Mexican Red Rice

I promised this recipe a while ago when I made it with the Chocolate Chicken Mole. Sorry its taken me this long. Actually, I have tinkered with it since then and ramped up the heat by using Rotel instead of diced tomatoes. If you don’t like it spicey, just use the original recipe. The original recipe came from The Food Network’s Ingrid Hoffman. Here it is pictured with the Citrus Pork Loin I made a few weeks ago.


2 to 3 tablespoons olive oil
1 small onion, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 cups long-grain white rice
1 teaspoon achiote powder (this I found at a little Mexican grocery)
1 bay leaf
1 10 oz. can Rotel, Diced Tomates and Green Chilies
2 1/2 cups low-sodium chicken broth.

Heat the oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the onions and garlic and cook until the onion is soft, about 2 minutes. Add the rice, achiote powder, and bay leaf. Cook and stir until the rice is opaque, about 2 minutes,

Add the Rotelle and broth, stirring to combine. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium-low. Cook until the liquid evaporates to just below the level of the rice, about 10 minutes. Reduce the heat to the low, cover, and cook until the rice is tender, about 20 to 25 minutes. Uncover, fluff with a fork and serve