Nutrients per serving

  • Calories  194
  • Protein  2 g
  • Carbohydrates  24 g
  • Fat  10 g
  • Cholesterol  0 mg
  • Sodium  94 mg
  • Potassium  77 mg
  • Phosphorus  41 mg
  • Calcium  14 mg
  • Fiber  0.5 g

Mexican Rice

One of the great things about living in the United States is that you are in a melting pot of flavors as well as cultures. DaVita dietitians, Kara and Maria from Arizona, have put together a regional menu of favorite foods from the Southwest. Here is a recipe for a dialysis diet version of Mexican Rice.

Diet types:

  • CKD non-dialysis
  • Dialysis
  • Diabetes

Recipe submitted by DaVita dietitian Maria from Arizona.

Portions: 6     Serving size: 1/2 cup


  • 1 cup white rice, uncooked
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1/4 cup onion
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/4 cup low-sodium tomato sauce
  • 3 cups water
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt (optional)


  1. Chop onion and garlic.
  2. In a skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add rice and cook until browned, stirring frequently.
  3. Add onion and garlic; sauté until tender.
  4. Add tomato sauce, water and salt.
  5. Cover and simmer about 20 minutes until water is absorbed.

Renal and renal diabetic food choices

  • 1-1/2 starch
  • 2 fat

Carbohydrate choices


Helpful hints

  • Omit salt if regular tomato sauce is used instead of low sodium. The sodium content is about the same.
  • For best results, resist lifting lid from skillet when cooking rice.

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Mexican Rice

Rufus1965 says:


I added hot sauce and it was good.

Jun. 09, 2014, 6:13 PM - Inappropriate review?

Mexican Rice

Reeree says:


I just made this and was very disappointed. Seriously lacked flavor. Needs some spices to boost it up. Sorry

Apr. 13, 2013, 3:58 PM - Inappropriate review?

Mexican Rice

karenkanda says:


Not much flavor to this recipe. I won't make it again.

Nov. 11, 2011, 2:11 PM - Inappropriate review?

Mexican Rice

JeriW says:


I would recommend using only 2 cups of water. This was much too watery & took a long time to cook out. Then you would be able to taste the other ingredients.

Aug. 28, 2009, 2:42 PM - Inappropriate review?

Mexican Rice

randolph says:


I was disappointed in this recipe -appeared to be bland, no spicy Mexican content - I don't think I'll be remaking this one. Sorry.

Jul. 27, 2008, 6:57 AM - Inappropriate review?

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