How Did You Grow The Rice?

The other night I decided to make Mexican rice. Normally, I would just buy a packet of Uncle Ben’s Ready Rice (ready in 90 seconds in the microwave) that was a Mexican flavor, but wanted to do it by scratch.

When the family sat down to the table and tasted it, they loved it. I proudly told them that it was homemade rice. The Ranting Wife looked at me quizzically and asked “How did you grow the rice?”.

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Ok, so I bought the rice…

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So simple to make.

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Toast/fry the rice a bit.

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Add the liquids and cook.

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Zingy and delightful.

Mexican Rice

Prep Time: 5 M | Cook Time: 25 M | Makes: 4 servings


  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 cup uncooked long-grain rice
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce
  • 2 cups chicken broth


Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat and add rice. Cook, stirring constantly, until puffed and golden. While rice is cooking, sprinkle with salt and cumin.

Stir in onions and cook until tender. Stir in tomato sauce and chicken broth; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 20 to 25 minutes. Fluff with a fork.

PREP 5 mins

COOK 25 mins

READY IN 30 mins

Nutritional Info:

Calories 291 kcal 15%
Carbohydrates 42.4 g 14%
Cholesterol 2 mg < 1%
Fat 11 g 17%
Fiber 1.2 g 5%
Protein 4.8 g 10%
Sodium 1096 mg 44%


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Categories: kosher, Lunch3, Mexican, Recipes, Sidedish2, Spanish, vegetable3, Vegetarian

Author:The Ranting Chef

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7 Comments on “How Did You Grow The Rice?”

  1. March 18, 2014 at 12:03 pm #

    My mother taught me how to cook rice very early on. I have always been surprised at the number of my friends that are baffled by the process. Once you figure it out, there is no turning back! Nice post. Cheers


  2. March 18, 2014 at 12:30 pm #

    I’ve had this, or something very, very similar. Tasty!


  3. March 18, 2014 at 12:31 pm #

    Reblogged this on The Vampire Diet.


  4. March 18, 2014 at 2:56 pm #

    Good to hear, I can’t stand instant type of rice.


  5. March 18, 2014 at 5:15 pm #

    I love that this rice looks delicious and is so easy to make!!


  6. March 18, 2014 at 11:39 pm #

    It’s interesting how you make it. In my culture, we boil the water first then we add the rice. That actually makes it less pasty and more dry as in the grains are more separated from one another. I definitely should try out your recipe


    • March 19, 2014 at 9:01 am #

      When I make regular white rice I do that too. Boil water, add rice, cover and simmer for 18 minutes, but the first time through a recipe I really try to follow the directions to get the flavors and textures originally intended. I have seen the frying or toasting of rice in risotto and some Cajun dishes.


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