai and Indian cuisines.


Crystal April 21, 2010 at 6:27 am

I love rice! I really could it it everyday. My favorite way to eat it is in Broccoli and Cheese Casserole by Paula Dean though. Of course I also love spanish rice, rice with pinto beans (which I’m having tonight) rice pilaf, etc…. whoops can’t forget fried rice!


Scooter April 21, 2010 at 6:20 am

The only way I eat rice is when it is served at Chinese restaurants. I use to cook rice all the time. Especially dirty rice with beef broth and livers. At some point I decided rice was one of the foods I could cut out. HMMM.


Amanda April 20, 2010 at 10:25 pm

I could eat rice every day! As my mom mentioned I grew up having rice with roast, which I prefer over potatoes. This recipe looks great, I will have to try it.


marielle April 20, 2010 at 8:49 pm

I’m dominican so we want to eat plain ‘ol dominican white rice with everything. That looks yummy.


Susie April 20, 2010 at 8:13 pm

I love rice, but I love the walmart giftcard even more! On a tight budget like ours, we need to win!


tasteofbeirut April 20, 2010 at 7:42 pm

Fabulous recipe! I love jasmine rice but I have never cooked it southwestern style, and it is such a great idea to try it this way!


Karen April 20, 2010 at 6:31 pm

I love steamed rice and I love fried rice from our local hibachi restaurant. 🙂


Katrina April 20, 2010 at 6:14 pm

Wow, nice giveaway. Favorite rice dish. Probably chicken, pineapple, green peppers, cooked with a bbq sauce that has added pineapple juice, served over rice. We love that.
Nine months–you seem like you’ve been at it for years–great blog, Paula.


rachsbabycakes April 20, 2010 at 2:12 pm

I do wish we were closer. I’d trade some cinnamon rolls for some of that strawberry pie! Yumm!! 🙂 Your rice dish looks good too. I need to make something with my red bell peppers, this looks just like the thing!
🙂 Have a great day! Rachel


ldh April 20, 2010 at 1:26 pm

Oh, I like rice, especially wild rice. Not so much the white, sticky kind from Chinese restaurants. Every time my oldest grandson comes for a visit, he requests a simple rice dish. I cook according to bag directions adding a bit more butter (he’s a skinny kid), a few shakes of garlic powder, parsley, Italian seasoning and grate some carrot into the pot. When cooking finishes, I add 1/2 cup frozen peas and any leftover meat/chicken in the fridge. He loves it! Economical, nutritious, easy 🙂


Melissa April 20, 2010 at 12:55 pm

I love any kind of rice – but mostly rice pilaf and mexican rice!


Chaya April 20, 2010 at 10:51 am

When my husband was diagnosed with having celiac, rice became a mainstay of our diet. I have learned to cook a lot more gluten free dishes but rice is still his favorite.

Thanks for the giveaway.


Jeannette April 20, 2010 at 10:21 am

Oh gosh how this $100 would come in handy for groceries right now *crosses fingers*

My favorite way to eat rice is steamed with red and green bell peppers and sugar snap peas thrown on top and some firecracker shrimp thrown in there too. Simple, healthy, delicious!


Sharon April 20, 2010 at 4:59 am

I grew up in the deep south and rice is a 7-day a week staple. I love it! My favorite way to eat it is smothered in a thick roux/gumbo gravy with sausage, chicken, andouille, and tasso.

Your rice dish looks delicious! Thanks for the chance to win this wonderful giveaway.


mike April 19, 2010 at 11:00 pm

I, on the other hand, am known to Walmart. Or should I say, I could almost be called by name. Rice – something I love, but never take the time to cook… I have thrown it in soup before – to cook itself! But this dish! All my favorite things – especially the cilantro. Great idea and great post!


Lori H April 19, 2010 at 9:46 pm

I love brown and wild rice salad, made with chopped pecans, celery and dried cranberries steeped in fresh orange juice. The juice must be fresh, or Odwalla, because it also acts as the dressing. Yum, so good!


Dee Amick April 19, 2010 at 9:35 pm

My favorite rice dish is basmati rice cooked with chicken stock, then I add slivered almonds, peas and a pat of good butter. Yum my favorite comfort food.


Suzanne April 19, 2010 at 7:49 pm

This looks so good! I’ll have to make it soon! I love rice. One of my newest favorites is cilantro-lime rice. It is made with Jasmine rice too!


Melissa April 19, 2010 at 3:08 pm

I love brown rice eaten cold as a salad with fresh tomatoes, cliantro, red wine vinegar and a splash of olive oil. Yum!

Can’t wait to try your recipe — have been looking for a new mexi-rice.


Dawn April 19, 2010 at 1:37 pm

I love rice!! I love it as a side dish with just butter, salt and pepper. Or, as a main dish with Beans, Tomatoes and Cheese!!


Margaret April 19, 2010 at 10:30 am

I cannot think of any way I DON’T like rice. But I do enjoy fixing it with a ton of flavor either with Mexican Rice, Salsa Rice, or Fried Rice. The family likes it just fine with gravy.

Thanks for the chance.


Sue April 19, 2010 at 10:02 am

Growing up inn Louisiana, rice was a constant on our table. Jambalaya was my Dad’s favorite, Shrimp Creole w/ plain white rice was my Mom’s. My grandmother often served meat loaf with rice and tomato gravy. My favorite was Red Beans & Rice (with either sausage or a ham bone).
Now Gary is more of a potato fan, so I don’t eat as much rice. Our favorite now is a recipe for Mexican rice adapted from a Minute rice box. I prefer Uncle Ben’s converted rice, corn, chicken broth, and picante sauce. Pour it all together and simmer until tender. Add grated cheese (if desired). The proportions are adaptable, and with the addition of some grilled chicken becomes a one-dish meal.


Sandy April 19, 2010 at 9:57 am

Hey Romaine,
We love rice at our house. I alway serve rice with mushroom roast. That is our favorite . I also fix rice and veggies together instead of potatoes. I have not tried Jasmine and basmati rice but I will now. Thanks for expanding my menus.


rere April 19, 2010 at 9:49 am

i guess i like fried rice best. never had jasmine or basmati but willing to try!


Allen April 19, 2010 at 8:15 am

I really like fried rice with chicken, carrots and broccoli. I also like sticky rice with soy sauce.


Kanette G April 19, 2010 at 8:14 am

I am not a big rice eater, but Walt is. This sounds very good and I think I will try it very soon! Love your blog Paula!!!


Gina April 19, 2010 at 8:14 am

I like cooking sticky rice when we eat fish, and I really enjoy adding brown sugar to my rice. Yum!


Sis April 19, 2010 at 7:18 am

I just discovered Basmati rice in the last few months, and am impressed with it, however, my long-time favorite (since we lived iin Tampa) is the Cuban yellow rice.


Debbie April 19, 2010 at 7:03 am

I love rice but it is not a favorite of my husband. He says it seems like we always have so much left- even when we cook for 2 people. I always want to cook Mexican rice at home but it never works out right. I need to shop at a store where Jasmine and Basmati are available or may be I am not looking close enough. Anyway, the recipe sounds great!


Susan April 19, 2010 at 6:21 am

I LOVE rice! All kinds of ways, all kinds of types. Mostly I enjoy rice with sauces or gravies or anything savory and liquid but I like it plain with a vegetable and meat for a healthier option. I have even (on rare occassions) eaten it for breakfast with butter!?! My pantry is void of the food at the moment so a win would be nice! Thank you Paula.


Der April 18, 2010 at 10:30 pm

I will have to try it out on the fam….My kids love rice when we go out to eat, but never like what I prepare at home. And it sounds easy enough for me!
Love the contest idea too!!!


Sonya April 18, 2010 at 9:47 pm

I love rice anyway. Spanish rice is yummy, wild rice is on our table at least weekly, and I just started making risotto.

Thanks for a great give away!


Ann Hastings April 18, 2010 at 8:57 pm

This looks great- I will make this sometime soon, I LOVE Jasmine rice!


Staci April 18, 2010 at 8:47 pm

Wow! You’re feeling generous today!!

My favorite rice isn’t really my favorite b/c of the taste…it’s mainly b/c it’s quick and easy. Rice-a-Roni with some smoked sausage and mixed veggies added in makes a quick and easy meal for a family on the go. Not the healthiest…but sure is quick!


Karen April 18, 2010 at 8:22 pm

My favorite is Spanish rice. I use the recipe in my Betty Crocker cookbook! Love the tomatoes and bits of bacon.

Happy Birthday, Bonnie!!


Alyssa B April 18, 2010 at 8:17 pm

I adore rice in most every form, but I especially love basmati rice flavored with cardamom (yum) and black rice baked into a sweet pudding!


Amy L April 18, 2010 at 7:36 pm

My favorite rice dish is basmati rice cooked with my own homemade chicken broth. A bit of butter and salt, and yum!


Crystal's Cozy Kitchen April 18, 2010 at 7:23 pm

I love plain rice (I also love plain rice topped with other things, such as Chinese food), I love fried rice, I love Mexican rice in Burritos. I do like brown rice more than white rice.


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