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Arroz Mexicana aka Mexican Rice

Discussion in 'Veggies' started by chilerelleno, Oct 20, 2016.

  1. chilerelleno

    chilerelleno Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    I know a lot of people that have looked for and had a hard time finding a good Mexican Rice recipe.
    The stuff you get in your average Mexican restaurant is usually sub-par, dry and flavorless
    It's made many hours, if not days before, and made from a commercial mix.

    Well here is one straight from home, when I rented a room from one of my good friends and his family, a Mexican family.
    I learned some great recipes living in that household and I'm sharing some here, such as my Chile Rellenos.
    More to come, enjoy.

    Arroz Mexicana aka Mexican Rice

    1lb rice
    1 C chopped onion
    1C chopped bell pepper
    1 heaping tablespoon garlic, minced
    1.5 C tomato puree, I use any of the various flavored Rotel and puree in the blender
    3 C chicken stock
    1/2 C oil, bacon grease is my favorite for added flavor
    Salt, and other spices, I like cayenne and cumin


    In a large stock pot add oil, bring to high heat
    Add rice and saute till opaque and golden
    Add onion, bell pepper and garlic and continue to saute till the onion softens a little
    Add chicken stock and tomato puree and spices, stir well
    Bring to boil, then lower heat to simmer, simmer covered for 25-30 minutes





     
    Last edited: Aug 27, 2017
  2. tropics

    tropics Smoking Guru ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Chile Big thanks and why this post didn't get any response is beyond me

    Richie

    Points for sharing
     
  3. chilerelleno

    chilerelleno Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Appreciate it Richie.
     
  4. mike5051

    mike5051 Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Thanks for that recipe Chile!  Do you cover the pot while simmering?

    Mike
     
  5. chilerelleno

    chilerelleno Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Thank you, you're welcome and yes'sir.
     
    Last edited: Aug 27, 2017
  6. mneeley490

    mneeley490 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Is that 1lb of cooked or uncooked rice?
     
  7. WaterinHoleBrew

    WaterinHoleBrew Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Wow, totally missed this CR! Thanks so much for the great tutorial & recipe.... Much appreciated! Thanks Richie for bumping this up!
     
  8. chilerelleno

    chilerelleno Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Uncooked, 1lb = 2C uncooked rice.
     
  9. chilerelleno

    chilerelleno Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Gentlemen, thanks for the replies and points.
    Guess this thread was a real sleeper until now.

    All sorts of good things the Mexicans do with rice, here are two...
    Halve the tomato puree and add a cup of frozen mixed veggies, 'Garden Style Mexican Rice.
    Take the liquid from cooking Black Beans and use it to cook the rice, 'Arroz Negro'.
     
  10. mneeley490

    mneeley490 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I'm making it at this moment! I just happened to have all the ingredients.
     
    Last edited: Aug 27, 2017
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  11. Looks delicious! Will definitely need to try this!
     
  12. mneeley490

    mneeley490 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    It is!


    Much better than I've had in a Mexican restaurant. Thanks, Chile!
     
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  13. chilerelleno

    chilerelleno Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    My pleasure to share, glad you like it.
    Points for trying it out.
     
  14. GaryHibbert

    GaryHibbert Smoking Guru OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Well at least I'm not the only one who missed this post!!

    Ive been trying to get some good Mexican fried rice ever since I quit hauling produce out of California and Arizona.

    I'll absolutely be making this. I'll let you know what we think--could probably tell you now but then I wouldn't have the pleasure of making it.

    Gary
     
  15. chopsaw

    chopsaw Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Well I did a Google search for Mexican rice . This thread was 3rd from the top . Made this tonight for supper with tacos and nachos . Fantastic recipe . Thanks Chile , big hit .
    Chop
     
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  16. chilerelleno

    chilerelleno Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Late to the party here... Just a little.
    Ya ever get the chance to try it out Gary?
    Chop, I'm glad y'all tried it and liked it.

    Liked for making it.
     
  17. chopsaw

    chopsaw Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    It was great . It's our go to now . Easy ,,, can't get a good store bought . Thanks again .
     
  18. GaryHibbert

    GaryHibbert Smoking Guru OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Not yet. I left for the log haul and have only been back for a bit now.
    I was just going over your recipe. Half a cup of oil for 2 cups of rice seems an awful lot. Do you drain off the excess before adding the chicken stock???? Just asking 'cause I don't want to screw this up.
    Gary
     
  19. I'm going to make this next time we do fish tacos...Looks awesome! Thanks for posting Chile!
     

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