- 3 tbsp vegetable oil
- 2/3 cup diced onion
- 1 1/2 cups white rice – uncooked
- 1 cup green bell pepper – chopped
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- 1 tsp chili powder
- 8 oz tomato sauce
- 2 tsp salt
- 1 clove garlic – minced
- 1/8 tsp saffron – powdered
- 3 cups water
If you have ever eaten at an authentic Mexican restaurant then you have probably tried Mexican rice. it is the flavorful rice that is often used as a side dish and commonly known as arroz rojo or red rice. Traditionally, it is made by sauteing rice with oil and combining it with chicken broths and tomatoes. The tomatoes are normally chopped or in the form of a sauce. Mexican rice can also be made to look yellow when it is combined with saffron in lieu of tomatoes.
The secret to authentic Mexican rice is the tomatoes. This fruit (yes fruit) has a fantastic series of health benefits that may just convince you to eat Mexican rice more often. Tomatoes can improve your eye care, reduce your blood pressure, and even improve your gut health. They help with diabetes relief, skin problems, and can be used to treat urinary tract infections. Eating tomatoes can also help improve the health of your organs by detoxifying the body, protecting the kidneys, and reducing inflammation.
How to make Mexican Rice
Rice is one of the staple crops of Mexico.