Spanish Rice

Serves: 4

This is a great rice recipe that goes well with tacos, enchiladas, or tamales. For a next meal or quick hardy lunch, heat leftovers and add some black beans, corn, and shredded chicken. Serve with corn tortilla chips.

Yield: Serves 4 to 6
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2 tablespoons olive oils (can use up to 1/4 cup)
1 onion, finely chopped (about 1 cup)
1 garlic clove, minced
2 cups of medium or long-grain white rice
3 cups * chicken stock (or vegetables stock if vegetarian)
1 heaping tablespoon tomato paste or 1 cup of diced fresh or cooked tomato, strained
pinch of oregano
1 teaspoon salt


1 Brown the rice: Heat olive oil in large skillet on medium/high heat. Add the rice and stir it so that the rice is lightly coated with the oil. Cook on medium high heat, stirring often, until much of the rice has browned.

2 Add onion, garlic: Add the onion and cook, stirring frequently another 3 minutes, until the onions begin to soften. Add the garlic and cook until the onions are translucent and softened, about a minute more.

3 Combine broth, tomato, oregano, salt, and browned rice and onions: To save time you can bring the stock to a simmer in a separate saucepan, with the tomato, oregano, and salt.

Add the browned rice to the simmering broth (or broth to the rice, depending on which pan has a cover). Or you can skip the simmering step and just add the broth and tomatoes to the rice.

4 Simmer, cover, cook until the rice has absorbed the stock: Bring everything to a simmer, cover the pot and lower the heat to barely maintain a low simmer. Cook for 15-25 minutes, depending on the type of rice and the instructions on the rice package. Remove from heat and let sit for 5 minutes.

Fluff with a fork or spoon to serve.


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