My Mom's Mexican Rice is flavored with tomato sauce or tomato paste. This gives the rice its nice color and mild citrus taste. And lightly browning the rice brings out a slight nutty flavor. Sauteing garlic and onion completes this South of the Border recipe. And my Mom doesn't stop there, she adds chopped green bell pepper.
Plus, this is one cheap side dish. One pound packages of rice are always around a dollar, and a small 8 ounce can of tomato sauce is often under 50 cents. I usually have half of an onion and a jar of chopped garlic in the fridge.
Just click on the following entrees to see a full recipe of what pairs perfectly with my Mom's Mexican Rice side: Fish Veracruz, Cactus Quesadilla, Roasted Chicken with Black Beans and Yams, Charro Beans, Texas Dry Rub BBQ, Pollo en Mente (Mint Chicken), Stuffed Poblano Chiles, Salmon Enchiladas, Mexi/Turkey Burger, Pork Roasted With Green Chiles, Carne Asada (steak) Taco Carnitas (pork) Taco, and a hearty Breakfast Burrito.
Ingredients (about 4 servings)
- 1 cup of rice - usually white, but brown is okay (follow package cooking directions).
- 4 ounces tomato sauce - 1/2 cup, or a tablespoon of tomato paste.
- 1/4 bell pepper, chopped - optional
- 2 cups of water - substitute a cup of chicken or vegetable broth for extra flavor.
- 1 tablespoon of garlic - fresh chopped, or from jar.
- 1/4 onion - chopped
- 1 tablespoon oil
- Salt and pepper to taste.
Heat oil, then add rice. Stir to coat grains and saute until they start to turn brown - about 10 minutes. Add chopped onion, garlic, salt and pepper. Stir and saute a couple of minutes. Pour in 1/2 cup of tomato sauce and two cups of water (or cup of broth and water). Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and cover. Cook rice according to directions (about 20 minutes). Turn off heat and let set another five minutes. Serve with a favorite entree.
This recipe is enough for 4-6 servings. Rice freezes fine, just microwave until hot.