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Southwestern Jasmine Rice Recipe

You can make Southwestern Jasmine Rice with Jasmine rice, red peppers, garlic, southwestern seasoning, and cilantro. It’s the perfect side dish for a Mexican entree.


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.

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Both of these varieties were already in my pantry. However, I was inspired to search for a new recipe worthy of the prize.

Guess where I found it? In my purse, of all places. Evidently, I picked up the recipe card while shopping at Central Market some time ago.

Ingredients you will need

At any rate, it’s so easy. I was inspired to play around a little and come up with my own version. Basically, it’s a fiesta in your mouth. The peppers, garlic, and seasonings add a southwestern flavor that’s exotic but not too spicy.

So far, we’ve tried it with Mexican food and beef tips. Both were husband-approved.

Need a main dish? Add diced chicken, leftover steak, or sausage.

Finished rice dish with cilantro garnish

What can I substitute for “southwestern seasoning?”

Don’t let the “southwestern seasoning” called for in the recipe discourage you. Chipotle chili seasoning would work. Chili powder will also work. 

Add a small amount of cumin (1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon) if you decide to substitute. Cumin will preserve southwestern flavor.

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Yield: 4 servings

Southwestern Jasmine Rice

Southwestern Jasmine Rice

Jasmine rice with southwestern seasoning and cilantro

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped onions
  • 1/2 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
  • Fresh cilantro, chopped


  1. Preheat a large skillet and pour in oil. Sauté 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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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 152Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 762mgCarbohydrates: 27gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 3g

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Sunday 1st of April 2012

This sounds delicious! I'm making it tonight with some marinated grilled chicken breasts! Thanks for the recipe! :)


Sunday 1st of April 2012

Hope it turns out good for you. pr

josie errico

Friday 7th of January 2011

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

Friday 23rd of April 2010

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).


Wednesday 21st of April 2010

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...


Wednesday 21st of April 2010

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.

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