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Recipe: Mexican Fire Rice

This is a rice recipe with a different little kick. You can either make it as hot or as mild as you like it, depending on your taste for spiciness. This serves as a great side dish or for a quick fix meal.

Mexican Fire Rice Ingredients

  • 2?? cups water

  • 1?? cups uncooked long grain white rice

  • 1 pound ground pork breakfast sausage

  • 1 (16 ounce) jar picante sauce

  • 1 (8 ounce) container sour cream

  • 8 ounces Cheddar cheese, shredded

How to Make Mexican Fire Rice

  1. In a medium saucepan, bring the water to a boil. Stir in the rice. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer 20 minutes.

  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  3. In a skillet over medium heat, cook the sausage until evenly brown.

  4. In a medium baking dish, mix the cooked rice, cooked sausage, picante sauce, and sour cream. Top with Cheddar cheese.

  5. Bake 20 minutes in the preheated oven, until cheese is bubbly.

Mexican Fire Rice Nutritions

  • Calories: 456.1 calories

  • Carbohydrate: 31 g

  • Cholesterol: 74.7 mg

  • Fat: 28 g

  • Fiber: 0.6 g

  • Protein: 18.9 g

  • SaturatedFat: 14 g

  • ServingSize:

  • Sodium: 1063.8 mg

  • Sugar: 2 g

  • TransFat:

  • UnsaturatedFat:

Mexican Fire Rice Reviews

  • Great recipe I used ground beef because thats what I had on hand. Easy to put together, makes a bunch, economical and seriously tasty

  • This was a hit at the last mexican fiesta I had Add this to your menu. Delicious.

  • This dish was quick, easy & good. i added taco seasoning mix (1pk.) to the ground beef (i did not have breakfast sausage)i also served this wa side of refryed beans everyone loved it. thanks

  • The kids love this. If you want more flavor -- I use chicken broth instead of water and canned El Pato sauce in my rice before I add the rest of the ingredients (the El Pato sauce doesnt really add a lot of liquid, so keep on about the same proportions of liquid as before.) Ive also noticed that the HOT rather than MEDIUM picante sauce makes it almost too spicy, but you can scale up or down depending on your taste. Also, add a little minced onions, garlic and celery in the meat (hot pork sausage and/or ground beef) makes it really really good. I didnt use too much cheese on top at first, but this is the best part. The kids also like this inside burritos. Great UPDATE: I was out of Sour Cream so I used Ranch dressing -- not 8 ounces, but just enough to get the creaminess through the mixture. Came out great and no one mentioned the difference.

  • Great...makes enough to feed a small army

  • This is a fantastic dish Very easy and quick to fix and the bonus is, its delicious I prepared it exactly as instructed, but cut the recipe in half. I let it sit a good 15 minutes after taking it out of the oven so it would "set up" a little. Then we ate it on warm flour tortillas. My kids said it was better than anything they could get at Taco Bell Im taking that as a compliment. This will be a regular at my house.

  • Made it exactly like as instructed. I would use a hotter picante sauce next time or spicier sausage. To me it was just a good rice casserole. I am going to add just a little more rice next time. Recipe was slighty watery. It is good, easy, and fast so I will make it again.

  • I made minor changes to this. My six-year-old and I dont really handle spicy too well, so I put in about 3/4 cup medium chunky salsa and about 1/2 cup sour cream. I also use sage sausage because thats the only sausage I actually like. I use Daiya cheddar shreds on top. We now make this 3-4 times a month because we love it so much. Occasionally well use the leftovers in burritos the next day but usually we just eat it with spoons.

  • Made this for dinner one night. Had misgivings about the picante sauce but went on anyways. Actually the recipe wasway more than I needed for two people, so I brought some to my brother and he loved it. This is definitely a recipe that I will keep in my recipe book Thanks

  • This is a wonderful recipe and if you really like this hot, then you can spice it up even more.

  • Again, cannot rave enough about this. Soooo UMMMM, UMMMM good Leftovers go great in tortillas for a quick and easy breakfast, lunch or snack. I love this rice, my ultimate favorite

  • I made this using no meat because it was a side dish to cheese and chicken enchiladas. I had already mixed together salsa and sour cream, along with a can of cheese soup for the enchiladas, so thats the mix I used for this rice; I didnt think it mattered that there was a little cheese soup mixed in and of course it was fine. Easy-peasy and excellent side dish. I ussed shredded pepper jack for the topping as that is what I had on hand. Ill definitely try it with the meat (not breakfast sausage, maybe Italian sausage I think, or pure ground pork,) as a main dish some other time; its a great weekday meal. Thanks CHAUNIH

  • My family really likes this one. I recommend less cheese on top because it comes out really oily. Also, there is noting "fire" about it. Youd have to throw in jalapenos or something if you wanted it to be hot.

  • My entire family loves this recipe - we make it HOT HOT HOT and serve it up along with black beans and tortillas yummy

  • This was a little better than I expected it to be. Im not very fond of sour cream, but this recipe buried it in the mix fairly well. I made it exactly as written, using the Hot version of Pace picante sauce, and I shredded an 8-ounce "longhorn style" mild cheddar for the cheese. The recipe didnt say whether the fat from the browned sausage should be drained, or left in for flavor/etc. - I opted to get rid of it. If this hadnt included the sausage, or if I hadnt used the Hot picante sauce, I think this mightve been a bit bland. But as I made it, I pretty much gobbled it up. Actually, I think that the reheated-in-the-microwave leftovers were a little better, because it seemed firmer and less moist. All in all, this made a pretty tasty dish.

  • Yum I threw everything except the dairy in my rice cooker. Instead of the breakfast sausage I used "Mexican Style" chorizo. Then I added a little chopped onion, garlic, cumin, cilantro and Goya complete seasoning. After it was done I mixed it with the sour cream and half of the cheddar cheese. I sprinkled the rest on top. It came out fantastic. Ive played around with other rice mixes but this has been the best so far with a few changes. Thanks

  • I used chicken broth instead of water to cook the rice and used 1/2 regular and 1/2 spicy breakfast sausage. I think next time I will use all spicy sausage to kick it up a notch. Overall, this was very good and liked by all.

  • Great recipe, my husband really enjoyed it. Thank you.

  • This meal has become a staple at our house... we cook it at least twice a month, some times once a week. Great meal, with great left overs.

  • Warm and satisfying - very easy. I sauteed onion with the sausage and added 1/2 cup parboiled chopped carrot, carrot was pretty in it. will try some corn in there, too, next time. Could use something but not sure what, cumin maybe?

  • Made today for lunch but I didnt have sausage so I used two cooked chicken breasts that I chopped up. It is a good filling meal and easy to put together.

  • I a used german type sausage for extra kick, I also added just a little pepper and ground cumin. For a health benefit I used brown rice. Very good

  • Also great with a can of black beans (drained and rinsed) and/or a can of corn (drained)

  • Delicious and easy. I used HOT sausage and HOT picante sauce. Needless to say, it lived up to its name.

  • Good but too sour creamy for family loves it and also sour cream but im not a fan..good flavor and served with corn on the cob..will make again just less sour cream though

  • I too thought this recipe was quick and easy, as well as tasty. Like other reviewers, I used chicken stock to cook the rice, instead of water. I think that makes a big difference. I also used spicier versions of the pork sausage and salsa. I would definitely make it again. It was perfect for a potluck. I did the prep the night before, refrigerated overnight, and baked it in the morning.

  • We really enjoyed this. I cooked the rice in chicken broth. I used a can of rotel and half a jar of chunky salsa (med. heat). I mixed most of the cheese in with the rice and saved just enough to sprinkle on top. This was very "fire" like and will make it again. Thanks Chaunih

  • YUMMY I made it with brown rice and firehouse hot breakfast sausage and it is very tasty Makes a lot and is easy.

  • I thought this was great. I served it to my inlaws and they loved it. I used the Italian and smoked sausage, the big fat kind, just cut up in pieces. Thats what I had on hand. I think next time I will stick with the recipe and use ground. Thanks

  • This was just ok, probably wouldnt make it again though.

  • Really good wrapped up in a tortilla. I used hot sausage and brown rice. Using the brown rice I increased the liquid to three cups. For the liquid I used canned beef broth as others have stated. The kids are already asking for this one again.

  • This turned out awesome, I added a can rotel and a can of corn to get a bit more spice and veg in it. The sausage turned out to be a real treat, a nice change from ground beef.

  • I have made this recipe thousands of times and everyone loves it

  • Yummy

  • I used brown rice, and El Pato (I dont like chunky hot sauce). This is definitely a great recipe by itself, and can definitely be tailored to fit whatever you are craving. I can see myself adding black olives, some jalapenos (I like the kick), and maybe corn next time I make it. Yes, there will definitely be a next time for this recipe. Oh yeah, I did drain the sausage, just too much grease not to. Thanks for the great recipe CHAUNIH.

  • This is very good. My husband, who does not like Mexican food much, loved it.

  • This was very good - the perfect combo of creamy, cheesy and savory... Quick and easy to put together as well. Will definitely make it again

  • Loved it I also used the pork sausage.Im still eating leftovers for lunch.I add some Tobasco to make it a little hotter. I will definantly make is again.

  • Not a lot of flavor

  • Very easy and very tasty Great recipe

  • Loved it I followed the recipe exactly, and it was great. Thanks.

  • I used chizo sausage and it was great - very spicy with good flavor

  • This recipe was okay, but not very exciting. Definitely needs something to give it a kick. The name is very deceiving.

  • This got good reviews from my boys. I liked it too. The only thing I did differently was use a pkg. of cream cheese because I was out of sour cream.

  • This is a great base recipie.. It looked so yummy I had to try it. I used Hot Italian sausage to kick it up a bit and used a can of tomato with chilies (the milder version) which also spiced it up... It got raves and the left overs were even better the next day I will make this again and again

  • My family and I liked this but it seemed to be missing something.

  • Pretty good recipe. I did what a few others suggested by adding a diced onion and a can of Rotel tomatoes with diced green chiles (hot). I also used chicken broth for the rice rather than water. Isnt one of my favorites, but will make again.

  • Great recipe - easy to make and delicious.

  • I made this as a one-pot meal. I browned ground beef with chopped onion,two stalks of celery and three tablespoons of taco seasoning. When that was done I added a 28 ounce can of diced tomatoes, 1 1/2 cups of long grain white rice and two cups of chicken stock. I covered it and cooked it on medium for about 25 minutes. I added 1 1/2 cups of cheddar cheese and 3/4 cup of sour cream off heat just before serving. The consistency is a little on the wet side but the flavor was great and only one pan to clean. Thanks for the idea.

  • Quick and easy. I used taco seasoned ground pork, substituted ranch dressing for the sour cream (didnt use 8 oz), and medium chunky salsa instead of picante. Also used day old rice (refrigerated).

  • Really liked this as a base recipe but did not find it all that spicy. Next time I will use hamburger meat with taco seasoning(as another reviewer suggested),a can of spicy rotel, sauteed onion, and a dash of cumin.

  • We did not really care for it, too much cheesy milk taste. I think we prefer it more tomatoey

  • My husband loved it. I made it without the sour cream and breakfast turkey links. We will make it again.

  • Was easy to make, but lacked flavor. i wouldnt make it again

  • I went lower fat on the serving for 8 size, and pretty much followed the recipe . I used smoked turkey sausage taken from a one pound link I had (removed casing) to have a total of 40 grams of fat in the one pound. Went with 8 oz of a good quality low fat sour cream to have 20 grams of fat there. I went with half the recommendation of cheddar cheese on top, and used a good quality low fat for 24 grams of fat. That made each hearty and filling serving just a little of 10 grams of fat, and it tasted great. I did use the medium hot picante. I might experiment with adding black beans or corn next time, as another reviewer has mentioned.

  • This was very good My wife loves it. About the only thing I did different was added onion, green pepper and jalapeos when I cooked the sausage. I will definitely cook this again

  • I made this with Italian sausage. Based on all the great reviews, I thought it would be great but it wasnt. Maybe the type of sausage I used wasnt right. The hubby liked it though and we ate it on tortillas.

  • I did not care for this recipe.

  • Not terrible, just bland.

  • I made this rice for the first time last night. Mmm, mmm, good. It was absolutely delicious. I did cook the rice in chicken broth because I saw that one of the other people who rated this meal did it that way. I dont know how much of a difference the broth made but it sure was good. My girlfriend thought it was very good too but a little too spicy. Of course you have the power to make it as spicy or nonspicy as you want. I like things very spicy so I bought "hot" picante sauce, but you could buy medium or mild if you prefer. Definitely a new recipe for my pleasureable eating experiences.Thank You

  • Pretty tasty, had no picante sauce, just used medium salsa and added cayenne to spice it up a bit

  • This stuff was good I was just making it as a side dish so I left out the sausage but yum yum Very tasty and very easy

  • The base recipe looked good, but I will admit that I did add some chopped jalapeos, fresh cilantro, cumin, and I used chorizo as the sausage. Very tasty. I used it as a side dish for tacos...

  • This turned out great I used chorizo and medium pi canta sauce it had the right amount of heat.

  • Fast and easy and an excellent way to change day old rice in a rice cooker to a tasty and substantial winter comfort food. Since I live in Japan and used less rice for dinner than I expected last night, I was looking for a shortcut for dinner tonight. All ingredients were as listed with the exception of substituting lean ground beef (spiced with garlic and a healthy dash of chili powder) for the sausage (which is impossible to find here). If youre going to use a toaster oven, you need to substantially up the time and lower the temp to about 150C. I covered the casserole dish with foil until just five minutes before serving to keep from scorching the cheese.

  • Awesome recipe I have eaten it as a side and added it to tortilla shells to make quick burritos. So good

  • This is very good Very easy to make and easily adapted to individual tastes. Used medium picante and it passed the wife test.

  • Economical. Easy. Used ground beef since thats what I had and a bit of taco seasoning. Delicious.

  • Its super luxurious and easy to make but definitely needs some spice.

  • Everyone loved this recipe, and its so easy to make. We had a rice sharing Mothers Day get together with friends and family, and everyone devoured this dish.

  • I havent made this yet ...but the picture doesnt match the recipe... I see avocados and corn?

  • I have to admit I loved this. I know it was fattening, I just didnt want to sub low-fat or fat free. Thanks. Will make again but not too often, because of the fat.

  • It was a very easy recipe and I really enjoyed it as well Ill be looking forward to these leftoversMy personal touches were:-used sage ground pork-cooked an onion, about 1/3 of a red bell pepper and 1/2lb of cut green beans in the fat left behind by the pork in the pan and added that as well-cooked the rice in chicken stock rather than water

  • Bland and full of calories. I was glad I had not made it for guests as I often like to try new recipes with my friends and family. Plus, it was not spicy at all.

  • Perfect... loved it

  • This dish was awesome Easy to make and great flavor.

  • Not a fan of this recipe...I was excited to try it, but I couldnt use any of it.

  • I used polish sausage for this and added pepperoncinis It was very rich but very good Ill definately make again

  • This was tasty and very filling. I added a medium sauted onion and used about a half-pound of diced pork loin instead of sausage, and Monterey Jack in place of most of the cheddar, since thats what I had on hand. I also cooked the rice in some left-over liquid from cooking red beans in pork broth, and added some of the red beans to the recipe (maybe a cup of cooked beans). The picante sauce I used was medium, but frankly, this could have stood to be kicked up a notch. Maybe some extra diced jalapenos or green chilis, and I probably missed out on some flavor in using pork loin instead of sausage. Its really quite good but theres just something missing. Once I figure that out, itll be fabulous.

  • I wasnt very impressed with this recipe. I did use ground pork seasoned with taco seasoning, so maybe it would be better with the sausage. It was just really flat and bland.

  • I turn this into a full meal, one dish casserole by pumping up the veggies. I add onion, green chilis, chopped tomato, black olives, and bell pepper, and use spicy garlic salsa. Ground beef works well instead of sausage. I cut the sour cream by 1/2 and its still good. This is one of my "go to" recipes for weeknight dinners and pot lucks.

  • This recipe unaltered is excellent The last time I made it I changed it some, I used chicken instead of sausage and I sauteed 1/2 red bell pepper, 1 serrano pepper, and 1 small red onion with the chicken. My husband and son are very picky eaters and they devoured this

  • This was okay, not a favorite but nextime were going to add refried beans to it.

  • I am not a fan of long grain rice, and not really a fan of rice casseroles...but this recipe truly hit the ball out of the park, and it will be a keeper for us. I used chorizo sausage to try to make it spicier...and I added avocado slices across the top before baking. Oh, and I steamed some cob corn, cut the kernels and added them for a sweet taste...soooo delicious. Quite honestly, this recipe could have stopped at mixing in the chorizo (and corn) to the was so delicious. The sour cream add was a nice touch, but it could have just as well been served with sour cream :)

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