raise your hand if you love mexican food. raise your hand if you want to make it homemade, but OH the prep. i have made tacos, enchiladas, refried beans, casseroles, fajitas, and whatever else homemade, but i never attempted mexican rice. but then, this past summer, when i went to washington to visit my very bestest friend, she made mexican rice and made it look easy. and it is easy, so ever since visiting her, i make mexican rice mostly homemade.
i mean, you could easily gather and chop and prep the onions, tomatoes, garlic, peppers, and cilantro, or you can just do this.
grab a container of salsa. forrealz.
HERE is the original recipe. but before we go any further, just know, that i'm not a measurer with a lot of things. SO if you want to know exact measurements, refer to original recipe.
so mexican rice, so darn easy (thanks, Leslie, for letting me in on the salsa secret).
first, throw a couple tablespoons olive oil into the bottom of a dutch oven (one you have a lid for, and is oven safe), and heat on on medium low. whilst this is heating up, get two cups long grain white rice and rinse the snot out of it. serious. rinse it and get the starch off, this helps the rice fluff and not stick when it's finished. preheat your oven to 350*F. now walk away and go do something else that takes five or so minutes.
okay, now, toss a couple grains of rice in the pot, if it sizzles, throw the rest in there. (if not, unload the dishwasher.) and cook it and stir it til it's kind of translucent. then, get two cups salsa (homemade, organic, sugar free, picante, it matters not), and toss it in the pot with two cups veggie or chicken broth, store bought or stock from a recently boiled chicken. also toss some minced garlic in there, as well as one of those little cans of chopped jalapenos. let it come to a boil, mix it real well, then turn off the burner, put your lid on the pot and throw it in the oven for 30-35 minutes. when it's done, stir it up and serve!
dadgum simple, i tell you. 'specially if you read the original recipe. this is my simplified version. rather, my bff's simplified version. i love her even more for showing me this trick. serious.