Vegan Mexican Red Rice Recipe

Vegan Mexican Red Rice Recipe

This vegan spin on a classic Mexican red rice recipe has become a favorite in my home. It’s a family recipe that was passed on to me by my dear friend Toni Okamoto, founder of Plant Based on a Budget. It’s one of the most popular recipes she’s ever published, and for good reason! It’s easy to make using simple everyday ingredients, plus it’s fast, budget-friendly, super-delicious, filling, and cruelty free! 

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Vegan Mexican Red Rice Recipe

  • Author: Toni Okamoto
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Sides
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Mexican


This family recipe for vegan Mexican red rice is delicious served as a side, used in burritos, topped with fajita veggies, stuffed in roasted peppers, and so much more. Hope you love it as much as we do! 


  • 1 teaspoon of vegetable oil
  • ¼ of a large yellow onion, diced
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 cup medium grain rice
  • 8oz can of tomato sauce
  • 2 cups of water
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of pepper


  1. Heat vegetable oil in a medium-sized pan. 
  2. Add onion and garlic and let cook until onions become translucent.
  3. Add the uncooked rice and fry for a few minutes until golden.
  4. Add tomato sauce and two cups of water, then stir with salt and pepper.
  5. Bring water to a boil, cover the pan with a lid and bring down heat to a medium-low temperature. Let it sit for 20 minutes at medium-low heat (without removing the lid) until the liquid has completely absorbed. 
  6. Remove the lid and serve!

Keywords: vegan, mexican, spanish, rice,


It’s as simple as that! You’re going to love this easy and affordable one-pan rice dish. This entire dish (which has several generous servings) can be made for about $2, especially if you shop in bulk. Many thanks to Toni for sharing this veganized family recipe! 

Easy Vegan Mexican Rice

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