Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Show of hands... How many of us are guilty of buying store bought Mexican rice? Or boxes, just as water. WHY! It's so simple to make and it tastes WAY better. And I bet over half of you already have all the ingredients on hand. Stop it. Don't buy that boxed crap that never turns out that great. Here's a simple, homemade alternative that will be a big hit, not matter what meal you choose to pair it with.
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 cup uncooked long-grain rice
1 teaspoon garlic salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon garlic pepper
Dash of ground cayenne pepper
1/4 cup grated onion
1/2 cup tomato sauce (I used the whole can, I like mine super red and tomatoe-y)
2 cups chicken broth
Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat and add rice. Cook, stirring constantly, until puffed and golden. While rice is cooking, sprinkle with salt, both peppers, and cumin.
Stir in onions and cook until tender. Stir in tomato sauce and chicken broth; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 20 to 25 minutes. Fluff with a fork.
That's it. There you have it. And it is so delicious. You'll never buy that boxed crap again, I promise.
Twist the recipe:
Add red beans to make an awesome Red Beans & Rice that pares perfectly with Cajun and Barbeque!