“Dirty” Mexican Rice

So many times I make dishes that I think my 6 year old will like, but typically, they are a fail. But tonight I thought I might have had an idea so simple that it could possibly work and please my boy….and it did.

My son loves Mexican rice. I mean he LOVES Mexican rice.  When my daughters were young they liked dirty rice – creole flavored rice with ground beef mixed in. So, I decided to try a “Dirty” Mexican rice using locally raised ground turkey.

He devoured it! I wouldn’t be surprised if part of the reason he liked it was its simplicity. But I have to say, my husband and I really liked it as well, it was a very comforting meal.

“Dirty” Mexican Rice

1 lb ground turkey (locally raised)

2 Tbsp canola oil, divided

1 cup long grain white rice (I use basmati)

1 small onion, finely chopped

1 clove garlic, minced

2 1/4 cups chicken broth

3 Tbsp tomato paste

1 tsp Kosher salt, you can add a little more, to taste


In a dutch oven or large saucepan, heat 1 Tbsp oil over medium-high heat.  Add the turkey and cook, breaking up lumps, until cooked through.  Remove the turkey and drain on paper towels.

Wipe the pan clean and add the other Tbsp of oil.  Heat over medium-high heat.  Add the rice, onion and garlic and cook until the rice is opaque and fragrant, about 2 – 3 minutes.

Add the chicken broth and tomato paste, stir until well mixed.  Add the turkey back in and stir.

Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, cover and cook for 30 minutes.

Fluff with a fork, serve and enjoy!

Serves 3-4.





One Comment Add yours

  1. That makes me hungry. We don’t eat a much rice since we learned that much of it has arsenic, so when we make a batch, it’s always a treat. Thanks for the recipe.

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