So, I was walking around my living room like a dinosaur the other day. It’s just one of my many talents. It was my attempt at a goofy response to my wife asking me to get something for her off the table. However, I was so deep into dinosaur mode that I realized I didn’t really even hear what she asked me to do. What I had originally intended to be merely a goofy response to her question instead turned into a grown man lost in his own dino role-play. By the time I realized this, stopped and turned to look at my wife with a puzzled “what am I supposed to be doing” look on my face, she was already laughing pretty hard at me.
What does this have to do with a Spanish rice with salsa recipe? Well, much like a dinosaur walk, a good Spanish rice recipe is a great way to command attention at the dinner table.
OK, truth be told, that analogy was a stretch. I just wanted to tell my dinosaur story. Rawr.
Seriously though, this Spanish rice with salsa recipe is a godsend. It is so easy, you really only need two ingredients for it. White rice and salsa. However, tasting it you would never know how easy it was to prepare. The salsa really amps up the flavor! There are more cumbersome and traditional Spanish rice recipes out there, but after tasting this recipe I doubt you will ever have the motivation to try anything more laborious.
To make this recipe even easier I recommend purchasing a mesh strainer. I love using it to rinse the rice under the faucet before I cook it. Rinsing rice thoroughly helps remove excess starch that will cause your rice to be a clumpy sticky paste when it is done cooking. My mesh strainer is a staple in my kitchen as it is an excellent, low cost, multitasker.
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Looking for a great dish to pair this with? I highly recommend my Cilantro Lime Chicken Tacos. The tangy Spanish rice is the perfect accompaniment to the taco’s bright, fresh flavors!
- 1 cup of white rice
- 1, 16 oz jar of salsa
- 1 3/4 cup water
- Cilantro for garnish optional
- Salt as needed
Rinse rice in water to remove excess starch.
Add to saucepan with water and salsa then cover with a lid.
Heat to a boil and then reduce to a simmer and simmer until the water is absorbed by rice.
The Spanish rice is done when the rice is soft and the water has soaked fully into the rice and/or evaporated.
Salt as needed.
Top with chopped cilantro.
The time needed to cook will vary depending on the simmering temperature. Try to keep the temperature lower to prevent scorching the rice on the bottom of the pan.
Since the salsa already contains salt, there isn't much additional salt needed.
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