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Rice Cooker Tips Part 2: Short Cut Spanish Rice

Posted by on Mar. 13, 2013 at 12:00 AM
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I come from a Mexican American family where cooking is at the heart of every good gathering. It also means that I've made my fair share of Spanish rice and beans. Cooking Spanish rice is quite the ordeal, if you want to make it the right way. But, I've found a great shortcut that saves half the time. The secret is my rice cooker.

I take my rice and brown it as usual in a frying pan with a bit of oil. But instead of finishing it off there, I move the browned rice directly to my rice cooker. I add the chicken broth, tomato paste, quartered onions, season salt and garlic powder. I give it a quick stir and then set it. In the meantime, you are free to continue fixing your main dish. Beef taquitos, guacamole and sour cream anyone?

The result is fluffy, flavorful rice. Leftovers the next day are great for burritos or tacos.

Moms, what shortcuts do you use when cooking your favorite dinners?

Photo Credit: Juanmomino, iStock Photography

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jessicasmom1
by Laina on Mar. 13, 2013 at 10:50 AM

looks great thanks! 

mich.el.le
by on Mar. 13, 2013 at 10:52 AM
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I can't make Spanish rice. :( lol I've tried and it never comes out right. *sigh* I do love my rice cooker though!

othermom
by Danelle on Mar. 13, 2013 at 10:53 AM

Looks great. 

othermom
by Danelle on Mar. 13, 2013 at 10:53 AM

I don't really have any short cuts

lalasmama2007
by Ticia on Mar. 13, 2013 at 10:55 AM

Interesting.  Maybe I should look into getting a rice cooker.

MamaMandee
by Mandee on Mar. 13, 2013 at 10:56 AM
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Sometimes I try to pre-cook chicken & ground beef so I can cut out that step on busy nights.
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RobynS
by Bronze Member on Mar. 13, 2013 at 11:16 AM

I prefer Mexican rice to Spanich rice. But this recipe sounds like Mexican rice to me. I could live on Mexican rice. YUM!!!

I don't have a rice cooker, though...

natesmom1228
by Member on Mar. 13, 2013 at 12:17 PM

We love spanish rice, thanks

4kidz916
by Bronze Member on Mar. 13, 2013 at 12:21 PM

That sounds good.  I don't have a rice cooker, though so I'd have to finish it off another way.

ceciliam
by on Mar. 13, 2013 at 1:24 PM

I make Spanish rice often but I do it stove top.

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