Red Rice (Salsa Rice)

"This was published in Real Simple magazine, September 06. I haven't tried it yet, but it sounds like a great, quick alternative to plain rice. ZWT 3: US (southern us) and Mexican/SW/Tex-Mex (salsa)"
Red Rice (Salsa Rice) created by CulinaryExplorer
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  • In a saucepan, bring salsa, salt, and water to a boil.
  • Add rice and stir.
  • Cover and reduce heat to medium-low.
  • Simmer until the liquid is absorbed and rice is tender, about 15 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and let stand, covered, for 7 to 10 minutes.
  • Fluff with fork before serving.

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  1. cmeadors6158
    Tweaked it a bit: 1 3/4 c. chicken broth, 3/4 c. hot salsa, pinch of salt, T butter, 1 c. long grain rice. Bring all but rice to boil, then add rice and simmer for 15 minutes. Place in casserole dish, sprinkle with Mexican Cheese, cover, place in oven at 250* to keep warm and melt cheese while preparing the rest of the meal.
  2. Chele B
    This was good and easy. I took some suggestions and used about 1 cup of salsa. I also used a vegetable bouillon cube (1/2 of a Knorr cube) and a cube of cilantro (also like a bouillon cube from Knorr). I cooked it in my rice cooker (my favorite kitchen appliance. I can't cook rice to save my life! Hail to the rice cooker! LOL) Thanks!
  3. Bekah
    A nice, simple, complimenting sidedish for our chicken tacos. I would recommend increasing the amount of salsa to 3/4 - 1 cup, as it loses it's bite with cooking. Thank you.
  4. Happy Hippie
    This gets 5 starts with my few easy changes/additions. I've been preparing Mexican rice this way for years. The exceptions include sauteeing the rice with some chopped onion and a couple cloves of finely chopped garlic in about a tablespoon of cooking oil until rice is nicely toasted (not dark, just tan). I either use a salsa (I like medium heat) or a can of Rotel tomatoes with green chilis -- choose your heat level. Add enough water to your salsa or Rotel to equal a bit more than 2 cups of liquid. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, add a lid to your pot and set timer for 20 minutes -- no peeking. Awesome Mexican Rice is the result.
  5. CulinaryExplorer
    Red Rice (Salsa Rice) Created by CulinaryExplorer


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