Spanish Rice in my rice cooker

This past year for Christmas I used some of my Christmas money to purachse a new rice cooker.   THe one that I had been using for a couple of years (that I got for free from Freecycle) gave it’s last cup of rice during the summer, and I had gotten so used to the “fix it and forget it” mentality of rice cooking that I kept burning (or under cooking) our rice.   I knew that this had to be remedied!   I did my research and found that the machine that would give me the most bang for my buck was the Aroma 14 cup Digital rice cooker .   One of the things that I LOVE about this particular rice cooker is that it has a saute feature….it has proven very effective in making pilaf and spanish rice.   Yesterday I was making some meals for the freezer and had a bunch of tomatoes on the counter (from my and my neighbor’s gardens) and decided to use them to make some spanish rice to freeze.   Here’s my recipe….this spanish rice was SO FLAVORFUL!   AND I didn’t have to babysit it! 🙂

Rice Cooker Spanish Rice

Makes 8 servings

  • 2 large tomatoes, diced (or 1 can of diced tomatoes, liquid drained but reserved)
  • 1/2 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1/4 green bell pepper, finely chopped (or 4 italian sweet peppers…which is what I used)
  • 1 tsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano leaves
  • 4 oz. can diced green chilis (or 1/4 cup roasted and diced anaheim chilis)
  • 3 cups long grain white rice (using the measuring cup that came with the rice cooker)
  • enough chicken broth to fill to the 4 1/2 cup line (if using canned tomatoes, use the reserved tomato “broth” with the chicken broth

In rice cooker pan add oil, tomatoes, peppers, onions, chilies, seasonings, cover with lid and press SAUTE button.   Let veggies saute in pan until they are all soft.  Add rice and stir in liquid until the liquid meets the 4 1/2 cup mark.  Press WHITE RICE setting button and let cook.  It will automatically go to a “Keep Warm” setting when it is done cooking.  This is the beauty of a rice cooker….it won’t burn your rice! 🙂

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3 Responses to Spanish Rice in my rice cooker

  1. Mari says:

    I love my rice cooker too. This recipe sounds wonderful and I will be trying it! Thanks!

  2. amy says:

    haven’t been here in awhile! great looking rice dish! going to try it next week!!

  3. amy says:

    by the way- my rice maker is way smaller…so i will modify and report back 😉

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