The best Mexican rice that is fluffy and rich in flavor!
Course: Side Dish
Keyword: Mexican Rice
2tablespoonsvegetable or canola oil
1cupdry long-grain white rice
(4-8)ouncescanned tomato sauceUse at least 4 or up to 8 ounces of tomato sauce
2teaspoonsCaldo de Tomatetomato bouillon
1teaspoonminced garlicabout 2 cloves
Heat oil in a 5 quart saute pan over medium-high heat. Add rice. Cook rice, stirring constantly, for several minutes, until rice begins to turn a golden color.
Reduce heat to low to avoid spattering. Gently pour in warm water, then tomato sauce and stir. Stir in chili powder, Caldo de Tomate and minced garlic. Turn heat back up to medium-high, bring to a boil, then reduce to low and cover. Simmer for 20 minutes, or until all water has been absorbed.
Turn off heat, fluff rice then let sit, covered, for 5-10 minutes before serving.
Several people felt that the rice was a little too saucy for them. We have always used a full can (8-ounces) of tomato sauce but I have recently tested this recipe with just just half of a can (4-ounces). It still tastes amazing, just not as saucy (but still moist and fluffy). You can freeze the remainder of the sauce and use it the next time you make Mexican rice.