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Mar 20

Easy Salsa Rice

Easy Salsa Rice

This Easy Salsa Rice is a simple, flavorful dish that’s perfect as a weekday side dish, in a burrito bowl or as a tasty addition to your taco night. With just a few ingredients you may already have in your pantry, you have a versatile side or base to form a creative meal around! Just add some protein (steak, chicken, ground beef, black beans, chili beans, etc) and veggies (peppers, corn, tomatoes, peas, whatever you like) for a fun complete meal. This Easy Salsa Rice is only 211 calories or 6 Green, 6 Blue or 1 Purple myWW SmartPoints for a scant cup (when I measured the entire finished recipe I got just under 6 cups), so depending on what else you’re serving you can also select to eat ½ cup or ¾ cup depending on your needs.

Easy Salsa Rice

Looking for more flavorful, lightened up side dishes like this Easy Salsa Rice? Try my Roasted Fingerling Potatoes, Hummus Veggie Tots, Garlic Roasted Green Beans, Loaded Cauliflower Bake, Parmesan Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Spinach and Parmesan Orzo, Cheesy Broccoli Bake, Garlic Thyme Roasted Carrots, Easy Garlic Knots, Butternut Squash Quinoa Salad, Roasted Smashed Garlic Potatoes, Sweet Potato Casserole Stacks, Cheddar Bay Pull Apart Muffins, Cheddar Broccoli Orzo, Broccoli Salad, Tomato Cobbler and many more in the Side Dishes category of my recipe index!

Easy Salsa Rice

This Easy Salsa Rice is a simple, flavorful dish that’s perfect as a weekday side dish, in a burrito bowl or as a tasty addition to your taco night!


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ¼ cup chopped onion
  • 1 ½ cups long grain white rice, use brown rice if following the WW Purple plan
  • 2 cups reduced sodium chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1 cup salsa, My favorite is roasted tomato salsa – Frontera, Wegmans and Trader Joe’s all have a version
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • A sprinkle of garlic powder


  • Bring the oil over medium heat in a large saute pan or walled skillet. Add the chopped onion and cook, stirring occasionally, for 3-5 minutes until the onions are softened.
  • Add the rice to the skillet and stir together with the oil and onions. Cook the dry rice, stirring occasionally, until some of the rice starts to turn golden (about 4-5 minutes). Add the broth, salsa, cumin and garlic powder and stir together. Cover the pan and reduce the heat to simmer for 20 minutes until the liquid is absorbed and the rice is cooked through.


MyWW SmartPoints per (1 scant cup) serving:(SP calculated using the recipe builder on weightwatchers.com)
Green: 6 SmartPoints/ Blue: 6 SmartPoints/ Purple: 1 SmartPoints (if using brown rice, if not then use Blue points)
Weight Watchers Points Plus:
6 per (1 scant cup) serving (PP calculated using a WW PointsPlus calculator and the nutrition info below)
Nutrition Information per (1 scant cup) serving:
211 calories, 41 g carbs, 3 g sugars, 3 g fat, 0 g saturated fat, 4 g protein, 1 g fiber (from myfitnesspal.com)
Lightly adapted from allrecipes

6 comments on “Easy Salsa Rice”

  1. I made this last week and served it with your Mexi Meatloaf Cups. Simply delicious and filling!!! Froze the leftovers and have been using those for lunches. This will definitely be in the rotation!

  2. Delicious. Had as a side with grilled cilantro lime chicken wings and steamed broccoli.

  3. Delicious. Made as a side tonight.

  4. Can you adapt for brown rice?

  5. Can you use the success brown and cook it before??

  6. Thanks for the idea. I combined 2 cups leftover white steamed rice, 1 cup corn salsa, 4 cups chopped bell peppers, and spices, then cooked on fresh vegetables setting in 1200W microwave. A perfect side to my rainbow trout on mixed greens!

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