This Mexican red rice dish is a wonderful side for chicken enchiladas or beef fajitas. Don't like spice? Omit the serrano chile pepper or sub with bell pepper.
1 cup long-grain rice
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 white onion, chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
1 small serrano chile, finely chopped
1 can (about 15 oz.) diced or chopped tomatoes, drained
1 1/2 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
How to Make It
Put rice in a pot and cover with an inch of cold water. Swish around until water is milky; pour off water. Repeat rinsing twice; then drain rice well in a colander and let dry 15 minutes.
Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat. Add rice and cook, stirring, 2 minutes; then increase heat to medium and cook until rice starts to turn golden, 6 to 8 minutes, stirring often. Meanwhile, in a blender, purée onion, garlic, chile, and chopped tomatoes.
Add tomato purée to rice, increase heat to high, and cook, stirring, until purée has been mostly absorbed, about 3 minutes (it will bubble and spatter). Stir in chicken broth and salt and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer until all liquid is absorbed, 15 to 20 minutes. Let stand 10 minutes.
I substituted a jalapeno pepper for the serrano but every thing else was the same. This was good and I made with chicken enchilada's. One thing when you add the pureed tomato mixture to the rice it says it will bubble and splatter. Take this very seriously. I'm pretty sure I have tomato on my ceiling now.
This was easy enough to make. However, I ended up with too much tomato puree (what SIZE white onion?)so the recipe took longer than stated. I would also cut down on the chili pepper (personal preference). It was great with beef fajitas (marinated in olive oil,chili powder and lime juice,then grilled)and a salad.