Spanish rice is a vibrantly colored and tasty side dish that is often confused and/or interchanged with Mexican rice. They are similarly prepared and vary by only a couple of ingredients. Impress your friends at your next dinner party by whipping up a batch of homemade, easy to prepare, Spanish rice by following these simple steps.
Things You'll Need
Rinse 1 ½ cups of long grain rice and set aside. Dice bell pepper; about 1/8 of a cup of each color. Dice a 1/4 cup of onion. Dice two to three garlic cloves. Finely chop about 1/8 cup of cilantro.
Heat 2 tbsp. of butter in a large frying pan at medium temperature. Add 1 ½ cups of uncooked rice. Stir frequently for about 2-4 minutes until golden brown. Add three cups of water; 1/2 to 3/4 of the tomato sauce and all other ingredients. Bring to a low boil. Dish should be reddish-orange in color.
Reduce heat to low. Add about 1 tsp. of salt and the same amount of pepper. Cover and let simmer for 15 minutes. Check occasionally and stir if necessary to avoid sticking.
Remove from heat and serve immediately.
Add more salt and pepper to taste.