How to Make Mexican Rice

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Mexican rice is a dish that was originally cooked in Mexico, South America and the southwest region of the United States. Spanish and Mexican rice are sometimes referred to as the same dish but they are actually prepared slightly differently. The rice is sautéed to a golden brown before being simmered in chicken stock and tomato sauce, rather than cooked in boiling water only. Mexican rice is red due to the tomato sauce and should have onions and garlic to add a distinctive flavor.

Things You'll Need

  • 5 tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 2 cups uncooked white rice
  • 2 tsp. garlic salt
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 1/3 cup onion (chopped)
  • 1 ½ cup tomato sauce
  • 3 ½ cups chicken broth
  • Large saucepan
  • Spoon
How to Make Mexican Rice
How to Make Mexican Rice (Image: Lark Gillespie)

Step 1

Add the oil to a saucepan and heat on medium.

How to Make Mexican Rice
How to Make Mexican Rice (Image: Lark Gillespie)

Step 2

Stir in the rice and cook until the rice is puffy. You should stir the rice consistently so it doesn’t stick to the pan.

How to Make Mexican Rice
How to Make Mexican Rice (Image: Lark Gillespie)

Step 3

Add the salt and ground cumin while the rice is cooking in the oil.

How to Make Mexican Rice
How to Make Mexican Rice (Image: Lark Gillespie)

Step 4

Put the onions in the pan and cook until they are opaque. The onions should be tender.

How to Make Mexican Rice
How to Make Mexican Rice (Image: Lark Gillespie)

Step 5

Pour the tomato sauce and chicken broth into the pot and bring to a boil.

How to Make Mexican Rice
How to Make Mexican Rice (Image: Lark Gillespie)

Step 6

Turn the heat to low once the rice mixture is boiling and place the lid on the pot.

How to Make Mexican Rice
How to Make Mexican Rice (Image: Lark Gillespie)

Step 7

Simmer for 25 minutes, stir slightly and serve the Mexican rice hot.

How to Make Mexican Rice
How to Make Mexican Rice (Image: Lark Gillespie)

Tips & Warnings

  • Use wild long-grain rice for variety in your Mexican rice.
  • Make it Spanish rice by cooking the rice, onions and a chopped bell pepper in the pan to start and then following the remaining instructions.
  • Do not let the oil get too hot before adding the rice
  • Be very careful after draining the oil and when you add the water because the pan is hot and the water may splash once it hits the pan.
  • Use caution and always use a cooking mitt to protect your hands.

References

  • “Rick Bayless's Mexican Kitchen: Capturing the Vibrant Flavors of a World-Class Cuisine”; Rick Bayless; 1996
  • “The Everything Mexican Cookbook: 300 Flavorful Recipes from South of the Border (Everything (Cooking))”; Margaret Kaeter; 2003
  • “Cooking the Mexican Way (Easy Menu Ethnic Cookbooks)”; Rosa Coronado; 2001
  • “Mexican Family Cooking”; Aida Gabilondo; 1992
  • “La Paella: Deliciously Authentic Rice Dishes From Spain's Mediterranean Coast”; Jeff Koehler; 2006
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