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SOUTHWEST RICE PILAF


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"Jasmine rice cooked with onion, garlic, chilis, chili powder, cumin, chicken broth, diced tomatoes, and cilantro"

Serves 6-8 | Prep Time 15-20 minutes | Cook Time 30 minutes

Why I Love This Recipe

This flavorful Southwest rice pilaf is a terrific addition to Mexican or Southwest flavored meats Or add 1 lb. ground beef, browned and you have an easy dinner.


Ingredients You'll Need

2 T. olive oil
1 onion, diced
1 Anaheim or Poblano pepper, stemmed, seeded, and finely diced (or sub peppers from chilis in adobo if left from another recipe
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 ½ t. chili powder
1 t. cumin
1 ½ c. rice
1 t. salt
2 ½ c. chicken broth
14 oz. can petite diced tomatoes, drained
1 lime, cut in half, zest half and set aside
½ c. fresh cilantro, chopped
1 jalapeno, stemmed, seeded, and finely minced


Directions

Cut lime in half and zest half of lime and set aside. In a heavy 3 qt. saucepan with a lid, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion, poblano, and garlic cook for about 3 minutes until softened. Add chili powder and cumin, lower heat to medium low and cook until onion is translucent and spices are very fragrant, about 3 mintues. Add rice and salt, stir well to coat rice and toast rice for 5 minutes, stirring often to prevent sticking. Add chicken broth and tomatoes, stir. Bring to boil over medium heat, cover, reduce heat to low and cook for 18 minutes. Remove from heat and let pilaf sit, covered for 5 minutes. Fluff rice with a fork, and fold in cilantro, jalapeno, and lime zest. Adjust seasoning. Serve with lime cut in wedges to spritz over rice.


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