Delicious Mexican Rice #YouMexiCAN

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By Diane Edwards
As the third installment of the Old El Paso Challenge, we were asked if we ever mix up cuisines in one meal.  Though I cannot say I do this all the time…on occasion it does happen.

For the first time in my adult life I am not working outside of the home.  This has allowed me much more time to spend in the kitchen.  It’s a real luxury for me to have the time to experiment with different products and recipies.  So for this challenge I decided to use a tried and true recipe I have been making for years and incorporate an Old El Paso into the recipie.  This dish is simply called Mexican Rice,  a favorite meal for both my son and I. The rice is delicious and with the addition of Old El Paso Medium Salsa it has a little bit more zing.  It is also a great one pot meal, it contains chicken breast and peas and onions covering many of your basic foodgroups.  It can be served by itself or you can pair it with another protein or vegetable.

For dinner last night I paired the Mexican Rice with delicios Tandoori Chicken.  These two recipies offer very different flavours but believe me they taste great together on a plate.  I would eat this any night.  My family and I enjoyed this meal very much!  I am including my recipe for Mexican Rice so you and your family can give it a try.  It really is an easy recipe and it is very versatile, can be frozen, made ahead , whatever you like.

Mexican Rice
Here is the recipe;

Mexican Rice

1 tbsp vegetable oil
1 boneless skinless chicken breast( cut into 1 inch cubes)
1 onion (finely chopped)
2-3 cloves of garlic (minced)
1 can of diced tomatoes
1 cup of EL PASO medium salsa
1 cup of long-grain rice
1/2 cup of frozen peas
1/2 tsp each of salt and pepper
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp hot sauce
1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley(optional)
In a large, deep skillet, heat the oil.  Add chicken, onion, garlic, paprika, salt and pepper.  Cook for about 5 minutes stirring often, until the onions are soft and the chicken is no longer pink.

Stir in tomatoes and salsa, bring to a boil.  Stir in rice.  Cover tightly turn heat to low.  Cook for 25 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Stir in peas and cook for another  2-3 minutes.  garnish with parsley (optional) and serve with your favorite meat recipe!

This is just one example of using Old El Paso products in your favorite recipes, give it a try you will probably come up with some new favorites of your own!

Disclosure-I am participating in the Old El Paso Blogger Campaign by Mom Central Canada on behalf of General Mills, and received compensation as a thank you for participating and for sharing my honest opinion. The opinions on this blog are my own.

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  1. Mmmmm! I love Mexican food! Thank you for the great recipe

  2. This sounds delicious! I’m going to make this on the upcoming weekend! Yum!

  3. I’ll definitely be making this, it looks so delicious! My family loves Mexican foods! I Pinned this to my Recipes board :)

  4. Mexican is my favorite!

  5. I have never made mexican rice, but now I want to give it a try.

  6. My son loves rice so I will give this recipe a shot!

  7. Your picture looks delicious and very inviting to make this recipe.

  8. love the addition of the hot sauce for that added kick

  9. Victoria Ess says:

    Yum! I’m usually really boring with rice, and I’m sure my family would appreciate a change!

  10. I love Mexican food but have never tried Mexican rice. This recipe looks yummy!

  11. Judy C(Judy Cowan) says:

    I have never tried Mexican Rice but I love the sounds of this recipe! Thanks for sharing it, will give it a try very soon!

  12. Thanks for the recipe, I am tired of plain rice

  13. Samantha says:

    My husband has been asking for Mexican rice for a while now, this looks perfect. Thank you, I can’t wait to try it out on him.

  14. Great recipe, I have a jar of the Old El Paso salsa already so I will try this soon.

  15. MmMmMMm Looks super good and flavourful – best part is that I have all the ingredients to make this tonight! Thank you!

  16. We dont really eat alot of mexican sop this recipe is awesome thanks!

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