23 April 2013

Tasty Tuesdays: Mexican Rice

Welcome back to Tasty Tuesdays!

I don't know about you, but I am always looking for ways not to buy mixes at the store anymore.  Now, granted, there are a few that it's hard to do without, but overall things are just better--and better for you--when they're from scratch.  And usually it's surprisingly easy to make things from scratch once you get in that habit.  

This is one of those kinds of recipes.  I can't tell you how intimidating rice used to be for me.  If I didn't buy it in some kind of flavored, pre-seasoned mix, I didn't know how where to start.  But then I noticed just how cheap a big bag of regular ol' white rice is at Aldi and I've been buying it ever since.  

This is one recipe that I love for making a really great, Tex-Mex restaurant kind of rice.  And it's super easy! It's a great compliment to your meals of tacos, burritos, or any other Mexican style of meal.  I think you'll love it!

{homemade} Mexican Rice
2/3 cup chopped onion
3 tbsp. bacon fat (grease)
1 cup raw converted white rice
1 tsp. chili powder
1 can of diced tomatoes w/green chilies
2 tsps. salt
2 cups water
In a medium-sized heavy skillet with a tight-fitting lid, saute onion in hot bacon fat.  
Stir in remaining ingredients and bring to a boil.  Then reduce heat and simmer, covered
about 20 minutes or until the liquid is absorbed and rice is cooked.  
Makes 6 servings.

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Anonymous said...

We live in Texas....my husband, although he is not Hispanic, grew up in that culture with his step-dad being Hispanic or Mexican. They had a Mex food restaurant for many years. This is how they make it.....
Garlic salt instead of reg salt
cumin instead of chili powder
Chicken broth instead of water
1/3 of a small can of tomato sauce

Just a different way you might want to try.

Like you said....it really is so easy to make and I almost always have the ingredients in the pantry.


Lora @ my blessed life said...

Thanks for sharing that, Gayla! That sounds like a great alternative recipe! I love cumin and use it all the time.