Mexican Rice ***WOW***

by Michelle on October 22, 2009

I love blog hopping but I just can’t seem to find the time for serious food drool. Since we finished the construction project, it just seems like there’s one thing after another that take up my time. And now that no construction crews are here making a mess, I have to clean the house too because there’s no one left to blame it on!

But I had a free hour and I sat down to do some cruising. As I was casually going from blog to blog to blog, I happened upon Kim’s blog, Stirring the Pot. And all of a sudden a recipe caught my attention! Hmmm….Mexican Rice! And after reading the recipe I knew I had to try it!

And this was a no kidding, hands down, fabulous dish!

Delicious does not come close to how good it was. And to make it even better squeeze a wedge of lime over the top! Gosh I wish I had some right now!!

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Mexican Rice
Recipe adapted from RecipeZaar

12 ounces tomatoes, very ripe and cored
1 medium white onion (I used 6 green onions chopped)
3 medium jalapenos (I used 1 medium sized jalapeno)
2 cups long grain white rice
1/3 cup canola oil
4 minced garlic cloves
2 cups chicken broth
1 tablespoon tomato paste (may omit if using canned tomatoes)
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 cup fresh cilantro, minced

Garnish: Lime Wedges

1. Adjust rack to middle position and preheat oven to 350.

2. Process tomato and onion in processor or blender until pureed and thoroughly smooth. Transfer mixture to measuring cup and reserve exactly 2 cups. Discard excess.

3. Remove ribs and seeds from 2 jalapenos and discard. Mince flesh and set aside. Mince remaining jalapeno. Set aside.

4. Place rice in a fine mesh strainer and rinse under cold running water until water runs clear- about 1 1/2 minutes.Shake rice vigorously to remove excess water.This step removes the starch from the rice so it will not stick. IF YOU OMIT THIS STEP YOUR RICE WILL NOT BE DRY AND FLUFFY.

5. Heat oil in heavy bottomed oven safe 12 inch straight sided saute pan or Dutch oven with tight fitting lid over medium high heat about 2 minutes. (The recipe is very specific about this but I used a 10 inch dutch oven and it worked out fine.) Drop a few rice grains in and if they sizzle then it is ready. Add rice and fry stirring until rice is light golden and translucent, about 6-8 minutes.

6. Reduce heat to medium, add garlic and 2 minced jalapenos and cook , stirring constantly until fragrant, about 1 1/2 minutes.

7. Stir in broth, pureed mixture,tomato paste, and salt. Increase heat to medium high, and bring to a boil.

8. Cover pan and transfer pan to oven to bake until liquid is absorbed and rice is tender, 30-35 minutes. Stir well after 15 minutes.

9. Stir in cilantro, minced jalapeno to taste.

10. Serve with a lime wedge

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  • Ria Mathew October 22, 2009 at 10:37 am

    It looks so moist and delicious!

  • Karen October 22, 2009 at 10:39 am

    This looks absolutely delicious!
    Karen
    Ladybug Creek

  • Pam October 22, 2009 at 12:15 pm

    I am always looking for a good Mexican rice recipe. Whenever I eat out, I always make sure my meal comes with beans and rice, my two favorite side dishes!

  • Lisa@Pickles and Cheese October 22, 2009 at 12:27 pm

    That looks so delicious. And the photo is perfect. I need to try this one sometime this weekend. Thanks!

  • Kim October 22, 2009 at 12:35 pm

    Thanks so much for the shout out!! I’m so happy to hear that you loved this rice πŸ˜€ It has been a favorite for me and my husband. We look forward to the leftovers, if there are any, because it is even better the next day! Thanks again πŸ˜€

  • Kat October 22, 2009 at 1:24 pm

    My hubby loves any kind of rice, so I am going to have to try this. I looks delicious!

  • The Quintessential Magpie October 22, 2009 at 2:39 pm

    Oh, wow! That does sound delicious. I’m starving so now is probably not a good time for me to be reading this. I would want the entire pan of rice! LOL! πŸ˜‰

    Thanks for the recipe…

    XO,

    Sheila :-)

  • Kayte October 22, 2009 at 3:28 pm

    This sounds and looks delicious! I think I can make this one and since Ellie’s Quesadillas aren’t getting made until this evening due to everyone’s schedule, I think this is just the most timely and perfect thing to hit the screen today! Thanks.

  • Natashya KitchenPuppies October 22, 2009 at 6:15 pm

    Yum, looks so comforting and satisfying. I love that you served it with the little lime wedge.

  • Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti October 23, 2009 at 3:32 am

    Look yummy! I love a hot spicy rice side dish, especially when I have fish.

  • honeysuckle October 23, 2009 at 3:50 am

    I am drooling over this picture and recipe. It would go terrific with the enchiladas I just read about. I have bookmarked this page to try! Come visit and join my first giveaway!

  • Debinhawaii October 23, 2009 at 8:59 am

    Looks like a very fluffy and flavorful rice!

  • Mary October 23, 2009 at 2:46 pm

    This does sound delicious and it looks like a work of art. That it’s easy to do makes it impossible to resist. I’ll be trying this really soon.

  • heartnsoulcooking October 23, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    GREAT!!! recipe, I love the idea of the jalapenos in it.
    Geri

  • Manuela October 23, 2009 at 6:48 pm

    Oh wow, that looks so good that I almost licked my screen! That rice with a piece of steak… Yum!
    Btw, I made your cookies and blogged about it!

  • Danielle October 23, 2009 at 8:23 pm

    I love Mexican Rice and this one looks great!

    Btw…I have a little surprise for you…pop over and pick it up :)

  • Allison Shops October 23, 2009 at 10:00 pm

    We love Mexican rice – look forward to giving this a try!

  • Brian the old man October 23, 2009 at 10:49 pm

    WOW is right. You know I love Mexican and this recipe sounds fantastic. The pictures just make my mouth water. Thanks for sharing. Have a nice weekend.

  • Lori (All That Splatters) October 24, 2009 at 12:30 am

    I love all kinds of rice dishes, and this certainly will be placed on my to-try list. It looks and sounds amazing!

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