Food Recipes How to Cook Mexican Red Rice Be the first to rate & review! The secret to cooking flavorful red rice is using garlic, scallions, tomato sauce, chili powder, chicken stock, and other spices. By Dawn Perry Dawn Perry Dawn is the author of Ready, Set, Cook; How to Make Good Food With What's on Hand. She served as the food director for Real Simple and has worked in the test kitchens of Everyday Food, Bon Appétit, and the meal kit delivery service Martha & Marley Spoon. Dawn is the author of Short Stack Editions' Cucumbers and her recipes and writing have been featured in the LA Times, The New York Times, and The Washington Post among other publications. She recently started Superkind Cookies, a premium cookie company shipping treats nationwide. Highlights: * Author of Ready, Set, Cook; How to Make Good Food With What's on Hand. * Former food director for Real Simple * Worked in the test kitchens of Everyday Food, Bon Appétit, and Martha & Marley Spoon * Recipes and writing have been featured in the LA Times, The New York Times, and The Washington Post Real Simple's Editorial Guidelines Updated on May 4, 2023 Print Rate It Share Share Tweet Pin Email Tomato sauce and chili powder give this rice its vibrant color and flavor. Get the recipe. Photo: Jonny Valiant Cook Time: 35 mins Hands On Time: 10 mins Total Time: 45 mins Servings: 8 Jump to Nutrition Facts These days, there are many healthy grains available, ranging from the now-ubiquitous quinoa and couscous to trendier options like farro. They're often touted as a healthier alternative to white rice, and generally, that's true. But you can also prepare white rice in a way that adds fiber, vitamins, and antioxidants. Red rice, or arroz rojo, is a popular Mexican side dish that does just that. It's made with white rice that's sautéed, then simmered in tomato sauce, chicken broth, garlic, chili powder, and various spices. You can use this basic recipe or add veggies (like diced carrots and peas) to make it your own. Serve it alongside tacos, carnitas, or any Mexican main dish. Ingredients 2 tablespoons canola oil 6 scallions, sliced, white and green parts separated 2 cloves garlic, chopped 2 cups long-grain white rice 2 ½ cups low-sodium chicken broth 1 8-ounce can tomato sauce 1 teaspoon chili powder kosher salt and black pepper Directions Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the scallion whites and garlic and cook, stirring often, until softened, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the rice and cook, stirring often, until the grains are opaque, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the broth, tomato sauce, chili powder, 1 teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper and stir to combine. Bring to a simmer and cook, covered, until the rice is tender, 25 to 30 minutes. Remove the rice from heat and let stand, covered, for 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork and fold in the scallion greens before serving. Rate it Print Nutrition Facts (per serving) 236 Calories 4g Fat 43g Carbs 6g Protein Show Full Nutrition Label Hide Full Nutrition Label Nutrition Facts Servings Per Recipe 8 Calories 236 % Daily Value * Total Fat 4g 5% Saturated Fat 1g 5% Cholesterol 2mg 1% Sodium 439mg 19% Total Carbohydrate 43g 16% Total Sugars 2g Protein 6g Calcium 28mg 2% Iron 2mg 11% *The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.