For a flavor-packed homestyle meal that’s ready in less than 30 minutes, why not turn to a classic? Served as a light meal, a side dish, or packed into a stuffed delicacy, Spanish rice is a versatile dish that will leave everyone wanting more!
In large saucepan, heat butter and oil over medium heat; sauté rice for 3 to 5 minutes or until lightly toasted. Add onion, garlic, cumin, oregano, chili powder, salt and pepper; continue to sauté for 3 to 5 minutes or until onions are softened.
Stir in broth, salsa and lemon juice; bring to boil. Reduce heat to low; cover and cook for 15 to 20 minutes or until most of the liquid is absorbed.
Remove from heat; fluff with fork. Sprinkle with cilantro.
For a one-pot meal, sear chicken thighs in saucepan with onions.
Despite its name, Spanish rice – similar to Mexican rice or red rice – originated in Mexico. And, while there may be subtle nuances that separate these rice dishes, they are all made with the same essential ingredients: white rice, tomatoes, garlic, onions and spices. There are also similar plates found worldwide such as Middle Eastern Istanboli Polo.
And what makes Spanish rice so irresistible? Tomato – usually tomato sauce – gives the White Rice that characteristic crimson hue while onion and garlic give it that rich flavor. While it’s traditionally made with long grain rice, that shouldn’t stop you from getting creative! This fragrant Spanish Rice with Jasmine has an extra aromatic layer of complexity, while this wholegrain Spanish Brown Rice has additional nutty notes.
As this rice is traditionally served as a side or as filling for stuffed dishes like enchiladas, the flavors are more subtle so as not to steal the show. However, if you want to make it the main attraction, there are plenty of ways to turn up the flavor. For one, if you want more than a hint of tomato, swap in tomato juice for the chicken broth. If you’re a little hesitant, simply do half and half and see how it goes!