Stupid Simple Mexican Brown Rice

I love rice. There. I said it. I don’t care if it is a grain, a form of a carb, it is delicious! One of our go to weeknight meals is a taco bowl. We opt to skip out on taco shells, but I like to have at least rice with it!ย  Lately it has just been extra lean ground turkey, black beans, a little cheese, taco bell sauce, jalapenos…all over some rice. I don’t like buying the 99 cent rice packets at stores. You know which ones I am talking about, the Knors or the Rice a Roni boxes. Sure, they are delicious. But do we even know what is in them? I mean, besides ridiculous amounts of salt.

I prefer to make my own rice, and have found a super cheap and easy way to do so. Without losing any flavor, of course! You probably have most all of these ingredients sitting in your pantry right now, so let’s get started.

What You Need

1 cup brown rice

2 tablespoons olive oil

2 cups low sodium chicken broth

1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce

2 teaspoons ofย  minced garlic

1 teaspoon chili powder

What You Do

–Heat olive oil over medium-high heat, then stir rice around for a few minutes until it starts to get a golden color

–Pour in the chicken broth and stir. (Careful, the pan will be hot and the sauce will sizzle and bubble when you first dump it in. Often I turn the heat down until I add all my ingredients, then turn it back up.)

–Add in the tomato sauce, garlic and chili powder and stir. Bring to a boil.

–Cover and reduce heat, allowing the rice to cook until all the liquid is gone. This usually takes 20-30 minutes.



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  • Reply Rebecca Jo April 24, 2018 at 11:31 am

    I need to find some fake chicken-stock to try & make this myself ๐Ÿ™‚
    I could eat rice every day of my life too. Beans & rice are my go-to for nearly every meal. Or at least 1 meals a day.

  • Reply Rebecca Jo April 24, 2018 at 11:31 am

    & I just saw I made meals plural with 1… good grammar right there ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Reply Andrea @ Living On Cloud Nine April 24, 2018 at 11:35 am

    In like Flynn!!! We love brown rice. We are having taco bowls this week and I cannot wait to add this for one of the layers!! Have a terrific Tuesday!

  • Reply Sierra April 24, 2018 at 12:49 pm

    We are big rice lovers here too! Haha the name alone makes me want to try it. We are actually doing shrimp tacos tonight so this would be perfect! Sierra~Beautifully Candid

  • Reply Missy @MySh!ttyKitchen April 24, 2018 at 2:07 pm

    So easy, yummy and more healthy with brown rice!

  • Reply Lindsay Latimer April 24, 2018 at 3:14 pm

    I’m with you – I love rice! I think it’s good with so many things. This sounds amazing and super simple!

  • Reply Danielle April 24, 2018 at 6:23 pm

    This is probably soooo much better than the boxed rice I get. Ha.

  • Reply laura April 25, 2018 at 8:33 am

    B loves Mexican rice probably more than me. I will definitely have to add this to our list of recipes!

  • Reply Biana @ Blovedboston April 25, 2018 at 12:12 pm

    Gotta love the name of the dish!! I’m a huge fan of rice as well ๐Ÿ™‚ Eating it for lunch I type this! xo, Biana –BlovedBoston

  • Reply ShootingStarsMag April 25, 2018 at 3:02 pm

    Oh gosh, I love rice so much. I’ll have to try your recipe! Looks like something even I could actually whip up. haha


  • Reply Amy April 25, 2018 at 8:03 pm

    My teens could live on rice and that’s a good thing because it’s cheap. I bet my son in particular will love this and he could actually make it!! thanks for the recipe!

  • Reply Audrey April 25, 2018 at 8:16 pm

    Yummyyyyyyyyyyy. I love rice, too. I think it’s one of my favorite foods ๐Ÿ™‚ This sounds delicious!

  • Reply Kate April 25, 2018 at 8:39 pm

    YUM! I definitely need to try this and switch things up from our normal boring rice ๐Ÿ˜›

  • Reply SMD April 26, 2018 at 11:58 am

    I also love rice. I usually make a lot at once and then freeze it and spice it up later if necessary.

    It doesn’t hurt that it’s cheap!

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