Dollar Store Recipes: Mexican Rice

Bonjour à toutes et tous!  Welcome back to Dollar Store Decadence Recipes where we make recipes almost entirely composed of ingredients from the 99 Cents Only Store.  This time we’re making a yummy side dish of Mexican Rice, adapted from Lil Luna.  This recipe is so easy and it makes a TON of rice, so I would suggest halving the recipe if you are not cooking for a large group.  As it stands this recipe makes 16 servings!  That’s a lot of rice, but it’s delicious so you’ll enjoy the leftovers if you don’t have 16 mouths to feed. Okay so let’s get started.

What you need:

2 Cups White Rice


1/4 Cup Vegetable Oil

olive Oil

1 8 oz Can of Tomato Sauce


1 Tsp Salt


1 Tsp Minced Garlic


4 Cups Water


2 Chicken Bouillon Cubes


Dash of Chili Powder


Dash of Garlic Pepper




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  1. Boil the water and mix with the bouillon cubes to make a broth.
  2. Heat oil in a large skillet.
  3. Add the rice and cook til the rice is brown.
  4. Once the rice is brown, add the broth, tomato sauce, chili powder, garlic, and garlic better.
  5. Simmer until the rice is fully cooked, about 40 minutes.
  6. Eat!


Let’s talk about the Washingtons:

This recipe is super duper cheap because there are so many servings and because every single ingredient came from the 99 this time.

Rice – 99¢

Oil – 12¢

Tomato Sauce – 99¢

Garlic – 2¢

Chicken Bouillon Cubes – 25¢

The “dashes” of chili powder and garlic pepper – 10¢ (I’m just spitballing.  Both items can be bought at the 99)

The total cost is $2.47 total and just 15¢ per serving.  My cheapest recipe yet!  Whew!  We like to eat it as a side to other dishes like Baked Wet Burritos.  Next time I have a potluck to this will be my go-to dish.

Try it though and let me know your thoughts…



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