Sunday, May 31, 2009

Chicken Fajitas and the BEST Mexican Rice

I have been craving chicken fajitas for months now. I'm on one of those kick where I could eat them everyday for days until I get tired of it. I found this recipe for fajitas on Recipezaar and couldn't wait to try it. I have been so impressed with all my recipes from Recipezaar. I wanted to only serve the fajitas for dinner.....................................................
but I knew my husband would need a side dish with his, so I threw together this recipe for Mexican rice and couldn't believe how absolutely delicious it was!! WOW!! Please make this rice if you are into Mexican food. It is totally the best ever and even better the next day. I promise that you will love it. It is a definite keeper!!
There is a secret to making the rice. You first start by rinsing the rice off in a strainer. This removes some of the starch and keeps the rice fluffy. DO NOT SKIP THIS STEP!! Then you saute the rice in a skillet before adding the liquids. The rice is then baked in a covered dish for about 30 minutes. It doesn't look like anything special, but it beats any other rice I have ever tasted. I replaced the tomatoes, onion and jalopeno with a 12 oz. jar of medium salsa and it worked out perfectly. We talked about this rice for days afterwards. I will be making this rice as a side dish for all our fajitas, tacos, burritos, and enchiladas.

10 comments:

  1. I am marking this rice down for the next time I make a Mexican dish. Cant wait to try it!

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  2. Ok, you've convinced me..... I will try that rice, my kids looooove Mexican Rice.

    I've got to check out recipezaar, you are just coming up with the most amazing stuff!

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  3. What a great meal! I love fajitas as well, they are so versatile and you can throw anything in them. I like to think of them as a clean-out-the-fridge kind of food.

    The rice looks yummy. I'm always up for a good and simple side dish.

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  4. Thank you, thank you, thank you! I've been on the hunt for a good Mexican rice recipe--can't wait to try this!

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  5. Great tip about rinsing the rice. I haven't made Mexican rice for a long time - I look forward to trying your recipe. The fajitas look great too!

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  6. The rice sounds wonderful. Toasting it in the pan before adding the rest of the ingredients reminds me of how you make risotto. I know my SO will like it. He's the rice maven.

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  7. I'm not a fan of Mexican cooking but I tried the Mexican Rice tonight and it was outstanding. I used my home canned Tomato Salsa that I put up last summer. I could not believe how good the rice was and how much flavor the lime juice added. DELICIOUS!

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  8. Will this dish reheat well?

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