Easy Spanish Rice

This is a recipe I came across while looking for a way to use a new bottle of McCormick Smoky Sweet Pepper Blend. McCormick says: Flavorful and versatile, our signature Smoky Sweet Pepper Blend will inspire creativity in your cooking.

Among the recipes I found at McCormick.com, this one stood out for a few reasons:  family-friendly ingredients, on-hand ingredients and easy was in the recipe’s name.

So, to begin with, I chopped some onion then cooked and stirred it in heated oil.

Just one Tablespoon of olive oil and 1/2 Cup onion is needed. Easy, right?!

Then I added the rice and Seasoning, stirred it all up and cooked for a couple minutes.

After that, I stirred in chicken broth, bringing the mixture to a boil. As requested, I covered the pan and simmered the broth for 15 minutes. And this is where I remove easy from Easy Spanish Rice…

True, it wasn’t difficult, but surely Easy Spanish Rice cannot qualify as a time saver or anything of that nature because once I was done watching the simmering pot for 15 minutes, I stirred in diced tomatoes and simmered for another 8-10 minutes.

What would happen if the tomatoes were simmered with the rice for the whole cooking time?!  Would it taste too tomato-ey?! Would the tomatoes be mushy?! I think not…but I shall continue…

  • Easy Spanish Rice
    • 1 Tablespoon Olive oil
    • 1/2 Cup chopped onion
    • 1 Cup long grain rice
    • 3 Tablespoons McCormick Smoky Sweet Pepper Blend
    • 2 1/2 Cups reduced sodium chicken broth
    • 1 can (14.5 oz.) diced tomatoes, drained
    • Heat oil in large skillet on medium heat.
    • Add onion, cook and stir 2 minutes or until softened.
    • Add rice and Seasoning; cook and stire 2 minutes.
    • Stir in broth. Bring to a boil.
    • Reduce heat to low; cover and simmer 15 minutes.
    • Stir in tomatoes.
    • Cover and simmer 8-10 minutes or until rice is tender and liquid is absorbed.

Not what I was hoping for. Everything was a little mushier than I had imagined. The rice ended up a bit clumpy and everything else was just…regular. This was a bland tasting Spanish Rice regardless of the use of Smoky Sweet Pepper Blend. I didn’t dislike the rice, but it was not worth the time used to prepare it. I could have made something much better in 25 minutes. I can get the same taste from a package of Knorr Spanish Rice and it cooks in just 7 minutes.

Last thought – McCormick Smoky Sweet Pepper Blend is awesome to shake on refried beans during heating. It adds extra flavor that wouldn’t have been there otherwise. I guess that’s where the rest of my bottle will go.

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