Perfect Mexican rice

Hi friends ๐Ÿ˜€ Howโ€™s your night going?

Itโ€™s Fiesta Friday over here!

Nothing too cray crayโ€ฆ just me, Senor Pilot, Bell, and a boatload of Mexican food ๐Ÿ™‚

Today, the cooking bug hit me pretty ferociously and we both agreed that fish tacos sounded amazing. I hit up Trader Joeโ€™s to pick up the goods, and 20 minutes later, it was time for this:

Guacamole, along with corn tortillas and shredded cabbage


Beans and Mexican rice


(Tip: Itโ€™s easier for me to mash beans in a skillet than in a pot)

+ tilapia, seasoned with olive oil, lime zest, chili powder, garlic, sea salt and pepper, baked for 16 minutes at 350.


We also snacked on a ton of these while I cooked ๐Ÿ™‚


(Whole Paycheck hot salsa = amazeballz)

With desserts and pretty much any other sweet treat or salty delight, Iโ€™m usually good with portioning things out and enjoying a serving before calling it good. Chips are a totally different story. I could have one or a thousand- itโ€™s all the same ๐Ÿ™‚

My plate:


Time to enjoy a little dinner date with my Pilot love <3

See ya in the morning!



Perfect Mexican Rice <— way easier than you think ๐Ÿ˜€

Serves 2

3 T minced sweet onion

1/2 C salsa (chunky salsa works best)

1/2 C jasmine rice

1 C vegetable broth

1. Heat the onion on medium in a little olive oil until soft (about 5 minutes). Add the salsa.

2. Add the rice, broth and bring up to a boil. Cover, reduce to simmer for 18-20 minutes.

Thatโ€™s it! ๐Ÿ˜€

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  1. Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn on July 15, 2011 at 11:41 pm

    I love mexican rice!! It reminds me of my everyday rice + beans in Nica <3 Have a goodnight G!

  2. Laura (On the Threshold of Greatness) on July 15, 2011 at 11:43 pm

    Isn’t it Trader Jose’s when you get Mexican food there? ๐Ÿ˜‰

    That Mexican rice does sound easy enough for even me! (I’m not very good at making perfect rice)

    Enjoy the rest of your night!!

  3. Lisa @ Sunny Seed Stories on July 16, 2011 at 12:13 am

    I will have to try this mexican rice recipe–have always wondered how the restaurants make it. Thanks!

  4. Ali @ urbanfruitbat on July 16, 2011 at 12:27 am

    I’ve never heard of salsa in the rice! That makes so much sense!! Going to be trying that next time I make rice. Everything else you made looks spectacular too! You rock, as per usual.

  5. Colleen on July 16, 2011 at 12:52 am

    Nothing says romantic evening like beans. At least you guys have a dog to blame ๐Ÿ˜‰

  6. yolie @ practising wellness on July 16, 2011 at 1:16 am

    mmm…what a feast! the guacamole and beans…well, actually, all of it (lol!) look delicious! and such a nice meal to share together ๐Ÿ™‚ xyx

  7. Amanda on July 16, 2011 at 2:08 am

    Did you do anything to the beans beside mash them. They look good. I would love a homemade refried bean recipe.

  8. Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance on July 16, 2011 at 6:03 am

    I’ve always wanted to make healthy fish tacos, but salmon is my favorite fish so I might just forgo the tilapia and wing it

  9. Fallon on July 16, 2011 at 7:14 am

    What a fun meal to have with your pilot! The rice is really easy and sounds delicious.

  10. Vicki on July 16, 2011 at 7:42 am

    Looks like such a delicious dinner! I have such a craving for tortilla chips now!!

    Do you have a recipe for the beans? I’d love to try making my own.

  11. Holly @ The Runny Egg on July 16, 2011 at 7:45 am

    YUM! Your guac looks so good and thanks for sharing the recipe for the rice — I was thinking “aw she posts a picture but no instructions?”

    And I agree 100% about chips (especially tortilla chips!) — 1 or 1000 is never enough!

  12. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga on July 16, 2011 at 7:45 am

    Your Mexican rice recipe does look good….and easy!

    I have had a recent love of super spicy mixed nuts, i.e. the Chili Lime mixed nuts from TJ’s. omg. Girl. I took down an entire 10 oz bag!! in 24 hrs. So spicy they make me sweat and give me heartburn but I love every sweaty second. I am about those nuts like you are with the chips it sounds like. Haha! ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. Keelie (SweatEqualsSuccess) on July 16, 2011 at 7:49 am


    And I just bought the same chips yesterday! So delish! ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. Stephanie @cookinfanatic on July 16, 2011 at 8:06 am

    what a great, easy Mexican rice recipe – i need to try this! dinner looks great too, fish tacos are one of my faves!

  15. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin on July 16, 2011 at 8:14 am

    Yum what a great feast!

    I keep on meaning to try those chips – sweet potato in chip form sounds amazing!

  16. Amanda on July 16, 2011 at 8:22 am

    Wow, we had almost an identical dinner!! I made this cabbage slaw, which was awesome:

  17. Hillary on July 16, 2011 at 8:40 am

    That’s pretty much my dream dinner right there!

  18. Sarah K on July 16, 2011 at 8:50 am

    that looks delicious!

  19. Krysta on July 16, 2011 at 9:03 am

    Looks amazing! I’m not sure how you make your beans, but we are a little lazy over here and the Trader Joe’s refried black beans with jalapenos are amazing and have no weird ingredients!

  20. destiny trotter on July 16, 2011 at 9:45 am

    I have a pretty important question, so i realllly hope you see this post! I am looking into becoming a aerobics fitness instructor and I could really use some help/tips etc. I think i am going to go with afaa (aerobics and fitness association of america) and I was wondering who you are certified under, how much it cost you, who do you reccomend going with since i know you have went all over the country, i would like to have something that certifies me so i could teach if i move, what is your advice on this? any and ALL advice would be SO greatly appreciated, also if you have posted before about this could you link to it? Thank you SO much for whatever you can offer!!
    Your blog is the best one i believe i have ever read, serisouly, a lot of my blog roll i dont check regularly or i will go through phases but i dont skip yours!!! you are such a bright shining light in the fitness/blog world!

    • Fitnessista on July 16, 2011 at 10:00 am

      thank you!
      i went with afaa and am so happy i did. it was about $200 and i have to renew every two years with continuing education credits, but it’s been 100% worth it.
      definitely call gyms you’d be interested in teaching at and see which cert they recommend- pretty much everyone will take ace, afaa and acsm

  21. Gina @ Running to the Kitchen on July 16, 2011 at 9:56 am

    I could eat that entire bag of sweet potato FSTG chips!

  22. BrittFit on July 16, 2011 at 10:08 am

    i love fiesta food! especially salsa you should try pineapple salsa on a salad…its A-mazing

    • Fitnessista on July 16, 2011 at 10:48 am

      that sounds incredible

  23. Abby @ Abz 'n' Oats on July 16, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    Yum! ๐Ÿ™‚ Your rice sounds so easy and fabulous!

  24. Tracy on July 16, 2011 at 6:43 pm

    Did you buy the tilapia from TJ’s? Was it frozen?

    • Fitnessista on July 16, 2011 at 7:45 pm

      yep! fresh

  25. Marie on July 16, 2011 at 9:47 pm

    Those chips are soo good- I’m not even a chips person! For some reason i think they taste like pronto pups, strangely enough.

    • Fitnessista on July 16, 2011 at 11:42 pm

      what is a pronto pup??

  26. Laura on July 17, 2011 at 11:25 am

    The beans look amazing – I too would looove to see your recipe for them ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Fitnessista on July 17, 2011 at 12:55 pm

      k i’ll do a how-to post- it’s super easy ๐Ÿ™‚

  27. Stephanie on September 1, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    Thank you thank you thank you! I love cooking, however, mexican rice has always been my nemesis and I can never seem to get it right (weird I know). But I made your recipe last night and it was PERFECT. Sticky & flavorful. I loved it, thanks so much!

    • Fitnessista on September 1, 2011 at 9:35 pm

      awesome ๐Ÿ™‚

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