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Easy Spanish Rice Recipe

Growing up my father made Spanish rice, barrio style. I suppose they didn’t have much money so they used what ever they could find to make a meal. But the Spanish Rice has always been one of my favorite dishes, its inexpensive and easy to make and I can use my zojirushi rice cooker.

Ingredients

1 cup rice
2 cups of water
1 onion
1 green pepper
1 clove garlic
Chili Powder to taste
Tomato paste

I start by chopping up the onion, green pepper and garlic. It doesn’t take very long. Next find a pan that will hold at least 5 -6 cups, just to be safe. Cover the bottom with oil heat it up so when you flick a little water at it it spits back at you. OK now put the rice in first and sort of fry it until it is brown. Ad the onion, garlic and green pepper. Sauté them all, be careful not to burn anything. You can also ad salt to taste or anything else that you like to cook with, sometimes I ad cilantro. Cilantro gives it a real authentic Mexican taste but some people do not like it. It grows all over our yard and we do not use chemicals or pesticides. So I just go out and pick some off of the lawn. Once you have browned all your ingredients turn down the burner to simmer, add 2 cups of water and your tomato paste. Stir it around until it is mixed up pretty good. Find a cover for your pot and let the rice simmer for around 45 minutes. You can also use brown rice or If yo are in a hurry yo can take the fast route and use minute rice. Brown rice will take a bit longer than white rice and minute rice will be done in well a minute or so. So if you are in a hurry minute rice works well and your Spanish rice will more than likely come out pretty good every time. Spanish Rice is a great side dish for any Mexican meal. You can also ad ground beef to it, chicken or pork. Its a very versatile dish. When its done I sometimes ad cheese to the top take it off the burner, let the cheese melt. Try adding sour cream to it after you have it on your plate. I hope you enjoy making it and eating it as much as I do.

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