Southwestern Jasmine Rice is a delicious side dish made Jasmine rice, red peppers, garlic, southwestern seasoning and cilantro.
A few weeks ago, one of my favorite bloggers, Jennifer of Be Centsible, ran a free rice contest. I was lucky to win a 2-pound bag each of Jasmine and Basmati rice. Both of these varieties were already in my pantry but this sent me on a wild and delicious search for a new recipe worthy of the prize.
Guess where I found it? In my purse, of all places. Evidently, I picked it up while shopping at Central Market some time ago.
At any rate, it’s so easy, I was inspired to play a little and come up with my own version. Basically, it’s a fiesta in your mouth. So far, we’ve tried it with Mexican food and beef tips. Both were husband-approved. Need a main dish? Add diced chicken, leftover steak, or sausage.
A parting note about Southwestern Jasmine Rice:
Don’t let the “southwestern seasoning” called for in the recipe discourage you. Chipotle chili seasoning would work as well as plain chili powder. Add a small amount of cumin (1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon) if you decide to substitute.
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1/2 cup chopped onions
- 1/2 cup red peppers
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1-2 teaspoons southwest seasoning (I got mine at World Market but I've seen many different varieties about town)
- 2 cups cooked rice
- Fresh cilantro, chopped
- Preheat a large skillet and pour in oil. Sauté onions and red peppers until softened but not brown.
- Add garlic and southwest seasoning and cook until fragrant.
- Add cooked rice and cilantro to vegetable mixture and mix well. Serve hot.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 152 Total Fat: 4g Saturated Fat: 1g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 3g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 762mg Carbohydrates: 27g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 2g Protein: 3g