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Spicy Spanish Rice With Cotija

Serves: 4-6
This Mexican rice recipe combines garlic, onion, cumin, and tomatoes to make the perfect side dish for your next meal.


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  • 2 tbsp butter
  • ½ cup white onion, diced
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 cup long grain rice
  • 1 ½ cups vegetable broth
  • ⅓ cup chunky salsa, hot
  • 8 oz plain tomato sauce
  • Rizo Bros Cotija Cheese, to serve
  • Fresh cilantro, to serve


  1. Heat a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the butter and melt. Add the diced onion and saute, stirring occasionally, until the onion is mostly tender, about 3 minutes.
  2. Stir in the minced garlic and saute another 2 minutes to cook the garlic.
  3. Stir in the rice. Toast the rice, stirring often, until some spots are lightly browned, about 3-5 minutes.
  4. Stir in the vegetable broth, chunky hot salsa, and tomato sauce. Bring to a simmer, stirring.
  5. Allow to simmer undisturbed, with the lid on, for 15 minutes, or until the rice is tender and has absorbed the liquid.
  6. Fluff with a fork before serving with crumbled cotija cheese and cilantro.