The other day, I forgot to put a meal in the crock pot, so I had to figure out something else to make. I decided on Frugal Soft Tacos. This meal is pretty easy because I had precooked and seasoned my taco meat. All I had to do was take it out and heat it up. Tacos alone never fill my family up, so I like to make Spanish rice to go with the meal. I usually use Rice-a-Roni that I find on sale. When I looked in my pantry though, I found none in it. So I decided to go searching for a homemade recipe. I found several recipes online. The only thing people might not have on hand is the green pepper, but I like to chop mine up in small pieces and then freeze it and then throw a little in recipes as I need it. You could even leave this out and it would still taste good. The recipe was as easy as the box of Rice-a-Roni but I think tasted a whole lot better. I have found it to be about the same price as the Rice-a-Roni brand and maybe a little cheaper since you have to add a can of tomatoes to the store bought box. It is nice to be able to know how to make something with what you have on hand when you run out because I don’t always have the money to go back to the store or the time. So if you are in a pinch, this might be the recipe for you.
Homemade Spanish Rice
2 Tablespoons oil ($0.10)
1 cup uncooked white rice ($0.20)
1 small onion, chopped ($0.30)
½ small green pepper, chopped ($ $0.30)
2 cups chicken broth or stock (or water can be used) ($0.20 for homemade stock)
1 (10oz.) can diced tomatoes and green chilies (do not drain) ($0.50) (There have been several Rotel coupons lately)
1 teaspoon chili powder (more or less depending on how hot you like it) ($0.05)
½ teaspoon salt
Dash cumin, to taste
Heat the oil in a nonstick skillet over medium high heat. Sauté rice, onion and pepper until rice is brown. Stir in broth and tomatoes then add chili powder, salt, and cumin. Cover and simmer 20 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Stir occasionally. Taste and adjust seasons to your desire.
The recipe makes 6 servings.
You can replace the broth with water, but I think it does not taste as good. Some people view the broth as the “magic ingredient.”
You can also replace the white rice with brown rice or minute rice. You will just need to adjust your cooking time as the different varieties of rice cook for different times.
This is great with the Frugal Soft Tacos recipe.