Mexican Red Rice

"This is yummy! To me this tastes better than the rice you get as a side dish at so many mex restaurants. From"
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  • Heat the oil in a heavy skillet. Add the rice and stir over medium-high heat until rice is golden brown.
  • Add the garlic and chopped onion, and sauté until the onion just begins to brown.
  • Add the tomatoes, tomato sauce, chicken broth, chili powder and salt, lower heat and cover.
  • Simmer for 20 to 25 minutes until all liquid is absorbed. Remove from heat and allow to sit, covered, for 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork and serve.

Questions & Replies

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  1. Steven J.
    Is brown rice good for Spanish rice?


  1. IFortuna
    You can dry roast your rice in a frying pan. Oil is not necessary. The idea is to convert the starch thus making the rice more fluffy and less of a carb threat. Just dry fry until most of the rice is a white color or opaque. As a Mexican family, we do not use tomato products in our Spanish rice or enchilada sauce. We use chile powder, cumin, broth and a little oregano and sometimes some fried onions. Tomato sauce is very acidic and retards the cooking of the rice. You may have to lengthen the time required to cook the rice if you use it. This dish is supposed to be a little bland and served in conjuction with other spicy dishes. It acts as a buffer to the other more spicy dishes and is, therefore, more complimentary. Some families mix carnitas, or other meat with the rice to make a one dish family dinner. Of course, this rice can be add to almost any type of burrito.
  2. KeyWee
    I love this recipe! We can have a great side dish and then I make soup out of the leftovers. Add chicken broth, chopped onions and tomatoes, a can of chili beans, some chopped cooked chicken, and simmer until vegetables are tender. Add hot sauce, cajun seasonings or cayenne if you want it hotter ~ a great lunch soup!!
  3. JuJuBeJen
    Instead of the plum tomatoes I added a can of Rotel tomatoes with green chilies to give it a little more pizzaz. We LOVED it! Had along with Recipe #184198 and we really enjoyed them both! We will have this again soon with my modifications. Thanks Jessica for this great rice recipe!
  4. texastornado22
    Loved this! I did make a couple of modifications. I added a can of rotel with green chilies instead of the plum tomatoes because I like some extra spice. I also added some EXTRA green chilies I had left over from the enchiladas I made. Added extra garlic (as I do to everything!) and it was great! My husband and 2 year old ate it up!
  5. JOY1998
    Yumm! Excellent mexican rice and easy to make. This is so much better than the packaged mexican rice. I will definitely make this again. I made this to accompany Kittencal's Garlic Beef Enchiladas Recipe #18387. I added a tsp of cumin at the other reviewers' suggestion. I highly recommend this recipe!


  1. Bonnie G #2
    Instead of oil in the pan, dry fried the rice until brown, THEN added the oil, onions and garlic. Instead of fresh tomatoes used a can of diced and the juice so eliminated the tomato sauce.
  2. whtawhit_851923
    This is now my go-to Spanish rice recipe. I use tomatoes from my garden, El Pato tomato sauce, and water instead of broth! So easy & delicious!
  3. The Silly Goose
    I have been trying Mexican rice recipes for years. I had given up and thought that I would always have to buy the junk in a box. This is excellent!!! It was almost as quick as opening a box and way better tasting. I did use a can of diced tomatoes in place of the plum tomatoes. YUMM
  4. Chef Crystal Cooks
    Made to use in Recipe #28148. I used chunky salsa in place of the tomato sauce. Worked great!
  5. Gumboot Gourmet
    Very easy, yummy recipe. I did substitute a 28 oz can of tomatoes for the fresh tomatoes & the can of sauce. We really liked this & can see making it to go with other than just mexican meals. Thanks for this great recipe!


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