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Roasted Vegetable Spanish Rice

April 29, 2011
0 Ratings
  • Serves 4
Author Notes

We had an embarrassment of riches in terms of roma tomatoes, and we needed something with rice to serve with tacos and black bean refried beans. Most Spanish Rice variations seem very sweet, and that just didn't fit with the two salsas we were also serving, a limey pico de gallo and cottagegourmet's other-worldly roasted tomatillo salsa ( So we got inventive . . .

This is definitely not sweet. It has deep layers of flavor from the roasted tomatoes and scallions, and you control the heat in the final analysis. —boulangere

What You'll Need
  • 6 roma tomatoes, trimmed and quartered lengthwise
  • 12 scallions, trimmed, greens removed and saved
  • 1 teaspoon chipotle chile powder
  • Salt & pepper
  • Canola oil
  • Canola oil
  • 1 cup basmati rice
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 2 cups chicken or vegetable stock
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro leaves and stems
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • Additional chipotle powder as needed
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. In a mixing bowl, toss together tomatoes, some canola oil, chipotle powder, salt and pepper. Spread out on a baking sheet lined with parchment. Place in oven and roast for 15 minutes. While tomatoes are roasting, trim scallions of root ends and green ends. Slice green ends 1/4" dice on the bias and set aside for garnish at the end. Cut white parts of scallions into 2" lengths. In same bowl as tomatoes, toss with canola oil, salt and pepper. When timer sounds, add scallions to baking sheet of tomatoes. Roast both tomatoes and scallions for 15 minutes more. Tomatoes and scallions should be roasted to a deep, deep almost charred color. Remove from oven and set aside.
  3. While tomatoes and scallions are roasting, begin cooking rice. Film the bottom of a wide-bottomed pot with canola oil to 1/4" depth. When oil shimmers signifying that it's hot, add rice, garlic, cumin, and coriander. Stir to coat all grains of rice with oil and cook until garlic and spices are very fragrant. Add stock and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover pot, and cook rice until most of the liquid has been absorbed, about 18 minutes.
  4. When rice is almost done, gently stir in roasted tomatoes and scallions and any remaining juices, lime juice and cilantro. Season mixture to taste with salt and pepper, and if you want to turn up the heat, additional chipotle powder. Cover pot and steam for 5 minutes more.
  5. Serve with tacos, with burritos, or even cool and add to a taco salad. Garnish with sliced green scallion tops.

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  • Cyndee Blenkush
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  • Panfusine
  • wssmom
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13 Reviews

Cyndee B. November 6, 2013
on a quest to find the 'perfect' Spanish Rice recipe -- will try this one tonight, sounds like it is a real winner already!
Pat E. September 15, 2013
Yes! This was really excellent. Aside from using a variety of tomatoes from the garden I didn't change a thing...and that's not like me. I'm seeing it in my breakfast future.
JessieBeeley November 8, 2012
This recipe is great! I make it with brown rice and it comes out wonderfully! I often make this with Diane Kennedy's Carnitas and it is a perfect accompaniment!
Panfusine March 9, 2012
Looking fwd to making this for dinner tonite!
boulangere March 9, 2012
Oh, I hope you enjoy it!
LoisonMaui July 27, 2011
I made this recipe and found it to be out of this world scrumptous. I had large roma tomatoes so I actually cut them in 1/16 size. This is a real keeper as my father-in-law used to say when we were fishing!
boulangere July 27, 2011
As for size, whatever works. So very glad you all liked it - I can only imagine how great it was with fresh, fresh fish!
wssmom May 19, 2011
I have everything on hand for this YAY can't wait
boulangere May 19, 2011
I hope you like it even a fraction as much as my daughter - see below - does.
Chef R. May 17, 2011
I love everything in this recipe and I can't wait to make it! All of the spices sound like they will add a perfect balance for this rice!!!! YUMMY!
boulangere May 18, 2011
I hope you enjoy it.
boulangere May 7, 2011
I'm guessing that means good.
LydiaPW April 30, 2011