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Southwestern Jasmine Rice Recipe

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

Are you tired of the same old rice? With only a few extra ingredients, you can make your dinner menu more interesting.


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.

jasmine rice

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 the southwestern flavor.

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Southwestern Jasmine Rice

Jasmine rice with southwestern seasoning and cilantro
Paula Rhodes
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Vegetables and Side Dishes
Servings 4 servings


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ cup chopped onions
  • ½ cup red peppers
  • 1 clove garlic - minced
  • 1-2 teaspoons southwest seasoning - or chipotle chili powder
  • 2 cups cooked rice
  • Fresh cilantro - chopped


  • Preheat a large skillet and pour in oil. Sauté onions and red peppers until softened but not brown.
  • Add garlic and southwest seasoning and cook until fragrant.
  • Add cooked rice and cilantro to vegetable mixture and mix well. Serve hot.


Serving: 1gCalories: 150kcalCarbohydrates: 26gProtein: 3gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gSodium: 11mgPotassium: 109mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 732IUVitamin C: 26mgCalcium: 17mgIron: 1mg
Keyword jasmine recipes, Mexican Jasmine Rice, southwestern rice recipe
Cuisine Southwestern
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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.