Easy Mexican Rice
This staple side’s beauty lies in its simplicity and a careful balance of fresh flavors.
Why This Recipe Works
We wanted a simple recipe for a delicious Mexican rice that yielded tender, fluffy rice with a deep savoriness and refreshing brightness. Achieving fluffy rice with separate, intact grains boiled down to applying a few easy techniques: rinsing the rice, toasting it in enough oil to coat the grains, and cooking it in just enough liquid. We turned to chicken broth as the cooking liquid to achieve the savoriness we were after. For vibrant tomato color and flavor, we found that a mix of fresh tomato and concentrated tomato paste gave us the best results. A single clove of garlic and a jalapeño chile added bite and subtle permeating heat to contrast with the mild sweetness of the rice, and finishing with a fistful of fresh cilantro and a bit of lime juice provided bursts of brightness.