Latin Yellow Rice

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We are big rice eaters in my house and one of my specialties is Latin yellow rice. This is a delicious side dish for any chicken or meat dish!

A lot of people tell me they can't make rice, this is a fool proof method to make perfect fluffy rice every time!

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Latin Yellow Rice

Yield: 8servings
COURSE: Side Dish
CUISINE: American


  • 2cupsuncooked long grain rice
  • 4tspcanola oil
  • 1chicken bullion cube, or vegetable bullion for vegetarian
  • 5medium scallions, chopped
  • 2garlic cloves, minced
  • 1medium tomato, diced
  • 1/2cupchopped cilantro
  • 4cupswater
  • 1packet Badia Sazon*, or homemade
  • 1tspsalt, or more to taste


  • In a medium heavy pot with a tight fitting lid, heat oil on medium heat and saute scallions, cilantro and garlic for about 2 minutes.
  • Add tomatoes and saute another minute.
  • Add rice and saute 2 minutes longer, stirring frequently.
  • Add water, bullion cube and sazón.
  • Taste the water for salt and add more to taste.
  • Let water boil on a high flame stirring once.
  • As the water boils down and just barely skims the top of the rice, turn the flame to very low and cover 15 minutes.
  • The steam will cook the rice so do not open.
  • After 15 minutes, shut the flame off and let it sit at least 5 more minutes.
  • This will finish cooking the rice without burning the bottom.


*Badia makes a sazon that contains no msg. You could also use achiote, turmeric or a pinch of saffron in place of the sazon.


Serving: 3/4 cup, Calories: 193.2kcal, Carbohydrates: 38.8g, Protein: 3.8g, Fat: 2.1g, Fiber: 1g
Blue Smart Points: 6
Green Smart Points: 6
Purple Smart Points: 6
Points +: 5
Keywords: Freezer Meals, Gluten Free, Kid Friendly, Vegetarian Meals