Veggie-Packed Spanish Rice

Let me introduce you to my new favorite version of Spanish rice (or otherwise known as Mexican rice). So often when I have this side dish at a restaurant I find it lacking in flavor. But when you make it at home? You have complete control.

Now, I am by no means saying this version is authentic, but it sure does make an excellent side to any sort of Mexican fare. It is full of diced vegetables, like onion, carrot, pepper and corn. However, you can easily customize the veggies to your taste. Don’t like peas? Leave them out. Want a little more kick? Add in a jalapeno. There are also plenty of spices and a good amount of tomato flavor in the mix, making this rice anything but bland.

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 medium green pepper, diced
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 cups long grain white rice
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 cup crushed tomatoes*   
  • 2 2/3 cups low-sodium vegetable broth    
  • 3/4 cup frozen corn kernels
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Chopped cilantro, for garnish

Instructions

  1. Add the olive oil to a large skillet set over medium heat. When the oil is hot, add in the onion, pepper and carrot. Cook for about 2 minutes, until the vegetables start to soften. Stir in the garlic and cook for 30 seconds, until fragrant. Add the rice. Cook for about 6 to 8 minutes, stirring frequently (and then almost constantly toward the end of the 6 to 8 minutes), until the rice is lightly golden brown.
  2. Add in the tomato paste and stir to combine, then stir in the tomatoes, the broth, corn, peas, cumin, chili powder and salt. Increase the heat and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce the heat and let gently simmer until the liquid is absorbed and the rice is tender, about 15 to 20 minutes. Turn off the heat and let the rice stand covered for 5 to 10 minutes untouched.
  3. Fluff the rice with a fork. Taste and season with additional salt if needed, then garnish with the cilantro.

Notes

*Measure out the 1 cup from a can of crushed tomatoes. You can refrigerate or freeze the rest for another use.


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