Recipe of red Mexican rice, step by step

Any dish of Mexican cuisine is not local and homemade enough, if it is not accompanied by red rice, rice with tomato or as it is known outside its country of origin: Mexican rice.

Today we will learn how to prepare this common dish of Mexican home cooking, without sticking, without burning, clumping or any other surprise of that kind.

How to make Mexican red rice

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If Mexican food is characterized by being so colorful, this dish definitely contributes to that image. And although of course, we all love white rice as a side dish for our dishes, from my point of view, Mexican rice has much more flavor and seasoning.

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Red rice, Mexican recipe

Recipe of traditional red rice to prepare this Mexican dish with its spices, its tomato puree and all the homemade flavor that characterizes it.We will also peel and chop the half onion in small cubes.
  • In a large pot and anti adherent, heat a good jet of oil (the equivalent of about three tablespoons), over medium heat. There we will fry the onion and garlic for about two or three minutes.
  • Then, we will add the grains of rice and fry them lightly. While they are fried, add a pinch of salt and pepper powder to the mixture. We will also add the cumin and mix everything well.
  • Let the rice cook at least five minutes, stirring frequently.
  • After this time, we will add the tomato puree . Mix everything, then pour the chicken broth (from the mixture of these last two ingredients will form what is known in Mexico as "caldillo de jitomate").
  • Our mix of ingredients is now ready. Now we will lower the heat and let the rice cook for 20 minutes, with the pot covered, without moving it.
  • Once this time has passed, we will uncover the rice. If you have not absorbed all the liquid yet, we can let it cook for five more minutes (for low-power cookers, the rice can be cooked for up to 30 minutes).
  • That's it. Our Mexican red rice is ready to be served.
  • Tips for perfect Mexican rice

    • If at the time of preparing this recipe, you do not have fresh garlic in your kitchen, you can replace the teeth with a teaspoon of garlic powder.
    • Better than using chicken broth industrial is to use a good homemade chicken broth, for the red rice recipe. You can also use vegetable broth, if you're vegetarian.
    • I like to incorporate vegetables to this rice, at least sometimes (some people call it "rice to the gardener" when it is prepared in this way ). I use carrots and peas. In the case of the first, I choose a medium carrot to peel at the beginning of the recipe and cut it into cubes, which I then fry with the rice. In the case of peas, I calculate half a cup of grains already cooked and drained, and mix them with the rice at the end of the recipe. Some people prefer to add the peas to the cooking, after frying the rice.
    • You can also add corn grains or yellow corn to the rice.
    • I prefer to use corn oil, Sunflower or canola for this recipe. No olive oil. For a stronger flavor, there are those who replace the oil with lard.
    • If you want to wash the rice before cooking it, it is enough to put it in a colander and pass it under the water of the jet. No need to leave it soaking. In fact, that could change its consistency.
    • If you want a spicy red rice, you can add a serrano or poblano pepper (or both), diced and seeded, after frying the rice.
    • If you are a lover of celery, prepare a homemade tomato puree, mashing several tomatoes and a branch of celery with them.
    • The taste of parsley and cilantro goes very well with the Red rice. These herbs can be incorporated into the recipe, adding some pieces or branches with the broth.

    With this red rice you can accompany almost any Mexican dish. In fact, you can use the two side dishes or accompaniments: rice and beans.