"MEXICAN" RICE

 

  • Cooking Time: 70 min. (approx.)
  • Servings: varies
  • Preparation Time: 5-10 min.

Ingredients

  • Onion - Medium sized
  • Garlic - about 3-4 cloves, minced
  • Olive oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Crushed Red Pepper
  • Rice (any quantity - you decide how much you want to make)
  • Canned Tomatoes (small or large depending on the amount of rice)
  • Water
  • Cilantro or Flat Leaf Parsley - chopped

Directions

  • Coat the bottom of a large pot or sauce pan with olive oil.
  • Set the burner on medium-low.
  • Chop the onion and mince the garlic as the oil is heating up.
  • Dump the onions into the pan and sweat them until translucent but not browned.
  • Add the garlic, some salt, pepper and crushed red pepper and stir.
  • Cook until slightly brown. Add the rice and stir.
  • "Fry" the rice for a few minutes, until slightly browned. When the rice takes on color, add the entire can of tomatoes - including the liquid. Crush the tomato chunks with a spoon. Make sure the rice is covered in the liquid - if not, add water as needed.
  • Place the lid on and increase temperature to medium-high. Leave alone for 30 min.
  • Check the rice and give it a good stir after the 30 min. are up. If the rice needs more liquid, add water. Replace lid and leave for another 30 min.
  • Check the rice again. This time you want to taste it to see if the rice is soft enough; there will be a little bite because the rice was fried earlier. If it's not done, give it another 15 min. and add a small amount of water.
  • When the rice is done it might start sticking to the bottom of the pan/pot. Spoon it out and garnish with the chopped cilantro or parsley.
  • *this recipe is a little rough and i will try to "perfect it later on, but it is essentially a "as you go recipe."

Notes

i learned this recipe years ago from a family member but hadn't made it in nearly 10 years. it's a little rough but the meal isn't an exact science. this is a pretty hearty meal on it's own but if you serve yourself a little less you can add a yummy protein to the dish. i'm fond of stir-fried shrimp marinated in lime juice and tequila!

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