Our friend Sheri loves to entertain in her beautiful home. One of the dishes we have 'stolen' from her is her Spanish Rice. It is spectacular and it's now a regular in our home. The pineapple juice element adds so much to the recipe!
1cupJasmine or Basamati RiceI've been using Basamati more recently - It's less sticky, and seems better for fried rice recipes.
2tbspTaco SauceLa Victoria Taco Sauce is a great refrigerator staple and works perfectly here. Sheri's original recipe calls for tomato sauce, which is really good. But we are taco sauce people now. And when I make it for Asian food, I often use chili garlic sauce!
¼cupPineapple Juice. This adds fantastic taste. Do it if you can!
Heat Canola Oil in a skillet or pot that has a cover.
Add rice, salt, and garlic powder to the hot oil. Saute for 5-7 minutes until just browning.
Add taco sauce/tomato sauce/chili garlic sauce Stir to coat all rice.
Add water, pineapple juice, and bay leaves. Stir. When water begins to boil, cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer for 20 minutes.