Leftover Makeovers for Busy Folks – Mexican Rice
Mexican/Spanish Rice is a family favorite and go to recipe. I am always looking to turn leftovers into another delightfully delicious and easy to make meal. It just so happens that Mexican Rice lends itself nicely to what I like to call a Leftover Makeover. All it takes is a quick look in the cupboard and fridge for handy “add-ins”! Inspiration is often no more than 10 minutes away.
Servings Prep Time
4.5cups 10min
Servings Prep Time
4.5cups 10min
  • 2cups leftover Mexican or Spanish Ricelink provided below in Recipe Notes.
  • 1 cup frozen or canned corn
  • 1.5 cups canned chickpeasor any other bean
  • 1/3cup low fat or fat free bottled dressing
  • to taste salt and pepper
  1. In a medium sized bowl put 2 cups (leftovers) of your favorite Mexican/Spanish Rice Recipe.
  2. Frozen Corn: Microwave for 2-3 minutes – Canned Corn: Drain and Rinse. Add to Bowl
  3. Chickpeas: Drain and rinse. Add to Bowl
  4. Salad Dressing: Add your favorite low or no fat bottled dressing to bowl.
  5. Salt and pepper to taste and combine all ingredients
  6. Serve cold or warm up in microwave.
Recipe Notes

My Vegan Annie Recipe for Mexican Rice works well as the Leftover component.
If you have a favorite recipe of your own, by all means use it.

  • If chickpeas are not to your liking or you don’t have them on hand, another kind can pinch hit. Think kidney beans, black beans, pinto beans.
  • Frozen Peas could work instead of corn.
  • This dish freezes well for a later date.

Serving suggestions

  • Warm in the microwave or serve cold.
  • Use as a filling for burritos, wraps and pitas.
  • Add to mixed greens and raw veggies, nuts and seeds as a main meal salad.
  • Add a side of vegetable.


Leftover Makeovers for Busy folks-Spanish Rice