Boca del Rio Rice

Boca del Rio Rice

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This spin on a traditional Spanish/Mexican rice was inspired by a recipe shared by a good friend many years ago...Perfect for taco night- it’s a fool-proof recipe for any Mexican meal requiring a hearty side dish

Total Time


30-40 Min.


Rice Ingredients:

  • 1/2 C. White Rice- We use Mahatma extra long grain rice
  • 1 C. Yellow Rice
  • 2 C. Water plus extra if needed
  • 1 C. Chicken Broth
  • 2 Tbsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/2 Small yellow onion-Chopped
  • 3 Cloves of garlic-Chopped
  • 4-6 Mini sweet peppers-de-seeded and cut into lengthwise slices
  • 1 6oz. can of tomato paste
  • 1/2 Tsp. Hot sauce (lime or garlic Cholula sauce works well)
  • 1 Tsp. Salt
  • 2 Tbsp. Fresh Cilantro-Chopped
  • 1 Lime-Cut into wedges

Boca del Rio Rice


        1. Using a large pot, heat oil over medium heat.
        2. Add the onions and sauté for 2 minutes.
        3. Add garlic and rice to the pot.
        4. Stir well to coat the rice with oil.
        5. Continue to stir consistently until rice begins to brown, then add tomato paste and stir well.
        6. Add salt, water, hot sauce, and chicken broth and stir well until tomato paste has been thoroughly mixed in.
        7. Cover and reduce heat to medium-low for 5 minutes.
        8. Stir rice and lay your sliced peppers on the top.
        9. Recover and let simmer for another 10-15 minutes, checking periodically to make sure your rice is not sticking to pan or getting too dry. If your rice needs some moisture add a few teaspoons of water to the rice and stir well.
        10. Re-cover and let the rice continue to cook. After another 5 minutes is up, check if rice is done - rice should be fluffy and soft.
        11. If the rice is ready, then remove from heat and let stand covered for 5-10 minutes to cool.
        12. Add the chopped Cilantro and fluff with a large spoon or fork.
        13. Spoon rice into a large serving bowl and squeeze fresh lime on top.
        14. Serve warm.


        Rice can easily be prepared with all white rice if you prefer.


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