Yield: 3 cups (6-8 side dish servings)
I serve this dish with Poblano Pinto Beans and Pollo Con Chile Rojo, and offer all sorts of taco toppings ranging from guacamole and salsa to pickled jalapenos and spicy slaw.
1 Tbsp. vegetable oil
1/2 c. onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp. ground ancho chile pepper
1/4 tsp. kosher salt
1 c. long grain rice, uncooked
1 (14 ounce) can reduced sodium chicken broth or vegetable broth
3/4 c. salsa
1/4 c. water
1/2 c. finely snipped fresh cilantro
In a medium saucepan, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add onion, garlic, ground ancho chile pepper, and salt; cook for 2 minutes. Stir in uncooked rice; cook and stir for 1 minute. Add broth, salsa, and the water. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, about 20 minutes or until rice is tender.
Remove pan from heat. Remove lid. Cover pan with a clean kitchen towel; replace lid. Let stand for 5 minutes to let the towel absorb any excess moisture. Remove lid and towel. Add cilantro; fluff rice with a fork.