How long does Mexican Rice Last in the Fridge?

How long do Mexican Rice last in Fridge

Mexican rice not only has an easy recipe, but it also tastes heavenly. 

Some simple ingredients and half an hour are all you need for your flavorful and lasting Mexican rice.

Now that you have fulfilled your Mexican rice craving, there is still some rice you haven’t finished.

You wish to preserve this leftover Mexican rice you have prepared with love, patience, and sweat. 

You need not worry. We are here to answer all your queries regarding how long Mexican rice will last and how to store them properly. 

How long does Mexican Rice Last?

Certain factors affect the shelf life of Mexican rice. It depends on what kind of recipe you use to prepare the rice. 

It also depends on whether Mexican rice is bought from the restaurant or is homemade.

And the way you store the rice also affects its shelf-life. 

Don’t have time, take a quick look at this table. 

Restaurant Bought 2 to 3 hours5 to 7 days3 months
Homemade2 to 3 hours3 to 4 days1 to 2 months

How long does Mexican Rice Last in the Fridge?

Rice being a breeding ground for bacteria, it’s not safe for you to keep your Mexican rice out for a long time. It will keep the homemade Mexican rice good for 5-6 days in the fridge if stored properly. 

This will help you turn your craving for tasty Mexican rice whenever you please for the entire week! Great, right?

You can ensure that your restaurant-bought Mexican rice lasts for 3-4 days if you store it in the fridge. 

The cold temperatures of the fridge do not halt the bacterial action of the rice. However, it does slow it down to keep your Mexican rice, homemade or restaurant, last a bit longer.

Mexican Rice Served

Can you Freeze Mexican Rice? 

Yes, you can freeze your Mexican rice. It is extremely easy to store the Mexican rice in the freezer. 

Preparing a tasty meal for a big party or an event can prepare Mexican rice beforehand. And, if you store it properly, your Mexican rice will stay good for almost 3 months

Mexican rice will stay fresh and intact if you freeze it constantly. When you want to eat the rice, you can thaw it, and the rice will taste the same. 

How to Store Mexican Rice?

Storing and preserving Mexican rice is relatively easy. Depending on how long you want to store the rice, there are have given some methods given below. 

You need to remember some key points, and you will be good to go:

The Fridge

Shelf-life of your Mexican rice depends on various things. Firstly you should store Mexican food after properly and patiently cooling the rice.

Next, you should transfer the cooled rice into an airtight container.  You can also store the rice in a plastic bag. 

Remove as much air as possible from the plastic bag before storing it in the fridge. 

Mexican Rice in a Bowl

In Freezer

It is recommended to use a ziplock freezer bag to store the cooled and cooked Mexican rice. 

This way of preserving makes sure that your rice lasts for 3 months whilst preventing the possibility of freezer burns. 

This is because no excess air will be present to damage or contaminate your delicious Mexican rice. 

Let the rice completely cool down before transferring it to an airtight container or in a freezer bag. 

Squeezing out all the air before storing your Mexican rice in either a freezer bag or an airtight container will prevent any freezer burns to your Mexican rice.

Reheating the Mexican Rice 

Yes, you can thaw your Mexican rice. Thawing methods depend on whether you defrost it in the fridge or at room temperature. 

As for the rice stored in the freezer, you would first have to thaw it and then reheat it.

Interesting fact: Rice, compared to other leftovers, is more problematic as we discussed. 

This is due to Bacillus cereus, a bacteria that survive the cooking processes of some dishes/recipes. 

In case you decide to heat your Mexican rice through the microwave. The steps you need to follow are –

  1. Remove the lid of your storage container. Add 1-2 tablespoons of water to every rice cup you reheat. Allow the rice to re-steam by closing the lid of the container.
  2. Microwave it for about 3-4 minutes.
  3. The internal temperature of rice is minimum to 165°F or 73.9°C; use a food thermometer for preciseness.
  4. Immediately serve the hot reheated Mexican rice.

If, in your case, you are stir-frying the leftover rice, the following are the steps you have to go through for proper reheating of your Mexican rice.

  1. Rice to be placed in a pan or wok with good quality edible oil.
  2. Start stirring the rice continuously at medium flame, breaking the lumps formed in the rice due to refrigerating it or freezing it.
  3. Temperature at minimum has to be 165°F or 73.9°C and served when scorching hot.

And also, if you are steaming your Mexican rice, then the below steps are to be followed by you for reheating it.

  1. With 1 or 2 tablespoons of oil or butter,  place your rice in a saucepan 
  2. Add 1-2 tablespoons of water for each cup of rice, bringing your rice to a simmer, and also remember to keep the lid open.
  3. After stirring it occasionally, you will notice that the water has been boiled off. Make sure that during all these processes, the internal temperature is at least above 165°F or 73.9°C.
  4. It is to be immediately served as soon as it is highly heated.

How to know if Mexican Rice has gone bad?

If your Mexican rice smells bad, do a taste check. If it doesn’t look the same, you should discard it. 

If the rice has been in your fridge for days more than it’s recommended, you have to get rid of it, as bacteria will have started growing on it increasingly. 

If you notice dryness and toughness in your rice and that it has started crumbling quickly, it has lost its moisture, and it’s time for your rice to be thrown away. 

If there are sticky and gummy textures on the rice, or it has mold growing on its surface, you know by now that it’s best to throw your rice in the thrash.


We hope that we have answered your queries regarding how long Mexican rice will last and how you can store it properly. You can easily store your Mexican rice in the fridge to enjoy it for longer. 

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