What you will need:
- 1 small onion, diced
- 1-2 stalks of celery, chopped
- 2 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1 carrot, shredded or diced
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil (To coat the pan)
- 1 tbsp butter
- 1 tsp chili powder
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1 packet Goyo Sazon Mexican seasoning
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 cup diced tomatoes (you can substitute with 1tbsp tomato paste or 1 cup strained canned tomatoes)
- 2 cups medium or long grain white rice
- 3 1/2 cups chicken broth or 3 1/2 cups water and chicken flavoring (I like to use Knorr Home-style concentrate or Swanson’s Flavor Boost you can keep them in the pantry and use single packets as necessary)
- Hot sauce (always optional, but I love it!)
- Under medium heat, sauté the onions, celery, carrots and garlic in a medium stock pan with EVOO for a couple of minutes. (This is called a Mira Pois and is a classic French technique to add flavor to soups, stews or any slow cooked meal.)
- Then add rice, butter, chili powder, and cumin and continue to sauté for a few minutes, stirring frequently. All the vegetables should be soft by now. Let the ingredients marry together. Your house should smell good at this point.
- Add 3 1/2 cups of the chicken broth (or water and chicken flavoring). Then, add the tomatoes and Goyo Sazon seasoning packet, salt and bring to a boil.
- Now, taste the liquid at this point…it will give you a good idea of what the rice will taste like. Add salt if necessary (I also like to add a couple of dashes of hot sauce to bring some heat to the rice!)
- Give it one final stir and then put a lid on your pan and reduce the heat to a simmer.
- Just keep an eye out until all the water is absorbed. This is the most important thing to remember about rice!
- Once the water is absorbed (this could take about 15-20 minutes), remove from heat and let stand with lid on, for about 5 minutes. This allows any of the liquid on the bottom to absorb into the rice, without burning it.
- Remove the lid and let stand for about 5 more minutes, and then fluff with fork. Enjoy.
DO NOT remove the lid at any time during the cooking process