|Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)|
|Servings: 4 Portions (4 Servings)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 16g||20%|
|Saturated Fat 9g||46%|
|Total Carbohydrate 46g||17%|
|Dietary Fiber 3g||10%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
Spanish rice is a Mexican dish combining white rice with onion and tomatoes, giving it a reddish color. In Spanish, it is called "arroz rojo," meaning "red rice." It is popular in the Southwestern part of the United States but is interesting and tasty enough to be part of any region's cuisine.
This Spanish rice dish is given a Southern twist with the addition of bacon and cheese. Using the bacon fat to saute the onion and rice imparts a smoky flavor to the final dish, and the diced bacon adds a nice texture. The Cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese stirred in at the end creates a smooth, creamy finish.
Unlike most rice dishes that are cooked in a pot, this flavorful Spanish rice is cooked in a skillet. Once you've mastered the technique you can try other versions of skillet Spanish rice, such as skillet Spanish rice with ground beef.
In a large skillet, fry bacon until cooked, but not crisp, over medium heat. Remove from skillet, drain on paper towels, and dice and set aside. Pour the bacon fat into a measuring cup; if there is less than 1/4 cup add enough butter to make 1/4 cup of fat. (Add a teaspoon of butter at a time, stirring—the hot bacon fat will melt the butter.)
Pour the melted fat back into the skillet, and add the onion and rice. Sauté over medium heat, stirring constantly, until rice is lightly browned and onion is tender.
Remove from heat; stir in diced bacon, tomatoes with juice, water, salt, pepper, and chili powder. Return to the heat, cover, and simmer until rice is tender and liquid is almost all absorbed, about 20 minutes.
Add cheese, lower the heat and stir until cheese is melted. Serve hot.