This recipe is fantastic and so simple it’s no wonder it is one of my most requested recipes!
I love having this Spanish Rice as a side to many of our favorite Mexican dishes, and it is awesome in bean and cheese burritos.
It can be frozen and also stays fresh in the fridge for 3-4 days. We usually eat it as a side with one meal (like Mexican Casserole or Fajitas) during the week and then use the leftovers in Bean and Cheese Burrito’s a couple days later.
Depending on the situation, I sometimes make this rice in the oven. When I make Chicken Chimichangas or another meal that requires a little extra effort or multiple burners on the stove top, I like to do the rice in the oven because I can just throw it in and forget about it.
The directions for baking it in the oven are slightly different then the stove top instructions. I started trying to put both directions on this recipe and it was hard and a little confusing, so I have decided to write up two separate posts to help keep it simple and more clarified.
Here are the stove top instructions.
- 2½ cups rice
- 4¾ cups chicken broth (I use 4¾ cups water and 5 tsp chicken bullion.)
- ½ cup tomato sauce (that is half of an 8 ounce can, I freeze the extra and use it in the next batch I make.)
- ¼ cup finely chopped onion
- 1 large clove of garlic, finely chopped or crushed
- ⅓ cup canola oil or butter (I usually use oil or a mixture of both. ex: ¼ cup butter and 1-2 tbsp oil or vice versa)
- ⅛ tsp chili powder (optional)
- ⅛ tsp Cumin (optional)
- Put oil and or butter in the bottom of a 2 quart sauce pan
- Turn on heat and add rice, onion and garlic
- Heat on high while stirring until many pieces of rice are turning white and onion and garlic are aromatic
- Add chicken broth (water and bullion) and tomato sauce
- If you choose to add chili powder and cumin, add them at this time
- Bring to a boil
- Reduce heat to low, so rice is at a very low simmer.
- Cover with a lid and cook for 20 minutes
- Remove from heat, but leave rice covered until ready to serve.
You are going to love this rice! Don’t forget you can also check out the directions for Oven Baked Spanish Rice. They are the same recipe, just different cooking methods.
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