For a really good side dish to go along with your favorite Mexican dish, try this. It’s quick and easy, and by the time your other dishes are done, this is ready to serve up!
Mexican Fried Rice
We use a regular rice cooker that I fix the rice in, but you can also do it in the microwave. This recipe is enough for 3 to 4 people (good-sized portions) – doubling this recipe works really well.
1 c. long grain rice (we use Thai Jasmine rice – smells heavenly and is not pasty)
1 sm. can tomato sauce
Water – enough to equal 2 cups when added to tomato sauce (always use double amount of water to amount of rice)
1 sm. onion, finely chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1-2 jalapeño peppers, finely chopped (optional)
1 sm. tomato, finely chopped (optional)
2 t salt
2 T oil
Lightly sautè onion in oil. Add garlic when onions are almost clear. Stir constantly to prevent garlic from burning. Add rice, coating it with oil. Lightly brown the rice. Add jalapeños and lightly saute to release the aroma and flavors.
Pour in rice cooker or microwave-safe container. Add chopped tomato, tomato sauce, salt & water. If using rice cooker, simply turn on & let it do the rest (you might let the mixture cool a bit so the cooker will cook its entire time, as it depends on heat to do its work). If cooking in the microwave, cover and cook for 20 minutes on High. Allow to stand for about 10 minutes to absorb all water.
Remove lid & stir to mix all ingredients as they tend to rise to the top during cooking process.
Serve & enjoy!
NOTE: You can also use this recipe to make Fideo. Fideo is a pasta that you use in place of the rice. It’s very thin vermicelli that’s been cut into small pieces about 3/4″ long. Instead of using a rice cooker, just put all the ingredients into the skillet you sauted/browned your ingredients in. You will also use less water for this than you do for the rice, about 1-3/4 c instead. This is also good if you add hamburger or sausage crumbles to it to make it the main dish. Can also add some chopped bell peppers.