Taco Tuesday! It’s ok. You can admit that Taco Tuesday is one of your favorite meal days. (It’s one of mine too!) I am always looking for ways to spice up our Taco Tuesday (pun intended) by changing the main dish around or adding a fun side. My newest cookbook helped me do just that with a delicious side of Fiesta Spanish Rice.
One of my favorite things about going out for Mexican food is all the delicious sides, especially the rice. Now, this isn’t like the glob of yellow rice you get at your local Mexican restaurant. But it really is very tasty and worth the little effort that goes into it.
I was surprised at how easy this was to make. Even without using a rice cooker, this took barely any effort to make. I haven’t made rice on the stove since college and honestly, it made me nervous to see the instructions to cook it straight on the stove top. (We all know how easy it is to mess up rice on the stove.) But these directions are clear and easy to follow and they work perfectly.
I did make one substitution which I don’t think actually affected the taste of the dish at all. It calls for whole tomatoes but after not finding them at the store, I just used a can of diced tomatoes I already had in the pantry. They were the same size and everything still cooked according to plan.
This dish was delicious. The tomato flavor really came through. It was a great accompaniment to the tacos I made with homemade flour tortillas. (If you’ve never made your own tortillas, you really should!) Mr. H and I both gobbled up this rice. Almost felt like having restaurant food right in our home. I highly recommend giving this rice dish a try on your next taco or Mexican night. You will not be disappointed. (I ate the leftovers with leftover ground beef and some nacho cheese and it was also AMAZING!)