Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Easy and Tasty Spanish Rice

A fantastic side to a Mexican meal!

1 cup white rice
1 TB olive oil
1 small onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
2 3/4 cups water
1-6 oz can tomato paste
1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper
1/2 cup chopped red bell peppers
2 tsps chili powder
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
(I add chipotle powder too, if you have it I recommend it!)
salt to taste
Optional: 1 can of black beans, drained and rinsed well.

In a large deep  skillet heat oil over medium high heat.

add rice garlic, and onions and cook, stirring often until the onion is tender and the rice is golden brown.

Add in peppers and cook until they are soft.

Add water, tomato paste and seasoning. Stir well. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium low and cover

cook for 25-30 minutes until the rice is tender, stirring gently on occasion.

If using black beans, add them in in the last 5-10 minutes of cooking.

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