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Arroz Mexicano, Foolproof Mexican Rice

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“I got this recipe from Marcela Valladolid, who hosts Mexican Made Easy on Foodnetwork. I love Mexican rice, and this is really tasty. I am posting this as it was written, but keep in mind it does make quite a bit of rice! This is really easy to tweak as long as you follow the golden rule of rice: 1 cup rice to 2 cups liquid (1 cup brown rice to 2 1/4 cups liquid). Sometimes if I'm in a hurry I will use a small can of tomato puree OR one can of diced tomatoes and chiles instead of the fresh tomatoes. But now that it is Summer and the tomatoes are so good I can't skip that step! Hope you like it!!!”
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Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Cut the tomatoes in half, and squeeze slightly to remove the seeds. Add the tomatoes and 2 cups of broth to a blender and puree.
  2. Strain the tomato mixture through a sieve into a bowl and reserve the liquid. Add enough extra broth to make 4 cups of liquid.
  3. In a large saucepan, heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the onion and carrots and saute for 4 minutes until the onion is translucent.
  4. Add the garlic and saute for 1 minute.
  5. Stir in the uncooked rice and cook until slightly toasted, about 3 minutes.
  6. Add the tomato broth mixture, stir and bring to boil.
  7. Add the salt, bay leaf, and the WHOLE serrano chile. NOTE: For a deeper colored rice, stir in 2 tablespoons of tomato paste when adding the salt, bay leaf and serrano chile.
  8. Reduce the heat, cover and simmer until the rice is tender, about 20 minutes. Remove the pan from heat.
  9. Scatter the peas over the top of the rice, cover, and let the rice stand 5 minutes.
  10. Fluff the rice with a fork, and remove the chile. Transfer to a serving bowl and serve.

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