Arroz Rojo (Mexican Red Rice)
Delicious and easy recipe, using some fresh ingredients and pantry staples.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Course Side Dish, Veggie Side-Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 5
Calories 220 kcal


  • 2 Roma tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 medium onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 cup uncooked white rice
  • 1-3/4 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup canned tomato sauce
  • 1 jalapeño pepper
  • 2 sprigs fresh cilantro
  • Salt to taste


  • Wash tomatoes and cilantro. Using a paring knife, carefully cut out tomato core.
  • Peel and chop onions. Finely chop garlic and jalapeño, removing seeds. Roughly chop cilantro.
  • Place a grater in a bowl and grate tomato using the large holes. Discard skins.
  • Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat and cook onion until translucent, about 5 minutes. Stir in garlic and cook one minute more.
  • Stir rice into onion mixture and cook, stirring until rice is lightly toasted, about 3 minutes. Stir in grated tomato, broth and tomato sauce. Bring to a boil.
  • Mix in jalapeño pepper, cilantro and salt; reduce heat to low. Cover skillet and simmer until rice has absorbed the liquid, about 15 minutes. Do not lift the cover while the rice is cooking.
  • Turn off heat and let rice stand, covered, for 8 minutes. Fluff with a fork before transferring rice to a serving dish.


Smart Shopping Tips
  • Some tomatoes are harvested before they are ripe and ripen during transit to the store.
  • Tomatoes that are “vine ripened” will have the best flavor.
  • Tomatoes should feel firm and heavy for their size. Skin should be free of blemishes and bruises.
Cooking & Serving Tips:
  • Use up any remaining tomato sauce by adding it to pasta sauce, soups, pizza sauce or barbecue sauce.
  • Leftover tomato sauce and tomato paste can be also be frozen in recipe-ready portions. Be sure to label and mark with the date! For best quality, use within a time frame of 4-6 months.
  • Add some lean protein for a quick, tasty main dish. Lean ground beef, turkey, grilled chicken or even some cooked beans will round out the meal.
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