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    Restaurant Style Mexican Rice

    Restaurant Style  Mexican Rice. Photo by twissis

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    15 mins

    5 mins

    10 mins

    Canamari's Note:

    I have tried many recipes trying to duplicate the dry Mexican rice you get at the restaurant. After a lot of tweaking this hits the mark. My hubby loved it and said this is the real deal. Hope you enjoy it!

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    Serves: 4-6



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    1. 1
      Heat olive oil in a sauce pan. Add rice and fry for about five minutes. Stir occasionally so it doesn't stick. Add onion, garlic, and jalapeno and cook until onion is tender.
    2. 2
      Add chicken broth and salsa. Bring to a boil. Once it boils, turn heat down to low and cook for 20 minutes. Do not lift lid while cooking!
    3. 3
      When done cooking, remove from heat and fluff with fork. Enjoy!

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on March 14, 2009


      Wow! This brought back memories of the rice I used to make when I was the cook in a small family owned mexican restaurant. I didn't use the jalapeno(family preference) and added 1 tsp. cumin. I didn't puree the salsa (we like the chunks) but did everything else as directed. I served this with tacos and refried beans. We totally loved the rice. Thanks so much for posting this great recipe. This is going into my tried and true file and I'll be making this often.

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    • on April 15, 2013


      Made for Spring PAC 2013 & this rice is so delicious! I do think it would be helpful if the type of rice was specified as that can change the texture & cooking time. I used a med-heat salsa & Basmati rice as I had it on-hand & the Arborio variety would result in a stickier rice than the recipe seemed to target. I confess I was a bad girl. I lifted the lid to ck that all was going well, felt that more liquid was needed & added approx 2 oz of extra broth. This is an easy-fix that would be ideal to accompany any Tex-Mex fare. The heat-level can be adjusted as desired by the jalapeno & salsa if a milder & more kid-friendly version is desired. Tex-Mex fare is surprisingly popular here in Iceland & often requested by our guests, so I am sure this rice will revisit our dining table on those occasions & for us in between them. Thx for sharing this recipe w/us.

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    • on July 18, 2012


      I have been trying to duplicate the rice at Mexican restaurants for over 25 years and have come close but never really hit the nail on the head, this is it! I followed all the steps and then threw everything into my rice cooker, perfect! Thanks a bunch!

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    Nutritional Facts for Restaurant Style Mexican Rice

    Serving Size: 1 (116 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 263.8
    Calories from Fat 67
    Total Fat 7.4 g
    Saturated Fat 1.1 g
    Cholesterol 0.0 mg
    Sodium 963.9 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 43.2 g
    Dietary Fiber 1.6 g
    Sugars 2.1 g
    Protein 5.2 g

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