Homemade Organic Awesome Spicy Mexican Rice

The Frugal Chef has amazing recipes!  I can’t wait to try them all.  I made her Spicy Mexican Rice recipe and adapted it slightly.

Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • 1 medium to large organic tomato
  • 1/2 an organic yellow onion, peeled AND 1 Tbsp.  organic yellow onion, minced; divided
  • 3 organic garlic cloves, peeled AND 2 organic garlic cloves, minced; divided
  • 1/2 to 1 tsp.  Homemade Organic Chili Powder
  • 2 tsp. Real Salt (My stocks are unsalted, if you’re using salted stocks taste BEFORE adding salt!)
  • 2 Tbsp.  organic cilantro OR *1 tsp. dried organic cilantro
  • 2 1/2 cups Homemade Organic Chicken Stock or Homemade Organic Beef Stock
  • 1 Tbsp. organic tomato paste
  • 2 Tbsp.  organic schmaltz (rendered chicken fat)
  • 2 cups organic brown rice
  • 1 tsp. organic ground cumin

Here’s How I do it:

  1. Heat a medium-sized skillet to medium.
  2. Place the whole tomato, 1/2 white onion, and peeled garlic cloves into the skillet.
  3. Allow the vegetables to char on all sides.
  4. Place the charred vegetables into a half-gallon jar, or other tall container, to blend in.
  5. Add the salt, cilantro, and 1/2 cup of chicken stock.
  6. Blend together with an immersion blender until pureed.
  7. Add the remaining 2 cups of chicken stock along with the tomato paste and blend until the paste is dissolved.
  8. Add the schmaltz into a skillet at medium heat until melted and warm.
  9. Add the rice, minced onion, minced garlic and cumin into the skillet.
  10. Cook the rice, stirring constantly, until it is slightly dried out and lightly brown on the outside, approximately 10 minutes.
  11. Add the reserved liquid to the rice, mix well and bring to a boil.
  12. When the rice starts to boil, reduce the heat to the lowest setting for your stove, cover and simmer for 40 – 60 minutes without uncovering or touching it, or until tender.  (Brown rice takes longer to cook than processed white rice does.)
  13. When finished, uncover the rice and fluff with a fork.
  14. Enjoy!

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