This is a version of rice that you find at a Tex-Mex restaurant. It is way easier than it looks and after you have made it once or twice - you can do it by heart. My kids love it and I love that I can sneak a few veggies in! Can be made vegan with veggie broth.
- 2 cloves peeled and halved garlic
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 cup long grain white rice (not instant or fast cooking)
- 1 (14 1/2 ounce) can chicken broth or 1 (14 1/2 ounce) can vegetable broth
- 1⁄4 cup salsa (any store brand will do)
- 1⁄4 cup chopped diced carrot (fresh, optional)
- 1⁄4 cup frozen corn or 1⁄4 cup fresh corn (optional)
- In a heavy pot, cook garlic in oil over high heat until browned, stirring often.
- Discard garlic cloves.
- Add rice to infused oil and reduce heat to medium high.
- Stirring constantly, brown rice.
- Add broth, salsa, carrots and corn and reduce heat to low.
- Cover and cook for 20 minutes.
- Fluff rice before serving.
I have been making this for a while. I changed it up a bit, and I love it.
For the salsa, I use 1/2 cup Medium Pace Picante Sauce. I omit the carrots, use 1/2 cup of frozen corn, about 1/3 cup black beans (its gives the rice GREAT color! otherwise I think it looks quite boring) I add about a tablespoon or so of lime juice. I also add about 1 - 2 teaspoons of minced garlic.
About it not being done after 20 min... I bring it up to a boil once I add the broth, salsa, corn and beans. Then I turn it down to a simmer. It is usually done after 15 min, sometimes 20 (depending on the stove I'm using)
I either use it as a side dish for Garlic Lime Fajitas, or Pace 2 Step Chicken, its great!
Just had to add some comments as we've been making this for awhile now - I leave the garlic in (adds mor flavor), using a GOOD salsa is key (we prefer homemade) AND this is the most important part- USE BROWN RICE - it makes it sooooooo good! My hubby is not a brown rice sort of guy (neither is his family) they all raved about this rice - Thanks!!
I used brown rice and precooked 1 cup before frying. I also added 1/2 cup salsa. It was excellent but a little salty. You might want to try sodium reduced broth.