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Old 04-29-2006, 09:52 AM   #11
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Here's a few recipes:

Allen’s Mexican Rice
Yields: about 3 c

2 T vegetable oil
½ c chopped onions
½ c chopped green bell peppers
2 T frozen peas, optional
2 T frozen corn, optional
1 t minced garlic
1 T Mexican Seasoning Mix
1 t cumin
½ t chili powder
½ t oregano
One 8 oz can tomato sauce
1 ½ c rice
2 c chicken stock
2 t salt, or to taste

In a saucepan, heat the oil. Add the onions, bell peppers, garlic, and if you desire, the peas and corn. Season with the Mexican Seasoning Mix, cumin, chili powder, and oregano. Sauté over medium heat until the onions are soft and beginning to become translucent. Add the rice and sauté until the rice is toasty. Add the tomato sauce and stir until it’s fairly well blended. Increase the heat to medium-high and cook this mixture until the tomato sauce mixture begins to caramelize a bit. Add the chicken stock and bring to a boil. Stir to make sure everything is mixed well. Check the seasoning and add more salt if needed. Bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat to a simmer, and cook for 18 minutes. When done, fluff with a fork and serve.

Mexican Seasoning Mix

¼ c chili powder
¼ c cumin
¼ c ground coriander
¼ c granulated garlic
1/8 c ground black pepper
1/8 c red pepper flakes
1 T salt

Blend together and store in an airtight container.

Big, try searching for some "Arroz con Pollo" recipes. I know I've posted mine before on the Chicken board.
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Old 04-29-2006, 10:47 AM   #12
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Can you show me how to make it?
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Old 04-29-2006, 09:47 PM   #13
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Marygio, did you find a Spanish rice recipe? Everyone has given some good recipes. I feel like any vegetable such as: Jalepeno peppers, onions, tomato's, peas, Bell peppers or carrots can be put in it as long as it seasoned right and is cooked for the right amount of time. These items will add to your rice dishes each one absorbs the cilantro and the cumin... But I am an old simple girl when it comes to this rice my recipe foretells that..
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Old 05-06-2006, 03:26 PM   #15
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The secret to Spanish and Mexican rice is to fry it before adding any other ingredients or water. Then you can call it "authentic" Spanish or Mexican rice.
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An excellent tip^, thanks!

I've always wondered what was the difference between Mexican and Spanish rice, other than where they originated. Is it thatThe Mexican rice has the tomatoes and chilies, since it always has the red-orange color and a smoky, garlic and onion laden flavor?

In Spanish, isn't it common to toast the rice, then cook it in chicken broth?

Those recipies you all posted all sound delicious, btw.
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Sauteing or toasting the rice in the fat before the addition of liquid/stock is a classic technique. It's used for Pilaf, Mexican, and Spanish rice. There are two things that happen: 1) The rice gets toasted (or caramelized) to produce a nutty flavor, and 2) The rice grains also get covered with fat/oil, which keeps them separate during cooking. This yields fluffy rice, not a sticky gelatinous mass.
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Old 05-17-2006, 02:52 PM   #19
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I think most Americans mix up and use "Mexican", "Spanish" and "Hispanic". A lot of what we like is actually a combination of all the Spanish-influenced cultures. So I recommend you go to a Spanish cookbook and find paella if you want "Authentic Spanish". Otherwise, do like me and wing it, then call it something totally different so no one gets their shorts in the twister (I've served Spanish-influenced dishes to Mexicans, Puerto Ricans, Guamanians, Filipinos. Ironically, no Spaniards (that I can remember). I make sure NOT to call it by whatever their national version is called! Trust me, a Puerto Rican adobo is nothing like a Filipino version as prepared in Hawaii!).
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