Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Texas Style Mexican Rice #foodbloggers4tx


Texas has always been special to me. That's where I remember our first family vacations, sitting on the beach, sand in my toes, friends that lived in houses on stilts, family that lived in the massive cities. I can remember walking the River Walk in San Antonio, and falling in love with the smell of corn tortillas.  Later in life, my grandparents spent many many years being snowbirds in Mission, Texas. 

With my love of Texas, I was excited when Carlee shared about this great group of bloggers coming together to show our support for those affected by Hurricane Harvey.  How are we doing that?  We are sharing tons of delicious Texas style recipes, so scroll down and check them all out!  Also, we have some reputable charities for your consideration, if you feel inclined to donate.

For this occasion, I was talking to my mom, and she knew the recipe I needed. She said it was in the cookbook Gram and her Mission neighbors put together.  I've never seen this cookbook before or heard of this cookbook before! I will be reading through this very carefully and see what other little gems I've been missing out on!

(Just for fun, a couple family photo's taken in San Antonio back in the 70's!)

Gram's Texas Style Mexican Rice was a delight. It comes together so fast, and easy. I spent more time chopping the onion and pepper, than I did anything else. I was worried that my husband wouldn't like the little bit of heat with the chiles, but he liked it! I think we are making progress :) 

For your consideration, here are some reputable charities:

Houston Food Bank

Texas Style Mexican Rice

1/4 cup onion, chopped
1/4 cup green bell pepper, chopped
3 teaspoons olive oil
1 cup long grain rice (uncooked)
1/2 cup tomatoes, chopped
2 tablespoon canned diced chiles
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon tumeric
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoon cilantro, chopped
2 cup chicken broth
Cilantro for garnish, optional

In large pan, saute onion and green bell pepper over medium heat for 4-5 minutes.  Add rice, stirring to coat rice. Stir often until rice turns opaque.  Add tomatoes, chiles, and spices. Stir until all are mixed through.  Add chicken broth, and bring to boil. Reduce heat; simmer, covered for about 20 minutes or until all liquid is absorbed. Remove from heat. Let set for 5 minutes before serving.


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  1. I am not a huge fan of rice because I normally find it to be bland, however, I think I could possibly fall in love or at least some serious like with this recipe. It sounds so flavorful! P.S. That cookbook sounds like a real keeper! - Faith, Hope, Love, & Luck - Colleen

  2. This is the perfect side dish for any Texas recipe! P~

  3. Always looking for new rice recipes and this one sounds amazing.

  4. Never had rice that way! I will most definitely try it.

    Thanks for sharing!!

  5. Delicious! Love the beautiful golden colour and flavour of this Mexican rice.

  6. All the flavors in your rice make it something I have to try very soon! Great recipe!

  7. I need to make this for my daughter and my husband. They love spanish rice!

  8. I love that your recipe truly came from Texas! I love Mexican Rice and this recipe sounds both easy and delicious to make.

  9. I love yellow rice (thanks to turmeric) but most "Mexican-style" rices have a ton of tomatoes. My husband can't eat them, so this recipe is perfect. With one change I can have my favorite side dish back again!!

  10. What a wonderful way to show your support to the people of Texas, great post. I found one of my mom's cookbooks and it is a real treasure, so cool that you have your gram's! This rice looks delicious, we all need recipes like this for the staples in our kitchens:)

  11. What a perfect place to find a recipe and this rice looks delicious! I have fond childhood memories of visiting Texas as well. I am so happy you were able to join us :-)

  12. What a perfect way to really add some flavor to rice!

  13. What a great idea.
    Thank you for sharing your family photos.
    Texas is special to us too.


  14. This looks like a delicious recipe! Thank you for sharing those old-school photos, so fun!