This rice has been a favorite in our house for a couple of years now. I got it from my good friend Stephanie, who is a California native, and a wonderful cook. It comes together in under a half an hour, allowing you that time to make whatever main dish you may be making. It goes with anything Mexican of course, but we’ve also had it as a side with grilled chicken. Absolutely love it inside a burrito.

I struggled with rice on the stove top for quite some time when I started cooking. It was always mushy, and clumpy. I hate to admit it here – but, for years my preferred method of rice cookery was the microwave. Finally I picked up the tip to sauté the rice in a bit of butter or oil before adding the water. After that, morale improved considerably. I haven’t tried it with brown rice yet, so if you do…please let me know. I’d like to start incorporating more of it into our diet, and I think it would be a relatively easy swap out. I hope you enjoy it as much as our family does. It’s a great side dish to have in your recipe box!


  1. Posted September 23, 2011 at 11:02 AM | Permalink

    Yummy! I’m definitely going to try this recipe –
    it’s loaded with tasty goodness and would be such an awesome side 🙂

  2. Maryellen LaGarde
    Posted September 23, 2011 at 11:31 AM | Permalink

    Thinking about trying this with your Chicken Enchiladas this weekend. I can’t get enough of those Enchiladas and did I tell you that it is just as good with our canned meats we have in the garage for emergencies? I tried both the chicken and beef. Turned out awesome but I am going to use fresh chicken tomorrow. Thanks for all the good recipes.

  3. Posted September 23, 2011 at 1:09 PM | Permalink

    This looks wonderful – I am always looking for a good rice side dish and I just love that this has black olives – a favorite in this house. Plus, if this comes together in 30 minutes I am in!

  4. Posted September 23, 2011 at 6:03 PM | Permalink

    Hi, Laura! This looks so yummy! I am always looking for a good rice recipe for my church family. Cooking like this at 20-something? Wow, what a wonderful thing! 🙂

  5. Posted September 26, 2011 at 3:20 PM | Permalink

    This looks like it would be a favorite at our house. We eat Mexican dishes all the time and I’m always looking for a side dish beside cilantro lime rice. That’s a great tip to cook rice in the microwave. I got a pressure cooker for Christmas and I’m in love with it for cooking rice now. The microwave would be nice for when the pressure cooker is already in use.

  6. Posted September 29, 2011 at 11:09 AM | Permalink

    This looks wonderful!

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