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Traditional Mexican Rice

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1/4 cups long-grain white rice
2 1/2 cups cold water
1/2 cup diced red bell pepper
1/4 cup finely chopped onion
1/4 cup minced fresh cilantro
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/3 cup tomato paste (puree)
2 garlic cloves minced
Salt to taste

Preparation Time

40 Minutes


Heat oil in a large, heavy saucepan over medium heat. Add rice and stir until the rice is golden (about 5 minutes). Add the red pepper and onion and cook another 5 minutes. Reduce the heat; add cilantro, tomato paste and garlic (mix well). Add water and salt; raise heat and bring to a boil. Cover tightly and reduce heat to low; simmer for 20-30 minutes or until the water is absorbed. Remove from heat and let sit for 10 minutes before serving.

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